Sea Toy Sportfising is well known throughout the Mid-Atlantic as a seriously busy charter operation but equally so for their many successful tournament runs. For 28 seasons and four boats, Captain Bull Tolson ran Sea Toy for owner Dave Wood, an unheard of legacy in what can be a capricious business. Recently sold to a new ownership group comprised of sportfishing veterans Jim Bayne, Wayne Enroughty, Bob Swope and David Biggs, Sea Toy is committed to upholding and building upon this impressive history. Today, with first mate DJ running the cockpit, Captain Bull and the Sea Toy team provide a first-class offshore experience that is highly regarded among the Mid-Atlantic charter fleet.
Capt. Bull Tolson is a native to the Outer Banks’ with a personal and family history deeply ingrained with local fishing. His grandfather, Sam Tillett, was one of the pioneers in charter fishing with the opening of Sam & Omie’s in Nags Head, the original charter boat headquarters for the Outer Banks, (now a well known restaurant).
Capt. Bull began fishing as a mate aboard a charter boat in Hatteras NC at the age of 12 and became a United States Coast Guard licensed captain at the age of 18. His fishing experience extends beyond the Outer Banks’ with stints in Bermuda, Mexico, the Bahamas, and numerous waters along the East Coast. Tournaments are a specialty for Capt. Bull with winnings recorded (at least once and sometimes twice) in the White Marlin Open, Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, Hatteras Harbor, Hatteras Marlin Club, Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament, Alice Kelly, Allison Tournament, Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, Manufacturers Cup, Bermuda Blast, Bermuda Big Game Classic, Bermuda Sea Horse, and the Virginia Beach Billfish Tournament.
Shelby “DJ” Dejarnette has run the cockpit of the SEA TOY the majority of his career and likes nothing better than the pull of a big blue marlin. With lightning reflexes, mad skills and a killer focus the guy is half machine, half maestro with a passion for the job that is inspiring. Whether your experience is slim or you’ve passed a few sea buoy’s, fishing with this crew will be one for the memory banks. You can sit back and enjoy the show, or tune in and learn a thing or two–DJ teaches and does it with a patience belied by his thrill—which is contagious.
He has racked up a few tournament wins both with Bull on the Sea Toy as well as in Los Suenos, CR and a few other exotic locations but he won’t tell us all of them.