Captain Rob Darmanin:
Rob Darmanin holds a valid U.S. Coast Guard Master License
and is authorized to operate vessels up to 25GT.
As a child growing
up in New York, I spent countless hours on the weekends and
all week during summer break fishing! My family is originally
from the Mediterranean island of Malta, where fishing is a
way of life, so It was important to my father that he pass
that cultural heritage on to me. It continues to run as strong
as a spring tide current in my blood today!
As a youngster my
dad would take me along when he and his brothers would go
down to the surf to toss big plugs into the breakers in persuit
of the game fish that engorged themselves on schools of smaller
fish caught up in the awesome power of the ocean's surf. He
also was responsible for taking me offshore for the very first
time, and that was enough to get me hooked on "Blue Water"
fishing for life!
As I got a little older I took the information
my dad taught me and added to it every chance I got. I read
magazines, watched fishing shows, attended seminars and gleaned
any useful information I could from fellow anglers I met during
my pursuits. But most of all, I FISHED!!!! Nothing compares
to actual hands on experience when it comes to learning the
basics of fishing.
To me one of the best things about fishing
is that one could never really know all that there is to know
about it! Just like a hunter, a good angler thinks like his
but just when you think you have them figured
out, they throw you a curve ball! To me that is the essence
of fishing. It's what keeps it fresh and challenging regardless
of how long you have been at it.
One of my favorite expressions came from
an "old salt" I met walking on the same beach as
me one fishless morning many years ago. He told me that he
had been to the very same spot just one day earlier and it
was like "fishing in a barrel". When I expressed
my disappointment in having missed the action by just one
day, he replied with a smile
well son, that's why
they call it "fishing"