A CAREER OF COMMITMENT
Capt. Harold Staples celebrates 40 years at the helm with the Wilson family
Capt. Harold Staples was happy when one of his mates asked if he would fish with his father and a client in the 1977 New Orleans Invitational Billfish Tournament. Little did he know that invitation would lead to a 40-year relationship as the captain of Jim Wilson Jr.’s Wynsong.
Staples, who is 68 years old, celebrated 40 years with the Wilson family on November 1, 2017. He ran the boat for 29 years for Jim Jr., who died in September 2006, and continues as a captain for Wilson’s sons, Jim III and Will, fishing out of Destin, Florida.
In a sport where many captains don’t remain with the same boat owner for more than just a few years, working with the same family for four decades is a rare achievement. “The only way I can explain it is God put me together with