Meet the Florida Charter Fishing Captain That Has Overcome Cerebral Palsy to Chase Career

by Quentin Blount

If you need a motivational story for the day or just a feel-good story, you are in the right place. This story is about Michael Mummert — a man who overcame his disability to become a charter fishing boat captain.

In West Palm Beach, Florida, a lot of kids grow up on the water. And for many of them, fishing is a beloved hobby. But for Michael Mummert, his journey hasn’t been that simple. Mummert has cerebral palsy — a disorder that affects his ability to move and maintain his balance and posture.

However, despite the challenging obstacles that his disability causes him, Mummert doesn’t make excuses. He grew up on the water in West Palm Beach just like the other kids did. And he is an avid fisherman too — as a matter of fact, he spent so much time on a boat growing up that he considered it his babysitter.

“On the boat every day I never had a babysitter the boat was my babysitter pretty much,” Mummert told WPTV.

It was Mummert’s dad who helped him develop the drive to be successful that possesses today.

“I was never allowed to say no or I can’t or anything like that,” he said. “I’d look at my dad to help me and he’d say well how hard did you try?”

Michael Mummert Became a Charter Fishing Boat Captain

Because of that hard-nosed approach, his father ingrained in him, Michael Mummert has branched out into more than just fishing. He has been able to ride horses, dirt bikes, and even play baseball. And during his teenage years, he was able to land a job with Reel Intense Fishing Charters as a dockhand. The owner of the business, Weston Russell, recalled a young Mummert expressing his desire to work for him.

“He would come up to me and say I would like to work with you guys and I would tell him, ‘Michael, we only have licensed captains,'” Russell said.

So, what did he do? Well, Mummert got himself licensed. And that in itself is no easy task — he had to pass various exams and assessments. But it only took him three months and he was good to go.

“You need a lot of hours on the water and you need to be able to fish and fishing isn’t something you just read a book about,” he said. “It really takes years and years and years to become a good fisherman. It was 100-percent the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life.”

And now that he officially has “captain” as part of his title, he still carries with him that same drive to be successful. Not only that, but he also has a good sense of humor to go along with it. He explained how he likes to start off an interaction with his guests when he’s out on the water.

“Guys, just so you guys know I’m not drunk. I have cerebral palsy alright let’s get that off the table,” he said with a smile.