‘Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks’ Captain Britton Shackelford Talks Best Places to Eat Fresh Tuna

by John Jamison

How do you like your tuna, Outsiders? Sushi style? Maybe a quick sear on the grill served rare? Whatever your preference, it all starts with fresh fish. And it doesn’t get much fresher than the restaurants in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Heck, there’s a decent chance Wicked Tuna Captain Britton Shackleford caught the tuna himself.

The former Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks competitor talked to Visit the Outer Banks about the best places to grab a bite of the good stuff recently.

“I’m going to say the best place to get tuna if you’re going to dine out is going to be any place that serves fresh tuna. And it’s hard to beat something that comes in here and is distributed locally. So just ask, wherever it is that you’re eating. All of our restaurants are really good,” said Captain Shackelford.

Now, we have to imagine at least a few of you Outsiders are within range of a weekend trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. According to the Wicked Tuna captain and OBX native Britton Shackelford, you can’t really go wrong when it comes to finding a great place to eat. But he did go out of his way to mention a favorite spot of his for local tuna.

“It’s hard to beat right here at the head of the creek, O’Neal’s Seafood,” Shackelford continued in the video.

Don’t take our word for it. Take it from a local.

The ‘Wicked Tuna’ Captain Spoke About What Makes the Outer Banks Such a Destination for Fishermen

The Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks captain doesn’t have anything against the northern waters off the coast of Massachusetts where the captains of the flagship tuna fishing Discovery show make their money. But he doesn’t think the variety up there can hold a candle to the coast of North Carolina.

He referred to the waters of the Outer Banks as “dynamic” and said there’s some new drama waiting in store each time he goes out.

“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,” Captain Shackelford said.

It’s not a criticism of the fishing anywhere else. After all, not everyone likes surprises. But the diversity in the water is something Shackelford’s come to appreciate over his years of fishing in the Outer Banks.

“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,” he continued.