I got my first taste of Bermuda salt aboard the Mako IV, a beautiful 53-foot Jim Smith skippered by Captain Allen DeSilva, the man responsible for two of the island's grander marlin. With such a prestigious resume, you might think that DeSilva would suffer the kind of ego problem associated with many celebrated captains. Nothing could be further from the truth. Short, tan and clean-shaven, and sporting a head of short-cropped curly hair, DeSilva is as friendly and unassuming a charter captain as you'll find. His humble demeanor, low-key drawl and almost boyish appearance belie the fact that he has become somewhat of a legend in marlin-fishing circles, having led anglers to a 1,031-pounder caught in August '93 and a 1,352-pounder taken in August '95. DeSilva has also put clients on a 996-pound marlin and numerous blues over the 500-pound mark. In fact, just two days before I arrived he had released a 700-pounder.