CAPTAIN ERNIE FOSTER
OWNER OF THE ALBATROSS FLEET
For over 54 years now, Capt. Ernie has professionally fished the waters off Hatteras on The Albatross Fleet boats. He has successfully maintained and improved the historic fleet and built a loyal multi-generational customer base. In addition he has cultivated and trained many of the people in the charter fishing fleet as quite a few have worked his boats.
Capt. Ernie also dedicates a large portion of his time to civic responsibilities, serving on the Board of the NC Coastal Federation, NC Watermen Foundation, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council, Dare County Oregon Inlet and Waterways Commission and the Mirlo Centennial Steering Committee. He and his wife, Lynne, also lend their advice to the annual celebration of Day at the Docks and the Blessing of the Fleet.
Capt. Ernie is a founding board member of North Carolina Watermen United, a non-profit organization that represents the needs of our coastal communities by protecting the livelihood of the people who fish for a living and providing a voice for fair fisheries regulations.
CAPTAIN BRYAN MATTINGLY
CAPTAIN OF THE ALBATROSS II
Beginning in the early ‘80s Capt. Bryan worked for 8 seasons as a mate with The Albatross Fleet before getting his captain’s license. He skillfully runs the Albatross II and brings in the fish. He continues The Albatross Family tradition with this son, Sumner, working as his mate during the summer seasons.
A commercial fisherman in our off season, His is a growing voice for the value of local, wild caught seafood and has represented North Carolina fishermen at meetings and conferences along the east Coast. He also serves a Director of the Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative
Capt. Bryan is a talented chef who knows how to cook ‘em as well as catch ‘em! He and Antoinette, his creative wife, an artist and owner of Kinnakeet Clay pottery and gallery in Avon, are behind Hatteras Cat, a rich pet treat made from recycled fish scraps from our catches.
CAPTAIN OF THE ALBATROSS
Like all of our Captains, Michael is a Cape Hatteras High School graduate and started working on the water shortly there after, mostly Commercial fishing, but also Sport fishing and Dredge boating.
When in in his late twenties, he founded and ran a boat building and repair business during which time he built 47 wooden boats up to 39 feet and repaired many more, including major repairs and renovations to the Albatross Fleet.
In 2001, he sold his business and went back to work on the water, Sport and Commercial fishing. He has run the ALBATROSS since 2004. Boats and fishing have not been his only activities on the water. He was also a serious surfer for 44 years, a kite boarder for 10 and now spends his free time sailing as much as possible.
He knows the waters from Cape Point to Ocracoke Inlet intimately and it is a rare day that he cannot find the fish somewhere. He knows a lot about the history, geography and trees of Hatteras Island and can keep the rare, slow day of fishing interesting for the curious.
CAPTAIN OF THE ALBATROSS III
Rex Bunting, captain of the Albatross III, is a native of Hatteras Island. His passion for fishing was born at a very young age. As a child he grew up fishing with his grandfather, and, at the age of 15, he was offered his first fishing job.
He is proud of the many opportunities to fish with great fishermen throughout his fishing career thus far.
In April of 2013, he caught the state record golden tile fish, and in May of 2015, his picture was featured in the Saltwater Sportsman. He received mate of the year for the Hatteras charter fleet in 2015. Just a short time later, he accepted an offer to run a boat for the 2016 season and did so until he was offered his second captain job.
He has proud to have become a part of the Albatross Fleet and looks forward to being a part of your fishing experience.