‘Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks’ Captain Britton Shackelford Opens Up About What Makes Location So Special

by Keeli Parkey

For several seasons, Captain Britton Shackelford was one of the brave men who faced the dangerous waters in search of fish in “Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks.” Of course, as the title of the show suggests, their prized catches were Atlantic bluefin tuna.

Shackelford is good at his job and it was something he loves doing. He also loves the famous Outer Banks of North Carolina. The famous boat captain talked about his love for the area and, of course, its waters during a recent interview with Visit The Outer Banks on Facebook.

The “Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks” star said he came to the area at the suggestion of a friend.

“When I moved to the Outer Banks, I moved down here to stay with a friend of mine because I had never been offshore fishing. And he said, ‘Man, as much as you love to fish, you need to come down here and check this out,'” Captain Britton Shackelford explained.

Captain Britton Shackelford of ‘Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks’ Fame Said the ‘Sheer Dynamic Nature’ of the Location Helps Make it So Special

Once he arrived in the Outer Banks, it didn’t take the Doghouse fisherman long to realize that the location was very special.

“And just the sheer dynamic nature of (the Outer Banks) was, just pretty much, overwhelming to me. You’re fishing, but it was a very dynamic environment. I mean, just sometimes getting into the ocean is pretty dramatic,” Captain Britton Shackelford also shared.

Unsurprisingly, the wide variety of the types of fish found in the waters near that North Carolina location is a major draw for Shackelford.

“And then, you might be catching 3-pound (fish) or you might catch an 800-pound blue marlin or you might catch a 500-pound bluefin tuna. You might catch, you know … I mean, it’s just the diverse nature of all of the different things (in the Outer Banks). And you never know,” Shackelford also explained.

It’s this wide variety of fish that makes the Outer Banks stand out from other fishing locations, according to this “Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks” captain.

“In a lot of different places, you can kind of expect, have an idea of what you’re going to catch. You just don’t have a clue when you’re fishing out here (in the Outer Banks),” Britton Shackelford also said.

Fish aren’t the only creatures visitors can experience there. “And then, all the other life that you see (makes it the location so special) – whales and porpoises, the different types of sea birds,” Shackelford added.

The “Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks” star ended this segment of the interview with a ringing endorsement of the famous location. “I mean, it’s exciting. It’s very dynamic,” Britton Shackelford also said.