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Meet the Crew
Captain Des O’Sullivan
(Owner, Operator Celtic Quest INC)
Captain Des holds a 100 ton Near Coastal Captains License, and is a native of Port Jefferson who has been fishing the local North Shore waters his entire life. He has been featured in the Fisherman magazine, Newsday and as a guest on both the Fishing Line and the Noreast Radio shows. Desmond has also appeared as a speaker at several local fishing seminars including George Poveromo’s Saltwater Sportsman’s Seminar and annually at Jerry McGrath’s well known Sport fishing on Long Island seminars.
Desmond worked for 11 years as a mate and a Captain for the local party boats. After graduating Fordham University with a degree in Liberal Arts and Music he decided that he wanted to continue being a fisherman and moved to Montauk where he worked as a Captain for the Viking Fleet. For over three years, Capt Desmond ran trips which included 2 and 3 day cod fishing trips to Georges Banks as well as local trips for Striped Bass, Fluke, and Block Island trips for sea bass and porgies.
In 2002, Desmond returned to his home in Port Jefferson and began his own business, Celtic Quest Inc. which he owns and operates today.Our humble beginnings began in Mt Sinai Harbor, where we kept our first boat on a mooring and picked everyone up at the boat ramp. The Celtic Quest was a 1959, 45 foot, 30 passenger boat which was no frills to say the least. It was a boat though that has seen some epic fishing trips for sure! Luckily with the tremendous fishing in our area and the great fortune of receiving a berth in Port Jefferson Harbor, business grew and we were able to purchase our current boat, the Celtic Quest II in the fall of 2005.
In 2007 we have added the Celtic Quest III, a 25 foot Mako center console, 40 knot charter boat which will carry up to 4 passengers for custom fishing charters. But in the fall of 2009 we decided to sell the cqIII and purchased our new boat…a beautiful 75 foot fiberglass party boat!!! She is an extremely sea worthy and has sailed for many years out of captree before coming to Port Jefferson. We spent several months refurbishing this vessel and no dollar was spared in upgrading the machinery and electronics. She is a great boat and very comfortable to fish off of. We hope you like it!
Desmond is passionate about sharing all that our waters have to offer families and especially children. Along with his crew devote much of their time to furthering that cause and It is this their hope that no matter what age or experience level, those that fish with us will be able to experience the same joy and appreciation that we feel as in our lives as fishermen.
|Captain Mark Dejong||Captain Mark has been working with us for several years now and we are incredibly fortunate to have his help!! Mark has worked on the water for over 20 years and has run some of the top party boats on the north shore. He is always a crowd favorite and his upbeat, friendly personality along with his extensive knowledge of fishing make him a great asset to have on-board.|
|Captain Chris Kadlec||Captain Chris has been working with us for 8 years now and has been an integral part of the business since the beginning. Chris is a fantastic fisherman who knows the local waters as good as anyone. Chris and I worked together on the local party boats growing up. He is one of the top fishermen in our area by far. We are very fortunate to have Chris as part of our team, as his dedication to excellence and hard work on every trip he runs is always evident to our customers.|
|Captain Vinny Pallazzatto||Captain Vinny is a retired NYC police officer and joined the Celtic Team back in 2013. He now works with is full time and has become an integral part of our company. For that, we feel truly fortunate. He is a fantastic deckhand, super hard worker, has an incredible spirit and let us tell you…he will keep you laughing for sure! They just don’t make many like Vinny! lol…He is a true character, wonderful people person, is always smiling, having a good time and his great attitude is contagious. You will love ’em for sure!|
|Captain Mike Licausi||Captain Mike – It’s always great to have a school teacher onboard! Mike has been teaching elementary school for over a decade now and we are really fortunate that he spends his “Summer Vacation” working with us! Mike is an extremely hard worker, phenomenal with the kids and families and hopefully if we are lucky, he will continue to help us out during the summer months! In addition, Mike is the newest member to join the ranks of Captain this year! He is is a highly skilled deckhand who has been working on the local party boats for almost 20 years now! We are grateful that he has been part of our crew now since 2010!|
(The Office Guru!)
|We are incredibly fortunate to have Bernadette running our office!!! She has been working with us since 2008 and as so many of our customers will attest she does an amazing job! Our regulars all love her and constantly tell us what a pleasure it is when they call the office.
Whether you are setting up a charter or just want to chat about the fishing, Bernadette does an exceptional job to help insure your trip is a success…
…not to mention she keeps the rest of the company in order!! ( Ask the crew…their pay checks are always on time!!