Captain Britton “Shack” Shackelford comes from a long line of fishermen. His family has been in the commercial fishing business since 1670, so it’s common belief among the locals that Shackelford has salt water running through his veins. Born and raised in Gloucester, Virginia, he is a proud Southerner who puts faith and family first — values that have made him one of the most dedicated fishermen in the Outer Banks. When he’s not fishing for bluefin, Shackelford runs a charter business out of Wanchese, North Carolina, where he takes pride in helping others connect with their love of fishing. An avid outdoorsman, Shackelford also operates a duck-hunting charter business.
Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks
When bluefin tuna season ends in Gloucester, Mass., it’s just beginning in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, a perfect opportunity to pit North vs. South in a pro fisherman contest for the ocean’s most lucrative prey. Venturing south are the best crews from Gloucester to take on top local fleets in the treacherous Outer Banks, where the weather is more unpredictable than up north, and the seas can be extremely rough. The Gloucester rod-and-reel vets must master “greensticking” — trolling artificial squid from a 30-foot fiberglass pole to lure the elusive species to the surface. Top-dollar bluefin can be worth as much as $20,000 each.