Captain Bob Foundation
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Catching his first fish at age four, Rob Dunagan formed a love for the water at a very young age. Learning to drive a boat, cast a net, and even bait a hook are some of many memories of his childhood. As Rob grew up, his passion for fishing and the great outdoors grew as well. Rob began fishing competitively in tournaments and when he was in college, his passion brought him great success. Rob won the Southern Kingfish Association's Angler of the Year award in 2001 and was the runner up in 2000. In addition to his success in tournaments, he has captained fishing shows on ESPN, and was a featured spokesperson for Bass Pro Shop, where he demoed fishing technique and skill.
Rob always credited his success to his father, Bob Dunagan. Whether he was pre-fishing the waters with Rob days before tournaments, or supporting Rob in his endeavors, Bob's support has been the key to his son's success. It is safe to say that some of Rob's proudest moments have been sharing his wins with his father! In an interview with The Brunswick News, Rob has the following to say about his father: "Dad got me into fishing when I was just two or three years old. We did all kinds of fishing, from trout to king fishing. It's always been a great family outing for us. Prior to the Biloxi tournament, Bob and I fished a week of practice down there, to find out where the fish really are and be ready for the actual tournament. I couldn't have done it without the practice."
If you have met Rob you have seen first hand that his energy and zest for life is contagious. Nothing gives him more joy than to share his love and experiences of the great outdoors with others! This urge to share his experiences with the others grew considerably on February 1, 2010 when Rob lost his father, Captain Bob Dunagan to cancer. On that day, he dedicated himself to carry on his father's legacy by making fishing and the great outdoors more available to special needs children as well as underprivileged children that do not get the luxury of seeing and experiencing the many wonders that Rob and his father experienced together. This effort is the driving force behind the Captain Bob Foundation!
Response has been incredible and we urge more to participate! After all, service is our rent for living and the reward will far exceed your expectations!
The Captain Bob Foundation
41 Professional Drive
Brunswick, GA, 31520
The following letter was sent to the foundation by Kimberly M. about their experiences at a Captain Bob Foundation event:
"My family enjoyed a fabulous weekend at St. Simon's Island fishing and seeing Georgia wildlife with the Captain Bob Foundation. My son Andrew has Fragile X Syndrome which manifests itself in ADHD type symptoms; anxiety, hyperactivity, and sensory processing, in addition to other learning disabilities. But he is very active, loves the outdoors, sports and being on the water. Captain Rob of the Captain Bob Foundation gave my son and my entire family an experience will we never forget. Captain Rob was sensitive to the special needs of my son, while providing a unique tour of St. Simon's Island by land and boat. We cruised along dolphins, and hiked Cumberland Island within feet of wild horses. After a picnic lunch Captain Rob instructed on how to throw a line and a net, and we watched as he pulled in dozens of fish. And then the kids experienced fishing for themselves. At the end of the day we all enjoyed a shrimp boil with fresh shrimp caught by Captain Rob himself and enjoyed a video slideshow of the day's events. I was impressed that Rob adapted to my son's needs while simultaneously including his sister, who as the sibling of a special needs child is often overlooked in these type of situations. Both my children thoroughly enjoyed it and are anxiously awaiting our return trip this year. "
Another Message about the Captain Bob Foundation:
"Thanks for an amazing day Capt. Rob. You are making a difference in many lives and we are thankful to have been a part of the Capt. Bob Foundation trip." - the Miller Family