Catsmo Artisan Smokehouse, was founded in 1995 by Robert Simon. Robert has always been passionate about fishing, he considers it a “hobby” while his family would say it’s more like an obsession. Every year he would take off for three weeks in the summer to fish New York’s Finger Lakes and three weeks in the winter to sport-fish in the Florida Keys, often times returning with as much as 200 pounds of fresh fish. Being far too much fish to eat, most of it was given to a neighbor for smoking. The neighbor bartered his services in exchange for half of the fish he would smoke. That arrangement served both well until the summer of 1995 when Robert returned home from one of his fishing trips loaded with fish to be smoked but this time his neighbor wasn't able to smoke it for him.