It’s Game On for Capt. Thrasher

Tina Harbuck
Capt. Eric Thrasher spent Thursday afternoon at the docks spray painting the bridge of his new boat, Game On.

No more Daybreak, it is “Game On” from now on for Capt. Eric Thrasher.

After sitting at the helm of the charter boat Daybreak for more than a decade, Capt. Thrasher has a new ride — a 41-foot Hatteras — which his wife Katie tagged “Game On.”

“I was brainstorming and looking for the perfect name,” she said when she came up with Game On.

“It’s game on from now on, and it’s game on when it is fishing season,” she said.

Thrasher, who got his captain’s license in 1985, worked with Capt. William Frank and Capt. Tony Davis on the Anastasia for about 10 years before moving over to the Daybreak.

“The Daybreak is an awesome boat … it’s a tough boat and can fish in any type of weather,” Thrasher said.

But when the opportunity presented itself for him to buy a boat and be the sole owner, he jumped on the idea.

Capt. Mike Eller of the Lady Em had bought the boat, originally called the Bandit, from an owner in Panama City in May. And just a few weeks later, Thrasher purchased the boat from Eller.

“I didn’t know what I was going to do with it at first … it needed a lot of work,” he said.

“The engine room and structure was in good shape,” Thrasher said. “Cosmetic work was all that was really needed to be done.”

With the purchase of Game On, Thrasher became sole owner of his boat, instead of having two partners as he did with the 46-foot Daybreak.

“It’s going to affect my business some … about half and half,” Thrasher said.

The Daybreak could fish 10 people, while Game On is just a six-pack.

“It’s a step down in size, but owning 100 percent is a step up,” he said.

Earlier this week, Thrasher was spray painting the inside of the bridge.

“I’ve got a little more interior work to do,” Thrasher said, noting he’s about 60 percent complete with renovations.

“I’m shooting for Feb. 1 to be done with it.”

Once the boat is ready to fish, Thrasher says he’ll continue to “do it all.”

“I’m not going to change the way I fish just because I have a smaller boat,” he said.

Nor is he changing docks. He’ll still be located at Fishing Fleet Marina behind Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurant, just a little bit farther down the dock.

As for the boat, “I’m not sure it will be my last one, but it will be the last one for a while.”