‘Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks’ Captain Britton Shackelford Reveals Mentors That Taught Him Fishing

by Amy Myers

One of the most interesting aspects of Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks is that no matter the background or experience of these fishermen, they all came to the shores of North Carolina for the same opportunity. Captain Britton Shackelford of F/V The Doghouse is a part of the group of anglers that had saltwater (and brackish water) running in his veins. Coming from a long line of successful fishermen of all kinds, Shackelford has had many role models throughout his years on a boat.

That’s why he can’t name a single mentor that influenced his fishing career. Rather, he gives credit to all the fishermen and women that have taught him one skill or another that has benefited him. In an interview with Visit the Outer Banks, the Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks captain explained that it’s “kind of a grab-bag about who specifically taught me how to fish.”

“I’m not gonna say any particular person taught me how to fish,” the Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks star prefaced. “I’ve been in commercial fishing since I was very young. My family’s been in the seafood business up on the Chesapeake Bay since 1670. So, my fishing experience is a culmination of people that were very good at what they did, any type of net fishing, any type of pot fishing, any type of hook-and-line fishing.”

Once he came to the Outer Banks, Shackelford surrounded himself with a variety of anglers and captains with plenty of experience, just as he had been with his family.

“So when I came to the Outer Banks when I was 20, I had a background in fishing in general. And I had the opportunity to work with some very good captains here, some very experienced captains that have been tuna fishing for a very long time,” Shackelford continued.

‘Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks Star’ Fights for First Place Ahead of Season Finale

Currently, Shackelford and his crew on The Doghouse are fighting for a strong finish to the season on Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks. Sitting in third place, the crew only needs $1,000 more worth of tuna to climb to the top of the leaderboard. If they manage to bring home a final, quality tuna, they’ll have secured the first season win for The Doghouse.

The only problem is that the seas are rougher than they have been the whole season. One of Shackelford’s crew members even admitted under normal circumstances, the boat would stay in the dock. However, determined to finish in first, the Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks stars decided to press on.

“Fitting, we end the season with some of the roughest weather we’ve seen in years,” Shackelford said. “But we have no other choice right now. It’s a huge gamble, but I’ve never won it. It would mean a lot to me if we could win this competition.”