About Captain Dave Tilley

My name is Captain Dave Tilley, I currently hold a 200 Ton USCG Masters license and operate the charter vessel Wild Rover III based in Carolina Beach North Carolina. I also own and operate SaltwaterCentral.Com along with the Offshore fishing tools "FishHere", "ReefCast", "WaveCast" and "SeaCast".

I have been fishing pretty much my entire life. It is where I find my place in the world. It is where I fit.

I commercial fished for Grouper, Snapper and King Mackerel while at UNC-Wilmington studying for my BA in Communications. Over the next decade I operated charter boats ranging from a 25 foot Aquasport, to a 38 Bertram, to a 40 Luhrs, to a 56 Custom along with working on several party boats as both Captain and Mate.


I was the Captain of the party boat "Continental Shelf" based in Morehead City NC for over 10 years running 12 hour, 24 hour and 48 hour trips offshore while setting 2 state records and earning countless State citations.

I am fascinated by fishing, the weather and computers. I have spent the majority of my life time hunting and catching fish while watching the wind blow and seeing first hand what it does to the ocean.


I look forward to having you as a guest and fishing with you aboard my beautiful girl "Wild Rover III".

If you have any questions just let me know!

Thank You,

Captain Dave


  • The Best Capt Dave Tilley and First Mate Tyler, you will ever fish with. I promise they will find the fish and the boat will be full. I did a 12 hr trip then went back for 14 hr trip.

    LCM 8-31-18

  • Dave and Tyler are awesome! They genuinely care about giving you a great experience. Very good with kids and inexperienced fisherwomen.

    CD 8-7-18

  • We had an amazing time today with Captain Dave and Tyler! They went above and beyond to make sure we had a safe and fun day. Can’t wait to go out with them again!

    EM 8-6-18

  • Captain Dave and Mate Tyler were both Great!! It was my first trip and it was Amazing, I can't wait to go again

    LM 5-2-18