Capt. Anthony "Tony" DiGiulian
Founder & President
Anthony “Tony” DiGiulian is President of Saltwater Professional Consulting. Tony started his career in 1979, aboard his Aunt and Uncle’s charter boat, out of Shinnecock Inlet, Long Island, N.Y. Working for over 39 years in the sport fishing industry as a professional Captain, deck hand, conservationist and consultant, he has led anglers to over 10,000 billfish captures worldwide, including several ultra-light world records and tournament victories.
A published author on various fishing related subjects, Tony is a recognized expert on all types of saltwater fishing. His articles have been published in Sport Fishing Magazine, Marlin Magazine, Tournament Digest, IGFA International Angler, Billfish Magazine, fishtrack.com, In The Bite Magazine and Coastal Angler Magazine. He has been interviewed for numerous articles on fishing related topics by all the major fishing publications. You can view his many how to videos on YouTube, IGFA.org and Fishtrack.com.
Tony has worked for some of the top sport fishing operations in the world and learned his craft from some of the most famous captains in history. The list includes legendary Captains: Skip Smith, Eddie Herbert, Rick Defeo, Daniel Timmons and Australian Laurie Wright. In 2006, Tony co-founded along with the International Game Fish Association (IGFA), the “IGFA School of Sportfishing”. In 2018 this program entered its twelfth year of existence. He also volunteers for all IGFA children’s programs and especially enjoys helping special needs children to experience the joys of fishing and being outdoors. Tony is a board member of “Fish to Make a Difference”, an organization that works with the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to take children and their families, suffering with various health issues and life-threatening diseases out on the water fishing.
In 2009 Tony started a project in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he guided his clients to the first rod and reel swordfish captures in Red Sea history. He is also responsible for the creation of The Red Sea Game Fishing Club and the Red Sea Game Fish Association. In addition, Tony was the lead consultant and project manager in the creation of the first multi-boat charter fishing operation in Saudi Arabia. In April of 2010, Tony was a guest professor at the prestigious King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, where he taught a three-day course on fishing and the potentials of sport fishing as an industry on the Red Sea coast. In 2011, Tony was a guest speaker at the 2011 Asia Marine Conference at the 2011 South Korean International Boat Show, where he presented on the economics of the sport fishing and recreational angling industry. In 2012 he travelled to Egypt to begin a project in El Gouna, at the Abu Tig Marina with the end goal of bringing the sport fishing industry to Egypt’s resort coast on the Red Sea. In 2017 and 2018, Tony created and produced the Sea Spray Abaco Challenge fishing tournament, at the Sea Spray Resort in Elbow Cay, Abaco Bahamas. This event is quickly becoming known as one of the best in the Bahamas.
Mr. DiGiulian has always been committed to the sport fishing industry, but above all, has a deep desire to help preserve our marine environment and to protect the rights of the fishing public. Tony has been advocating for professional ethics, responsible use and proper fish handling and reviving techniques for three decades. Tony is an active member of The Billfish Foundation and a member of their Captains advisory board. In February of 2010, Tony was awarded the title of “Billfish Foundation Conservation Ambassador”, and continues to spread the TBF message here at home and around the globe. In February 2018, Tony was named as an official Ambassador for Keepemwetfishing for his decades long advocating for proper fish handling and release techniques. Recently he has become the radio voice of the Yamaha/Contender Miami International Sportfish Tournament as the events on air scorekeeper. He is a regular speaker at many fishing seminars and specializes in public speaking and organizing and conducting seminars for various organizations, including the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). You can also hear Tony most Saturday mornings on the Weekly Fisherman’s Show, 940WINZ am radio Miami. His goal is to help boating and fishing enthusiast of all levels obtain the skills, information and technology necessary to maximize their overall saltwater experience.