Rudee Captians have years of individual experience in the Sportfishing and Maritime Industry and possess the Confidence, Seamanship and Talent which it takes to run each successful trip. Each Captain holds his USCG Liscense and stays current with the latest training on operational, navigation and safety procedures and techniques. It is also noteworthy to mention that they have decades of combined knowledge and proven techniques in fishingthe waters of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Capes and the Offshore fishery as well. So, whether you’re joining us for an offshore adventure or chartering us for a special occasion, know that each captain will get you from and to your destination safe, fast and comfortable and do their best to put you on fish! Below, you’ll find more detailed information and background on each Captain.
Captain Skip Feller comes from one of the most well known fishing families on the East Coast. He is a third generation Captain, and has been a Captain for over 22 years. Growing up in Virginia Beach, Captain Skip spent his youth mating and “learning the ropes” of the fishing industry. After earning his Captains license Skip perfected his skills at Rudee Inlet and Pirates Cove. After spending five years at Pirates Cove running the sportfishing vessel “Hustler”, he won Captain of the year in 1992; which accompanied his landings of such monsters as a 495lb, a 563lb, and 600lb Blue Marlins. Shortly thereafter Skip returned to Virginia Beach to join Rudee Inlet Charters. He has been in charge of operating and running the Rudee fleet of headboats and cruise boats with his crew of Captains. To add even more emphases to his Captains record, Captain Skip, in March of 2008, landed the new World Record Yellow Edge Grouper weighing in at 46lbs and 2oz.
Captain Mark Sterling has spent nearly his entire life learning the fishing business. Being second generation waterman, he’s more familiar with the water than many others. He grew up and began fishing in Gloucester, VA helping his family and father with their fishing company. Knowing how to catch and find fish seems like second nature for Captain Mark. After obtaining his 100 ton fishing license he began steadily running boats for Captain Skip and has been with the company for over 15 years. He has become one of the family, and has the best of both worlds; the knowledge of his families fishing business, and extensive amounts of fishing information from working with the Fellers for such an extended amount of time.
Captain Wes Feller carries on the family tradition, being fourth generation Captain, and son of Captain Skip Feller. After spending his young life learning from the best of the best, he obtained his 100 ton Captains license at the age of 20, in February of 2007. Captain Wes has immense knowledge of the fleet and of the fishing grounds in and around Rudee Inlet and Virginia Beach, since he has literally been fishing these vessels and these waters his entire life. He is a well respected Captain, and when he is in the wheel house you could mistake him for an “old salt”, with his talent on the water.