Our Story

Growing up on the water and spending the first 7 summers of my life in Montauk, NY began my love for the water. In 1997 my grandparents sold their condo at the Surf Club but my family would return spending weekends out in Montauk with family friends until this day.
My love for fishing began at 5 years old where I could be found at the dock trying to catch minnows with a plastic bag. At age 16 I went on my first shark fishing trip out of Star Island Yacht Club on Frank Genna's 38' Tiara . After spending hours at the canyon we landed a 287lb thresher shark and came up just shy of winning the tournament. Upon arriving to the dock Frank Mundus (who was the inspiration behind Quint of the famous movie JAWS!) offered to fillet our catch. It was such a memorable day for me and everyone involved. 
My passion for fishing continues today and that's what inspired me to start Keepers Only Company. I love creating designs and sharing my visions with others. 
Derek Ciliotta
Keepers Only Co