Captain Jesse Granitzki
Captain Jesse Granitzki has lived on the Outer Banks since age 2 and has been involved in fishing his entire life. He has fished for work since the age of 14, starting on head boats and eventually moving on to offshore fishing. He fished part time through college and graduated from East Carolina University in 1997.
After a few years in the regular working world, he made it back to the Outer Banks to pursue his love of fishing. Previously, Jesse had been the mate/part-time captain on the For Play'N for 5 years until Captain Bob Sumners sold the boat in October 2006.
Jesse holds a 100-ton Master's license and has gathered experience charter and tournament fishing along the east coast as well as Mexico and the Caribbean. Jesse lives in Manteo, NC with his wife Cara and their three sons.
Jesse and the Bi-Op-Sea have had a successful first five seasons. In 2007, Jesse was voted "Captain of the Year" for Pirate's Cove Marina. In 2008, they had a strong tournament performance finishing 3rd place in three consecutive tournaments: Dare County Boat Builders Challenge, Alice Kelly Ladies-Only Tournament and the Pirate's Cove Billfish Tournament. 2011 was an incredible year for team BI-OP-SEA during their tournament schedule. They finished 3rd place overall in the Carolina Boat builders Challenge, 1st place overall in Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament, and 2nd place overall in Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament.
Mate Chris Stine
Our mate is Chris Stine from Montross in the Northern Neck of Virgina. Chris has been fishing offshore for a living for more than 10 years and has traveled extensively and has fished up and down the coast, Mexico, Bahamas, as well as Venezuela.
Chris also holds a 100-ton Master's license and may be on the bridge from time to time.
Chris is as good as they come and was voted "Mate of the Year" at Pirate's Cove for 2008 and again in 2011. He is very easy going, eager to help you learn, and will do all he can to help you have an enjoyable day of fishing. Chris lives in Wanchese with his wife Danielle and son Grey.
We welcome families and children and we encourage angler participation.
We strive to provide an enjoyable fishing experience for all aboard.