CAPTAIN MIKE BERNERT
Why I started Shore Thing Charters
I started Shore Thing Charters so I could share my lifetime love of boating with others who want to enjoy the water. There is no better way to create a lasting memory than experiencing the excitement and fun that comes with a great day of boating. Whether you want to relax on the back bay or charge offshore for tuna, it’s my goal to create and deliver an amazing experience that your group will remember forever.
Shore Thing Charters provides private boating excursions for up to 6-passengers aboard a beautifully equipped 27′ World Cat. Its the perfect size and design for cruising or fishing and is known for its soft stable ride. We are based in Ocean City, New Jersey and run from Mid-May to October.
I have been boating and fishing in Ocean City waters since the mid-1980’s when my father bought a 36′ Chris Craft fishing boat, “Skeeter”. I was immediately hooked and began fishing with him and working as mate on local charter boats throughout high school. I earned my first USCG 6-passenger license at 18-years old and captained inshore and canyon charters throughout college. I also worked on other boats, competing in billfish tournaments in NJ, Florida and Bimini, and crewed on a 50′ sailboat in a transatlantic regatta from the Canary Islands to San Salvador, Bahamas.
In the mid-1990’s, I went to work in the business world and started a family but continued to fish and run boats as time permitted. Since then, I have run 42′, 51′ and 63′ Bertams, a 20′ Bayliner, and a 24′ Robalo in South Jersey and Florida with multiple ICW runs in between.
After 2020 and all its challenges, I decided to again pursue my passion for boating and renewed my OUPV 6-passenger license. I purchased a beautiful 27′ World Cat Dual Console and opened “Shore Thing Charters”. I hope to see you on the water soon~
Capt. Mike Bernert