Freddy Castillo

Freddy Castillo, 52, speaks about his childhood in the Dominican Republic. AMARIS CASTILLO/Bodega Stories

Freddy Castillo, 52, speaks about his childhood in the Dominican Republic.
AMARIS CASTILLO/Bodega Stories


Note: The below story is about my father.

Fishing runs in Freddy Castillo’s blood.

As a young boy in the Dominican Republic’s capital, Santo Domingo, Castillo recalled observing his father, Daniel Octavio Castillo Peña, work on fishing gear at home. He said fishing thrilled his father.

“He was always in the house working on boats, casting nets — all those things,” Castillo said. “He was a fisherman for the Navy in the Dominican Republic.”

His father never allowed his youngest child to fish with him because of his age, so Castillo looked on, studying his father’s hands as they worked. Out of three sons, Castillo said he was the only one who developed a love of fishing. He also grew up close to the Caribbean sea.

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