About Captain Joe

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Captain Joe Ferrara grew up on the water, boating and fishing on the Connecticut coast in Long Island Sound.  Every summer he’d spend hours almost every day fishing for flat fish (flounder) bluefish, striper, and mackeral.  His love for the water had a direct impact on his ultimate career choice as a Navy Officer. Captain Joe is a retired U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer. During his Navy career, he served aboard a variety of Navy warships, in Deck, Operations and Engineering departments. Based upon his Navy experience, he completed a comprehensive battery of tests administered by the U.S. Coast Guard to receive his Third Mate’s License. In his over five year Merchant Marine career, Captain Joe served aboard various merchant vessels, where his sea time and experience permitted him to test for his Second Mate and Chief Mate licenses. He also obtained his license as Master of Ocean vessels of not more than 1,600 Gross Tons.  Captain Joe is currently working in the U.S. Government as a Civil Service employee and runs a number of businesses including His Doghouse Charters, where he started taking people fishing in 2003.

His Doghouse Charters allows Captain Joe to share his wealth of nautical experience and love for the sea with the community.