Danny Roberts is affectionately known as “Dan-da-Man” within the Coastal Virginia fishing community. He is a lifelong resident of Virginia and currently resides in the beautiful coastal city of Virginia Beach. As 1 of 10 siblings, he understands the importance of having balance and connections with those you love. Strangely though, being the 5th son out of 6 boys and 4 girls, his connection to nature seemed to have developed right out the gate as he would venture off by himself as a young man, exploring the woods, fishing, and crabbing with his friends. Danny was always the daredevil and risk taker of his group which in turn, had his friends tagging him with the nickname of “Tarzan”. Danny is a 1991 graduate of Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake Virginia. After graduating, Danny was faced with the ultimate question that challenges so many newly graduated young men… “what are you going to do with your life now?” Fortunately, his late father, Mr. Thomas Roberts Sr, at the time was a commercial construction supervisor for a general construction company and understood Danny’s anxiety. He introduced Danny to the construction world to which he continues to master to this day.
Being a Christian and seeing the “fish” as a symbol related to his faith, Danny adopted a philosophy that fuels his drive to seek saltwater therapy as a means of maintaining life’s balance. Danny says, “If I can introduce a level of love through the art and joy of fishing and it captures one’s heart, then catching fish is by-product of those actions”. This is something Danny believes in, and he applies it within his principles of living. Danny is the proud father of 3 boys and a young daughter and he and his fiance’ Charlene focuses on instilling these principles of life and faith into their family. Danny carries this mindset over his online audience within the fishing community, and anyone he meets because he believes that “at the end of the day, if you can impact someone’s life for the good and give them a reason to count their blessings, then all of it is worth it and you can end up with a pretty good portion of seafood to put on the dinner table at the same time!”
Danny’s “on-boarding” into the SEA2C Team is an interesting story. For more than a year, Kirk had been following Danny’s social media posts in the Chesapeake Bay area fishing groups to learn more about bettering the odds of landing bigger and better fish, but it was the optimistic, upbeat, energetic, and encouraging nature that Danny displayed that really got Kirk’s attention. As the SEA2C mission began to evolve and the “Beach Lyfe” program came to fruition, Kirk knew he needed a saltwater fishing aficionado that was as passionate about the sport as he was, on deck with the right heart to ensure its’ success, and Danny was a perfect fit. Danny must have thought Kirk (a complete stranger to Danny at the time) was crazy when out of the blue, he called him and asked him if he wanted to get out on the water to do some offshore fishing. After a few trips out, Kirk and Danny quickly bonded as they both shared the same optimistic outlook on life and are always looking for ways to help others. The rest as they say is history!