Don't miss the seminars with these local and national pros at the show!
John Crews is a veteran professional bass angler and BASS Elite Series Champion that also owns Missile Baits, a popular soft plastics fishing company. During his 19 year pro angling career, John has qualified for 11 Bassmaster Classics and amassed well over $1 million is earnings. Winning the 2010 BASS Elite Series event on the California Delta is the highlight of his tournament career. Started in 2012, Crews began Missile Baits. It has grown to a company that sells in about every major retail outlet and internationally. In addition to fishing and the company, John is married with 3 children and loves working out. He also is avid about helping with Autism Awareness and uses his pro angler status to help spread the word and raise money for charities.
Seth Feider of Bloomington, MN has catapulted himself to the top of the fan favorites list. After a tough first rookie year he has 4 top five finishes in the past 2 years including a win at last year’s Mille Lacs Angler of the Year Championship. This year he qualified for his first Bassmaster Classic Championship finishing at 14th in Angler of the Year points. His favorite technique is dropshotting for offshore bass on rock structures however he is adept at multiple techniques as shown during his second place finish at Champlain this year. When Seth isn’t fishing, you can find him hunting. Seth’s appearance is sponsored by Daiwa.
Peter Fiduccia aka "The Deer Doctor" is the host the popular outdoor TV show Woods N’ Water Big Game Adventures, seen nationwide on the Pursuit Channel on DirecTV. Peter is a renowned authority on hunting tactics for white-tailed deer and has authored 13 books on deer hunting strategies. Sportsmen throughout North America acknowledge Peter as one of the nation's top whitetail deer hunting gurus. He is also an acclaimed professional wildlife food-plot consultant. His food-plot advice has appeared in books, magazines, newspaper columns and on television. His latest book “The Shooter’s Bible Guide to Planting Food Plots,” has received numerous accolades from peers and fans alike. Peter‘s seminars are jam-packed with information and includes just the right amount of humor to entertain his audiences. Peter is one of the most sought-after whitetail deer speakers on the lecture circuit.
Capt. Shamus Mara and Capt. Peter 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.
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.
Pat Salerno Jr
When people talk about the Adirondack Mountains and Deer Hunting one name becomes obvious, The Salerno Brothers. Pat and Tony Salerno have been hunting the rugged Adirondack Mountains since knee-high to their dad Pat Salerno Sr. who taught them the art of still hunting, an art they call their own due to the tremendous success they have achieved by taking some of the biggest bucks of the Adirondacks. North American Whitetail Magazine had this to say about the brothers, “years of experience have placed the brothers among the premier trackers in the Adirondacks and its because no two hunters will make the effort and sacrifice to hunt the way they do.” Look for the brothers on PBS Television and Fox 44’s outdoor hunting show “The Outfitter” www.adkbucks.com
See Pat daily at the show speaking about how to have success taking big bucks in the Adirondack Mountains. On Saturday Pat will be joined by Gus Congemi of “Live the Wild Life TV”.
Greg DiPalma is a professional bass angler from Millville, NJ. He grew up on the banks of the Maurice River and was introduced to fishing by his grand pop Gary Montana. Developing a passion for fishing he competed in local club, team and federation tournaments, before graduating to fishing the Bassmaster Opens. Although Greg DiPalma is entering his rookie year fishing the Bassmaster Elite Series he’s no rookie to professional bass fishing. Greg has been fishing the B.A.S.S Open tournaments since 2005 finishing in the money 16 times with two top 10 finishes in 41 events against some of the top anglers in the country. In his first year fishing the Open series Greg qualified and was invited to fish the B.A.S.S. Elite Series but declined wanting to sharpen his skills before committing to full-time professional fishing.
Greg’s sponsors include Shimano, Susquehanna Fishing Tackle, Riot Baits, and Phoenix Boats.
Capt. Jim Freda
Joe Zaffuto was born and raised in a small town in Central Pennsylvania where he tried his hand at night calling at a very young age. He was only 14 when he called in and killed his first grey fox – a night he still remembers well! He was using his brother’s cassette tape recorder wired to an old car speaker, playing the tune of a crying rabbit. With his Ithaca 12 gauge in one hand and a flashlight covered in red cellophane in the other, he still remembers the glow of those red eyes getting closer and closer, his heart pounding faster and faster. Balancing the shotgun on his knee, trying to hold the light, and getting the shotgun bead between those red approaching eyes took some doing. He took a deep breath, squeezed the trigger, and ended up on his back. After recovering, he walked out 20 yards to find his first predator kill, a nice prime Pennsylvania grey fox. From that point on he was hooked and now 40 plus years later he still targets predators willing to come to the call with their eyes glowing from his now “much better” red lights – still feeling that same passion he felt back then. Although he has upgraded his hunting equipment and changed his style, the concept is still basically the same. Joe finds coyotes are much more challenging to call in than fox and feels every coyote called in and killed is a true trophy. Last season, while using Night Eyes Hunting Lights from his own company, Joe called in numerous fox and coyotes harvesting over 100 of them. This is an extraordinary feat given that most of his calling was during a 2 1/2 month period, with the majority of it being in the state of Pennsylvania.
”Joe recently retired from a 28-year career in Law Enforcement where he was a certified firearms instructor. He has given seminars on calling predators at night throughout the northeast United States for several years now and has written articles for Fur-Fish-Game and Woods & Water magazines. In 2017 and 2018 Joe was featured on three TV episodes that aired on the Pursuit Channel. In his latest episode Joe and his partner killed 18 predators in three nights of filming.
Joe is always willing to provide hunting strategies to those who are willing to listen. He feels very privileged to have been instrumental in helping get thousands of new hunters started into the night hunting sport and he loves to hear their success stories that follow. Night hunting still calls to Joe as strongly today as it did on that first fateful night-time fox hunt, many years ago.
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.
Captain Sprengel is a Freestyle Outdoor Guide with over 20 years of Regional and international sport fishing experience. His connection to the sport fishing community stems from both experience on the water from a variety of platforms as well as in the tackle manufacturing and even retail facets of the sport. Captain Jack is a progressive member of New England’s Sport Fishing Community. He is a Freelance Outdoor Writer/Photographer and Published Author. His work is frequently seen in publications like "Saltwater Sportsman," "Sport Fishing Magazine" "Big Game Journal" and "On the Water" Magazines as well as many more. He is also an avid contributor to Internet publications like Fishtrack.com, Roffers and "On the Water's" fishing reports. A Multi-Species Enthusiast; He has traveled to many regions in search of trophy or more exotic game fish. Learning from its earlier development with the introduction of modern braided line systems, the captain now specializes in Offshore and Reef Style Jigging and Casting for large pelagic and tropical species with top water lures and jigs. The captain has fished and placed “in the money” as a crew member or at the helm in several Atlantic based big game Sportfishing tournaments, targeting everything from inshore species to larger offshore species like tunas and large billfish. Additionally, Jack has made numerous appearances on both New England based and major television networks, sharing his passion for the north east Sportfishing opportunities and techniques.
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 as well as consulted and assisted in the layout and design of some northeast sport fishing boat brands. He has worked regionally as a guest speaker for the Big Game Bash, The Castafari Offshore Seminar Series as well as headlining for Bass Pro Shops Big Fish Weekend and Spring Classic. He has given hundreds of cutting edge audio/video Sportfishing Lectures across the Northeast. For the last 3 years Capt. Sprengel was selected to be an instructor at the National Saltwater Seminar Series for George Poveromo. In addition to his published works and outdoor guiding career, Capt Jack is also one of the two men at the helm of the RonZ Lures brand and an active member of Team Shimano's U.S. and Japanese based operations.
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.
Mark is an accomplished angler with over 30-years of on-the-water experience operating marine electronics in both fresh and saltwater. Framed with the foundational knowledge in the expertise of todays ever changing marine electronics industry, Marks seminars format a step-by-step understanding that simplifies sophisticated electronic technology. As an accomplished avid tournament angler Mark knows every minute on the water is precise. Thus, having the ability to attain operational understanding of your marine electronics is foremost to successful days on the water. Mark utilizes “The Power of Simple”, from Garmin as he assists you in developing a quick in-depth understanding of ‘DownVü and SideVü”, while, his introduction to CHIRP sonar technology will enlighten you to a clear crisp visual picture of the world below the surface.
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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.
Tony has operated a driftboat fishing guide service on the Upper Delaware River for over twenty years. He specializes in wild trout – browns and rainbows – on one of the best tailwater rivers in the United States located in Catskill / Pocono regions of New York state and Pennsylvania that is only two hours from the New York / New Jersey metropolitan area. He is licensed by the National Park Service, New York State DEC and Pennsylvania FBC. Besides the wild trout, the Upper Delaware River has a variety of other freshwater gamefish. Line ripping American Shad, big Walleye and feisty Smallmouth Bass. In fact, Field and Stream, has recognized the Big D to be one of the best five smallmouth rivers in the United States. In addition, Tony’s snowshoe rabbit fly patterns have been sought after for many years. His dries and emerger flies fool the wariest of wild trout throughout the country. They are durable, have excellent coloration, proportion and silhouette. These patterns sit flush in the film to imitate a vulnerable mayfly waiting to be eaten. Make sure you have plenty of backing on your reel with these flies and double check your knots! Tony is also a Trustee of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, served as Chairman of the Water Use Resource Management of the Upper Delaware Council and was re-elected town councilman in the town of Tusten in Sullivan County, New York. Tony’s websites can be accessed at: www.delawareriverfishing.com and www.gonefishingguideservice.com
Tony’s seminar, Catskill - Upper Delaware River Multi-species Float Fishing will be tailored to catching the “Grand Slam”! Walleye, Wild Trout, Shad and Smallmouth Bass
ONLY two hours from NYC, including Proven Tips and Techniques for fly and light action spin with NYS and NPS Licensed Guide Tony Ritter
Tracking and Stalking are the time tested and time honored, tried and true hunting methods the American Indians and pioneers used to successfully and consistently take the largest animals possible!! They had to take a proactive approach to hunting, because they had to put food on their tables to feed their families and Tracking & Stalking provided them with the biggest and best animals.
Registered Master Maine Guide and renowned Tracker/Stalker Randy Flannery will show how to master the skills of aging, sexing, and reading deer tracks. He will also share, map and compass skills, how and where to find big bucks, how to walk up on big bucks in all conditions, how to react to big bucks when you jump them, how to shoot fast and accurate, and other big woods hunting skills.
Kate Fiduccia is the host of “Cooking Wild in Kate’s Kitchen” segment on the Woods N’ Water TV Series. She has written several bestselling wildgame cookbooks including: Cooking Wild in Kate’s Kitchen, Cabin Cooking, The Venison Cookbook, Cooking Wild in Kate’s Camp, Grillin’ & Chili’n’, Backyard Grilling, The Jerky Bible and The Quotable Wine Lover. Her wildgame cooking articles have appeared in Outdoor Life, Whitetail Hunting Strategies, Deer and Deer Hunting, Catskill Delaware and other magazines. Kate has appeared on the CBS Evening News and was a guest on MSNBC’s “News with Brian Williams” about women who hunt. She was featured in the New York Times and Newsday. Kate was also a deer hunting instructor for NYSDEC’s Becoming an OutdoorsWoman program for more than a decade. She is a graduate of Cornell University’s Hotel School.
Frikkie Du Toit
Frikkie is a native of South Africa. Raised on a large farm near Kruger Park. He was born in the African bush. Hunting dangerous game since a very young age, Frikkie has become a very well known professional hunter. In his almost 30 years as a PH, he has been the professional of choice for numerous outdoor celebrities including: Larry Weishuhn and Blake Barnett (Under a Hunters Moon), Pat and Nicole Reeve (Driven TV), Ray Bunney and Jim Burnworth (Choose Your Weapon), R.Lee "Gunny" Ermy and Julie Mogeinis (Hunting with the Judge), Ralph and Vicky Ciacurulo (Archers Choice), Doug Hamric (Outdoor ratingTV), Freddy Harteis (Hollywood Hunter), and was even featured testing Rage Broadheads against dangerous game on the Babe Winkleman show.
Frikkie is a very accomplished hunter with experience in all of the dangerous seven including nearly 400 lion hunts and of course many many Cape Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard, Rhinoceros, Hippo and Crocodile. An ethical licensed PH, he takes the clients safety seriously and has guided many hunters to record book trophies. Many in the top 10 in the world. Additionally, Frikkie Du Toit is accomplished in all species of plains game and has several areas to hunt filling the needs of the most discerning hunter. Home base is in the Northwest Province in South Africa's Southern Kalahari about one hour from the Botswana border. Several large concessions are used bordering Kruger Park where there are huge buffalo, elephant, free range lion and of course hippo and Crocodile. He also hunts concessions in Namibia and Mozambique.
Frikkie is a family man who along with his wife Natasha and three children, makes the African Hunting Camp a safe and enjoyable place for the entire family. Frikkie Du Toit Safaris offers in addition to hunting, tours of Capetown, Victoria Falls, Kruger Park, and even shark fishing on the Skeleton coast. Come visit Frikkie Du Toit Safaris at www.africabig5.com.
Antonio “Go Go’ Gomez
Antonio “Go Go’ Gomez is from Paterson New Jersey. In the early 2000’s he started professionally Bass fishing on the tournament circuit . He has been working with Shimano since 2013 and has established his name in the sport of bass fishing. In 2005 Antonio started working with kids to share his passion of fishing and ever since then B.A.S.S has been writing articles that chronicles his involvement in the sport. Antonio Gomez has been featured in BASS TIMES MAGAZINE, Bassin Magazine and many other publications! In 2012 he won the Cabela’s Bassmaster Federation Nation Mid. Atlantic Divisional for the state of New Jersey. This year He was awarded Purple Heart Special Recognition Award from the USO for his involvement and tirelessly devoting his time to the USO.
He is currently working on a program to get kids fishing and to enjoy New Jersey’s great outdoors! Go Go’s seminar will be talking about how to find fish when the ice melts from ponds, lakes and rivers using jerk baits to find success early in the season!
Skip Lerman first got hooked on fishing at the age of 8 when he caught his first bass over 7lbs. That created a lifelong passion for fishing. His early years were spent fishing for trout, bass, walleye, Muskie and crappie in freshwater and flounder, stripers, tuna and blues in saltwater. He has been fishing local and regional Bass Tournaments since the 1980's. He currently works as an Ambassador for Pure Fishing and operates a Guide Service on both Lake Hopatcong and Greenwood Lake.