Owner/Oper­a­tor, Point Run­ner Ore­gon In­let, North Carolina


Chris Ku­bik breezed into the Outer Banks from At­lanta in his early 20s with a packed car and a mis­sion for fish­ing. Shortly af­ter tak­ing a job on an in­shore boat called Risky Busi­ness, Ku­bik was deck­ing for Capt. Fin Gaddy aboard Qual­i­fier, where he stayed for the next 10 years.

Now the proud owner/oper­a­tor of a busy, suc­cess­ful char­ter op­er­a­tion in the Outer Banks, Ku­bik ad­mits his daily anx­i­ety level still stays very high. From the un­pre­dictable weather to cross­ing the bar at Ore­gon In­let on the way to and from the fish­ing grounds, Ku­bik re­lies heav­ily on prayer. “I don’t tell a lot of peo­ple this,” he says, “but I worry less about find­ing fish than I do about nav­i­gat­ing my own in­let.”

Ku­bik ab­so­lutely be­lieves you should pick your cap­tain’s brain at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity. “If you spend time on the bridge, this shows you have an in­ter­est in what is hap­pen­ing up there.” He in­sists this is the best way to learn re­spon­si­bil­ity, es­pe­cially in North Carolina, where nav­i­ga­tion can be es­pe­cially tricky and cap­tain turnover is rel­a­tively low.

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