|Hi, I'm Captain Rom Whitaker, a native of Kinston, NC. I first started fishing with my father and grandparents at the age of three. I can remember my grandmother, Attwood Cameron, taking me fishing from dawn to dusk on the piers at Atlantic Beach. She loved to catch flounder. I always told her if I could get out in that ocean, I could really catch some big fish. My father and grandfather spent many hours teaching me how to catch bass and speckled robin in Broad Creek on the lower Neuse River. My first trip to Hatteras was in 1970 in a 19' Thunderbird boat and quickly I realized there were some big fish out there and I needed bigger tackle. Over the next few years, I purchased a 23" SeaCraft and took it to Hatteras fishing just about every weekend. Finally, with my wife's blessings, I moved to Hatteras in 1986 and started fishing for a living. I have been blessed with a wonderful wife, Elaine, and two great boys, Rom IV and Cameron. Fishing has really been good for me. I owe my success to all my loyal and supportive customers from all over the US. After 21 years of fishing as a vocation, I am often asked, "Don't you get tired of fishing?" Fishing is what makes my job so much fun. I can truly say that every morning when I get up to go, I am excited and ready to go to work. Fishing is truly unique at Hatteras because you never know what your next big bite is going to be.|
Many people try to gauge their success by the number of fish caught but there are many things that go into a successful charter experience. How you are treated, how much you learn, angler participation, attitude of the crew, catching your specific target species, enjoying and watching all the other sea life offshore (pelagic birds, turtles, porpoises, whales, sharks, and other things) all go into making an enjoyable trip. The Captain and crew of the Release are going to make every effort to make sure these things happen along with hard fishing. I especially enjoy family charters with children who love to fish or who are fishing for the first time. I invite you to come to Hatteras anytime of the year and enjoy some of this great fishing that I love.