2012-06-29 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From TheWheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro


Brian landed a 45-pound striper. Brian landed a 45-pound striper. Great people do great things. Such was the case Sunday aboard the Jamaica Bay based charter boat Karen Ann. I had the privilege, no honor of fishing with SPC Brian Dilberian. We fish the easy way, where as with Brian’s advantage, him having all the high tech replacement upgrades, he definitely had the edge.

Brian, assisted by Mike from Rockaway, landed a 45-pound striper. Then he added a few big blues to further mock us. You know the true mark of heroism is humility, not once did Brian discuss his situation nor did he need any attention that seasoned anglers often do. Nope he just quietly represented and showed what the “right stuff” truly is.

On a day when our hearts weren’t as high as they usually are and on a day when the fishing wasn’t all that, Brian lifted our spirits and gave us something that we had lost, and that made for the perfect day. So when you’re leaning on a big fish and fighting a trophy never lose sight of the Brians who have given us so much. My job’s easy find fish, his actually not much harder for him; finding courage at which he is second to none. Courage which knows no limitations it flows like a moon tide and reaches unknown heights. Let me tell you a little story about Brian; he’s returning to duty, back to Afghanistan not to search for the remnants of himself, no back to accomplish and complete his mission. Brian is an army of one. He is a proud member of the Wounded Warriors Project, until the next tide ….

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