July 2020

Meet the Captains: Miles Atlman

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.KAT Photography

Miles Altman
Shelter Cove Marina

How long have you been a captain?
I got my license in 1972, so almost 50 years.

What was it like fishing on the island back in 1972?
Oh man, it was nice. There was nobody here. Back in the 1970s, we hardly ever saw another boat when we were out on the water.

What is the most frequently asked question you get from your guests?
“Can you eat that?” And usually my answer during the summer months is no, because it’s a shark or it’s a size too small to keep.

What is the hardest part of being a fishing charter captain?
The hardest part of being a captain is producing fish. We’re really at the whim of the fish and how hungry they are. So, it’s pretty much out of your control. It’s not as easy as taking out a dolphin tour and saying, “Look, there’s a dolphin!” Sometimes the fish don’t cooperate, and the weather is bad. That’s why they call it fishin’, not catchin’.

What do you do in your free time?
A lot of fishing!

How many charters do you do in one day?
We average about three a day.

Do you have any tried-and-true seasick remedies?
The best thing I can tell you to do is to take Dramamine the night before when you go to bed and take another one in the morning when you get up. That way it’s in your system.

What is your biggest fear out on the water?
Safety! Things can happen quickly on a boat. My main concern is keeping people safe.

What is the biggest fish you’ve ever caught?
Locally, a tiger shark.

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