Predator Sport Fishing
HATTERAS OFFSHORE CHARTER FISHING
As one of the largest boats in the Hatteras charter fleet, the Predator is a 57' custom Carolina boat built by Leonard Rigsbee and powered by twin Cummins Diamond diesel motors. Enjoy the short, comfortable ride to the fishing grounds in the spacious air conditioned salon that is equipped with a TV/VCR/DVD combo and satellite radio. Heat up a snack in the microwave/convection oven or toaster and bring along a few of your favorite K-cups to put in the Keurig.
The large cockpit is outfitted with a teak Release Marine fighting chair and two smaller companion chairs. Top of the line Shimano Tiagra reels mounted on custom rods handle the majority of our trolling. Lighter Shimano TLD setups are deployed when sailfish and white marlin are in the area along with a set of Penn reels on ugly sticks for bailing dolphin. Shimano Torium 30s on Cedros rods are used for jigging tuna, jacks, grouper, tile and other bottom fish.
The boat is equipped with Furuno radar, navigation and fish finding electronics. With your safety in mind, we are fully compliant with USCG regulations for carrying up to six passengers to the Gulf Stream.
Captain Chris Barnett . Captain Chris was born and raised in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. As a third generation waterman, Captain Chris has mated on some of the top boats in the Hatteras fleet for over eight years. Having earned his Captain’s license several years ago, Captain Chris has also operated a commercial boat out of Wanchese, NC during the off seasons.
Captain Chris has a huge passion for fishing. His words of encouragement from the bridge will keep the angler going when the battle with a large fish is starting to wear on him/her. Captain Chris loves to fly billfish flags on the way home and throw fish on the dock after a great day on the water.
When Captain Chris is not fishing, he is spending time with his wife Kerri and his two children, Sylas and Colbi.
The First Mate
Mate Alex Stanley . Mate Alex Stanley is from New Kent, VA. Alex is a college student majoring in Marine Technology. Alex plans to transfer from Thomas Nelson Community College to Cape Fear Community College next semester. He and his family have been going to Hatteras since he was born. Alex has been fishing his entire life. His first offshore fishing trip was when he was 10. By the age of 15, he was heading offshore several times a summer. Last summer, he “volunteered” on an offshore boat as a second mate learning the ins and outs of charter fishing. Under the helpful guidance of Captain Chris, Alex has honed those skills into becoming a first class mate.
Owners Captain Bill and Theresa Bonner . Captain Bill Bonner and his wife Theresa Bonner have worked for the Navy for over 30 years. Both Captain Bill and Theresa were born and raised in Maryland near the water and enjoy fishing, skiing, and cruising with friends and family. A few years ago while looking to upgrade his boat for charter fishing on the Chesapeake Bay, Captain Bill was side tracked and started checking out a few Custom Carolina boats… lo and behold… Predator was found!
Captain Bill and Theresa are impatiently waiting to retire within the next couple years and move to the Outer Banks. Until then, they are spending as much time as possible in Hatteras enjoying the boat and fishing offshore with Captain Chris, Mate Alex, friends, and family.
Beautiful boat, great Captain (Chris) and Mate (Alex) impeccably run. A huge catch for the family 450lbs of Mahi Mahi and Blackfin Tuna. Overall highly recommend the Predator and its crew!
"The solution to any problem –work, love, money, whatever –is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be."