Co-owner and Captain, Dan Rooks has over 20 years' experience and is a veteran of east coast tournaments. He has been the captain full time since the fall of 2001 and knows the boat well since he served as mate on the "Duck" for over 10 years.
Contact Captain Rooks at
252-995-3076 or 252-216-6160 to book a trip.
Tuna Duck is fortunate and proud to have as mate, Capt. Mike Edwards, a long time Hatteras fisherman who also has his captain's license. A native of Virginia, he graduated from Virginia Tech and came to the ocean to fulfill a life-long dream of working on the water.
Co-Owner Jerry Shepherd has operated fishing charters since 1978, and fished from Hatteras since 1981. He captained the "Tuna Duck" from 1986 to 2001. Currently he plays golf, keeps his dog, Luke, company, and occasionally talks to customers about fishing.
Mary Shepherd, bookings, answers your calls and does the website. Mary spends her time keeping Jerry sort of in line and helps Capt. Dan with the "books." She is available from 9AM till 11PM at 772-219-9592, to take your calls.
Chartering and Booking information:
Available year 'round for charter in Hatteras, North Carolina and east coast tournaments. Fishing from the Outer Banks off Cape Hatteras, N.C. for yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, wahoo, dolphin (mahi mahi), and king mackerel.
Located at the southern end of Hatteras Island in Hatteras Village, and fishing out of Hatteras Inlet, between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands.
All tackle and bait furnished; Leave at dawn and return between 4 and 5 PM with 6 to 7 hours actual fishing time. Run to the gulfstream takes only 1 to 1- 1/2 hours. Per Coast Guard regulations, 1 to 6 people on a charter.
To book, call 772-219-9592 to speak with Mary, our booking person, available 7 days a week from 9 AM till 11PM, or Capt. Dan, available when he is not out in the ocean, 252-216-6160.
Reservations are held the day of booking. To confirm the reservation, a $500 deposit within a week of booking is required. Master Card and Visa, personal checks, and money orders are accepted. Checks can be made out to "Tuna Duck" and sent to:
1041 Clara Ct.
Richmond, KY 40475
For a full refund of deposits, trips can only be canceled at the discretion of the captain. Parties must be at the dock in Hatteras the morning of the trip; the weather in Hatteras is so "fickle" that often even 24 hours before a trip, it cannot be determined whether a day will be fishable or not.
For exciting tuna action and spectacular billfishing aboard the charter boat "Tuna Duck," we are your experienced North Carolina saltwater fishing guides for hire for deep sea, offshore, saltwater, gulfstream sportfishing charters. Let's go fishing!!