In this 12 part series, Randy Ramsey reflects each month on the most influential people to contribute to Jarrett Bay’s success over the last 25 years.

I was fortunate enough to meet Capt. Omie when I fished with him in 1982 on “Sportsman”. We traveled to the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center that fall, and while we were anxious to take part in the white marlin fishing, Capt. Omie wanted a “few fish for the dock”. Little did I know that his definition of a few fish was having a box full! When we started in, the wind breezed up and I was amazed by the way the boat handled in the sea and how well she did compared to the boats I had run. Soon after that trip, we set our goals to build a similar boat that we would use in our charter business.

As time passed, we got to know Omie better and in the fall of 1986, we set out with a plan to build “Sensation”. We went to see Omie and he told us as much as he could about how he built his boats. He gave us advice about methods, materials, and shared his life lesson “nuggets” along the way. We soon started “Sensation” and Omie was open and helpful throughout the entire process. For many years, I have been proud to say our boats have a direct lineage to Sportsman Boatworks.

Over the years Omie has become a wonderful friend and I am proud that he kids with me and calls me his son. He is a favorite at the Big Rock, and many people are inspired by his morning prayer on the radio. He always makes time to share his knowledge, give you a hug, and let you know he “loves you”. Omie’s generosity and sense of family has been a guiding force in all we do at Jarrett Bay, and we are proud that he is part of our lineage.

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Omie Tillet


  1. bert

    I am proud to call Omie my friend, he is a great man who is very humble.I have learend a lot from him both in fishing boatbuliding and life

  2. Mary Ann

    Omie is my great-grandfather! He is an amazing man, and I love him to death!

  3. Phil Loori

    One day I hope to meet Omie Tillet just once, I’m 17 and I’ve read and have been told about him countless times and meeting him is a goal of mine.

  4. Autumn Kirchner


    I am a broker in Florida and I recently came across a boat I am listing which is suppose to be Omie’s last boat he built. Its a 61′ 1982 Sportfisher. Id like to know more about it and find out if anyone has possibly been on it.


    • Jarrett Bay Boatworks

      Hello Autumn, one of our staff is going to be in touch with you via email and get you some contact information for Omie. Thanks!



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