About Southern Run Fishing Charters
Owned & Operated by Captain Ben Morris
My passion for saltwater fishing started at a very young age when my dad would take me every winter to Charleston South Carolina to chase big bull redfish on the flats. I knew from that moment on that saltwater fishing is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
While I have fished since I was old enough to hold a rod, I started doing it for a career at age 19 at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. I started off as a mate and quickly worked my way up to Captain and before I knew it I was running offshore fishing charters for the Ocean Isle Fishing Center. I did this as I was attending the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and graduated with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. During this time I did an internship down in the Florida Keys where I would also work on charter boats during my days off from working at Hawks Cay Resort. During my last couple years in school I had to find a job a little closer to the university. That was when I started my time as a mate on the legendary Whipsaw Charter boat out of Wrightsville Beach. I would work for Whipsaw all throughout the summer and fall then switch gears in the winter and work for the Ocean Isle Fishing Center in the winter for the Bluefin Tuna season in the outer banks. In the fall you can find me competing in numerous King Mackerel tournaments from North Carolina all the way down to Tampa Florida. Throughout my fishing career I have learned countless different ways to catch big fish but my favorite by far is on light tackle where applicable. Fishing is truly a passion of mine and I don’t plan on ever stopping. The most rewarding trip for me is to see someone experience how awesome saltwater fishing is for the first time and to create memories that will last a lifetime.