Brian Billings

Brian Billing hails from Deer Isle, which lies along the Eastern edge of Penobscot Bay. Fishing is the heart of the economy, and, like many Maine coastal towns, its heritage as well – with fishing families, like Brian’s, reaching back for generations. As he puts it, “my great grandfather, my grandfather and my father, they we’re all fishermen, I guess you could say I was born into it.”

“I first started fishing in a skiff, hand hauling with my brother, he’s also a fisherman.” When Brian was in Junior High he got a center console with a hydraulic hauler. “When I was in high school and college, I went with my father, I was pretty much always fishing if I wasn’t in school.”

Brian attended Maine Maritime Academy, and after graduating worked on a tug boat on the west coast. “We went all the way from Alaska to Hawaii, and all along the west coast, but I like where I’m from, and I wanted to come home.”

Brian is 29, married and finished up building a house last year; he’s expecting his first child, a boy, in October. “My wife is from Stonington, her grandfather was a fisherman.”

I asked Brian what he liked to do in his spare time.  “Spare time?” he asked, sounding perplexed. “ I don’t really have any, if I’m not working on projects around the house I’m working building my business, but I do like doing anything outdoors related.”

Name of his boat: Face Off “because you’re always facing off against something out there. Weather, tides, boat problems, there is always a challenge.”

What’s his favorite way to eat New Shell lobster? “When I’m camping, on the rocks at the beach, it just tastes good there.  I don’t even use butter, just the lobster cooked in saltwater.”