Don't miss the seminars with these local and national pros at the show!
Paul Hebert, the salty-mouthed Captain of the “Wicked Pissah”, is one of the stars on the popular reality show, WICKED TUNA! He is considered one of the most controversial and animated characters. Along with Hebert, the show follows the lives of a group of commercial tuna fishermen fishing out of Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Hebert caught his first bluefin at age 8, using a handline. “It was 1,100 pounds,” he said, mimicking roping in the fish. He is a third-generation fisherman and has been fishing since he was a child: “I grew up doing this. My father was a fisherman, and my five brothers do it. My mother does it. It’s all I know. It’s like growing up on a farm, and knowing about cows. I grew up knowing bluefin."
Paul is sponsored by
Wicked Tuna’s Captain Dave Carraro has an invaluable 38 years’ experience fishing the East Coast, Bahamas and Mexico. His specialty is Tuna and Cod fishing which is what he spends most of his time doing although he is no slouch when it comes to stripers and bluefish either.
One of his most recent year’s best was 2015 with 102 giant tuna hooked and 63 landed. To date he has 9 giants over 1,000 pounds and many other years just as close.
The largest bluefin was 11 feet and just over 1,200 pounds!!
Nothing can surpass a proven track record and year after year he continues to get on the fish. Most boats don’t even catch but a few giants in a lifetime.
Not every day of fishing always yields a spectacular catch with some days better than others, but Dave will guarantee you he will give you his best effort to catch as many fish as you possibly can, even if it means staying out longer or traveling further. He is 100% dedicated to giving you a great day!
Dave is also an airline/instructor pilot and currently a Captain at Jetblue Airways, flying over 25 years. He’s checked out as a Captain in several different types of jets, from commercial airliners to corporate jets. As an airline pilot it’s all about safety and professionalism and Dave has incorporated that into a clean, organized and professional fishing operation.
Dave is sponsored by
Crazy Alberto Knie
Alberto Knie (aka: Crazy Alberto) Host of an Extreme TV Fishing Show, IGFA World Record line class holder, Pro-Staffer and consultant for various premium fishing manufacturers and founder of the innovative Tactical Anglers, Inc. He is also an accomplished Photographer, Artist and Outdoor writer. He has been featured at all major sport and fishing shows throughout the Northeast and Florida coast—and Alberto has been written up in national publications such as Saltwater Sportsman, Field and Stream, and countless other regional magazine. This is your opportunity to ask all the questions you’ve wanted to know on chasing fish. from techniques, tackle and strategies. Meet him at the St. Croix booth.
Keefe Vallaro is an avid angler who has been fishing NY & NJ waters for the past 30 years. His true passion developed off the Jersey Shore when he began bucktailing for doormat fluke over 15 years ago. Being an educator and co-owner of Bucktailboys.com his enthusiasm for the sport has enabled him to share his knowledge as a key speaker presenting seminars to fishing clubs as well as national fishing venues. Keefe also hosts "On The Water Seminars" along the New Jersey coast all summer long. Join Keefe as he shares tips and tricks on how to "Bucktail Doormat Fluke ". This is one seminar you do not want to miss! (Photo insert: John Mollica co-owner of Bucktailboys.com)
Captain Frank Crescitelli
Capt. Frank has been fishing NY Harbor/NJ for over 35 years, and guiding for the last 17 years. Owner of Fin Chaser Charters, the area’s original full time Fly & Light Tackle guiding business. Franks passion for fishing is only matched by his dedication to protecting the resource, and is Chairman and Founder of The Fishermen’s Conservation Association (FCA). In 2008 Frank coupled with his product knowledge and marketing talents into his own tackle company, Guides Choice Tackle maker of “Guides Secret Professional Grade Fishing Gear.
Capt Frank’s Professional Associations are: Raymarine Pro Ambassador, Buddy Davis & D&R Boats Fishing Team, Maui Jim Ambassador, Yeti & Cortland Line Pro. Temple Fork Outfitters, Daiwa & Optima Battery Pro Staff.
The “Fin Chasers” TV Show Season One now airing on Destination America, Pursuit Channel & Time Warner Cable Sports. Follow Capt. Frank, Wade Boggs & Team Fin Chaser as they chase World Records & fish tournaments on every single episode, it should be fun to watch.
As one of Franks Clients stated: “ The only bad thing about Frank guiding you, is that you don’t know who’s having more fun, you or him, but you’re the one paying!
Capt. Brian Bacon
Capt. Shamus Mara and Capt. Peter Bacon join Capt. Brian Bacon
Captains Brian and Peter Bacon and Captain Shamus Mara 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 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, New York and New Jersey.
The Big Game Team are Pro Staff Members and sponsored by Raymarine Electronics, Fin-Nor Tackle and Quantum PT, Crafty One Customs Rods, Grundens, Skurge Of The Sea harpoons and gaffs, XTRATUF and Ron Z lures Pro Staff. The Big Game team actively participates in the NMFS Shark tagging program and the Billfish tagging program.
Brian, Pete and Shamus have 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 have a memorable fishing experience of a lifetime.
For the past 17 years Jimmy Gahm has captained the Jenny Lee owned by Dave Bender out of Manasquan, NJ. He is currently a member of the Prostaff Teams for Shimano, Aftco and Costa Sunglasses. Since his first Canyon trip over 30 years ago, Captain Jimmy has logged over 300 trips to the edge. His experiences have taken him to the Canyons of New England to those off of North Carolina. He has had hundreds of trophy catches of marlin, swords, big eyes, yellowfins and bluefins. Capt Jimmy is a multifaceted angler using a multitude of techniques to get the job done on the water including trolling, chunking, butterfly jigging and top water.
Captain Alan Lee
Capt. Alan Lee is a USCG-licensed Captain (OUPV). He is the owner and frequent operator of the charter boat MUSHIN, currently a 44' Henriques Flybridge sailing from Manaquan Inlet, NJ and Cape May, NJ targeting most every species along the Northeast coastline to the canyons. He has fished for well over the last 40 years from freshwater panfish to blue marlin, and almost every species in between. His specialties include bottom fishing for cod and sea bass; and offshore canyon fishing for tunas, sharks, and marlin, with multiple tournament wins and a record of consistent catches. He views every charter trip as unique, and tries to tailor trips to the client’s interests and skill level. He approaches every trip with a "relaxed state of readiness and adapts to different fishing conditions", which is what the boat name MUSHIN means. He has appeared in local and regional magazines and television talking about a variety of fishing from bottom fishing to the deep canyons.
Captain RJ Melton & Cody Melton
Captain RJ Melton and his brother Cody Melton have been perfecting the art of fishing the New Jersey Canyons over the past 15 years. They worked on private vessels for 10 years and for the last 5 have been running a successful charter boat out of Manasquan NJ called Jersey Nutz. During their time they have been exposed to both new and old techniques and have combined them to develop a successful game plan to keep their customers on the fish and happy while being extremely competitive in some of the top tournaments on the East Coast. Jersey Nutz and crew have created quite a resume over the years with tournament wins and work with some of the top companies in the fishing industry. Rj and Cody are also on the pro staff of Canyon Reels, Owner Hooks, Cortland Line, Fish Razr, Laceration Lures, Lobo Marine Products, East Coast Hooked, Tony Maja Products, Hogy, and Melton Marine.
Visit their website at www.jerseynutzsportfishing.com.
Roy Leyva is a prominent surf angler, multi species angler and Shimano Experience Team Member. The three time Massachusetts Angler of the year recipient has spent over 36 years fishing the surf from Maine to Florida. His vast knowledge and time on the water have made him one of the most successful anglers in his home waters of Massachusetts and Florida. Growing up in Bostons Inner-city, Leyva made his way out of the perils kids face in today's cities by fishing. "We didn't have much growing up, but I fished everyday I could in that urban jungle. Thanks to my parents!" Roy has been fishing since the age of 2. Leyva has written many articles on fishing, appeared on local and national TV shows and is an avid outdoor photographer and world record holder.
Captain Frank J. Tenore (Capt. Frank)
Capt. Jim Freda
Capt. Brian Rice
As a kid, Brian began fishing on the Navesink River, using a pair of oars to row a 12-foot aluminum boat and catch snapper blues, weak fish and other small fish teaming the river. Eventually, he graduated to a 16-foot Garvey boat and began bunker chunking for striped bass under the Highlands Bridge in the late ‘80s, when the striped bass population was just starting to rebuild after being decimated from over-fishing. But the bass were still scarce, and catching even one per day was a success. However, the tough fishing honed his skills, forcing him to refine his methods to hook up.
Brian also started trolling on his boat for stripers, and these experiences developed the techniques he uses today to charter for trophy linesiders, which is one of his specialties. In addition, Brian began fishing offshore for big game in the early 90s, earned his captain’s license in 2004, and has presently (almost) fished everywhere from the entire Northeast Coast to the Bahamas and Mexico. Captain Brian is proven tournament winner, placing in the top five in nearly every competition Jersey Devil has entered, winning the top prize in some of the events, including first place in 2006 American Striper Association Tournament in the Highlands. Captain Brian is also an accomplished offshore captain who has put many clients on tuna, mahi, sharks and even some marlin off the Jersey coast.
Captain Brian still resides in Fair Haven, NJ with his wife Jacquie, son Jack and daughter Cameron all of which fish and enjoy the waters that Brian has grown up on.
Capt. Gene Quigley
Capt. Gene Quigley is the co-owner of Shore Catch Guide Service, the Northeast’s largest fly and light tackle guide service. Shore Catch has been in business for over 20 years as has a fleet of custom boats and 4x4 vehicles that take anglers from the surf to the offshore canyons.
A native of the New Jersey shore, Gene has been fishing the inshore and offshore waters for over 35 years. Gene specializes in fishing for Bluefin Tuna and Trophy Striped Bass. Equally at home from the boat or in the surf, Capt Gene has put hundreds of anglers on their first trophy Striped Bass and Bluefin; and is one of a handful of anglers worldwide who have consistently landed Bluefin tuna over 100 lbs on fly tackle.
In 2013 Capt. Gene was voted one of the Top 50 Charter Captains In The World by Saltwater Sportsman Magazine and in 2010 was voted as one of the Top 100 Fishing Guides in North America by Field & Stream Magazine.
In addition to guiding, Gene is also a noted outdoor writer, photographer, and seminar speaker. He is on the editorial staff for Fly Fishing in Saltwaters Magazine, and contributes regularly to Saltwater Sportsman, Sportfishing, Fly Fisherman, The Fisherman, On The Water Magazine, New Jersey Angler, and was featured as one of North America’s Top 100 Guides by Field & Stream Magazine.
Gene is the co-author of Saltwater Fishing, A Tactical Approach and also contributes a weekly fishing column in the "Hook, Line and Sinker" section of the Asbury Park Press.
Gene sits on the national prostaff’s for St Croix Rod Company, Raymarine, AVET Reels, Cape Horn, Jones Brothers, Yamaha, Navionics, Mako Fly Reels, Aquaskinz, Rio Fly Lines, Gamakatsu, Spro, FINS Line, Patagonia, Hogy, Yeti Coolers, AFTCO, Costa Del Mar, STINGO-Fish, and Korkers.
Currently, Gene is the Chairman of the New Jersey Professional Fly & Light Tackle Guides Association and sits on the association’s national board of directors. He has been a featured angler on ESPN Outdoors, Versus, Outdoor Life Networks (OLN) “Family Fishing Outdoors Show”, PBS’s “Vacations On The Fly” television shows.
Outside of the fishing world, Capt Gene spends most of his time in the mountains or in the ocean. From Surfing to Skiing and Snowboarding; Gene has traveled all over the world in search of big waves, big mountains and big fish.
Capt. Darren Dorris
Captain Darren Dorris has over 30 years of fishing experience plying New Jersey waters.
He has been a professional mate for over 20 years, working the pit for many high stakes tournaments. He began as a kayak guide some 15 years ago, and a licensed captain for the last 6, running his own charter operation “Salty Lady” Sport fishing out of Beach Haven NJ. He is a freelance writer, photographer and blogger and has been published in all the top regional and national fishing magazines including the Fishermen, Big Game Fishing Journal, Saltwater Sportsmen, and Field and Stream. He has also been a well-known TV fishing personality, co-hosting and producing the NJ Angler Video Magazine, a television show dedicated to showcasing the world class fishing NJ offers.
Dorris is a prolific seminar speaker, presenting 30 plus seminars a year, at most major events including the Saltwater Sportsman Seminar series hosted by George Poveromo. Capt. Darren main career is a professional educator, teaching Marine Science as a High School Science elective and has been at it for the last 21 years. “Each time I get to share with the public, being print, photos, blogs, television, seminars or while guiding I see it as a chance to educate fellow anglers”. Captain Darren sits on the pro staff of Accurate Reels, Bass Pro Shops, American fishing Wire, Hi-Seas, Psyquatic apparel, and Tony Maja products.
Captain Erwin Heinrich has been fishing the New York bight for over 45 years. He owns and operates the charter boat SCALES n TALES, a 31’ Contender, full time for the past 10 years. Sailing out of Twin Lights Marina, he specializes in Live Bunker Bass fishing in the spring, and deep water light tackle fluke fishing in the summer. His clients have boated numerous fluke over the 10lb mark!
Nothing puts a smile on his face like sliding the net under a jumbo fluke for his customers. Captain Erwin got started fishing Sandy Hook at a very early age and learned the “hard way”, about fishing and catching. He has won and placed in numerous fluke tournaments through the years.
Capt. Pete Meyers
Captain Pete Meyers holds a 100 ton masters license. He runs his boat THE RUN Off year round. The boat is in City Island, NY from mid May to mid November then it's off to Pt. Pleasant, NJ for the black fish bite till January. The boat then goes south to Bald Head Island, NC for the winter. Captain Pete loves to teach about fishing to all age groups. He goes up and down the east coast giving seminars all year round to all types of groups, fishing clubs and national outdoor show audiences. Captain Pete specializing in children, both on the boat and talking to. They are the future of both the fishing world and the world... he loves seeing kids catch their first fish.
Jack Houghton, a native of Marshfield, MA, grew up about 600 feet from the ocean’s edge, and presently resides in Abington with his wife and four children. At the age of 16, he purchased his first boat, a 16’ Lund, eventually progressing to a 23’ Parker sportcabin from which he commercially fishes for striped bass, sea bass, cod, bluefish and many other Massachusetts coastal species.
After obtaining his Captain’s license in 2005, Jack started a Charter business where he’s been putting clients onto fish ever since. He especially enjoys fishing Cape Cod and the islands. In 2013, Jack started Daddy Mac Lures along with his father-in-law Dennis MacDonald.
Jack also gives vertical jigging and swimbait seminars for various fishing and outdoor organizations as well as at many major fishing expos. He is a member of the Massachusetts Striped Bass Association and the Massachusetts Commercial Striped Bass Association. When Jack is not out at sea, he can likely be found on the shores of local Massachusetts lakes and ponds.