Captain Fred Kern, SUPER SPRAY II, Belmar, NJ – 1977
Captain Fred Kern loved catching Fluke and he learned his trade from some of the best specialists from Belmar, NJ (Captains Pete Saro Sr., Pete Saro Jr. and Hugo Harms.) In 1968, Captain Kern Purchased the "SPRAY II" from his mentor Pete Saro Sr. and continued to operate her from Belmar, NJ during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. In 1974, he owned and operated the aluminum "SUPER SPRAY II" from Belmar, NJ. (Back then people thought you were crazy building an aluminum boat especially when it cost around $182,000.)
In 1979, Captain Kern sold the "SUPER SPRAY II" and concentrated his efforts at his bar, "Capt. Kern's" in Belmar. When his son, Mike got his captains license in 1986, they built the aluminum party boat "CAPT. KERN". Captain Mike usually ran the boat, but Captain Fred was on board every day and enjoyed mixing with the people. Captain Fred retired in 1993 and sold the "CAPT. KERN"; he now works on the "MISS BELMAR" and fishes with his son, Captain Mike Kern. Captain Fred, now 76 years young, still goes fishing on most days. Photo courtesy of the Kern Family.