Captain Charlie "Lost Boy" Schoonmaker has been a lifelong resident of North Carolina. Growing up on the rivers, lakes, and shores of North Carolina has given Charlie experience in all water sports from freshwater canoeing to deep "bluewater" fishing. Having commercially fished as well as sport fished, the "Lost Boy" has seen all aspects of the ocean world and he can appreciate each complete & varied area of the fishing and water community. Charlie has over 45 years of local knowledge and experience fishing the Beautiful Southeastern Coast of North Carolina (SENCland). He is your perfect Native
South Eastern North Carolina Fishing Guide and Charter Captain.
Charlie has been fortunate in having had the opportunity to travel and fish extensively in such countries as Venezuela for Billfish, Iceland for Atlantic Salmon on a Flyrod, Canada for Pike and Muskies, Mexico for Billfish, the Bahamas for Tuna, Billfish and the large Mahi Mahi, and the Caribbean. These travels have given the "Lost Boy" a greater understanding and appreciation of our world and it's citizens, plus all the numerous tricks and techniques to catch all these different fish has been applied to his extensive local knowledge of catching fish here in SENCland!
Having worked on Charter and Private boats in the Bahamas and the Carribean during the winters and springs of the past 19 years, the “Lost Boy“ has returned to Inland and Near-Coastal North Carolina fishing as a “For Hire“ IFC US Coast Guard Licensed Charter Captain (Master's License, 50 Ton rating). You can be assured that your safety and comfort is the top priority as well as your experience of having a wonderful, fun-filled, and exciting day! Families and Children are always welcome!
Charlie's training as a professional educator (BA, History, 1969; MA, Guidance and Counseling, 1977) have given him the unique abilities as a captain, mate, and guide to teach numerous fishing skills to everyone and he takes great pleasure in working with young and old alike.
When you find the "Lost Boy", he will be fishing, enjoying the world around him, and sharing his knowledge of the waters, equipment, and fish with others. The "Lost Boy" is a captivating storyteller, well versed in the culture and lore of Coastal North Carolina, universally known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic." Charlie's positive outlook on life and quick wit are second to none and make him one of those unique individuals that you'll never forget.
“Life is not a Journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of dust, fall out of the vehicle, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming loudly for everyone to hear within earshot, “Wow, What a heck of a Ride!” Anon