Our Fishing Guides

George Beckwith Down East Guide Service

Captain George Beckwith Jr.

Years of Professional Guiding: since 1994, 20 years

Specialty Fishery: Roanoke River stripers, Sight Casting Cobia, Cape Lookout Nearshore Mixed Bag, Tarpon, Giant Red Drum, Fly Fishing Albies

Boat(s): 21’ Southern Skimmer and 23’ Parker center console with sight casting tower

Favorite Rod: Shimano Terez w/Saragossa matched for target species

Where did you learn the most about fishing? Dad, Pete Saretto and Owen Lupton

Hobbies other than fishing: duck and dove hunting, photography, travel with my wife

Other Jobs: Travel agent for the international angler.

Down East Comment: Hard to comment on myself so let me just say I could not do this without my better half Anna!

Wade Ficking

Captain Wade Fickling

Years of Professional Guiding: Full Time since 2001

Specialty Fishery: Offshore.

Boat(s): 22 foot Downeaster and 55 foot Buddy Canady.

Favorite Rod: Closest one to me.

Where did you learn the most about fishing? Mating on the Bill Collector with Capt. Stephen Draughon.

Hobbies other than fishing: Fishing with my kids.

Other Jobs: With a lot of hard work and support from my family I am fortunate enough to have found a way to make a living doing what I love.

Down East Comment: Many of you know Wade from his 10 year career mating on the Bill Collector. He has now has a job running a 55’ Buddy Davis called “The General” and this boat is licensed and available for charter. In addition to booking some offshore charters for Wade and his crew, he will also be running some inshore trips on his newly refitted center console. Wade is very knowledgeable at the nearshore game along the Crystal Coast and he has spent a lot of time with us on the Pamlico during drum season. No matter where Wade is fishing, we are proud to consider him one of the Down East Guides.

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Captain Mitchell Blake

Years of Professional Guiding: 8 years

Specialty Fishery: Riverine striped bass (winter/spring), inshore mixed bag : specks, pups , flounder (Summer/Fall), Tarpon and Trophy Red Drum (July-September)

Boat(s): 23’ CHawk deep-v center console with t-top, 21’ Southern Skimmer

Favorite Rod: TFO Signature Series Medium Light for all round light tackle fishing

Where did you learn the most about fishing? Steve Strickland and Scooter Lilley taught me the most about Largemouth Bass fishing when I used to fish Bass Tournaments. A degree in Fish and Wildlife Management gave me the understanding of the overall puzzle. Four and a half years as a tech with the Division of Marine Fisheries gathering fisheries data from the Pamlico, Pungo and Neuse allowed me learn about fish stocks, fish migrations, water quality and more.

Hobbies other than fishing: Designing and tying flies, building rods, anything that gives me time with my wife and kids

Other Jobs: None...full time guide.

Down East Comment: Capt. Mitchell has a great boat and a great attitude. We are glad to add him to our Down East Guides and if this year's fishing is any indication he will be high on the requested guides list quick.

Justin Haddock

Captain Justin Haddock

Years of Professional Guiding: 10 years

Specialty Fishery:Roanoke River Stripers, old red drum fishing Pamlico Sound, Cobia fishing/site casting.

Boat(s): 21 ' souther skimmer, 26' C Hawk with tower.

Favorite Rod: Ugly Stick

Where did you learn the most about fishing? From my father.

Hobbies other than fishing: water fowl hunting.

Other Jobs: water fowl guide.

Down East Comment: We've been fishing around Capt. Justin since he was riding along "mating" for his dad on the Roanoke River. He puts an extraordinary amount of pride and effort making sure that he has the best striper baits on the river. Capt. Justin has been guiding for the big drum and cobia for the past few years and his enthusiasm for making sure his customers have a good time and catch fish inspires all the guides.

Chris Kimrey Mountmaker charters

Captain Chris Kimrey

Years of Professional Guiding: 10 years

Specialty Fishery: Crystal Coast Near Shore Mixed Bag, Bottom Fishing, Flounder Fishing, Chesapeake Bay Stripers.

Boat(s): 22' Custom center console, max 3 anglers.

Favorite Rod: 7' MH St. Croix with a Quantum Boca and 40# Power Pro

Where did you learn the most about fishing? Right here Down East, Core Sound/Drum Inlet

Hobbies other than fishing: Scuba diving.

Other Jobs: Taxidermist

Down East Comment: Capt. Chris is a super nice guy, has a ton of patience and is the most versatile center console guide that we use on the Crystal Coast. If you are not picky about what you catch, Capt. Chris can get something going under almost any weather conditions...except lightning. He doesn't like lightning!

Brian Harrington Extreme Measures charter

Captain Brian Harrington

Years of Professional Guiding: Since 1992

Specialty Fishery: Offshore, tarpon, Big Red Drum.

Boat(s): 2005 42' Wesmac sport-fish, 2005 25' Contender

Favorite Rod:

Where did you learn the most about fishing? Started fishing at 3 with my dad right here in Eastern North Carolina

Hobbies other than fishing: No Time...fishing around the clock, 12 months of the year averaging 250 days on the water. If I have a moment to breath it is dedicated to my family.

Other Jobs: NONE! FULL TIME local guide

Down East Comment: Ever heard Anna talk about "Super Man"? Brian loves what he does and we wouldn't change a thing. He strives to give each person who comes aboard a rewarding, knowledgeable, fun experience. Offshore to inshore.....sound or ocean.. from pinfish to swordfish.....from drum to blue marlin....he is ready, how about you?

greg voliva Four seasons guide

Captain Greg Voliva

Years of Professional Guiding: Since 1998

Specialty Fishery: Center console offshore dolphin, sight casting cobia, giant red drum on popping corks and bait, tarpon, Roanoke River stripers, Pamlico Sound/Neuse River mixed bag.

Boat(s): 27' Contendor with new Yamahas and for the Roanoke, corking big drum and the mixed bag trips he uses a 24' Triton bay boat.

Favorite Rod: The one that the clients have almost worn out.

Where did you learn the most about fishing? Working as a waterman.

Hobbies other than fishing: Hunting of all sorts...that is why I like sight casting cobia.

Other Jobs: None. Full Time Local Guide.

Favorite Boat Food: Gatorade and Vienna Sausages.

Down East Comment: Capt. Greg Voliva got his roots in commercial fishing and brings a unique perspective to when and where fish concentrate. He always seems to be there when it happens. Greg first started working with Down East Guide Service to help Anna with her giant red drum research. Capt. Greg Voliva is one of Down East Guide Service's most requested guides.

Ray Massengill

Captain Ray Massengill

Years of Professional Guiding: Since 1990

Specialty Fishery: Snapper and Grouper

Boat(s): 23foot Parker cabin model,19 ft Intruder And 16 foot flounder gigging boat

Favorite Rod: The one that is bent with a happy angler winding

Where did you learn the most about fishing? 35 years commercial fishing and charter fishing

Hobbies other than fishing: NASCAR

Other Jobs: A/B Cook on tugboat.

Favorite Boat Food: Fried Chicken

Down East Comment: Capt. Ray is one of our most versatile fisherman. He has worked on the water all of his life and can catch everything from a speckled trout to a blue marlin, but please don’t ask him to go tarpon fishing. As Capt. Ray says, “those darned things are as aggravating as eating a bowl full of fire ants.”