Captain Doug Phillips grew up running boats on Barnegat Bay starting with a 12 foot Sears Gamefisher his father got him back in the early 80s. Since then his entire life has been closely linked to the sea – both as a surfer and a fisherman. By age 16 he was running his father’s 23 Sea Craft fishing inshore for fluke, sea bass, blackfish, bluefish, and weakfish (the striped bass fishery was basically non-existent at this time). Eventually the desire to explore further and further offshore led him to tuna fishing. He did his first canyon trip on a charter with his father in 1985 and hasn’t been able to resist the offshore lure ever since.
In 2009 he finally fulfilled a lifelong dream purchasing his own vessel, a 24’ World Cat, that provided range to run up to 80 nautical miles offshore and overnight at the canyons. It was around this time that he became interested in light tackle tuna fishing and has been tirelessly working to perfect his craft ever since. Before long, he moved up a 31 Contender and, eventually, a 30 North Rip which has expanded his range offshore and perfectly suits his style of fishing. Captain Doug has been fortunate enough to fish and learn from some very knowledgeable watermen over the last 35 years. His passion is to pass on what he has learned and share the stoke with fellow fishing enthusiasts.
Captain Doug is a member of the Sterling Tackle and Remote Anglers Pro Staff. He has been published in On the Water Magazine on the subject of rigging small boats for success offshore. Captain Doug has been a licensed first responder for over 20 years and considers the safety and comfort of guests on his vessel paramount.