Digest — July 2005
By Capt. Patrick Sciacca
Sharing the Wealth
|The Canyon Runner crew catches a lot of fish, but unlike some old-school anglers, these guys will tell you where and how.|
When New Jersey native Adam LaRosa was a kid, he’d get one day a week to fish with his father. It was usually on a Sunday, and for those precious eight or so hours on the water, all LaRosa wanted to do was catch some bluefish. However, when the enthusiastic kid angler would inquire with captains and locals as to where the fish were biting, no one would give up the 411. Since LaRosa’s father was busy working all week, the duo didn’t have time to do on-the-water recon. The youngster was frustrated that no one would help out. He promised himself that if he ever figured out where the fish were, he’d share the information with anyone who asked.
Anxious to learn the ropes, LaRosa started working as a mate on Jersey Shore charter boats at age 12. (He tells me he got away with it because he was big for his age and could pass for 15 or 16.) In addition, he went to every fishing seminar he could, taking copious notes and gleaning potential fish-catching leads. And guess what? He started catching fish. Eventually his family went into the charter-boat business, and soon LaRosa was the one being asked where the fish were. He happily shared his information.
Flash forward a few decades. He’s still sharing, only on a much larger scale—like with nearly 800 anglers over two days of hands-on seminars. You might say LaRosa has done more than keep that boyhood promise.
I recently checked out an offshore fishing seminar given by LaRosa and the crew of the Point Pleasant, New Jersey-based Canyon Runner charter-fishing team, of which LaRosa is a one-third owner. (His father, Capt. Joe LaRosa, and well-known New Jersey captain Phil Dulanie make up the remaining two-thirds of this operation.) The seminar concentrated on my favorite type of fishing: canyon fishing. That’s right, trips to the edge for tuna and billfish.
As modest as this crew is about its pelagic pursuits, there’s a reason this seminar in Huntington, New York, attracted a crowd of 325 and an earlier one in Atlantic City, New Jersey, sold out. The crew has logged more than 300 days in the Northeast canyons over the last three years, 1,800 trips to the canyon in total. (The combined time spent at the edge for the Canyon Runner crew exceeds 5,000 days.) Dulanie has more than 1,000 canyon trips during his career as well as the distinction of catching two 1,000-plus-pound giant bluefin in one day. Oh, and the total tuna count for this boat is 50,000-plus. Needless to say, when this crew talked, everyone listened. It was like one of those old E.F. Hutton commercials.
This article originally appeared in the July 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.