Captain Chris Edens, Sr. is lifelong coastal NC resident and is US Coast Guard licensed and fully insured. He is happily married for over 30 years to his high school sweetheart and they have two children. His daughter is married and has blessed them with two beautiful grandchildren. His son is his first mate and tournament partner.
A NOTE FROM THE CAPTAIN
"I've been hooked on fishing ever since my dad first carried me at a very young age. I was rasied on a coastal farm and spent alot of time daydreaming about fishing while sitting in a tractor seat from the tender age of 12 years old. Farm duties were very demanding so fishing became sort of a vacation for me. I bought my first boat, a 16' wooden batteau, with the money I made after we harvested our corn. I soon learned the art of oystering and clamming and mastered shrimping before I was 17. Although I never had many opportunities to fish offshore, the desire to head out toward the horizon was always there. After many years of saving and planning, I bought my first ocean going vessel. My determination to fish turned a 20' ski boat into a fisherman's dream. The "NettyJ" named for my wife, took me far enough offshore to catch a sailfish on one of my first ocean trips. Needless to say, that trophy catch fueled an insatiable fire to get further offshore, fear nothing and fish hard. My next boat was a 23' Triton Walk Around, the "Laura K," named for my daughter. I fished my first sanctioned tournament on this boat and finished 4th place in the Greater Wilmington Kingfish Tournament as well as placing in the money in several other local tournaments. I was given an opportunity to travel on the Pro SKA Tour and the FLW Kingfish Series and moved up to a 29' Triton Center Console with sponsorship from the boat manufacturer. The next season, I fished on a 35' Triton Center Console and had great success both locally and throughout the eastern seaboard and the gulf coast. I currently fish aboard a 27' Triton Center Console named for my mother who passed away in 1999. The "Sarah Jo" has taken me places that I never dreamed possible and given me incredible memories too numerous to count.
Fishing has given me joy more than any other sport I know. I have succeeded in tournaments, caught various species of fish, and seen the hand of God in many amazing sunrises over the Atlantic. At this point in my life, I want to share my love of the ocean with others. I want to experience the excitement of a novice fisherman when the reel starts screaming and see the look on their face when the fish gets close enough to the surface to see what they have on the end of the line. The saying goes, "give a man a fish and he will eat for a day...teach a man to fish and he'll be hooked for life." Being at the helm of a charter boat brings me full circle. My Dad taught me to fish, I taught my son to fish, and so on, and so on. I guess you could say, some things never change. I'm still daydreaming about fishing."
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