Sonar Mastery: Understanding Your Electronics
Tyson Alvanos, is Humminbird and Minn Kota’s Sales Manager for the Northeast. Before working in the fishing industry, he came from the defense sonar field, training various militaries and law enforcement agencies around the world. With a strong understanding of subsea acoustics, his goal is to educate anglers on how to read, interpret and set up their fish finders. Tyson is an avid angler from New England and although the presentation is technical, it’s focused on catching fish and unlocking the mysteries of what swims beneath your boat.”
Targeting Rhode Island's Inshore Species (Fluke, Sea Bass, Stripers)
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!
Cape Cod; A Fishing
Collins of My Fishing Cape Cod as he takes you month-by-month through his 2019 Cape Cod fishing season. Those in attendance can expect to receive plenty of tips and advice for fishing various areas throughout Cape Cod for stripers, bluefin tuna, false albacore and many other popular species. This seminar will include never-before-seen underwater and drone videos from Ryan's 2019 season. If you are interested in learning about fishing on Cape Cod, then this seminar is for you!
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.
Early Season Canyon Trolling
Capt. Mark DeCabia has been fishing for over 30 years, and he has earned the reputation as one of the more proficient high liners in the northeast. He was recently featured in "In The Bite" magazine as one of the "Top Young Guns of Sportfishing in 2018." He has secured multiple tournament wins, including some of the biggest sportfishing events on the east coast. He has caught over 200 bigeye tuna in the Northeast Canyons.
Mark has given tuna seminars at several other major fishing events, including the Canyon Runner Seminar series.
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!.
Fishing Off A SeaDoo Fishpro Watercraft
Michael Epstein, a lifelong Connecticut based inshore and offshore angler with an unsurpassed passion for not only catching fish but sharing his wealth of knowledge with others.
As part of the Sea-Doo FISHPRO promotional team, Mike’s role is to enhance marketing efforts and demonstrate capabilities. Join him as he relates his own experiences with regard to the Sea-Doo FISHPRO angling advantages, capitalizing on the reasons you should consider purchasing one for your own fishing and water sports adventures!
Raised in Norwalk, Connecticut and a graduate of Syracuse University, Mike currently lives in Trumbull, Connecticut with his wife of 29 years. When not fishing or offering test rides on the Sea-Doo FISHPRO, Mike enjoys time with his family, boating or alpine skiing.
Getting The Most Out of Your Soft Plastics & How To Present Them in Different
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..
Intro To Tuna Fishing
Capt. Phil Howarth
says, "We all have to start somewhere. I did 7 years ago!" Now he is a self-confessed tuna addict. In his seminar, Captain Phil will explain the rules, regulations and reporting requirements surrounding tuna fishing which can appear to be a minefield. He'll discuss how to equip your boat with the right fishing and safety equipment and finally give some tips as to how to catch this majestic species.
Bio: Since his Honeymoon in 1994, Captain Phil visited the Cape with his family every year till finally washing ashore in 2012. Today is the owner of the Goose Hummock and Captain of the Yoshki.com, a 39’ Contender fishing machine. Captain Phil is a passionate fisherman who fishes freshwater through to chasing tuna as far as the
Title Change: Take Control of Your Surf Fishing
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.
Behind The Scenes at Wicked Tuna
is currently starting his 9th season on National Geographic’s Wicked Tuna.
He has been a commercial fisherman all his life, and is currently the Captain of the F/V Falcon. He also owns F/V Hard Merchandise, which is being run by his son, Captain Joe Marciano. Together, these two boats form the Angelica Fisheries Fleet. While his primary species to fish for is tuna, as featured on Wicked Tuna, he also fishes for groundfish during the season and charters when not tuna fishing for the show.
Dave will be talking about what it is like to be on the show Wicked Tuna, and how much fun he has had on the way thanks to this opportunity of a lifetime from National Geographic.
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
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.
Targeting Stripers with Soft Plastics and Bucktails
will be opening up his proven ideas to catch big striped bass on artificial lures. Specifically, he'll be talking about evolution of soft plastics and bucktail jigs which are now available in a plethora of sizes and colors, and he will reveal many variables which help determine the applications and presentations needed to hook up with your prized striper!
Patrick Sebile is one of the most accomplished anglers in fishing history, and has invented many innovating fishing products since 1976! To date, he's won 24 major industry awards in the US, Europe and Australia.
With 34 IGFA World Records and over 300 other recognized records, as well as almost 800 individual species caught in almost 70 countries, it's easy to see how his name has been so credible throughout the last few decades.
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 Drift Strategies
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.
Inshore Light Tackle
- Boat & Kayak
IGFA Captain Jerry
Sparks will demonstrate the different techniques for catching albies, bass and blues.
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 Scotty Marine Products Booth (1305).
Targeting Striped Bass: Backwater vs Big Water
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”
and has 5 RISAA hall of fame catches.
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.