Having a family history of sharing the beauty of the Outer Banks, which began with Captain Kenneth's grandfather, Aycock Brown, and his work at the Dare County Tourist Bureau. His grandfather's career spanned multiple decades and many credit him with a leading role in the development and continued success of the growth of the Outer Banks as a tourist location for millions and many generations of family memories!
Kenneth's father continued this work both as a charter captain and a North Carolina public school history teacher, passing along stories to many of the locals who grew up here!
"Today I utilize many of the lessons taught growing up, in my family's day to day lives".
Growing up as a native of the Outer Banks, Kenneth's father and him spent countless hours working and playing on the local waters. Forty-five years later not much has changed, he still spends his days playing and working on the waters of the Outer Banks. Now instead of following his father under the bridge or through the marsh he finds himself leading three boys of his own through many of the same experiences.
In fact, most days "it is hard to call what I do work".
Captain Kenneth's fishing career began at age eight. He worked summer months as a first mate for his father for ten years before becoming a first mate on the gulf stream charter boat “Sportsman” with Captain Omie Tillett.
Captain Omie Tillet brought me aboard as a Gulf Stream Mate in 1990 which lasted until my graduation from North Carolina State University in 1995.
At that time, with a mechanical engineering degree in hand, he moved to Virginia and actually worked a "real job" long enough to get his wife to agree to marry him. Eight months later he was back working for Captain Brynner Parks on the Smoker. Following his position on the Smoker, he worked with Captain Ned Ashby on the Wildfire Charter Boat before ending up as a mate for Captain Tony Tillet on the Carolinian.
I think fishing is a great way to keep people returning to the Outer Banks and we take great pride in promoting both our business and the industry as a whole. The fleet at Pirates Cove is recognized not only for their fishing skills, but also for the quality of captains and service they provide. Many captains from other areas often comment on the team work within our fleet. It is one of the keys to the success of the fleet and what helps to make our area so special. Come see what we have to offer!