Our Crew


Captain Buddy "Love"  Smith

Captain Buddy "Love" Smith began fishing the waters offshore of Murrells Inlet at the age of 7 with his father, on their boat, "Pretty Work". By the age of 12 he had set four IGFA small fry world records and caught limits of yellowfin tuna, dolphins and wahoos. Smith began his fishing career the summer he was 12 and has been fishing professionally ever since. Smith fished until he was 16 in Murrells Inlet and then began travel fishing for marlin tournaments on several different boats in both North and South Carolina. He obtained his bachelors degree from CCU, but held jobs throughout his college career, fishing up and down the east coast and throughout the world.

Smith has fished a season in Bermuda where his team was 5th place in the prestigious Triple Crown series, weighing the second largest marlin of the Sea Horse tournament at 544 pounds. Smith has spent the majority of his recent years fishing out of Oregon Inlet, North Carolina, where he has fished with and learned from some of the best. Though he has been mostly on private boats marlin fishing, he spent a summer fishing with Captain Jason Snead on board the "Dream Girl". Smith had hundreds of happy customers throughout his charter fishing career in North Carolina. He managed to not only win the Oregon Inlet Mate's Pool in 2015 with a 626lb blue marlin, but also won 1st place in the tuna division in the Ocean City White Marlin open with a 276lb Big Eye Tuna on the last day that earned him and his team over $573,000.


Smith's passion has always been helping people enjoy the ocean as much as he does. Whether it be catching a Spanish mackerel on a spoon, or catching a large marlin, Smith loves what he does and aims to keep everyone onboard happy. Excellent with fishermen and fisherwomen of all skills sets and ages, Smith loves taking people fishing and is great with children and families. Smith believes that every fishing trip is an opportunity for something great and keeps his crew and his gear in top notch condition at all times. He says, "You never know when the fish of a lifetime is going to show up behind the boat.", and always has his crew ready for any kind of fishing. Though he loved traveling, he is thrilled to be back home and at the helm of the Underdog and looks forward to taking you fishing.