About Top Shelf

Our Customers are the #1 priority we want our customers to have the best experience of their lives we always give 150%.

About the Crew

Captain Daniel Monette

Captain Daniel has been fishing the waters of N.C for 30 years. He has been running charter boats full time since 2005. Daniel has a deep passion for the great outdoors,And he wants to share his love for the sea and the life it has to offer with others. Captain Daniel is very knowledgeable about fishing the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and is targeting anything from Blue Marlin to Bluefish. He fishes many tournaments and has done very well in multiple tournaments. Daniel feels that customers that get involved and get hands on while on a charter will have a more enjoyable fishing experience. Considered to be one of the best Captains on the Crystal Coast, he will always give 100% and go that extra mile for you. To make you fishing trip the trip of a lifetime.

Marty Hiatt

Marty Hiatt, a.k.a. WAHOONBOX, has spent 37 years as a professional offshore mate based in Morehead City, North Carolina. His career began in 1972 on the fantail of the USCGC BLACKTHORN with a handline & cedar plug. In 1989, he had his first major win as a mate in the Cape Fear Billfish Tournament, and his accomplishments continued, including Overall Champion in the 2000 NC Governors Cup Billfish Series, Winner of Barta Boys & Girls Club Billfish Tournament in 2004, Overall Champion in the 2005 NC Governors Cup Billfish Series, 1st place in the 2006 Ducks Unlimited Billfish Tournament, 1st place in the 2015 KWLA Big Rock & 1st place in the 2017 Big Rock. Marty worked closely with us to develop the ViperSniper Offshore Dredge Baits, the same bait used as a teaser in the 2017 Big Rock win that netted 1.1 million dollars. Marty is well known and respected in the offshore fishing community and remains highly sought after speaker based on his extensive experience & expertise.

About the Boat

The boat is a 53′ custom sport fisher with twin cat diesel power. She boasts a  23 knot cruise, and a plush interior with comfortable couches and seating. The boat also features clean restrooms, state of the art electronics, satellite radio, flat screen TV, heating and A/C. Professional & drug free crew is First AID and AED certified.

Safety Equipment

Top of the line safety equipment Includes first AID with EPIRB, SAT phone, life raft, and offshore life jackets.

Top Shelf would like to thank the following:

  • Angler’s Envy
  • Daddy Mac Lures
  • High Sea’s
  • American Fishing Wire
  • Fathom Offshore
  • Laceration
  • Smith Sunglasses
  • EJW Outdoors
  • The Reel Outdoors