From the desk of Captain Des OSullivan,
owner Celtic Quest Fleet, Port Jefferson NY
Hello and thanks so much for reading! We are very excited to announce this long awaited Fishing Fun Summer Camp!! In a moment, I will tell you all about it. But first, I would love to share a quick story with you!
Last year on a nice, warm, summer day in July, a young boy came walking down the dock holding the hands of his Mom and Dad.
Apparently, this young boy had been asking for weeks for his parents take him out fishing on Long Island Sound. His name is TJ, and like so many other 10 year olds, he was so excited to go fishing finally onboard the boats he would see leaving the dock every day from Port Jefferson.
His mom said it was all he talked about.... so finally they packed up a nice lunch and headed down with their excited boy beaming at their side.
When they arrived at the dock, they were a little unsure if this was a great idea, for TJ was only 10 and had never been fishing off of a "real" boat, as he called it.
We assured them that by all means it was a great idea and they had nothing to worry about.
We told them that teaching kids to fish was what we know and love to do and that he would fit right in with the rest of the children on the boat. We assured her that countless kids before him have come out and had a great time and we would absolutely help him every step of the way.
So they hopped onboard, TJ picked the "best" spot on the boat and we headed off to the fishing grounds.
Well, fast forward an hour later.......It started with a "Hey Mom....I got one. I got one!!!!!
Everyone looked over at TJ's fishing rod which was doubled over the rail as he struggled to reel up what was obviously a really big fish!!!
He was so focused, so in the moment, cranking away with all his might as he reeled in the fish he had been dreaming about for so long! You have never seen a smile so big and proud as the one on TJ's face!!
Finally after several minutes, TJ's dream catch lay on the surface for all to see. It was a huge Striped Bass!!! And by far the biggest of the day!!
Quickly the mates came and netted his fish and when they placed it on the deck at TJ's feet, it was a moment that no parent could ever forget.
The profound joy, the innocence on his face, the giant beaming smile was beyond description as he shouted... "Look Mom what I caught!! Its Huge!!!!!
And in that moment, as TJ beamed with pride looking at his catch while laughing and telling everyone to check out his monster fish, we were all reminded once again about the profound excitement and happiness that fishing can bring to all of us.
The look on this 10 year olds face said way more then words can ever describe here.
Truly, this day is something that not only TJ, but his parents will cherish for the rest of their lives!
It is stories like this that make us love what we do as fishermen and why we have devoted ourselves to providing families and kids with the great opportunity to spend time fishing together on the water.
And it is the reason we are so excited to announce our brand new FISHING FUN CAMP!!
For years the Celtic Quest Fleet has served our local school districts, boy scout and girl scout organizations and countless family groups by providing educational, child oriented family fishing trips on Long Island Sound.
After receiving tons of great feedback and ideas from our customers, we have put together what we believe will be one of the most fun and adventure filled summer camps available to any child who loves fishing, boating or just being on the water!