Buddy started his commercial fishing career in 1976 on a scallop boat "The Companion" out of Wanchese, NC. After a summer of scalloping, he knew that he wanted to be a full-time commercial fisherman. He fished with some of the best trawl boat fishermen on the East Coast. From years of being a deckhand he worked his way up to first mate, where he learned all that encompasses commercial fishing. In doing so, he fished from the Gulf of Maine, the Georgia banks, the Jersey shores, the Carolina coast, and the Florida coast.
While he was working with the other Captains, he was also saving money to purchase a commercial boat of his own. He has owned and operated the "Emily Shay" out of Wanchese, NC since 1990.
Buddy also obtained his Captains license in 1987, which allowed him to run sport-fishing vessels when he wasn't commercial fishing. He has worked on most all of the sport-fishing boats at the Inlet either as a mate, Captain or alternate Captain. Between 2004 and 2010, he was Captain of the charter boats the "Drop-N-Back" and the "Jacqueline Anne" out of Oregon Inlet. In 2017 and in 2019, he was Captain of the "Little Shell" out of Wanchese Marina, and now runs the "Little Shell" out of Oregon Inlet Fishing Center.
Captain Buddy and his mate Brandon Brickhouse will do their best to give you the best fishing experience possible and to send you home with full coolers of tuna, dolphin, and bottom fish.
Looking forward to fishing with you this year!