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Great experience for young and old on our trip. Captain and mate made sure everyone was safe and we caught about 75 lbs. of shrimp!!! It was a great time and I would recommend theses guys to anyone!– Darin
Having visited the Outer Banks for well over two decades, my wife and I decided to move, full-time, to Hatteras Island earlier in 2021. Over the years, we have tried to keep our children, and now our grandchildren, active with fun and educational outdoor activities.
We both can say, without any doubt at all, that the 4+ hours we spent on the Hallie M with Captain Barry and First Mate Douglas was one of the most enjoyable times we’ve had with two of our grandchildren. Although the youngest (just turned 5) slept while we were motoring to the fishing grounds and laying the net, his sister (9 years of age) was awe-struck with Captain Barry’s history as a waterman, the life cycle of shrimp, how we were going lay the net, how it works and what to expect when the net gets pulled to the stern of the boat and the catch is laid out on the table.
Captain Barry spoke to everyone in our party, but especially took the time to speak with our oldest granddaughter. He talked a little about himself but wanted to hear about her and what she enjoyed doing for fun, especially in the summer months. I cannot emphasize enough how much Captain Barry stressed safety on his boat.
Once the nets were picked up, our youngest grandson was awake. Again, stressing safety, Captain Barry gave clear instructions where to stand while the net was in operation, and once all of the equipment was secured, had everyone in our party step to the table where all the juvenile fish, crabs and shrimp were laying. He went through what waterman do at this time to carefully go through the catch and separate the shrimp. Then it was our turn!
Shrimp, crabs, baby flounder, jelly fish and thousands of small fish covered the table. As we sorted, Captain Barry, with a smile and probably 90% in kidding, said none of us would be setting any records on the speed of our sorting! Both grandkids, their parents and my wife and I all got dirty sorting through the catch.
After separating what we were allowed to keep, we went back to the fishing grounds and made two more runs. Each run, the grandkids were getting better and better at sorting the catch.
All three generations agreed that this outing on the Hallie M was the highlight of the stay with the family! And it didn’t end there. We took home 25 pounds of shrimp and 14 large crabs. We had a very nice seafood dinner the following night.
I would highly recommend anyone visiting the Outer Banks to consider taking a morning or afternoon to experience, in a small way, what it entails to be a commercial fisherman. Sitting down at home or in a restaurant and enjoying shrimp and/or crabs, now gives us a different perspective on just how difficult it is to prepare the boat, make sure all the equipment is in good working order, laying the net, trolling at a slow speed, picking up the net, sorting through the catch, securing the shrimp then doing the same thing, sometimes 10 times per day!
Thank you Captain Barry and First Mate Douglas for a wonderful time! And we will surely be back to see you both again!
Fair winds and following seas to both of you!
Jeff and Cathy Silk– Jeffrey
Avon, North Carolina
This was am amazing trip. I can’t believe after so many years of coming to the Outer Banks we never thought to do this but I am glad that we finally did. Taking a teenager, a preteen and a 5 year old we weren’t sure what to expect but it was nothing other than outstanding. Captain Barry not only got us 60lbs of shrimp, he taught us about the shrimping process and commercial shrimping. We learned so much and we all loved every second of it. What a way to sneak a little bit of education into a summer vacation. I can’t imagine having a better Captain and we will definitely be back to see Captain Barry again.– Rachel
Anyone who books a shrimp trip with anyone BUT Captain Barry is foolish! We had the time of our life and memories for the kids forever. Captain Barry was confident and determined to catch a huge haul of shrimp and he came thru with 70 pounds! Can’t wait to book next year with him.– Bill
Called Barry on a tuesday and booked a trip for Wednesday morning didnt know what to expect with the nor’Easter just getting over but captain Barry put us on the shrimp for a great experience ! It’s a great family experience and hands on for the kids– Brandon
This was the highlight of our first trip to the outer banks. My wife and I had a great time, and almost 40 pounds of shrimp as a bonus. Thanks Barry and Duglass.– Robert D Howard
My boys and I had an awesome trip! We had a great time on board and then got to take home a 60 qt cooler completely full of jumbo shrimp!– Augustin
Excellent charter!! Barry and his deck hand were great! This will most definitely be a yearly trip when we come to the Outer Banks!– Jamison
My wife and I would highly recommend this charter. Captain Barry and mate were great. I am definitely booking this charter again next year. Fun for the whole family and plenty of shrimp!– Boyds
We wish we could give it 10 stars!!! Boat was immaculate. Capt. Barry and his First Mate were very informative and personable. We caught a lot of shrimp to bring home—44lbs!! We will see you again next year in September😊. Thank you for a great experience—one we won’t forget!!! The Stone and Nelson Families– Al and Amy
This is a MUST DO experience when you’re in the area. So much fun! Captain Barry & First Mate Douglas are kind, professional, and very knowledgeable. The boat is immaculately clean, and coming home with dinner is AWESOME! Thank you for a great day!– Casey Davis
What a fun and exciting experience! We learned how to harvest shrimp and took home the entire catch!– Leroy & Jo
Captain Barry and first mate Duglas were the best!
If you’re planning a trip to OBX don’t hesitate to book a trip with Captain Barry! He was a wealth of information & very professional. The whole family enjoyed the shrimping experience! The first mate, Douglas, is awesome. They worked seamlessly together. Looking forward to enjoying all the shrimp. We will be back! Thanks 🙂– Tom
The most amazing experience for my husband and I. We booked this charter for our 20 year wedding anniversary and Captain Berry went above and beyond to make sure we had a great trip. If you want to book a shrimp charter this is the Captain to do it with. We went home with plenty of shrimp and lots of great memories. Thank you Captain Berry! See you in September !– Valerie
This was the best trip ever! This was all my family would talk about the rest of the day. My 9 year old son was hesitant because he didn’t think we would be doing anything. But once we were on the Hallie M. and pulled in the first trawl, everything changed…we saw/touched so many different types of fish…my daughter, 7, started naming them. We were able to keep everything that was legal size. Unfortunately all the the fish were babies, but we ended up with 60 lbs of shrimp and about a dozen blue crabs.
We will definitely be doing this again next summer!– Lauren
Anyone looking for a different type of charter needs to take this trip. Captain and mate are excellent and very knowledgeable. Boat is top of the line. Highly recommend Hallie M to everyone.– Chris
We had an awesome time!!! We will definitely be doing this again!! We hauled out almost the maximum shrimp and the Captain and his mate were great to work with!! The captain was extremely nice and very accompanying to our needs while on his boat! It was the best decision on our vacation this year! We made once in a lifetime memories on our trip and have a full cooler of shrimp! Thanks again for the awesome shrimping trip!😊🍤 Highly recommend that everyone takes 3 hours of their day and do this!– Sherri
This mornings charter on the Hallie M was simply amazing! Captain Barry and his crew were great and taught us everything about shrimp trawling. Captain Barry made the trip a learning experience and at the same time we hauled in 43lbs of large shrimp and a few dozen keeper fish. The boat was the cleanest and neatest fishing vessel I have ever seen and we will definitely be rebooking very soon for another adventure on the Hallie M!.– Brian
First class. Knowledgeable Captain, great boat and top flight first mate made for a great day of shrimping. Captain Barry has the best charter I have ever been on. For anyone who wants a memorable adventure just spent a few hours on the Hallie M.– Tom
we had a GREAT time with this charter….Captain Barry and Duglas were inviting and did awesome job with making sure that the experience was comfortable, enjoyable,safe and educational…if you’re looking for a different charter that gives you the rest of your day to enjoy more at the beach…THIS is the one…and given the situation with COVID…this is a great way to enjoy time with family ,away from crowds on the beach….ENJOY ! the crab can be fiesty !! 🙂– Travis
Just returned home from shrimping on the Haille M. Let me tell you, WHAT A FANTASTIC TIME! Captain Barry and mate run a very professional charter, fun and interesting for the kids. I highly recommend taking a break from the beach and go shrimping on Hailee M charters. Thanks Captain for providing a great memory for myself and my kids.– Aaron