Austin grew up in Panama City, Florida and started fishing with his father when he was 11 years old. His father was Captain of a party boat and Austin worked with him and other charter boats through High School. After receiving his High School diploma, he worked again with his father who was at that time the Captain of a commercial fishing boat. Approximately 4 years later his father bought his own boat, and Austin took over as Captain. He has been a full-time fishing Captain since 2010.