Captain Ron Santee Sr., Atlantic Highlands, NJ – 1974
Captain Ron Santee Sr. at the helm of the "FISHERMEN" from Atlantic Highlands, NJ circa 1974. Captain Ron's fishing career started in 1955 when he passed his Coast Guard exam at the age of 19. The following year he started operating an old 45-footer named the "FISHER BOY" from the Sandy Hook Bay marina. He then sailed from the Highlands Marina for several years before renaming the boat "FISHERMEN" and moving the business to Atlantic Highlands, NJ. His second "FISHERMEN" was a converted Air Sea Rescue boat and his third "FISHERMEN" was a Stevenson built boat. In 1985, a new "FISHERMEN" boat arrived from Lydia Yachts at Stuart, FL and it is still sailing today.
After a successful career, Captain Ron retired in 2001 and Captain Ron Jr. took over the family business. Captain Ron Sr. is still a daily fixture on the boat and hasn't lost his passion for fishing.