June 11, 2014 – Lindenhurst, NJ – MarineMax Lindenhurst announced today that on June 8th their fishing team made the trek to Hudson Canyon, 100 miles offshore, to honor all the armed service members who defend America’s freedom both here and abroad.
Joe Svedi, a MarineMax customer, asked MarineMax Fishing Team’s Captain Kevin Graffagnino if MarineMax could do something special for a friend, Sergeant Adam Keeton, a U.S. Marine who has served 2 tours in Iraq and 1 in Afganistan. Kevin approached MarineMax Regional President, Matthew Barbara and MarineMax store General Manager, Joseph Clup with the request. Together they agreed to provide a special offshore experience on the MarineMax Fishing Team’s boat, a Sailfish 320 CC, to thank Adam for his service and in-turn honor all men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.
“I had some previous experience fishing offshore in California, but nothing like this. It was the best day of fishing I could have ever dreamed of,” said Sergeant Keeton. “It was amazing, we landed 3 of the 4 bluefin tuna which we released and 7 of the 9 yellowfin one weighing almost 100 pounds. What a great time with some really great people.”
Along on the ride was another MarineMax customer Jim McAleavey. The pick-up crew worked well together and with Captain Graffagnino’s experience and knowledge, he was able to put the crew on the fish on a cool and sunny day over the Hudson Canyon. The Hudson Canyon is the largest known submarine canyon off the East Coast of the United States and one of the largest in the world, it is a natural haven for bait fish which naturally attract pelagic predators.
“It was such a rewarding day of fishing and I am so grateful for this opportunity to meet and get to know Adam,” Captain Graffagnino explained. “The men and women of the armed services sacrifice so much to protect us. It was a true blessing to have the opportunity to give little back.”