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About the Crew

Captains are licensed by the United States Coast Guard and members of the American Professional Captains Association. 

Mighty Heron Charters is owned and operated by the husband and wife team of Miss Debwa and Capt. Mike. (Capt. Mike punched above his weight when Miss Deb agreed to marry him).

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Capt. Mike

Captain Mike is the primary guide, and along with his wife, Miss Deb, co-owner of Mighty Heron Charters.


Capt. Mike (USCG Lic. #2759396) is a native of Cape May and Atlantic Counties. He has been fishing the waters around Ocean City - from the back creeks to the canyons - for over 45 years. He has been a licensed captain and working full-time in the industry since 2006. Sure, catching the big ones is a passion but he is just as happy when he helps a kid catch their first fish and they break out in their happy dance.

He shares his knowledge of fishing by presenting seminars on back bay flounder and striped bass fishing, on behalf of "The Fisherman" magazine.

Capt. Mike is a certified instructor for the New Jersey safe boating course and a certified National Boating Safety Council on-water safety educator.


He loves Philly sports teams and Chelsea F.C. He can sometimes be found trying to strike up a friendship with a bird or staring at a tree for hours. His favorite pasttime is being criticized by Capt. Gene. 

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Capt. Greg H.

Captain Greg (second from left) runs the show a couple of days week so Capt. Mike can spend some time with Miss Deb. Don't let his youthful appearance fool you. Greg is an experienced captain and is in his 4th year with Mighty Heron Charters. He is an accomplished angler with a specialty in offshore big game.

Greg will be a junior at West Chester University in 2024. He is a huge fan of K-pop, especially BTS ;-)

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Colt C., Chief Mate

Colt (first on right) originally came to us on a part-time basis during the 2021 season. Maybe his actual age was misrepresented by Capt. Greg ;-) Even at a younger age, his fishing accomplishments are impressive, everywhere from the back-bays to the canyons and Florida.  You will be very happy with his skills and how well he works with kids.

Colt will be a Senior at Holy Spirit High School (Miss Deb's Alma Mater) in 2024. He plays football and is the faceoff man for the lacrosse team. 

Colt is not all fishing and sports. He is a member of the National Honor Society and active with the water quality group, Captains for Clean Water.


John W, Mate

John is in his 3rd season as a mate. He is so good at fishing that Capt. Mike's nickname on his phone for him is "The Phenom". You will be impressed with his skills and kids just seem to naturally look up to him. He probably consumes 5,000 calories a day.

John will be a Junior at Ocean City High School in 2024. He is a stand out lacrosse player and the faceoff man. That means he and mate Colt will be going at it mano o mano in the 2024 season :-)

John also owns "Jaws Custom Jigs". He makes outstanding custom jigs and rigs.


Capt. Gene, "Chief Engineer"

Capt. Gene is Capt. Mike's dad. He is a wealth of knowledge about the various systems that are on a boat. His knowledge and skill helps keep the Miss Debwa in great condition.

An avid outdoorsman, he has been fishing the waters of South Jersey for over 60 years.

His favorite pasttime is criticizing Capt. Mike.

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Kim M., Booking Coordinator

When you call to book a trip or have questions, Kim is usually the first person you speak to on the phone and is very helpful. She is the absolute glue behind the scenes and when she speaks, Capt. Mike listens. She is going into her 4th season as our coordinator.

She is the mother of Mate Colby, Webmaster Colin, and stepmother of Mate Logan.

She is happily retired from teaching and is also a travel advisor. Find her travel agency here.



 Logan M., Chief Mate Emeritus

Logan, now in her 4th season, might be helping out for parts of May and June, 2024. After that, she will be pursuing opportunities that help her advance her long term academic and career goals. We're totally bummed but this is where she should be.

In 2024 she will be entering her sophmore year at Washington college. If she serve as mate for you you will be shocked at her ease with cursing like a 19th century man o' war sailor.

Seriously, she is a highly skilled mate and very good at helping everybody have a good time.

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 Colby F., Chief Mate Emeritus

Colby. Cheese. The original mate.

Maybe he will be around for some of the early in the 2024 season trips and maybe he won't. It will probably depend on whether or not he feels like working or playing golf. He graduates from Southern Mississippi Univerisity in 2024 and will be starting a career as a wealth manager/CFP some time this year. 

A good mate and he made everyone feel like a million bucks. He will be missed.

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