The Late Captain J.P. Trochesset Jr. was one of the pioneers of the Charter boat industry as we now know it, and has passed his 40 years of experience and wisdom to his son and grandsons. Capt. Jay leads the way with over 40 years of fishing experience. His sons Capt. Dustin and Capt. Brandon, started out as deckhands for their father and grandfather at an early age and now both have boats of their own. So come let this family of fishermen show you how much fun fishing can be.
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Captain Jay Trochesset
Jay is one of the most experienced captains with over 50 years of chartering on the MS coast.
Born and raised in the charter fishing business he is passing down his knowledge to a fourth generation of Trochessets’. He is highly regarded in the Charter industry by bringing the first and best Custom Build Catamarans to the area versus the solid hull boats introducing smoother rides.
Captain Jay worked with his father the late J.P. on the Charter Boat Gay Jay at the age of 12 deckhanding during the summers of high school and college. His career as a licensed charter boat captain began in 1974 when he purchased his first boat the Silver Dollar, as the business grew Jay and his father J.P. spent the better part of three years designing and building the Silver Dollar I a 50 foot fiberglass sports fisherman without benefit of blueprints.
In 1997 Jay christened his third boat the Silver Dollar II a 50 foot Catamaran which was custom built and featured in an article in the Sun Herald “Boat takes fishing to new depths.”
He now operates the new Silver Dollar III purchased in 2009, an updated 52 foot Catamaran.
In December 2007 Capt. Jay was interviewed by the USA Today in an article “Charter boat industry tries to reel back fishers.” Jay has also been featured in the MS. Press Association. The Clarion-Ledger, The Commercial Appeal in Memphis TN, The Meridian Star, over 15 times in The Sun Herald and other media sources. You may have caught articles, quotes or interviews containing Captain Jay in, Salt Water Sportsman Magazine and Mississippi Outdoors Magazine. Jay is a Coast Guard Licensed Captain for over 40 years,
He has also won Sun Herald’s peoples choice awards in the category of favorite fishing charters and was awarded the Biloxi Business Men’s Club Image Award for 50 years of outstanding service in the Charter Boat Business and in Feb 2016 was inducted into the IGFA Hall of Fame, 1 of only 2 Captains from the Northern Gulf of Mexico to receive this honor.
He is a member of Good Standing in:
- Charter Boat Captains Assoc. charter member and past president
- Gulf Fishing Banks Assoc. board of directors
- National Assoc. of Charter Boat Operators
- Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce
During Jay’s more than 50 years of experience, he has endured many challenges: He has weathered dozens of tropical storms and dozens of hurricanes, including, Camille, Isaac, and in August 2005, the most devastating Katrina. He has tolerated Governments restrictions such as fish limitations and short seasons, especially Red Snapper; and competing with commercial fishing.
He endured the disastrous BP Oil Spill which left the Coast’s charter industry reeling. The drop in economy in 2007 and 2008 further took its toll on Jay’s Charter Boat business. Jay has seen a lot of changes in the business during his half century, but he states he is never too old to learn something new. He will stay in the business until he passes, just like his Father.
Jay graduated from Biloxi High School in 1966 where he played baseball and basketball. He then went to the University of Southern Mississippi, where he majored in secondary education. Although he enjoyed college, the excitement of catching cobia, red snapper, jack crevalle, king mackerel and grouper was a way of life for Trochesset.. While at USM, he married his wife Vickie who helps run the business. Jay served nine years in the Mississippi National Guard. They have two sons, Dustin and Brandon, now third generation fishing charter captains. They have four grandchildren, Maddux, (Deckhand), Fisher, Kaden, and Tori.
Captain Dustin Trochesset
Captain Dustin grew up working the decks of his Father and Grandfather’s charter boats. He’s been running charters with his father since he was 6 years old. Captain Dustin is a licensed charter boat Captain now and is the owner of Big Fish Charter’s. He has been featured on Gulf South Outdoors and enjoys all types of fishing. Dustin was a member of the 1999 winning team of Gorenflo’s Cobia Tournament and finished 2nd three more times. He has placed in the MS Gulf Coast Billfish Classic and the Silver Sailfish Derby held in West Palm Beach Florida. Dustin is a graduate of Biloxi High School. He attended MS Gulf Coast Community College, LSU and Southern Mississippi. He spends his spare time helping his parents run Silver Dollar Charters.