I joined the BFC in its infancy and have been a member since. After years of having life getting in the way of my own downtime, I decided to return to my favorite hobby, as an angler getting back into the game, I had few friends that fished locally and I wanted to get to know other anglers. I happened upon the club FB page and Instagram and thought it was a good fit – a diverse collection of anglers, the membership is chock full of people from all walks of life, culture and fishing discipline. I met club member Gilberto Diaz online and he told me that he was coming to my neck of the woods to fish – Great Kills park, along with other club members. I met Jose “Tio” Garcia on that beach and from there on I went to more events and gathering and made more friends and fishing partners. This grew into a core group of anglers that live or fish on Staten Island and the birth of the Staten Island Chapter of the club. The key to enjoying and getting the most out of the club is to be active within it. Sure the discounts are nice, but the true spirit of the club is in its members. I have fished all over the world with members of this club and that is only possible by meeting and interacting with other club members. That what makes it great.