About Capt. Rob Spitzenberg
I am a lifelong resident of Long Island and have been fishing these waters since 1981. In 1990 I earned my USCG Masters (Captains) Near Coastal 100 Ton license and have been fishing with it FULL-TIME ever since. I have owned and operated multiple boats since 1990 and have worked with other owners as captain or crew, fishing extensively both inshore and offshore (Northeast Canyons and giant bluefin tuna fishery).
In the Northeast, the fishing season is 8 months, give or take a couple of weeks, and I put in 200 to 225 days (1,500–2,000 hours) on the water each year. This is what separates a FULL-TIME fisherman from the part-timers.
Even when my boats do not have a charter, I’m out fishing with my crew.
Professional, courteous, and knowledgeable mates are an important aspect of having an enjoyable charter. Most of LONGEVITY’s full-time mates are themselves licensed charter captains. They are the best of the best, and it shows during your fishing charter.
Our captains and mates have long histories in professional fishing and in some cases have been working together for decades.
In addition to full-time crew, there’s always the next generation of mates putting in their time and honing their fishing skills.
A gratuity (tip) of 15% to 20% of the charter cost for the mate is customary. LONGEVITY’s mates work extremely hard over long hours to make sure you have the best trip possible, preparing gear, catching bait, cleaning your catch, and scrubbing the boat long after you have gone home. Your generosity is appreciated.