Don't miss the seminars with these local and national pros at the show!
When Jordan was ten years old he caught the fishing bug at his grandfather’s pond in his hometown of Cullman, Alabama, knowing at that moment he wanted to do this as his career. Years later, his parents saw a growing passion and bought him an aluminum boat to fish local tournaments. This passion has evolved into a very successful career for the now, 23 year old. Fishing on Auburn University’s Team opened the doors and Jordan has taken full advantage of it. He has already collected 11 top 10 BASS Elite Trail finishes and fished the Bassmaster Classic 3 times, winning the world’s most coveted fishing tournament this past March in Houston. As the reigning 2017 Bassmaster Classic Champ Jordan looks forward to the opportunity to defend his title this coming March.
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. 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.
Pat and Tony Salerno
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
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.
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.
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.
Greg DiPalma's love, passion and dedication for the sport of bass fishing has made him the angler he is today. Greg has fished his entire life since he was 6. He fishes local clubs, federations and the BASS Opens tour. Fishing the BASS Northern Opens tour, Greg has achieved 11 top 50 finishes and 2 top 20 finishes. In 2015 he finished 10th overall in the points. Also, last year he qualified for the bass federation nation regional qualifier on Douglas Lake for 2016. Greg is also a 2016 Bass Fest qualifier on Lake Texoma, Texas. Unlike the saying "all talk, no action" Greg provides both when it comes to catching some quality sized bass. He has many different techniques and styles depending on the time of year and type of water being fished.
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. 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.
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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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.
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
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 co-host of the Woods N’ Water TV Series and hosts the wild game cooking segment “Cooking Wild in Kate’s Kitchen.” Her articles have appeared in Outdoor Life, Whitetail Hunting Strategies and Deer & Deer Hunting magazines. She had fun appearing on CBS Evening News and MSNBC’s News with Brian Williams and was featured in both the New York Times and Newsday as a female hunter. Kate also taught deer hunting at the New York State Becoming an OutdoorsWoman workshops for more than ten years. Kate is a graduate of Cornell University’s Hotel School and has authored several books including Cooking Wild in Kate’s Kitchen, The Quotable Wine Lover, Cooking Wild in Kate’s Camp, Grillin’ & Chili’n’ and Backyard Grilling. She is currently working on Venison: Jerky, Sausages & Marinades.
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.