Greg Tipton–Advice for Alaska Sport Fishermen

What is your name?
Greg, GT at work

What is your occupation?
Air Traffic Control

How old are you and where do you live?
49 years old and Hendersonville, North Carolina.

The most interesting place you’ve visited?
Alaska, what a breathtaking place in the summertime. Daylight till after midnight and the most beautiful scenery I’ve ever encountered. The fishing was incredible. Sockeye salmon fresh out of the Kenai River can not be beaten. The wildlife is incredible. Rivers, ocean, mountains, icebergs, glaciers, the list goes on and on.

Favorite meal?
Sockeye salmon from the Kenai River.

Pet peeve?
People who drive slow in the left hand lane on the interstate and refuse to get over but speed up when you try to pass them on the right.

Favorite television show?
Last Man Standing

If people want to pray for you, they could pray for……?
Good health.

Are you married or have you been? Any kids or grandkids? Obnoxious and demanding pets?
I’ve been married and divorced twice, I have seven kids, all but one adopted and all but two have special needs, and I have two beautiful grandkids, and absolutely no pets.

Can you tell us how it came about that you’ve adopted numerous special needs kids?
I was born with spina bifida and my mom always made sure I had the best medical care possible and pushed me to do everything I could even when I didn’t want to. I hoped to one day pass that on to my kids. After numerous miscarriages during my first marriage a friend introduced us to adoption. When we figured out how long it took we investigated special needs adoption, which took over two years the first time, but was quicker than a traditional adoption and felt like where God was leading us. After the first two it was almost like an addiction; we wanted to help as many kids as possible. After losing our daughter Janet in 2004 it was really hard to consider anymore, however, we did manage not only one more adoption, but we ended up with temporary custody of two more. Thus the seven we have now. Only one remains at home but they have been and continue to be a huge blessing in my life. Right under my nose God gave me a ministry that I will always cherish.

Thanks, Greg, and that’s an amazing story. If you had any spare time, what would you do with it?
I love to travel. Nothing like a good road trip.

Can you describe what you would consider the ideal road trip?
A good road trip for the weekend would be a journey through the mountains down roads you’ve never traveled. Seeing places you’ve never seen. Small towns are full of history and culture. Talking with people who have lived a totally different life.
The ultimate road trip would be across country to the Pacific Ocean. Over on a southerly route and back on a northerly route. Probably taking two weeks at least, each way. That’s a retirement trip that is on my bucket list.

Fishing in Alaska figures into your favorite meal AND your most interesting place. Can I ask you to give some advice to Alaska sport fishermen?
Fishing in Alaska is a tremendous adventure. There are many types of fish and many types of bodies of water. River fishing for salmon is the best type by far. Be prepared to get wet because it rains quite often in the summer. Be prepared to run into all types of wildlife including moose and bears. Bear spray and a gun to scare them away is not a bad idea, or when you go make sure you take someone you can out run LOL. If it’s your first time, a guide would not be a bad idea. There are so many places to fish and so many ways to fish, if you’re not familiar with the area it might be frustrating. Take lots of pictures because you cannot describe the beauty of it all. So a good pair of boots, rain gear, and a good guide will make your fishing experience in Alaska more enjoyable.

Thanks much for sharing with us, Greg. God bless.