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2017 Seminar Speakers

Block Island Trophy Striped Bass

Capt. 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

Advanced Saltwater Fly Casting, Fishing the R.I. Cinder Worm Hatch, How To Fish Estuaries and Getting the Most From Your Fishing Guide

Capt. Jim Barr has been fishing Rhode Island, Massachusetts and nearby Connecticut salt and fresh waters most of his life. He received his BA from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA and holds several professional insurance and risk management degrees. He is retired from the Risk Management and Insurance business. He is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Captain (OUPV) and owner/operator of Skinny Water Charters, and the Rhode Island School of Fly Fishing. Jim guides anglers in fresh and saltwater from boats and shore with fly rod and light spinning tackle. He has extensive experience skippering a Mako 2201 Inshore Bay Boat, Proline 23 Walk, Lund 16 SSV, and he also guides in ultra-thin water with Heritage Redfish sit-on-top kayaks. He is a Pro Guide with Far Bank Enterprises (manufacturer of Sage and Redington fly rods & RIO fly lines), and is on the Bass Pro Shops/Foxboro, MA Pro Staff. He is a Certified Fly Casting Instructor with the International Federation of Fly Fishers (IFFF). Jim's experience includes being the first Rhode Island Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide, a custom fly rod builder and fly tying instructor. He is one of the founding members of United Fly Tyers of RI (UFTRI) and served as the club’s President, Director of Education and is currently involved in UFTRI's saltwater fly tying program. Jim also conducts seminars and speaking engagements on fly and light tackle fishing. He is a long-time member of Trout Unlimited 225, Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association, RI Canoe & Kayak Association, Stripers Forever & the Appalachian Mountain Club. He has fished extensively throughout the New England States, Pennsylvania, New York, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, California and Argentina's Patagonia region. His experience includes many years competing in several Rhode Island yacht club, and Narragansett Bay Yachting Association sail races, captained cruising sailboats in the U.S and British Virgin Islands, was a technical rock and ice climber, mountaineer and backpacker and has fly fished many high altitude and remote lakes and streams in the American northwest.
Visit Jim at www.skinnywaterchartersri.com, RhodeIslandSchoolofFlyFishing.com, and his Fly Fishing in Rhode Island Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FlyfishinginRhodeIsland.

Wicked Tuna

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 his mate, Sandro Maniaci, 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

A Season of Fishing Cape Cod

Ryan Collins started fishing Cape Cod when he was 5 and has been hooked ever since. He has his Dad to thank for that. They fished for years out of a 12 foot aluminum skiff powered by a 6hp. motor. They chased stripers, bluefish and even tuna in that thing. By high school his Dad had upgraded the boat and began commercial fishing for striped bass every summer. He made a little money and absolutely fell in love with the lifestyle. At age 16 he was spending full moon nights afloat on a dark Cape Cod Bay, alone while his Dad slept in the cabin. Ryan experienced so much during those years. They caught fish, rescued whales and learned that on a boat a 5 gallon bucket is a completely legitimate bathroom. He then set off to college in Worcester and somehow ended up in Cairns, Australia. Throughout it all he kept coming back to Cape Cod each summer to hang out on the beach, commercial fish and eventually run striped bass fishing charters. 

Fishing Salt Ponds & Rivers from a Boat or Kayak

Todd Corayer  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  his work. 

Fishing The Cape Cod Canal with 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.. 

Fluke Fishing Tactics

Gisele Golembeski began Saltwater fishing in 1996 out of a 14’ aluminum boat and quickly became addicted to saltwater fishing, particularly fluke fishing. After learning the basics from her husband, Rich, as well as numerous RISAA and other seminars and fishing magazine articles, Gisele is now an avid saltwater angler and consistently catches fluke with most being in the 5 to 10 lb range. 
     She and her husband make all of their own fluke rigs and jigs, but also enjoy trying other rigs and jigs. Gisele loves to fish and can be found on the water fishing every weekend, most holidays, and during vacations from early Spring to late Fall from her 22’ Cobia Center Console. She along with her husband, trailer their boat and fish RI waters from Narragansett Bay to Newport to Charlestown, to Block Island and points in between, but has also fished Cape Cod for squid and Rockport, MA for Cod. 
     Gisele has been a 1st and 2nd place winner for several years in RISAA’s Team Fluke and individual Fluke tournaments. She also captured 1st place in the Snug Harbor Doormat Derby in 2009 and placed 2nd in last year’s Snug Harbor Doormat Derby with an 11 lb fluke. She was also a 1st place monthly prize winner in the Pabst Blue Ribbon Fluke tournament in 2014 and also won the 3 biggest fluke category in the 2012 Fluke Til Ya Puke Tournament. Gisele’s personal best is an 11.63 lb doormat fluke caught in June, 2006. 
     Gisele is also an active member of RISAA, is a member of the Aquidneck Island Striper Team, and was featured on Fishing the Ocean State with Don Coyne (RI Channel 6) in 2010 (now featured on YouTube).
      Gisele (along with Diane Valerien and Susan Lema) will be part of a panel sharing basic as well as more advanced tips on tackle, bait, and tactics for finding and catching fluke.

Rigging Your Kayak For Saltwater Fishing

Jeff Hall 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.

Fly Fishing The Salt

Sheila Hassan is a Federation of Fly Fishers Master Certified casting instructor, one of a handful of women with this credential. She is on the pro staff for Temple Fork Outfitters, R.L. Winston Rod Company and Hatch Reels. Sheila is the director at the Wulff School of Fly Fishing and teaches casting seminars and private lessons throughout New England. She is an IGFA world record holder and the author of Fly Casting: A Systematic Approach. Locally, she fishes for stripers and bluefish in Buzzards Bay on her boat the Shecast. Her website is: Cast90.com

Saltwater Fly Casting For Beginners, Fishing the R.I. Cinder Worm Hatch, Getting the Most From Your Fishing Guide and How To Fish Estuaries

Captain Bob Hines isthe owner of Fly Fish Rhode Island, Rhode Island’s premier fly fishing guide service. He is a professional saltwater fly fishing guide who specializes in shallow water estuary charters for striped bass. Bob and his clients fish off an 18 foot Action Craft flats skiff powered by a 115 Suzuki 4 stroke, a platform that works well when fishing the shallow water estuaries and also when chasing the Albie’s and Bonito off shore. Bob’s passion for fly fishing is not just limited to the New England salt, he is an addicted tarpon and bonefish angler who has spent time pursuing such species in Belize, the Bahamas, Key West, Islamorada, and the Gulf of Mexico. His sweet water adventures include several trips to Montana and Wyoming to fish the spring creeks along with the Big Horn, Madison, and Yellowstone river systems. He has also spent over thirty five years on the Salmon River and it’s tributaries in pursuit of steelhead. In 2008 Bob hosted a trip to the Alagnak River in Alaska for huge rainbows and silver salmon. Capt. Bob’s sponsors include Action Craft boats, Tibor, Sage, Rio and many others. In 2008 & 2009 Bob in conjunction with channel 6 producer Don Coyne hosted his own television show “FLYFISHING RHODE ISLAND with Capt. Bob Hines” 26 episodes each year. Bob also has designed a series of fly patterns that are currently marketed through Umpqua Feather Merchants one of the country’s largest fly distributors.
     Bob has written several articles which have appeared in national magazines such as On the Water Magazine, Fly Rod and Reel and many other publications. Bob also conducts seminars and speaking engagements on all aspects of the sport of fly fishing.
     Bob was recently featured in the film “Running the Coast”, a documentary on the migration of striped bass produced by Jamie Howard Productions. Bob is also the Chief Fly Fishing Instructor at Addieville East Farms and an instructor for the LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Fly Casting and Fly Fishing Schools.

Five Top Striper Spots on Cape Cod 

Capt. Mike Hogan, founder of Hogy Lure Company grew up fishing and running light tackle charters in the waters of Southern New England and has developed products and techniques along the way. 
     Five Top Striper Spots on Cape Cod: Join Capt. Mike as he shares some of his favorite techniques, spots and rigs. He will discuss his top spots on Cape Cod to fish for striped bass.

Strategies for Catching Big Stripers During Stormy Conditions 

Zeno Hromin is regular contributor to On The Water and Fisherman Magazines. His photos have graced pages of CCA magazine, On The Water and Fisherman magazines and have been featured on many fishing websites. He is an author of two recent books, The Art of Surfcasting with Lures and The Hunt for Big Stripers. He has been fishing beaches from New Jersey to Massachusetts for 20 years. Zeno is a member of High Hill Striper Club, Montauk Surfcaster Association,Costal Conservation Association and New York State Outdoor Writers Association. He is a Pro Staff member of Lamiglas and Van Staal. .

Saltwater Kayak Fishing

Jeff Komarinetz and Steve Komarinetz offer advice on Kayak Fishing with Electric Motors. Steve Komarinetz is the Owner of Bassyaks in Conneticut, which has been a leader in the development of Electric Motor propelled Kayaks for over 10 years. Their design and development offer a perfect fishing option for New England waters.
      Steve has over 20 years of Kayak fishing experience both fresh and saltwater, in nearly every brand of kayak. He will offer you the Pros and Cons of the different styles of kayaks and the Do’s and don’t s of kayaks fishing.
     Jeff Komarinetz is a Bassyaks Pro Staffer with his own guide business on Marthas Vineyard, offering his unique approach to fishing for large Stripers around the island. Jeff also has over 15 years in Kayak fishing, specializing in Night fishing. 

Fluke Fishing Tactics

Susan Lema has been fishing off the south coast of RI for more than 35 years for everything from Winter flounder to giant bluefin tuna, and especially enjoy using artificial baits and soft plastics. Her fishing adventures have taken her from Nova Scotia to Costa Rica, but "home waters" for Susan are just that...home. Susan says there really isn't a bad day on the water.

Basic Fly Fishing For Beginners

David Loren has been fly fishing for over 30 years. He grew up in South Florida fly fishing for freshwater bass to fishing the keys for tarpon, permit and bonefish. He moved to New England in 1984 and expanded his range to the salt of New England to the fresh water of New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and New York.
     "I started building fly rods 18 years ago, apprenticing under Master Chief Doyt Ladd USN," said David. "Doyt agreed to teach me 'as long as he taught others' which I have."
     After receiving his captain's license David was a salt water guide for over 8 years working out of the Salt Water Edge in Newport, then freelancing chartering, but also continued building fly rods. But being a Master electrician in 3 states he found himself to busy to guide in the season, and focused his attention on rod building, opening East Bay Custom Fly Rods in Warren,RI.. All his rods are one of a kind and my grips are all custom built from cork,birch bark,burl,and mahogany and other products.
     David also severed as president of Rhody Flyrodders for 10 years, the oldest saltwater flyfishing club in the USA.

Wicked Tuna

Capt. Sandro Maniaci was born and raised in Gloucester, MA so fishing was already running through his veins. There's nothing more he loves than to be out on the water chasing giant bluefin tuna.
     From an early age he started off in local ponds and finally got his big break to hit the high seas. Capt. Sandro landed a job on the FV-Tuna.com and hasn't looked back since. With hundreds of tunas including multiple thousand pounders under his belt, he still itches for that next big bite. Capt. Sandro has made a name for himself through his hard work, dedication and ability to catch bluefin tunas. He is also the winner of the Bluefin Blowout Tournament with a fish that weighed in at 1,050. Capt. Sandro can be seen on National Geographic's hit series Wicked Tunar.

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 outstanding catches. 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 be adventurous!!

Secrets of Catching More Blackfish (Tautog) 

Capt. Pete Meyers has been fishing the western end of the Long Island Sound all his life, and has also fished around the world in over 30 countries. He has been on the G.Loomis Pro Staff for many years, and is a lifetime I.G.F.A., H.R.F.A., F.C.A member. Captain Pete has won fishing tournaments both here in the U.S.. as well as internationally. He presents seminars all along the East Coast.

Some of his many trophy fish include: 928 lbs tuna - 879 lbs. blue marlin - 758 lbs black marlin - 112 lbs., white marlin - 650 lbs. swordfish - 52 lbs dolphin - 356 lbs halibut - 55 ½ lbs striped bass - and his all time best fish, a 20 lbs 6 oz black fish! 

Pete loves to teach fishing to all age groups, especially to children. 

How to Catch Bigger Fluke 

Captain Dave Monti has been fishing and shell fishing recreationally on Narragansett Bay for forty years. For fifteen years he held a scallop license on Nantucket where he fished in the winter months. He holds a captain’s master license, a Rhode Island charter fishing license and is the author of “No Fluke”, a respected weekly fishing column. Captain Dave knows where the fish are because he fishes often and has successfully fished the Bay and near coastal waters. As a fishing columnist, he is alerted weekly to “where the bite is” by area fishing guides, charter captains, top anglers and bait & tackle shop owners who are featured in his column.
     His presentation at the New England Saltwater Fishing Show will be on ‘How to Catch Bigger Fluke’. The latest fluke techniques and tactics from ten fluke fishing experts will be shared at the seminar. Captain Monti said, “You learn about fishing two ways... by experiencing it first hand and by learning from others. When I fish with others or during the course of writing my weekly column, I ask a million questions on how others fish, the baits and tackle they use, techniques, etc. Over the course of the past few years, I asked local experts about their two favorite tips for catching bigger fluke. I plan to share this information with anglers at the New England Saltwater Fishing Show and hope to get a lively discussion going on fluke. In summary, the presentation will end with Capt. Monti’s ten favorite fluke fishing tips.”
     Captain Monti is also well-informed politically and environmentally, particularly about federal and state law and policy as it relates to recreational fishing. He will speak about current fishing issues as well as other topics as time permits. 

Tips & Tricks To Keep Your Gear in Top Condition 

David Morton owns and operates Beavertail Rod and Reel. For the last 25 years he has been a tool and die maker by trade, which provided him with a background to make him one of the best in repairing all types of rods and reels with the utmost precision and in a timely manner so that used gear stays in top condition for years to come. David uses the best supplies, and has the unique ability to offer custom machining services, since he has a fully equipped machine shop.

Reading The Water and Understanding Structure

DJ Muller is one of the northeast’s leading surfcasters. He is a surf guide, outdoor writer and author of three surfcasting books. “The Surfcasters Guide to the Striper Coast,” “Striper Strategies,” and his latest “Striper Tales.” He is an accomplished seminar speaker that leaves everyone with good information and motivation for pursuing striped bass with a level headed approach.
He fishes the best waters of east coast, like Martha’s Vineyard, the Cape Cod Canal, Cuttyhunk, Block Island, Montauk, and more. He runs guided trips each year to various destinations, working with aspiring surfcasters looking to get an edge on the learning curve. They learn firsthand from a real “cow hand.”
     DJ will be doing a seminar on strategies and techniques for catching large stripers from the surf. This will include ares to target, proper equipment and ideal lures and offerings, as well as coming up with your tactical blueprint.

Slow Pitch Jigging For Seabass and Other Species

Chris Parisi is the owner of Bad Fish Outfitters in Falmouth, MA and of Fish Whisper Guide Service. He's also the writer of the Buzzards Bay Insider Report for On The Water Magazine and a contributing writer to Coastal Angler Magazine.
     He specializes in shore-based and shallow skiff fishing in the waters of Buzzards Bay, Vineyard Sound and Cape Cod Bay.
     He also REALLY knows how to fish the Cape Cod Canal, legendary for lots of big striped bass.
     In his PowerPoint presentation, Chris will discuss how to dissect the Cape Cod Canal into productive areas to fish. He'll talk about the gear that he uses such as head lamps, footwear, rods, reels, etc. Then he'll get down to things he has learned about the Canal, such as what tides to fish and why, how to pick the right lures for the situation, and why lure color is over-rated.

Lures for Bluefish and Lures: Boat and Shore

Gary Quon is the National Sales Manager for Tady Lure Corporation, celebrating its 57th year anniversary of fishing lure manufacturing. With his 20 years of experience as a member of the Tady Lure R&D team and Pro staff, he has gained knowledge of different worldwide techniques. 
    As an avid fisherman of all types of lures, he has spent the last 6 years applying Pacific Coast techniques for both East Coast Striped bass and Blue fish with amazing results! These techniques have been featured many magazine articles, prompting one Nationwide Fishing magazine to list Tady Lures as one of the top 10 lures that work anywhere! 
     Discover these new techniques during this seminar or stop by the Tady booth# 931

Rigging Your Kayak For Saltwater Fishing

Mona Rodriguez 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.

Trophy Bass Fishing with Live Bait

Capt Mike Roy 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 Green Stick Fishing For Tuna

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.

Better Bottom Fishing Techniques

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. 

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Chunking for Striped Bass

Julio Silva is an all species, all methods angler. He fishes for anything that swims via shore, boat, kayak, and skishing. He has been blogging for 7 years and delivering fishy seminar for 5 years. He was the President of the Plum Island Surfcasters for 4 years. He has combined his science and technology background to create a fishing journal app that allows you manage your trips, fish, spots, and gear in an integrated way from any device securely. He has rods like his wife has shoes. His vice is hunting large predatory fish from shore with tasty chunks of meat.

Fluke Jigging From Shore, Boat & Kayak

John Skinner 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 from a Boat or Kayak

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).

Tuna Fishing Rhode Island and Targeting Squeteague in New England

Capt. Jack Sprengel, 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." 

Trolling For Bluefin Tuna

Captain Eric Stewart has been in the sportfishing / charterboat industry for the past 39 years and has been a USCG licensed Captain for over 32 years. He holds a 100-ton Masters license. He started the Tammy Rose Sportfishing Charter business in 1988. He has fished the waters of Cape Cod his entire life and for the last 6 years he has spent much of his winter time fishing up and down the eastern seaboard from Cape Cod to Florida out to the Turks and Caicos. He was also involved in starting a fishing lodge in Mozambique, Africa where he made three expeditions there to document the sportfishing potential of the area. He has also fished Midway Island, Hawaii, and Costa Rica. In 2001 he opened The Hook-Up! Bait and Tackle shop with his business partner Cliff Hampton. For the last 14 seasons he has specialized in the pursuit of bluefin tuna on rod and reel. He has over 50 giants to his credit as a captain and he has landed over 1900 bluefin on the troll. In 2014 Capt. Eric retired from charter fishing and has become a private Captain. In 2016 he will be operating a brand new 52St Viking based in Nantucket. He has placed in several offshore fishing tournaments and won the “Hyannis Tunafest” back to back years in 2014 & 2015. In October of 2014 The Hook-Up! Bait and Tackle Shop was sold to the Goose Hummock where Capt. Eric is now the Business Development Manager. He is married to his wife Tammy of 28 years and they have three children.

Targeting Bonito and False Albacore

Capt. Eric Thomas started fishing with his father when their family moved from California with the Navy back in the mid 70’s. At that time the striped bass population was in decline so they focused on fishing the local freshwater ponds around their home in Portsmouth RI. Eric made the switch to saltwater fishing when he started working at the Saltwater Edge of Newport in the mid 90’s. Eric was the sole employee and ran the day to day operation of shop while the owner was busy guiding clients to the resurgent striped bass populations. Eric was lucky enough to be the “test client” for the new charter captain to join the Saltwater Edge team. That guide was Dave Cornell. This is where he began to learn to guide himself. He was also very fortunate to have learned fly fishing and fly tying from some of the pioneers in the RI fly fishing community such as Bill Peabody, creator of the Rhody Flatwing, Ray Smith, legendary cliff fisherman, Kenny Abrahams, and many others. Eric got his captain's license 20 years ago and has been guiding clients to countless striped bass, bluefish, false albacore, bonito, black sea bass, fluke and other species. He specializes in light tackle and fly fishing tactics. You can find Eric in the white water in his customized boat behind the famous mansions of Newport RI. During every charter fishing trip, Eric brings his background in public education to teach his clients the whys and hows of his fishing styles. Recently he has begun to speak publicly at fishing clubs and boat shows. He is currently a member of the Shimano, G.Loomis, PowerPro, Humminbird, Crafty One Customs, Spro, Gamakatus, Yo-Zuri, Ronz, Plano,Navionics, and Pt Jude lures pro staff. Please visit his website and blog at www.teezer77.com

Fluke Fishing Tactics

Diane Valerien has been devoted to Fluke fishing for the past 12 years.  She logs at least 50 days a season in pursuit of summer flounder. Her  fishing techniques vary based on locale, drift conditions and time of  the year. Diane particularity enjoys helping kids who are fishing for  the first time. “Fish On!” Diane (along with Gisele Golembeski and Susan Lema) will be part of a  panel sharing basic as well as more advanced tips on tackle, bait, and  tactics for finding and catching fluke.

Better Bottom Fishing Techniques

Greg Vespe 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.


Fishing The Top Water Bite on Light Tackle

John Wilson was born on Cape Cod in 1941, John spent his early teen years fishing fresh water ponds and lakes with jitter bugs, jointed lures and hula poppers. Fascinated by their action and fish catching capabilities he fished salt water surf lures for stripers and blues along the beaches of Cape Cod during the 50s and 60s. Bitten by the top water bite, he learned how to turn wood surface lures from a teaching colleague in western Massachusetts and began producing quality lures that caught fish. In 1999 he and his son Ben established The Lonely Angler, Inc. John will  share his experience and knowledge of fishing with top water lures on 
light tackle experience at his Saturday 3:30 Seminar.

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