About

The Boat

59 foot Custom Carolina Paul Spencer – Twin 1150 HP Cats

Major Refit in 2007, 2012

Bi-Op-Sea charters with Captain Jesse Granitzki and Mate Chris Stine operates out of Oregon Inlet Fishing Center on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She is a custom built “Carolina” charter boat, specifically designed, engineered, and constructed for the waters off the North Carolina Outer Banks.Previously named the For Play’n, Bi-Op-Sea underwent a major refit during the winter of 2006-2007 and again in 2012-2013.

  • New fuel tanks holding 1400 gallons of fuel, a mezzanine cockpit layout, larger generator, icemaker and many upgrades to the interior.
  • Re-powered with Twin C-18A Cats producing a total of 2300HP in 2012.
  • Powerful Cat engines provide a Cruise speed of 27 knots for fast access to the Gulf Stream.
  • “State-of-the-Art” navigation and fish finding equipment help provide you the safest and most reliable sport fishing opportunity in the world today.
  • Modern tackle, from Shimano Tyrnos 20’s to Penn 130’s to challenge any gamefishing situation which may present itself.

We provide bait, tackle, and ice. You may bring your favorite rod, if you wish, as long as it is in good condition with fresh line matched to the gamefish you are seeking. We carry a lot of ice to insure that your catch is in the best condition possible when it hits the dock.

Bi-Op-Sea has a comfortable indoor salon with plenty of seating, heating and air conditioning, a microwave, refrigerator, and a of course a private head (toilet). The BI-OP-SEA underwent a complete re-fit of the interior salon in 2012 with new cabinets, countertops, carpet, and electronics. The BI-OP-SEA has a 43″ flat screen TV, Blue Ray DVD player, and Dish Network Satellite TV which evens works while fishing offshore. We also have a Stereo with I Pod connectivity to listen to your own music while fishing.

We welcome families and children and we encourage angler participation.
We strive to provide an enjoyable fishing experience for all aboard.

Boat Photos

Captain & Mate

Captain Jesse Granitzki

Mate Chris Stine

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.

The Owners

Craig Johnson
Mark Brown 

Craig Johnson

Craig Johnson, out of Heathesville, VA has owned and operated a successful excavating business, celebrating 30 years of excellence in 2019.  As a young boy, Craig began fishing and has never looked back.  His adventures in fishing have led him to be named Top Angler at Pirates Cove, along with the Biopsea team capturing the winning trophy in 2012, 2013.  Also, Craig’s team captured second place at the VA Beach Billfish Tournament in 2013.  Not only have Craig’s accomplishments fishing occurred on American waters, but his fishing career has taken him to Central America, where his team from NC has won and placed in several international tournaments. Craig is proud that his fiancé, Wendy, is also enjoying fishing.   Wendy has become an integral part of the Biopsea tournament team and has proven so by winning  Top Lady Angler twice at Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament, years 2016 and 2018. Craig believes that the Biopsea charter succeeds every day because of Jessie and Chris’s tireless work, commitment to safety, and grand ability to catch fish. They make the Biopsea one of the top requested charters at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center.

Mark Brown

Our owner Mark Brown is an avid fisherman and hunter who hails and from northern Virginia. He is married with 4 children and 6 grandchildren and owns a successful construction business there. The great team that runs the business allows him ample opportunity to enjoy his passion for big game fishing and hunting. Fishing with the successful Bi-Op-Sea team as an owner now is a dream come true.