Block Island Trophy Striped
Brian Bacon, USCG licensed, along with Captain Peter Bacon and Shamus
Mara established Big Game Sport Fishing in Snug Harbor Rhode Island in 2008.
Brian, Peter and Shamus have been fishing the Southern Rhode Island waters for the better part of their lives and have a combined experience of over 70 years fishing these waters. The Big Game crew has a true passion for the thrill of the hunt, love for the ocean and putting fish in the box! Fishing from inshore, to the canyons, the Big Game team uses a number of proven tactics in targeting the variety of species the Rhode Island waters have to offer.
Over the years, Big Game has either won or placed in many inshore and offshore fishing tournaments and has a proven track record for putting big fish on the boat.
Brian, Peter and Shamus are all professional captains and crew, all a pleasure to fish with, who love catching not fishing, and understand that they are not only a charter business but also in the entertainment business. They always have fun being on the water and putting people on fish! They want to provide their customers with a memorable experience and the fishing trip of a lifetime.
Please visit our website at www.biggamefishingri.com
Captain Brian Bacon
Big Game Sportfishing
Fluke Fishing Tactics
Capt Wade Baker
is Co-owner/operator of Booked Off Charters and holds a 100 ton Masters Captains license. Growing up on Narragansett Bay Capt Wade has been recreational and commercial fishing for over 30 years. Today you can find him pursuing his passion with his clients fishing anywhere from our inshore waters to the offshore canyons. Over the years Capt Wade has fished many inshore and offshore tournaments, with many successful tournament teams. Capt Wade prides himself on his commitment to keeping his boat in pristine condition and having top notch equipment from DIAWA and Crafty One Customs to make sure his clients time on the water is as enjoyable as possible. Being able to Change with the seasons, try something new, and switch things up on a day to day basis is how Capt Wade keeps his clients on the hot bite!
Recreational Clamming & Quahogging
has been shellfishing for more than 20 years. He enjoys digging quahogs with his dad and brothers in Ninigret Pond in Charlestown. Travis is a RISAA Life member and has served on the RISAA Board of Directors. He is currently one of the recreational representatives on the Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Council.
Plug Building 101-You can make great lures too!
is an accomplished Freshwater and Saltwater fisherman since 11 years old, Salty has 18 years’ experience custom manufacturing a wide variety of fishing lures & components that are distributed worldwide.
Join Master Lure Crafter “Salty” for a first ever seminar on wood lure building and a unique behind the scenes on how lures work! We’ll explore what it takes to make great lures of your own!
Inshore Light Tackle Fishing From Boat or
is a life-long fisherman and hunter who lives not far from the Saugatucket River with his lovely wife, who supports his fishing mainly to get him out of the house, and a young son who regularly catches more fish than him.
Todd's work has appeared in On The Water Magazine, The Fisherman, SO Rhode Island, The Shore Times, The Island Crier and the RISAA Newsletter. He writes a weekly column, Fish Wrap, for the Narragansett Times which can be read from Charlestown to Woonsocket. His work has covered how to fish the south side of Block Island, fly fishing for Atlantic salmon in up-state Maine, the best fall freshwater fishing in Rhode Island, how to not catch steelhead in upstate New
York, small mouth bass fishing on the Penobscot River, lots of detail on our critical and really cool forage fishes like river herring and whatever else might come across the bow. It’s also safe to assume sarcasm plays a major role in
Capt. Dave Carraro
is one of stars of the hit TV show "Wicked Tuna" and is skipper of the F/V Tuna-com.
Dave is universally regarded as one of the most successful fishermen in the fleet. With 34 years experience, his best year was 2011 when he boated 52 giant tuna.
To date, he has landed eight giant tuna of over 1,000 lbs.
Capt. Dave and Capt. Paul Hebert, will take the show stage on Saturday and Sunday afternoon and talk about what goes on behind the scenes when filming the "Wicked Tuna" show
Secrets Of Fishing On Cape Cod
Collins grew up on the beach and has been fishing Cape Cod since kindergarten. He is the creator of My Fishing Cape Cod, an online membership site and community with resources and people to help make your time fishing on Cape Cod more productive and more fun. Ryan is also host of My Fishing Cape Cod TV, which airs Saturday and Sunday mornings on NBC SportsBOSTON. Catching fish for Ryan is always a bonus - just being out there on the beach and on the water is what it's all
Join Ryan takes you month-by-month through a season of fishing on Cape Cod. Learn what species will be available from shore and boat. Discover top locations and techniques for striped bass, bluefin tuna and more. Complete with high resolution photos and videos from Ryan's own Cape Cod fishing
Trolling Striped Bass in Shallow Water
Captain Leo Croisetiere, 50 ton USCG licensed owns and operates Sophie Sea Charters located in Dover NH. With over 30 years experience both inshore and offshore Captain Leo has teamed up with 9’ers Lures and Captain Andy Mazzeteli to consistently locate and land trophy stripers from Massachusetts into southern Maine. The 2019 season will include a custom built fully equipped 22’ Sisu with state of the art navionics and gear to target all species and provide a comfortable and exciting experience.
Short info of what you will talk about in the seminar: We will be talking about the tactical use of umbrella rigs in shallow water as well as methods and techniques.
Surfcasting the Big Ditch
East End Eddie Doherty
fished the East End of the Cape Cod Canal so often that other fishermen started calling him East End Eddie. Thus, a nick name and pen name were born together. Doherty is a graduate of Dominican Academy, Attleboro High School and the University of South Florida. He worked for almost 37 years in the Massachusetts Court system where he became the youngest Assistant Clerk-Magistrate in the state at age 25 for the Attleboro District Court before being appointed 18 years later to the lifetime position of Clerk-Magistrate of the Wrentham District Court by His Excellency, A. Paul Cellucci, Governor of the Commonwealth. He heard evidence on everything from speeding to murder, but now in retirement is hearing the sound of his grandchildren giggle and of striped bass breaking the surface of the ocean.
The author has fished the warm currents of the Gulf of Mexico as well as the powerful Atlantic surf pounding the rugged coast of Maine. He has surf cast along the striper coast all the way down to the clear tropical inlets of the Florida Keys. His cousins in Ireland took him from Ballyjamesduff to the River Shannon where he wet a line in the same water that had sustained his ancestors with fish during the potato famine long ago. He has been privileged to have fished Sakonnet with Charley Soares, Chappaquiddick with D.J. Muller and the Cape Cod Canal with Patrick Kearney.
Doherty is the author of SEVEN MILES AFTER SUNDOWN Surfcasting for Striped Bass Along the World Famous Cape Cod Canal and has been published in Cape Cod Magazine, On The Water, The Fisherman Magazine, Cape Cod Times, The Boston Globe, The Sun Chronicle, Coastal Angler Magazine and the Congressional Record. He fishes in the Stan Gibbs Cape Cod Canal Fisherman’s Classic every year and his striped bass entry won the shore division in his first Buzzards Bay Anglers Club Fall Derby. He lives close to the Cape Cod Canal in Mattapoisett with his wife Joanne.
They were lucky to be blessed with the birth of three healthy grandchildren just before retirement. His colleagues knew that he would be spending time teaching his young grandchildren to fish so on his last day on the job they presented him with many generous gifts including a nice shirt that is embroidered with the words RETIREMENT - STRIPERS & DIAPERS!.
PENN Reels Services Supervisor
is the Penn Reels Services Supervisor. He has been with PENN Fishing for 15 years and currently manages the Parts and Services Departments. He
has also worked in PENN’s Quality, Assembly and Customer Service Departments so he knows all there is about Penn reels.
The seminar will discuss how to properly maintain your rod and reel after fishing in saltwater with the goal of allowing your equipment to function as it should for years to come..
The Correct Way To Fish Soft Plastics
Al “Gag” Gagliarducci
is known and well respected throughout the East Coast as the inventor of the now famous Whip-it Fish and Whip-It Eels soft plastic lure. Al has a long history in the fishing industry. He has been building and designing custom lures since 1978.
His passion for making better lures stems from his love of fishing and the knowledge that there is always a little room for improvement. Drawing from his many years of experience out on the water, Al knew he could design a better product that would not only meet his needs, but the needs of avid fishermen and women throughout the county and now the World! Today, Al has a full line of custom lures and you can find Al speaking at fishing shows up and down the East Coast.
Gag’s most now famous lures are called the 'Whip-It Eel" "Whip-it Fish" and his new "San-Dee Eel"! This special lures have a custom molded head, lifelike eyes and, a shape that adds a natural swimming action that fish love..
Rigging Your Kayak For Saltwater Fishing
began kayaking in 2009 and started fishing shortly thereafter. In 2011 he joined the RI Saltwater Anglers and its Kayak Committee.
Although he's a full time Marshall for the State of Connecticut, he still makes time for kayak fishing in Narragansett Bay, and writes an online blog sharing tips, tricks and place for kayak anglers. His blog can be found at www.KayakFishingCountry.blogspot.com.
is a third generation commercial tuna fisherman. He landed his first giant bluefin at 8 years old, and the largest tuna he has caught was 1,287 lbs, which was landed in a 16-foot skiff with his father.
Today Paul operates the "Wicked Pissah"
Paul and Capt. Dave Carraro will share the stage giving a behind the scenes seminar and taking questions from the audience..
Bucktailing for Stripers from the Beach and Inlets
is a NY State Certified Fishing Guide who specializes in surf fishing with over 30 years of experience. Bernie is a native Long Islander who was introduced to surf fishing by his father at a young age along the beaches of Fire Island. Today he continues to fish those beaches of Long Island; including the “mecca” Montauk, NY. When not fishing the Long Island Outer Beaches and inlets; he conducts trips to Cape Cod Canal, Cuttyhunk, and other striper coast locations. He currently writes a monthly article on surf fishing for IBASS360.COM. He is a team member for S&S Bucktails, ODM RODS, KASTKING, AND IBASS360.
Simmering The Sea
Program Director, Eating with the Ecosystem, a Rhode Island based non-profit whose mission is to promote a place-based approach to sustaining New England’s wild seafood. Kate is also one of the authors on the new cookbook, Simmering the Sea. Produced though a collaboration between Eating with the Ecosystem, the University of Rhode Island, and Johnson & Wales University, this one-of-a-kind cookbook is an underwater culinary adventure where you will meet (and learn how to prepare) forty under-appreciated fish and shellfish that populate the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. Kate will reveal the ecological inspiration behind the book and its delicious recipes and talk about how you can help New England to balance our seafood diets with the variety of seafood that our local waters produce! Books will be available for purchase for $20.
Block Island Trophy Striped
Captain Shamus Mara
along with Captains Peter and Brian Bacon, of Big Game Sport Fishing, have been fishing the Southern New England waters from Rhode Island to the Florida Keys and the Bahamas for 30+ years. Best known as owner / operators of Rhode Island's premiere charter boat fleet, Big Game Sport Fishing, and as the originators of The Fluke Til Ya Puke Fishing Tournament, Brian, Pete and Shamus have a true passion for the thrill of the hunt and love for the ocean. They love putting their clients on fish and use a number of techniques targeting all of the inshore and offshore species the Southern New England world-class fishery has to offer. The Big Game crew were recently named 2017 Charter Captains of year by Sport Fishing Magazine. They've also been featured in On The Water magazine, The Fisherman magazine and Coastal Angler magazine.
Brian, Pete and Shamus are sought after speakers, and have presented seminars at fishing shows and clubs throughout New England and New York. Brian, Peter and Shamus are all professional captains and crew, and all a pleasure to fish with, who love catching not just fishing, and they understand they are not only a charter business, but also in the entertainment business. The Big Game team has won and placed top 3 in many inshore and offshore tournaments over the years and have a knack for putting big fish in the boat. They use that same competitive spirit to make sure their clients always have fun being on the water, have a memorable experience and a fishing trip of a lifetime.
Trolling for Stripers in Shallow Water
Capt. Andrew Mazzitelli, a Maine native, has been fishing the
waters of the Atlantic of the shores of Maine and New Hampshire for
over 25 years. As a certified captain he has led many fishing
enthusiasts to trophy sized fish from Striped Bass to Bluefish.
Many of Andy’s customers have been recognized by the Maine
Department of Marine Resources Tackle-Busters Club for their
As a young ambitious fishing enthusiast Capt. Andy started out
learning how to troll with umbrella rigs from a seasoned Captain
Cole based in the Chesapeake Bay area. From there Andy has
developed a relationship with the well known 9ER’s Lures. Together
they have brought umbrella rigs to the forefront of trolling for
trophy sized fish, professionally and recreationally.
As of late Captain Andy has been working with Mike Laptew,
professional underwater cameraman, to document the habitats and
existence of the the Striped Bass. In doing so educating themselves
to help others land the catch of a lifetime!
Captain Andy’s passion for the outdoors, especially fishing, is as
strong today as it was 40 years ago. May your 2016 fishing season
How to Catch Bigger Fluke
and Enhance Your Tautog Bite
Captain Dave Monti
holds a master captain’s license and works as a charter fishing captain and guide on No Fluke Fishing Charters & Tours.
He is the fishing columnist for the Providence Journal, The Sun Chronicle and writes a column that appears in eleven Massachusetts/Rhode Island weekly newspapers. He also writes On-the-Water magazine’s Rhode Island fishing forecast and is a regular contributor to the RISSA newsletter. Dave writes about the environment, fishing policy, regulations and ocean issues such as spatial planning, offshore wind, global warming as well as fishing tactics and conditions
He was appointed by the Governor of the State of RI to serve on the RI Marine Fisheries Council that makes recreational and commercial fishing regulation recommendations and serves as vice chair of the Council. He understands ocean and fisheries management issues and polices as they relate to the ocean, fishers and the environment.
Dave serves as 2nd vice president of the RI Saltwater Anglers Association, the sponsor of the New England Saltwater Fishing Show, and is an active member of the Rhode Island Party & Charter Boat Association. He was twice appointed to the NOAA Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee’s (MAFAC) Recreational Working Group and served on the ASMFC Atlantic menhaden advisory committee.
Rigging Your Kayak For Saltwater Fishing & Safety
started kayaking in 2010 using a Hobie Outback Mirage, and within a year she got into saltwater fishing from her kayak.
She joined the RI Saltwater Anglers Association in 2012 and became an active member of the Kayak Committee. In 2013 she moved up to a Future Beach Angler 160, and continued to expand her knowledge in kayaking and saltwater fishing.
Light Tackle Striped Bass Fishing
is the founder and operator of Reel Cast Charters, a full-time fishing charter based out of Connecticut. His angling pursuits have taken him across country, as well as internationally, fishing in both fresh and salt water from large mouth bass to giant bluefin tuna. An innovative angler, he is constantly applying new techniques, and his enthusiasm and passion for the sport are contagious. Captain Mike is a United States Coast Guard OUPV Licensed Captain and graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s and Masters Degree in Education.
Modern "Greenstick" Fishing Gear & Method
Capt. Gary Schroeder's
fishing experience covers nearly 60 years, both fresh and saltwater.
He has been building his own rods, lures and other devices most of
his life. He now lives in New Hampshire and runs out of Hampton Harbor
on a general category tuna boat for giant bluefin. His career has been in mechanical engineering, with a specialty in fluidics and motion control. Most of
his projects have been in medical equipment and instrumentation, including anesthesia and breathing equipment.
He holds 16 patents and has written numerous technical articles.
What has this to do with fishing?
Captain Schroeder has been studying water flow, sound transmission and vibration generation for most of
his engineering life. He is now applying this to improving fishing success by building better attractors, while trolling with
his 37” Hatteras, “Saucy III” in New England waters and charters around the globe, covering four continents. Each time out
he learns something new, what attracts fish and what does not. All saltwater fishing involves a lot of empty water, even experienced charters have to adjust to fish relocation and degree of activity. Attractors can bring even lethargic fish to your setup, as much by curiosity as hunger.
“Green stick” fishing is the latest advancement in improving tuna catches, but it has not been “user friendly” for recreational boats. This seminar is about adapting the advantages it offers with gear that is manageable and improves fish attraction.
Captain Schroeder has been running it for three years on
his boat, and searches for charters that use it regularly. Tuna catch can be as much as a five times better than conventional methods. Try it, at least once, on a qualified charter with the right gear.
Catch More Fishing With An Electric Trolling Motor
Captain BJ Silvia
of Flippin Out Fishing Charters (located in Portsmouth, Rhode Island) has been fishing Newport,
Block Island and Narragansett Bay his whole life. A life-long Aquidneck Island resident, he has
extensive knowledge of the local area waters and prides himself on finding nice fish and ensuring
his customers have a lot of fun! He has been featured on TV shows such as Fishing the Ocean State
with Don Coyne and On The Water TV. He is currently on the Pro Staff with Old Harbor Outfitters,
Finor Fishing Reels, and Seaguar. In addition to charter fishing, Capt. BJ designs and sells his own
custom Flippin Out Fluke Rigs. He has been commercial and charter fishing for over 20 years and
practices “catch and release” whenever he can. He is a member of the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers
Association (RISAA), Newport County Fishing Club and the Aquidneck Island Striper Team. Although he
is busy charter fishing, a lot of times you’ll still find him throwing plugs in the surf.
Fluke Jigging From Boat, Shore & Kayak
is the author of the books Fishing the Bucktail and A Season on the Edge, and a contributing writer to the book The Hunt for Big Stripers. He is the long-time Surf Fishing Columnist and former Editor-in-Chief of Nor’east Saltwater Magazine. He has written many articles for Nor’east Saltwater, On the Water, and The Surfcaster’s Journal. His videos on the John Skinner Fishing YouTube channel are known to anglers worldwide. He is the creator of the fishing log software, FishersLog. Skinner is a frequent speaker at outdoor shows and has a well-earned reputation as a consistent producer of trophy striped bass from the surf. He holds the current New York State false albacore record. When not plying the beaches, he can often be found fishing from his kayak, or Scuba diving in Long Island Sound. He holds degrees in Biology and Computer Science.
Fishing Salt Ponds & Rivers to Extend Your Season
Capt. Jerry Sparks has extensive knowledge and passion for striped bass fishing from kayaks, and will discuss how to rig your kayak for fishing, and provide man tips and techniques for fishing from your own kayak. This will be an up-close, hands-on seminar and Capt. Sparks will gladly answer all of your questions.
Jerry has been a fishing guide for over 20 years. He is an expert at inshore boat and kayak fishing techniques, and is a frequent speaker at fishing seminars and expos along the East Coast. He is on the pro staff for many of the leading fishing brands, and can be found at the BassYaks booth (1203-1204).
Step Up Your Game: Elite Sport Fishing Practices
has over 20 years of Regional and international sport fishing
experience. Captain Jack Sprengel of East Coast Charters is one of the most progressive members of New England’s Sport Fishing Community. Capt. Jack is a Freelance Outdoor Writer/Photographer and Published Author. His work is frequently seen in publications like "Saltwater Sportsman" and "Sportfishing" Magazines as well as many more. He is also an avid contributor to Internet publications like Fishtrack.com, Pelagicgear.com, Aftco.com and "On the Water's" fishing reports. He has traveled the world in search of trophy game-fish, landing species from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, The Caribbean Sea, The Gulf of Mexico as well as numerous freshwater lakes, rivers and streams in the United States, Central/South America and Europe. Jack has been a 2 time Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers “Angler of the year”, has 5 RISAA hall of fame catches, was captain of the winning team of the 2010 Run and Gun Bluefin Classic, In 2011 he co-set the new Rhode Island state record for Broad Bill Swordfish with Teammate Capt Lou Defusco, he placed 2nd in the 2012 Snug Harbor Shark Tournament with Team “Hot Reels” and placed "In the money" with teams “Local Hooker Rods” “Deep Ocean Apparel” and Team “Blondie” in numerous other tournaments through out 2013.. In 2014 Captain’s Sprengel and Defusco took 2nd Place in the prestigious Tri-State Canyon Shootout earning a $70,000 purse for team “Sandrita,” In 2015 Capts Sprengel and Defusco Co-set a new Rhode Island State Record for Wahoo, and Once again placed in the money in the Tri-State Canyon Shoot out with a 1st Place Finish in the Tri-Fish-Ecta Category Netting a purse of $30,000 for Team “Somethin Fishy.” The Captain also has the pending RI State Record for Mahi Mahi. Additionally, he has made appearances on Don Coyne's Fishing The Ocean State Television Show, Spike TV's coverage of The Monster Shark Tournament, MSNBC’s E News, Discovery/Animal Planets Off The Hook: Extreme Catches, has hosted “On the Water T.V.” and interviewed Boston Sports Radio 1510 "The Zone."
Jack has headed the Sport Fishing Presence at the Rhode Island Boat show for both the Newport Yachting Group and the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association. He has worked regionally as a guest speaker for the Castafari Offshore Seminar Series the Goose Hummock Bluewater Bash and highlighted for Bass Pro Shops Big Fish Weekend. He has given hundreds of cutting edge audio/video Sportfishing Lectures across the Northeast. In 2016 Capt. Sprengel was selected to be an instructor at the National Saltwater Seminar Series for George Poveromo."
Recreational Clamming and
has been quohogging and clamming for more than fifty years. He digs mostly in upper Narragansett Bay and enjoys exploring new spots. He mostly uses a hand rake and sometimes he digs by hand. Rogert is better known as a RISAA Board member for the past 8 years and is currently the RISAA
Recreational Clamming and
has been searching for and harvesting quahogs, by boat in Point Judith Pond for 50 years. Recently he has experienced working the seeded beds on Block Island. He also harvests sea clams as a food source.
He will also discuss things you "need to know" before you go digging, such as local regulations, temporary DEM closures, license requirements. He will also talk about rules on handling quahogs as a food source.
grew up fishing on the Jersey shore, and has fished from
Massachusetts to North Carolina, and the Gulf. He has logged
hundreds of fishing trips in Rhode Island waters. Greg has been a RISAA seminar
speaker several times and is always willing to share his fishing knowledge.
Mojo Fishing For Stripers
Capt. Frank Wagenhoffer
ghas been a successful charter boat captain with Fin Chaser Charters located in NY and NJ for the last 19 years and has fished for Stripers from Cape Cod, MA. to Virginia Beach, VA. on the ASA and FLW striper tournament trails. Captain Frank is still an active tournament fisherman mostly recently winning the 2017 and 2018 LBI Cup Grand Champion award back to back. In 2018 alone took first place in seven out of nine tournaments entered this is a testament to his passion, skill and ability which he put to work on every trip he runs.
In his seminar he will discuss the basic anatomy of the Mojo Rig, how it works, how to troll it as well as other tips and techniques for the beginner to the pro with question and answer and hands on rigging sessions..