My name is Capt. Marty Brill!
Because you may not know me, I would like to tell you a little about myself. I grew up in a little fishing village called Ponce Inlet at the south end of Daytona Beach. The charterboat docks were located just a block from my house which was probably why I started working on the offshore headboats as a bait boy when I was nine years old.
I spent my teenage years flounder gigging, trout fishing, clamming and oystering in the backwaters of the inlet and also at Mosquito Lagoon in the Canaveral National Seashore. As a freshman in high school I switched over to the sportfishing boats and was overtaken by my wish to have a hand in catching a blue marlin.
I watched countless Carolina Sportfishing boats as they headed south in the winter and north in the spring and I made up my mind I was going to follow them to the Outer Banks one day. On the very night I graduated from high school, I packed my van, (it was the 70’s), kissed my mom and dad good-bye and headed north. On the very last day of that very first summer I was the mate on the Sea Whisper with Capt. Buddy Hooper when we landed that first blue marlin.
That seems like a long time ago since I landed in Hatteras Village and spent two of the best years of my life there. Then it was on to Oregon Inlet when I was offered a job on a brand new custom built Billy Holton boat, owned and captained by Nevin Wescott. It was the culmination of those dreams I had as a boy in Ponce Inlet and you know what? I never looked back.
I have been on the Outer Banks ever since. I ended up running charter boats out of the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center for 16 years before opening a tackle shop in Nags Head. It was there that I began my seminar series teaching all types of Outer Banks Fishing. It was also during those years that I started my program, “The Other Side of Fishing” on Beach 104 and 94.5 Water Country many years ago. I hope you will use this site as a way to keep up with fishing on the Outer Banks.