2020 Future 10: Shane Britt
Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce and South Brunswick Magazine recognize Brunswick County’s young professionals and future leaders.
SHANE BRITT | OWNER, FIN-FISHER CHARTER SERVICES | AGE: 35
Would you sign up for a career that requires you to start your day at 4:30 in the morning? Captain Shane Britt did — especially since he is working for himself and fulfilling a dream.
For 12 years, Britt worked for Duke Energy. By his own admission, it was a great job, but he realized that “some people are better working for themselves,” and he knew he was one of them.
With a passion for fishing and teaching people his personal tactics, he decided to take a leap of faith in 2015. He left his stable job and started his own fishing charter business from Holden Beach. Fin-Fisher Charter Services, named after his sons, Finlynn, 8, and Fisher, 6.
At least six days a week, Britt is on the water teaching people how to fish and providing a chance for them to explore the backwaters of Brunswick County. He typically runs two four-hour charters a day, although some clients will book him for the entire day. For Britt, it is not just about taking people fishing or “catching” as he prefers to call it, but about helping people make memories.
“I like the fact that I’m giving people a way to step away from their lives for four hours,” he says.
Britt got his own opportunity to step away from his day-to-day life by appearing on the National Geographic Channel’s Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks as part of the Rasta Rocket crew, which also includes his friends Zack Shackleton and Daniel Blanks. The reality television series is about commercial tuna fishermen who fish for the lucrative Atlantic bluefin tuna off the coast of North Carolina.
When Britt isn’t helping paying clients put fish on the boat, he often donates charters to local charities for raffles that help bring awareness to their causes, including New Hope Clinic and Waves 4 Kids. He also coaches baseball in Lockwood Folly and makes family time a priority with his wife, Devan, his two sons and his 4-year-old “princess” Fia Kay.
Being nominated as a Future 10 leader reassures this self-described “people person” that he made the right decision to start his own business. “It’s a huge accomplishment, to be recognized for running my own business as a standout in the community,” Britt says.