CONNECTICUT'S LARGEST FISHING & HUNTING SHOW, "Engineered by GMC" OFFERS HOURS OF SEMINARS FREE WITH ADMISSION TO THE SHOW!
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OUR 2017 FEATURES INCLUDE:
CAPTAIN MEL TRUE
CAPTAIN GREG DUBRULE
CAPTAIN JOHN PLANETA
CAPTAIN TJ KARBOWSKI
CAPTAIN BRIAN BACON
DUSTY W GERMAN SHORT HAIR POINTERS
TALONS! BIRDS OF PREY
INTERACTIVE FIGHTING CHAIR
LASER SHOOTING RANGE
PLUS THE HAWG TRAUGH & CASTING POND!
Al Knie (a/k/a Crazy Alberto)
Alberto Knie (a/k/a "Crazy Alberto") - a world-class extreme trophy game fish hunter and writer/fishing product designer who specializes in the art of Trophy Fishing and Conservation.
Mike Laptew, the diving fisherman, will take you into the underwater world of North Atlantic game fish to reveal the most important aspects of big fish behavior. Laptew’s amazing footage was gathered over the past six years as he traveled from Maine to New York on a hunt for monster fish. Laptew will show you where the trophy size fish swim, what they eat, and how you can score more and larger fish. This high definition video presentation is filled with exciting action sequences and breathtakingly beautiful images of striped bass, fluke, tautog, false albacore and black sea bass. Laptew will share tips and techniques from the best guides, captains, and world record holders to help you land that fish of a lifetime.
Captain TJ Karbowski ~ Fishing Central Long Island Sound & Trolling with Down Riggers
Captain TJ Karbowski is well known throughout the Long Island Sound fishing community as owner/operator of Rock & Roll Charters. Captain Karbowski spends over 1,500 hours a season chasing Striped Bass, Blues, Blacks, Fluke, Sea Bass, Scup and Sharks aboard his 41’ Hatteras charter boat “Rock and Roll”. This is your opportunity to ask a professional Captain all the questions you’ve wanted to know on chasing these fish; from favorite locations, techniques, lures, moon phases or even boat maintenance questions. Captain Karbowski specializes in light tackle trolling using his trademark downriggers and has guided his customers to multiple state record catches. This light tackle approach, along with his ability to consistently put his customers on the fish, are the reasons why “Rock and Roll” is one of busiest charter boats on the Connecticut shoreline. Captain TJ is a member of Stripers Forever, The Recreational Fishing Alliance and Treasurer of the Connecticut Charter and Party Boat Association. Rock and Roll Charters is based out of Clinton, CT. www.rockandrollcharters.com
Dave Brandt ~ Made In Labrador
Living on the fringe of the Catskills has allowed me to meet, become good friends with, and learn firsthand from many of the legendary tyers of the area,including Art Flick, Harry and Elsie Darbee, The Dette's, Lee Wulff, and many others. Since then I've been involved with Trout Unlimited, The Federation of Fly Fishers, United Fly Tyers, The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, and several Fly Fishing Shows. I've tied flies commercially for years, finally moving toward more custom tying and teaching. Teaching both fly tying and fly fishing has become an important part of my off stream fishing life, having been an instructor with the Wulff Fly Fishing School for the last 30 years.
An early interest in the making of bamboo fly rods allowed me the privilege of contributing the technical drawings for "A Master' Guide To Building A Bamboo Fly Rod", by Everett Garrison with Hoagy B. Carmichael. The Minonipi Wulff is a favorite fly designed for the big brook trout in Labrador. It was written up in an article entitled "The Wonderful Wulffs", by Dick Talleur in Fly Tyer magazine, the winter 1988 issue.
“Del” DelMastro started bow hunting small game animals, using a recurve bow, at the age of 15. Around 1970 Del switched over to a compound bow and continued hunting in the woods of Connecticut. He became one of Connecticut’s first archery industries sponsored Pro-Staff bow hunters in the early 1990’s.
Captain Greg Dubrule
Capt. Greg Dubrule has been a popular figure in the New England charter and partyboat industries for over four decades. He possesses an extensive knowledge of both inshore and offshore fishing, from 1,000 lb blue marlin and giant tuna to striped bass and blackfish. He's been a featured seminar speaker at all the major sport and fishing shows throughout the lower 48 states. Greg has been written up in national publications such as Outdoor Life, Saltwater Sportsman, Field and Stream, and countless other regional and national publications- even Newsweek magazine. Dozens of television shows have featured him over the years, including Al Linder from The In-Fisherman series.
He's a colorful and excitable seminar speaker willing to share his experiences and expertise to instruct anyone on how to catch'em. Greg is currently the owner and operator of the partyboat BlackHawk out of Niantic, CT where he puts a tremendous amount of energy and enthusiasm into the BlackHawk's own Take A Kid Fishing and Black Hawk and the Community programs.
Captain John Planeta -
Owner of Frank's Live Baitin Marlborough, CT, a tackle shop started by his parents in 1950. John has been fishing the waters of the Connecticut River and Long Island Sound for over 35 years. If the fish are there, he will find them. His knowledge of both freshwater and saltwater bait and tackle make him an invaluable source of fishing information. His specialty is light tackle Fluke and Striped Bass Fishing.
Captain Mike Roy
Captain Mike Roy is a Connecticut native who has been fishing the water of New England his entire life. Captain Mike's angling pursuits have also taken him across the country and internatinally fishing in fresh and saltwater for everything from largemouth bass to giant bluefin tuna. In addition to being an accomplished captain, he is an avid surfcaster and feels right at home plying rocky shorelines in a wetsuit. Captain Mike is an innovative angler, constantly applying new techniques to up his fishing game, and his enthusiasm and passion for the sport are contagious. Captain Mike is a United States Coast Guard OUPV Licensed Captainand graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with Bachelors’ and Masters’ Degree in Education.
Gerry Rightmyer & Steve Schicker
The hit TV show, Forever Wild Outdoors Adrenaline Adventures, has appeared nationally the past two years on the Sportsman Channel. In 2016, Forever Wild Outdoors will be airing their New York based TV show on the Pursuit Channel. Forever Wild Outdoors has "broken the mold" from other outdoor television. Their mantra... "It's not the size of the trophy... it's the size of the experience" has resonated throughout the U.S. and Canada ! Sharing the outdoors and creating memories is what Forever Wild Outdoors is all about, whether it's first-time hunters, kids, women, or just your best hunting buddy ! Co-hosts, Steve Schicker and Gerry Rightmyer share their passion through the video lens. Creating memories and adventures in the Northeast and other far-reaching destinations, Forever Wild Outdoors provides an entertaining and informative look at the great outdoors... Hunting at it's finest ! As Steve and Gerry always say... "Let's keep our hunting heritage safe, ethical, and Forever Wild!"
Steve Schicker-Producer, Host. Steve was born in upstate New York where he learned from his father that it’s not the size of the trophy; it’s the size of the experience that counts. At seventeen,
Steve enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and still continued to hunt every chance he could. In 1996, Steve was in a car accident with two compression fractures in his spine, resulting in a lot of free time.
Since he could not hunt, he turned to his first love… art, and so started Forever Wild Outdoors. Steve sold his art at various festivals where he met a hunter safety instructor. The instructor convinced Steve to become an instructor himself, which allowed him to pay it forward, teaching others what was taught to him by his father. He attended Finger Lakes Community College to study Wildlife Biology. It was during this time Steve began his journey into competition turkey calling. Traveling the east coast to parts of the Midwest and entering as many competitions as he could, and competing in many of the major competitions, he eventually became a five-time New York State Turkey Calling Champion. Now in the outdoor industry, Steve worked for various game call companies in sales and marketing and design, until eventually he began his own call company. Producing video to support the sale of his calls, Steve soon found a passion for telling the hunting tale through a camera lens.
Mike Stewart - Demonstrating in the Fly Tying Area
Mike has tied at the International Fly Tying Symposium, various Fly Fishing Shows, Federation of Fly Fishers, Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum, Arts of the Angler, CT Fly Fisherman Assoc. Round Table and the American Museum of Fly Fishing. Mike is also a member of the FFF Fly Tyers Boardof Governors.
Fred Wilson - Demonstrating in the Fly Tying Area & Casting Pond Bass Fishing 360. An overview of casting presentations for large mouth and small mouth bass ~ Friday 3 PM, Saturday 12 PM & 3 PM, Sunday 2 PM
Fred will be discussing spey style casting with Sage Bass Series Fly Rods and Rio Fly Lines for single and 2 hand casting( Rods from 4 to 13' 6"). He will also help you understand various types fly rods and fly lines including Scandinavian, Skagit and traditional spey. Demonstration will also include flipping, pitching and finesse style hair jig fishing for big bronzebacks. This demonstration is for beginners or advanced anglers.
A well respected jig tyer in the state of CT; He is a professional fishing guide and is with us again this year; Fred pursues big bass on CT. Candlewood Lake with fly rods and flipping sticks and is here to help you with your approach. He's owner of FlipFlyTye hand tied fishing products and a regular guide with Paul Meuller fishing guide service. He will be giving tying demonstrations this weekend for conventional and fly fishing applications.tying materials will include,Spirit River UV2 products,Flymen company products,and many more.feel free to stop by and tye your first fly.
So whether you'd like to learn how to finesse bronzebacks with light line with hair jigs or crush largemouths out of weedbeds,or brushpiles with natural looking crawfish (jigs),or have questions about catching big bass using a fly rod Spey Style, beginner or advanced stop by for the latest on the cutting edge products to help you with your Flip and Fly pursuits. Fred has done a lot of research Bass Fishing Spey Style with Sage Bass series Fly Rods, Redington Fly Rods,from 4' to 13'6",and Rio
Fly lines,and will be willing to give you his feedback and help you get started in the wonderful art of fly fishing and take the mystery out of choosing a fly rod or line, And help you understand various types of rods, and Fly lines including, Scandinavian, Skagit,Traditional spey.
Fred takes his bass fishing tournament experience and applys it to his flyfishing approaches; He is a regular contributor to the sport of fishing and encouraging youth and youth at heart to enjoy the art of fly fishing and tying. Promoting "how to" demonstrations for largemouth, smallmouth bass with conventional and Spey Style Fly Fishing tecnics.(Flip n Fly)where he applies his tournament experience; His latest article can be seen at wired2fish.com titled How much do you know about hair jigs, written by Mike Iovino; A regular tyer at the Complete Angler of Darien, CT; A regular tyer for Candlewood Bait and Tackle,of Danbury,CT; The Catskill Meusem and learning center "arts of the angler show"; And has participated at various youth events,Bryan Kershal fish camp, Candlewood Lake Give the kids a sporting chance, Hartford River.
Al Gag ~
Captain Brian Bacon ~ Not Running the Distance Targeting Tuna & Pelagic Species Inshore ~
Big Game Sport Fishing in Snug Harbor Rhode Island was started in 2007 by USCG licensed Captain Brian Bacon, Captain Peter Bacon and Shamus Mara.
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! Although Big Game is still a newer company, the business has grown to where the boat is running over 120 fishing charters a season and most of it is due to happy repeat customers and their referrals.
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 Rhode Island waters have to offer and prides themselves on teaching children and the most novice anglers the proper techniques to not only hooking, but landing the fish.
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. Big Game is currently on The Daiwa Tackle Pro Staff as well as The Gibbs Lures Pro Staff. The Big Game team actively participates in the NMFS Shark tagging program, the Billfish tagging program and the Bluefin Tuna Tagging Program.
The Big Game team also started and runs the wildly popular “Fluke Til Ya Puke” Fishing Tournament, the biggest Fluke tournament in the country with over 1000 anglers entered in this one day event!
Participants in the tournament are treated to a free tournament t-shirt, all you can eat and drink at the BBQ, a live band, raffle prizes and over $30,000 in cash and prizes paid out to the winners!
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.
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