Capt. Barry was born and raised in Gulfport, Mississippi and began fishing the Mississippi Gulf Coast when he was 10, catching redfish and shark. At 16, Barry started working as a deck hand on the charter boat, ‘Sand Dollar’ fishing the Gulf waters under Capt. Jim Mowrey, until his retirement from Mississippi Charter fishing.
Barry then began working out of the famous Broadwater Marina in Biloxi on the charter boat ‘Blue Runner’ with Capt. Tony David, a long time charter captain from Biloxi, until his retirement.
Next, he started on the charter boat ‘Fishy Business’ fishing the Gulfport / Biloxi area with Capt. Lenny Desroche, until he moved on to work on the charter boat ‘Mis-Conduct’.
In 1995, after a lifetime of apprenticeship, Captain Barry assumed command of his own boat and started his charter fishing business, 9 Ball Fishing Charters, bringing the wealth of countless hours of first hand experience, and skills grown by serving alongside some of the most experienced Charter Captains the Mississippi Gulf Coast has known.