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July 18, 2013

Coop grad looks to bolster fishing business

Murdock credits fiancée with expanded Web presence

Cooperstown Crier

---- — Men everywhere should learn from Cooperstown Central School graduate Brent Murdock: He listens to his “better half” and as a result, his business is expanding.

Murdock, a 1997 CCS graduate, has been a licensed hunting and fishing guide since he was a teenager. He recently launched a Facebook page for his business, Otsego Bounty, with the help of his fiancée, Kacey Connor.

“We just started promoting it more,” said Murdock. “I’ve been doing this a long time, but I didn’t know much about being on the Internet. Kacey is much more savvy than I am about that. She got us up on Facebook.”

Connor, who is also a ‘97 CCS graduate, is a nurse at Bassett Medical Center. According to Murdock, she recommended that he expand his Web presence as a way of helping him to do more of what he loved in the summertime.

“Right now I am painting a lot in the summer,” he said. “I guess you could say I would rather be out there on the lake. Since the economy has gone down, I don’t get to go out as much as I would like.”

Murdock is also a physical education teacher, coach and athletic director at Brookfield Central School.

He said he loves to be outdoors, and started the business as a way of helping other people enjoy outdoor sports.

“I try to do it as much as a can,” he said. “You only get to be outside so long up here. As soon as winter ends, I like to be outside doing something.”

In the fall, Murdock said he tries to work in some hunting and guiding around his school schedule. But in the summer, he said he is all about the fishing.

He said he is applying for a license to take fishing parties out on Lake Ontario.

“We enjoy fishing up there a lot,” he said. “It is something different than fishing down here.”

This summer Murdock said he is doing a lot of painting with his partner Bren Miosek, but he said he hopes that the increased Web presence will bring in more guiding business.

“I have had my guide license since I was 19 and my charter license since I was 19, but we just started promoting the business this way. I hope it helps,” he said.