Fishermen

F/V Gulf Stream I
Beaufort, NC
United States
James is a third-generation fisherman who calls Morehead City, North Carolina home. In his mid-30s, James is one of the youngest commercial snapper grouper fishermen in Carteret County area, and just about everyone in his family is connected to commercial fishing in some way. James will “fish for just about anything,” but his bread-and-butter species are grouper, snapper and trigger fish that he catches with rod and reel and hydraulic reel gear. His trips typically average three to five days and generally take place along the North Carolina coast with occasional trips along the Northern region of the South Carolina coast.For James, the best part of commercial fishing is the serenity he experiences while spending time on the ocean. Though rough weather and harvest quotas can pose challenges for any commercial fishermen, James cannot imagine a better livelihood for himself.