Dave Hegel

Meet Captain Dave Hegel

Meet Captain Dave Hegel and Pamlico Pirate Fishing Charters!

About the Captain:

Captain Dave Hegel was raised in Charleston, SC during the early 1960s. From a young age, he joined his father, Henry “Skip” Hegel, aboard their boat on excursions across Santee Cooper and the salt marshes of Charleston. Captivated by the thrill of catching Bass and Redfish, known locally as “Spottail” bass, Captain Dave developed a deep passion for fishing. Following his father’s return from multiple tours with USMC 2nd Force Recon in Southeast Asia, he established Berkley Marine Center in Monks Corner, SC, shaping the Hegel family’s lifelong dedication to fishing and boating.

Captain Dave's career path led him through Sea Ox Boats, Johnson/Evinrude Outboards, and Genmar Boat Holdings (which included Ranger, Lund, AquaSports, and Hatteras). In 2019, he played a pivotal role in the launch of Vanderbilt Luxury Pontoons. During his tenure as Promotions Manager at Johnson/Evinrude in the mid-90s, Captain Dave oversaw various pro-fishermen, guides, TV shows, and sponsorships, an experience that solidified his enduring passion for fishing.

Among his most cherished memories are the opportunities to fish alongside legends such as George Poveromo, Mark Sosin, Denny Brauer, Larry Nixon, and many others. These experiences, both in saltwater with icons of the sea and in freshwater with bass legends, enriched Captain Dave's skills and knowledge profoundly.

While engaged with Johnson & Evinrude Outboards in the early 1990s, Captain Dave competed in tournaments like the FLW tour and Red Man Tournament Trail. Yet, his heart remained devoted to saltwater pursuits, leading him on fishing expeditions to Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, and beyond, where he learned from some of the world's top captains.

Captain Dave’s deep-rooted connections within the industry, shaped by his father’s roles with Hydra-Sports, Donzi, Chris Craft, and later Mercury Marine, as well as his sister Kim’s involvement with Boston Whaler and World Cat Boats, have been pivotal throughout his career. The moniker "Pirate" pays homage to the rich maritime history of the region and Captain Dave’s alma mater, East Carolina University, known as the Pirates

Boat Details

Captain Dave followed closely in the footsteps of his father, nicknamed "Skip," in his love for boating, fishing, and the industry surrounding it. Once submerging himself fully into the business, colleagues began calling Captain Dave "Skiplett" after his father. As decades passed, the Captain's father, a former marine and dedicated family man, lost his battle to ALS. Before passing, Captain Dave had begun the process of building his boat to guide on the Neuse/Pamlico. Thus, once the Captain's father passed, the nickname that was once a funny joke became the name of the Captain's vessel as a tribute to his father. "Skiplett" is to honor his father and his legacy to the marine industry. 

Pamlico Pirate Fishing Charters runs a 2021 300 HP Suzuki 4 Stroke Outboard with Jack Plate on a 23' Boca Bay made by AquaSport. "Skiplett" is made perfectly for the conditions and fishing styles of the Neuse and Pamlico Sound-- getting extremely shallow and running in difficult seas. 

The Captain's vessel has a T-Top for shade for the sunny days at sea and two live wells aboard. In addition, "Skiplett" is fully equipped with 12" Garmin Side and Down Scan, a GPS, Stereo, and a Minn-Kota 36 volt Riptide trolling motor. Due to the fact that the Captain intended for this boat to be precisely a fishing boat when designing it, the seating is the leaning post at the helm and a console cooler seat. Most people prefer standing behind the leaning post or sitting on the forward console seat. 

Soonest Trip Availability


Pamlico Pirate Fishing Charters Available Trips


Expertise & Attributes

41 Years of Experience

fishing Attributes

Master Guide
Nature / Wildlife Views
Saltwater Fishing
Technical Fishing
Good with Large Groups
Good with New Anglers
Good with Families
Good with Kids

Gear & Equipment

Available Fishing Gear


Good to Knows

Trip Includes:

Star Fishing Rods, Diawa BG reels, DOA tackle and lures

What to bring:

Snacks and drinks

Cooler (If keeping catch)

Sun protection (sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses)

Wear weather appropriate clothing

DEPOSIT: A deposit is required for all bookings and will be applied at checkout

BALANCE: The remaining balance is due on the trip date as either Credit or Cash.

GUEST CANCELLATION: In the event that you must cancel your booking, you must do so 14 days prior to your trip date to receive a refund on your deposit. Rescheduling is encouraged and dependent on guide availability.

GUIDE CANCELLATION: In the rare event that your guide must cancel due to inclement weather, health, or equipment issues, you will have the option to reschedule your charter for a later date or receive a refund on your deposit.

TIPPING: Tips to your guide are greatly appreciated for your quality trip.



Boat Type: Motorboat (engine-powered)

Boat Guest Capacity: 4

Boat Length: 23

Manufacturer Name: AquaSport

Model Year: 2021

Number of Engines: 1

Horsepower per Engine: 300

Maximum Cruising Speed: 55

Boat Registration: Not Given

Features: GPS, Multimedia System