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Paul Hebert

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."


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Dave Carraro

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.


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Al Ristori

Capt. Al Ristori of Manasquan Park, NJ has been the Saltwater editor of the NJ Star-Ledger since 1984 and is a regional editor of Salt Water Sportsman. Al Ristori has appeared on The Fishing Line radio & TV shows, his books include North American Saltwater Fishing; The Saltwater Fish Identifier; Fishing for Bluefish and several others. Ristori charters the 35-foot charter boat out of Highlands, NJ specializing in striped bass and school tuna.


Nick Honachefsky

Nick Honachefsky, former Managing Editor at Saltwater Sportsman, currently holds editorial positions at Saltwater Sportsman, Guy Harvey Magazine, Outdoor Life, The Fisherman, and On the Water Magazine. Honachefsky is Executive Producer and Host of Saltwater Underground, partnered with TackleDirect and TV host of Hookin’ up with Nick and Mariko on the World Fishing Network. Featured as a fishing personality in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, NBC, Discovery Channel and HLN, Honachefsky is also saltwater fishing columnist in NJ’s Courier Post and The Daily Journal and is author of the local best selling books; The Jersey Surf Diaries and The New Jersey Boat Fisherman. A previous IGFA All Tackle World Record holder, Honachefsky fishes extensively throughout the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico and the US, but calls Lavallette along the Jersey Shore his home. Whether he is livelining sardines for roosterfish in Nicaragua or dropping clam baits for lowlyling in the Mud Hole, he fishes non stop, 24/7, around the clock. Contact Nick at for autographed copies of his books and follow him on Instagram @nickhonachefsky.

Keefe Vallaro

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 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

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!     


Jimmy Gahm

For the past 2 years Capt Jimmy has been the captain on the fv Flying Tiger, a private boat out of Manasquan inlet. Prior to this, Capt Jimmy was well known for 20 years as a captain on Dave Bender’s fishing charter boat the Jenny Lee out of Manasquan NJ. Capt. Jimmy is currently a pro staff member for Shimano, Costa Sunglasses and Aftco. Since his first canyon trip over 35 years ago, Capt Jimmy has logged over 500 trips to the Edge. His experiences have taken him to the canyons off New England down to the canyons off North Carolina. He has hundreds of trophy catches of Marlin, Swords, Yellowfin tuna, Big Eye tuna and Bluefin tuna.


Capt Jimmy is a multifaceted angler using a multitude of techniques to getting the job done on the water including trolling, chunking, butterfly jigging and top water.


Shell E. Caris

Shell E. Caris is a legendary surf fisherman from New Jersey with over 60 years of surf fishing experience targeting striped bass. He is on the St Croix Rod Pro Staff and part of the Shore Catch Guide Service team. He’s been part of the “On the Water TV’ series with surf fishing shows on striped bass and bluefish. Shell E. has also written numerous articles on surf fishing and co-authored “Saltwater Fishing: A Tactile Approach”.


Captains Cody & RJ Melton

Captains RJ and Cody Melton have been perfecting the art of fishing the New Jersey Canyons over the past 20 years. They worked on private vessels for 10 years and for the last 8 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. Jersey Nutz is now known as one of the top canyon boats in NJ producing consistent catches and happy customers.


Captain Frank J. Tenore (Capt. Frank)

Captain Frank holds a US Coast Guard 100 Ton Masters license and is the owner and operator of Fins on Feathers Charters for over 25 years. He is a life long resident of New Jersey and has fished his entire life in the Raritan Bay area. Captain Frank has also run several other charter and party boats out of the New York bight. Throughout the year Captain Frank presents seminars about fishing in the Raritan Bay at several different fishing expos, sportsman’s clubs and local power squadrons. He is an active member of Bergen County Salt Water Anglers, American Littoral Society, Hudson River Fishermen’s Association and Leonardo Party and Pleasure Boatman’s Association. Captain Frank always says “fishing is not a job, it is a craft.”


Capt. Jim Freda

Capt Jim Freda is a USCG licensed Captain and owner of Shore Catch Sportfishing. He has been fishing the inshore and offshore waters of the Jersey Shore for over 38 years targeting striped bass, bluefish, false albacore, bluefin and yellowfin tuna, and mahi. Jim is on the National Elite Pro Staff for St. Croix Rods, Spro, Gamakatsu, Avet, Korkers, Aqua Skinz, Tony Maja, TAK Waterman, and Hogy Lures. Jim is a highly respected charter captain, author, seminar speaker, and photographer. As a seminar speaker Jim has been featured as one of the celebrities on the Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series, one of the “Stars of the Show” at the Fly Fishing Show, the Saltwater Expo, and the Canyon Runner seminar series. His book, “Fishing the New Jersey Coast”, is a best seller on the market today and has received the “New Jersey Center for the Book Award” as one of the most notable NJ books. He is also co-author of “Saltwater Fishing, A Tactical Approach”. Jim writes for Saltwater Sportsman, Big Game Journal, Fly Fisherman, Eastern Fly Fishing, The Fisherman Magazine, On the Water Magazine, and Jim has weekly saltwater fishing columns that appear in The Bergen Record and Coast Star newspapers. Jim has also been a guest speaker at all the Trout Unlimited Clubs in NJ and Pa and a special guest speaker at the Bloomberg Network in NYC. Jim’s favorite fish to target is bluefin tuna getting them up on top by casting to them with topwater stickbaits and poppers. He loves being on the water with his 18 year old son Tommy who is his mate. His home port is Manasquan Inlet, NJ.


Captain Brian Rice

Captain Brian Rice of Jersey Devil Sportfishing

Using a pair of oars to row a 12-foot aluminum boat, Brian started fishing for snapper blues, weak fish, and other small fish on the Navesink river as a kid. In the late 80s, he graduated to a 16-foot Garvey boat and was bunker chunking for striped bass under the Highlands bridge. After years of overfishing, the striped bass population was just starting to rebuild, and their scarcity enabled Brian to hone his fishing skills and refine his methods. Even catching one a day was a success. Around this time Brian also started trolling for stripers which has helped him develop the techniques he uses today to charter for trophy linesiders.


In the early 90s, Brian started offshore fishing for big game and eventually earned his captain’s license in 2004. He has fished most of the northeast coast and in the Bahamas and Mexico. Brian spends as many weekends as he can on the water chartering offshore trips on his 31’ Contender powered by twin 250 Yamaha four stroke engines. He is a proven tournament winner and captains’ offshore charters that put clients on tuna, mahi, sharks, and even some marlin on the Jersey Coast. Captain Brian is very active in the fishing community where he serves on the pro staff of Contender Boats, Shimano Tackle, Simrad Electronics, Yamaha, Engel Coolers, and AFW/HiSeas. Jersey Devil Sportfishing and Captain Brian are also very active in the local community supporting Alzheimer’s NJ and working with the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife on a summer youth program to encourage school-aged children to fish instead of turning to tobacco, drugs, and alcohol.


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.

Frank Mihalic

Frank’s hard working, get it done style is one that we can all relate to. Frank has been a frequent contributing writer to The Fisherman Magazine and others over the past twenty years.   He specializes in adapting his tackle and gear to effectively fish each area under any conditions. Weather surf or boat, plug, jig or bait, he’ll gladly share his knowledge like you are old friends.  He is a Blackfish specialist. His seminar “Targeting Trophy Blackfish” is an interactive approach, sharing and showing you the tools and tricks that the sharpies use to catch giant Blackfish. Learn the techniques, tackle and gear that will help you catch the fish of your lifetime!


Erwin Heinrich

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.


Captain Paul "Butch" Kross

Captain Paul “Butch” Kross has been fishing the nearshore and offshore waters of New Jersey since the early 60s. Butch started his charter boat career in 1979 on the first POPS TOY fishing out of Manasquan Inlet and has placed in many tournaments and continues to fish a board his 35 Bertram docked at Crystal Point Yacht Club. Captain Butch’s other passion has been fishing in Costa Rica on a yearly basis since the early 80’s. In the early 90’s Butch started assisting in coordinating groups of anglers to travel to the rich waters of Costa Rica. With his extreme knowledge of Los Suenos ,Jaco and Quepos Capt Butch has put anglers on the fishing trip of their dreams , whether it be offshore for Marlin,Sailfish and Tuna or nearshore for Grouper , Cubera Snapper or Roosters.  Captain Butch can help with all aspects of your fishing trip including transportation and Lodging in Costa Rica and booking the best boats. You will find Captain Butch fishing and enjoying Los Suenos for a few months a year mostly during our winter which is the best weather window in Costa Rica offering Flat Seas ,no wind, daily sunshine with a abundance of billfish and bottom fishing.


Captain Alan Lee

Capt. Alan Lee is a USCG-licensed Captain (OUPV). He is also the owner and frequent operator of the charter boat Mushin based in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. He has fished for well over that last 40 years from freshwater panfish to blue marlin, and most everything in between. He has fished the Jersey Coast for over four decades, and enjoys pursuing all species of saltwater fish. His specialties include bottom fishing for cod, tog, and sea bass; and offshore canyon fishing for tunas, sharks, tilefish, and marlin. He views every trip as unique, and tries to tailor charter trips to the client’s interests and skill level. He has been a part of many tournament-winning crews. He has authored various articles and appeared as a speaker on a national and local level. He is Pro Staff with several major tackle and fishing manufacturers, including Shimano, PowerPro, Sterling Tackle, and MaddMantis.