William H Wilkerson has been in the sport fishing business for 18 years starting in Santa Monica, California as a deck hand on a half day boat during the summers.

At the age of 16, William moved to San Diego where he became a dead head on the sport boat San Diego with Roy Rose , before joining the crew of Mascot 6 out of H&M Landing where he worked for two years. He then joined the owner-operator Ray Sobieck on board he Producer, where for the next 14 seasons he honed his skills as deck boss.

During that 14-year span with the Producer, William became one of three African American Captains in San Diego. He ran as second operator for four years, learning all facets of the business from how to run a successful sport fishing operation to providing the best customer service possible.