Captain Kelly Smith is a charter captain with over 30 years of experience. He grew up in Portland, CT on the Connecticut River, where his love of boats began at the ripe old age of 12. Eventually, Kelly became a first mate aboard a charter boat where they fished the coastal waters of Connecticut and Rhode Island. He earned his Captain’s License in 1989, and became captain of the first C-Devil - a 22’ Grady White - taking clients fishing in pursuit of game fish. In 1993 he acquired the second C-Devil, a 26’ Fortier. In 1996 he traded the Fortier for the 32’ Topaz known today as the C-Devil II. Kelly uses his expert knowledge of tides, currents, and the sea floor to provide clients with the finest and most productive fishing experience. He is a full time fisherman and earns his living on the water. Whether it’s taking kids out for fluke or striped bass, or fishing commercially, because of Kelly’s love of being out on the water, there is no other place he’d rather be.
Captain Kelly has been a member of the Rhode Island Party and Charter Boat Association since 1993, and served as secretary from 1997 to 2009. Kelly’s photographs have appeared on the covers of various fishing magazines such as Nor’ East Saltwater, The New England Fisherman and Rhode Island Fishing Magazine. He has also been featured in Anglers Journal.
Gib Randall 1st. Mate :
Gib joined C Devil II at the age of 18, during the summer between his junior and senior year of high school. Gib has been fishing since he was 2 years old. What was his first fish at the age of 2, you might ask? It was a 29-inch striped bass caught right from his dock in Saunders Town, Rhode Island. He hasn’t put down his fishing rod since.
Gib was born in Philadelphia and still lives there today. However, he spends most of his summers in Saunders Town, Rhode Island. Living on the coast has given him the opportunity to fish almost every day of the summer, rain or shine, day or night. His fishing experience in Rhode Island ranges from basic surf casting, to nighttime kayak fishing, to trolling from sailboats and everything in between.
But his fishing experience isn’t just limited to Rhode Island. He has fished everywhere from isolated trout streams in the Big Horn mountain range, to massive rivers in Canada, to coastal Maine, and even the coast of Dubai in the Middle East.
At the age of 6 Gib also began fly fishing. Since then, all of his fresh water fishing has been exclusively fly fishing. While he didn’t start saltwater fly fishing until he was 14, he has picked it up very quickly. “For me, the greatest feeling in the world isn’t when you have a fish on the line, it’s that split second right before they hit your fly, when you see the fish coming up and you know its about to strike; that’s when you know your about to go for a ride!” says Gib.
When he is back at school in Philly, Gib has a few hobbies that keep him busy, including woodworking, hiking, engineering and tying flies. Gib graduates high school in May 2016 and will attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute to study engineering and industrial design.