Captains: Jeurgen Turner (JT) & Tyler Turner
50' Delta Tacklebuster-The 50 foot "Tacklebuster" was built in 1976 by Delta Marine Industries and is powered by Twin Cummins QSC 8.3 liter rated at 500 hp each. The vessel is US Coast Guard Certified and Offshore Rated out to 100 nautical miles. Recently refitted, the "Tacklebuster" is CLEAN, FAST and RELIABLE for its customers cruising at a comfortable 18-21 knots with a top speed of 27+ knots. Large deck space and comfortable cabin accommodations provide a safe and fun fishing platform for all ages to enjoy.
Jeurgen Turner-Captain Jeurgen "JT" Turner has been in the charter fishing industry 40 years. He worked his way up from a fish filleter in 1975 to a deckhand, and quickly to a Captain in March of 1980 at the age of 19. He has a well-known reputation for having a clean, well-equipped vessel and takes pride in providing the Tacklebuster for his customers to fish aboard. He and his wife Teri, have owned three charter boats dating back to 1980 all named "Tacklebuster."
"I've wanted to be a charter boat Captain since my first time behind the wheel at age six. Taking passengers out for an 'ocean adventure,' whether it is fishing or whale watching, is a passion. The thrill of catching fish, BIG ONES; watching whales spouting, breaching and spy hopping, and the challenge of navigating the seas has always been thrilling! It's a life style for my family not just a living---a way of life. I like to let passengers know they can 'leave their worries on the beach' as my mentor taught me 40 years ago. I love the sounds and smells of the roaring diesels as we sail outbound on the ocean. I love the sounds of the 'whoops and hollers' from the passengers as we make our way out the channel and into the vast pacific, and their first experience with the pitch and rolls of the sea. The most rewarding part of my job is hearing 'Thank you Skipper we had a GREAT trip!' With that, I know I have done my job."
Captain Tyler Turner has grown up on charter boats and the ocean; boats and fishing are his life! From five years old, when he would wake up on the bunks below deck, eat his oatmeal and go help the customers catch fish, he knew ocean fishing would be a significant part of his life. Tuna and Halibut fishing are his favorite ocean activities, but the other fisheries such as bottom fishing, crabbing and salmon fishing are a close second. "In 2008, I was in a motorcycle accident that left me a paraplegic but I never let that destroy my dreams of becoming a captain. You'll see me on deck in my wheelchair as well as standing with my leg braces at the helm of the vessel. Never let an obstacle get in the way of your passion.
'Everyday is so different out there on the ocean. I never get tired of waking up, jumping on the boat and meeting new fishermen and women. It's one of the many joys of being part of the charter fishing industry. During their time on the Tacklebuster, customers get to experience this amazing outdoor adventure that has become my passion. I'm very competitive once I get behind the wheel.I'll do whatever it takes to get my clients on the fish. ' " Captain Tyler
Together Captains Jeurgen and Tyler make a formidable team, the shared experience of two lifetimes on the ocean and in the charter industry make the "Tacklebuster" a vanguard of the Pacific Northwest Fleet.