Our skilled crew has extensive North Carolina expertise and has also cast their lines in far-flung corners of the globe, from the Azores to Costa Rica's tropics, Cape Verde's rugged coasts and Mexico's vibrant waters to Venezuela and the Bahamas.
Fin Gaddy was awarded Top Tagging Angler for Pacific Sailfish in 2022 by The Billfish Foundation. He began fishing with his family out of Morehead City at the age of 12. In 1983 he caught his first billfish on his father’s boat, the Sea Dart, with Captain Peter DuBose. For the next five years, Fin and Peter fished together aboard the Sea Dart. In 1989, Fin moved to Nags Head and began mating for Captain Hank Beasley aboard the Top Billin' and the Hit N Run. After this, he joined Skip Fellar on the Hustler. In 1997 Fin moved to Hatteras and began his own charter operation aboard the Qualifier. In 2003, Fin returned to Nags Head and began fishing out of the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. He has fished around the world including the Azores, Bermuda, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Venezuela and Central America. Fin is a board member for The Billfish Foundation, the only non-profit organization dedicated solely to conserving and enhancing billfish populations around the world.
Kevin grew up in Maryland working in the blue crab industry and gained a love for offshore fishing. After graduating college, he moved to Hatteras where he spent 5 years charter fishing. He placed in several tournaments including the Big Rock and Hatteras Village Offshore Open. Fishing with Rom Whitaker, Kevin also won 1st in the 2021, 2022, and 2023 Mate’s Pools for hanging the biggest blue marlins of the fleet’s seasons. Aboard the Release, he was fishing close to 200 days per year, not just billfishing, but fishing for wahoos, tunas, dolphins, swordfish, and even commercially for king mackerels. The Release was Hatteras’s top 2023 billfish boat and Kevin was voted Hatteras’s Mate of the Year. Kevin has moved up the beach and will be fishing with you in the cockpit on the Qualifier.
My wife Nancy and I have twin boys, Charles and Brown. Fishing being the one thing I know, I started them at a very young age. They have fished with me in the sounds of NC to the F.A.D’s off Costa Rica catching pinfish, bonefish, swordfish and blue marlins. This experience has given me insights on tackle and techniques for youth anglers as well as patience I never thought possible. Some of the best days of my life have been spent with them on the water. If you’re looking for a way to get some quality time with your child and a memorable experience, consider a day on the water aboard the Qualifier.
- Captain Fin Gaddy
You’ll no doubt have a good time on The Qualifier and as this awards list shows, you’re with a crew that knows how to catch some winners!