Seminars - Located on the Ball Room Level
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ROOM # 11
Friday, February 12th
3 PM Al Gag ~ Spring and winter Striper Fishing on Rivers
Saturday, February 13th
11 AM Roy Leyva ~ Cape Cod Canal
12 Noon Greg Myerson
1 PM Al Gag ~ Spring and Winter Striper Fishing on Rivers
2 PM Roy Leyva ~ Shark Fishing Off the Beaches
Sunday, February 15th
12 Noon Roy Leyva ~ Shark Fishing Off the Beaches
1 PM Al Gag ~ Spring and Winter Striper Fishing on Rivers
ROOM # 12
Friday, February, 12th
1 PM Mike Laptew
2 PM Captain Bruce Millar ~ Trophy Bass, Flounder, Tautog, No Bait, No Problem!
3 PM Captain TJ Karbowski ~Down Rigging for Striped Bass Success
5 PM Captain Brian Bacon ~ Block Island Light Tackle Live Bait Trophy Striped Bass
Saturday, February 14th
11 AM Mike Laptew
12 Noon Captain John Planeta ~ Fluke Fishing the Mouth of the Connecticut River
1 PM Captain Bruce Millar ~ Trophy Bass, Flounder, Tautog, No Bait, No Problem!
3 PM Mike Laptew
4 PM Captain TJ Karbowski ~ Downrigging for Striped Bass Success
Sunday, February 14th
11 AM Captain Bruce Millar ~ Trophy Bass, Flounder, Tautog, No Bait, No Problem!
12 Noon Mike Laptew
1 PM Captain Brian Bacon ~ Block Island Light Tackle Live Bait Trophy Striped Bass
2 PM Captain TJ Karbowski ~ Down Rigging for Striped Bass Success
ROOM # 13
Friday, February 12th
2 PM Del DelMastro ~ Archery Equipment Combined with Tree Stand Safety
5 PM Del DelMastro ~ Urban Deer Hunting
Saturday, February 13th
9:30 AM Deer Hunting 201
This seminar will go into detail on whitetail biology and habits and tactics to improve your hunting experience. Novice and experienced hunters will benefit from learning more about the whitetails deer's unique skills and social habit. The presenters are long time Connecticut hunters with years of whitetail hunting experience. Additionally, the presenters are all certified Connecticut Hunter Safety Instructors in both firearms and bow hunting disciplines.
12 Noon Peter Picone
1 PM Del DelMastro ~ Archery Equipment Combined with Tree Stand Safety
Sunday, February 14th
12 Noon Del DelMastro ~ Effective Use of Camouflage Clothing
Casting Demos - Casting Pond is located on the exhibition floor.
Marla Blair ~ Fly Casting Made Easy ~ Friday 2 & 4 PM, Saturday 1 PM & 4 PM, Sunday 11 AM & 1 PM
Dave Brandt ~ Friday 1 PM & 5 PM, Saturday 11 AM, 2 PM & 5 PM, Sunday 12 PM & 3 PM
Fred Wilson ~ Friday 3 PM, Saturday 12 PM & 3 PM, Sunday 2 PM
TALONS! Birds of Prey ~ 3 Flying Shows per day featuring Eagle Owl & Harris's Hawk! Please check at show for flight times.
Dusty W German Short Hair Pointers ~ Hunting Dog Demos 3 times per day. Please check at the show for times.
Greg Myerson - World Record Holder
Saturday 11 AM & Sunday 2 PM
Fishing is hunting…
Greg Myerson, who caught the pending world record striped bass, an 81.88-pound female, on August 4, 2011, has been hunting fish and game for more than three decades.
Friday 1 PM, Saturday 12 Noon & 2 PM, Sunday 1 PM ~ Whitetail Academy – Cutting Edge Tactics & Plant it Right and They Will Come!
Peter Fiduccia, aka The Deer Doctor, is a multi-talented communicator. As a television personality, Peter has been the producer and host of the highly popular Woods N’ Water Big Game Adventures TV Series for over 30 years. The program airs throughout North America on the Pursuit Cannel, WildTV, YouTube and The Hunt Channel (VOD). Peter’s productions have captured dozens of awards and accolades including several distinguished CAPE, OWAA, SIVA and Telly awards. As a seasoned video producer, Peter has a notable client list of credits including: The Outdoor Channel’s Circle of Honor series, Bookspan’s Outdoorsman’s Edge book club, Krause Publication’s Trapper magazine and the former Sports Afield Magazine. Peter also produced a pilot nature series for The Discovery Channel – Wildlife of North America.
As a journalist, Peter has written 11 books on tactics for hunting white-tailed deer including the highly successful series of books titled, Whitetail Strategies Vol 1, Whitetail Strategies Vol. II, The Shooter’s Bible Guide to Whitetail Strategies, The Shooter's Bible Guide to Practical Food Plot Planting, and his latest release Whitetail Tactics. Peter was the Consulting Editor of Whitetail Hunting Strategies magazine for 17 years, and the former Editor-in-Chief of Bookspan’s Outdoorsman’s Edge book club for 10 years. His articles have been published in Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, Field & Stream, Peterson’s Hunting, and numerous other outdoor publications. Peter also writes a syndicated outdoor newspaper column for Journal America and a monthly magazine column for Pennsylvania Deer Farmers Association. His journalism achievements include numerous Outdoor Writers Association of America Excellence-in-Craft awards, as well awards from other journalist associations.
Noted Promoters of outdoor sport shows have referred to Peter as “a dynamic speaker” and his deer tactic seminars and his food plot and deer management lectures are exceptionally well-received by audiences who attend outdoor consumer sport shows. He is regarded by his peers and audiences as an “authority” on hunting strategies for white-tailed deer and developing food plot programs. His seminars on using his Spider Syndrome Tactics and his extensive knowledge of the whitetail’s behavior, ecology and anatomy are highly attended because Peter skillfully combines his tactic information with an entertaining and humorous delivery. Peter bonds with audiences not as a tutor, but as a peer. He is acknowledged by his peers, readers and viewers throughout North America as one of the nation’s top white-tailed deer gurus — an salutation he genuinely values and appreciates.
Kate Fiduccia ~ Friday & Saturday 4 PM, Sunday 11 AM ~ Cooking Wild in Kate's Kitchen
Kate Fiduccia is the segment host of “Cooking Wild in Kate’s Kitchen” and the Senior Editor of Woods N’ Water TV Series. She is a Cornell University Hotel School graduate with a bachelor's in Business and Hotel Management.
Kate is an avid huntress who has taken many trophy animals including antelope, elk, caribou, moose, and African game. She has authored several books, Cooking Wild in Kate’s Kitchen, Cooking Wild in Kate’s Camp, Grillin’ & Chili’n’, Backyard Grilling and The Quotable Wine Lover, which was a selection for the Paperback Book of the Month Club. Kate is currently writing a cookbook called The Jerky Bible. She has written feature articles for Outdoor Life , Field & Stream, Deer & Deer Hunting and other magazines. Kate was a Charter Member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association.
Kate has been the Senior Video Editor for Woods N’ Water Big Game Adventures for over 30 years. She is also the Co-Host of the program and regularly seen hunting big game by audiences across North America. Her “Going Wild in Kate’s Kitchen” cooking demos are the most popular segment on Woods N’ Water.
Kate has also appeared on the CBS Evening News and MSNBC’s News with Brian Williams and was featured in both the New York Times and Newsday as “the original” female big game hunter on television. Kate was a deer-hunting instructor for ten years at the New York State Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop and gives wild game cooking demos at consumer sports shows each year.
Kate is a multi-talented businesswoman. For several years, she was an ENG-editor for ABC News in New York City, where she received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award from the “College of Journalism & Mass Communication The University of Georgia.” for her video editing of the events of September 11, 2001.
Captain TJ Karbowski ~Downrigging for Striped Bass Success
Friday 1 PM, Saturday 4 PM & Sunday 2 PM
Captain TJ Karbowski is well known throughout the Long Island Sound fishing community for his trolling techniques using his trademark downriggers . He targets outsized striped bass and bluefish using monofilament line, giving his customers a truly unique experience aboard his 41’ Hatteras charter boat “Rock and Roll”. 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
Casting Demos ~ Fly Casting Made Easy
Friday 2 & 4 PM, Saturday 1 PM & 4 PM, Sunday 11 AM & 1 PM
Transplant from Southern California Lives in Ludlow, MA., with husband Tony Sarlan Substitute Teacher, Ludlow School District.
Since 1993 has owned and operated Marla Blair’s Fly Fishing Guide Service & Instruction Top female, freshwater, Fly-Fishing Guide/Instructor for Western Mass. and North Western, CT. Author of “Positive Fly Fishing” published by Lyons Press FFF Certified Casting Instructor Endorsed by Albright Tackle Company, Simms Pro-Staff, Folstaf Endorsed, Chota Endorsed, Loon Products Endorsed Now hosting trips to Labrador, Alaska, and Patagonia, Chile Gives lectures, slide programs, casting demos at trade shows Presentations to fishing clubs, on east coast. Writes for Internet newspaper, MassLive.com, Woods & Waters USA, and more Member of: FFF (Federation of Fly Fishers), IWFF (International Women Fly Fishers) - Board Member Pioneer Valley Chapter TU - Program Director, Farmington River Angler’s Association, Quabbin Fishermen’s Association
Captain Bruce Millar - Trolling Otter Spoons & Baits for Trophy Striped Bass
Friday 2 PM, Saturday 1 PM & Sunday 11 AM
Captain Bruce Millar, has a United States Coast Guard 100 Ton Master License, is a member of the Connecticut Charter Party Boat Assoc. and has fished the waters of Long Island Sound for over 45 years targeting Trophy Striped Bass.
Customers aboard the Charter Boat "The Otter," out of Groton Connecticut, have boated 50 Stripers between 50 and 63 pounds since 2001 and the vast majority have landed their "personal best" while fishing with Captain Bruce. For many it has been the "Bass of a Lifetime!"
Captain Bruce has published many articles and presented numerous seminars on tactics for Trophy Bass. He was a featured speaker for George Poveromo's Salt Water Seminar Series.
Captain Bruce has also developed his own line of Bass lures and custom rods, which he and his wife Renee market through their online company, www.OtterLures.com, Otter Lure & Tackle LLC. For many years, Captain Bruce's fishing techniques using his unique line of lures have proven extremely effective for catching Trophy Stripes Bass for himself and customers alike.
Del DelMastro- Archery Equipment Combined with Tree Stand Safety, Urban Deer Hunting & Effective Use of Camouflage Clothing
Friday 2 & 5 PM, Saturday 1 PM, Sunday 12 Noon
“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.
Peter Picone - Observing Wildlife While Hunting: What it's All About ~ Saturday 5 PM
Wildlife Biologist Peter Picone will be at the Northeast Expo and will speak about his book “Wildlife Is My Passion” and will share stories about his lifelong interest and work with wildlife and hunting the great outdoors. There are so many reasons why a person chooses to hunt and fish and Mr. Picone will share with you his passion for the outdoors by sharing his story of growing up enjoying wildlife and will share his insights by telling us about his wildlife experiences from his youth to present. Peter enjoys sharing his knowledge and is an active member of the New England Outdoor Writers Association. Mr. Picone has received the United Bowhunters of Connecticut Sportsman of the Year Award and was the 1998 recipient of the Joe Yerka Award from the New England Outdoor Writers Association. If you would like to learn more about Peter before the show be sure to visit his web site www.wildlifepassion.net
Captain Greg Dubrule:
Friday 4 PM, Saturday 3 PM & Sunday 12 Noon ~ Catch More Sea Bass, Catch More Fluke & Night Stripers at Montauk, RI & the Race
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 - Saturday 12 PM
Owner of Frank's Live Bait in 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.
Toby Lapinski ~ An Introduction to Surf Fishing & Surf Fishing in a Wetsuit
Friday 2 PM; Saturday 12 PM & 3 PM
Toby Lapinski is the managing editor of the New England edition of The Fisherman Magazine and has been fishing the waters of New England for more than 30 years. He has penned hundreds of articles on both freshwater and saltwater fishing ranging from basic how-to pieces on up through advanced surf fishing techniques. He has been a featured speaker at many events from local fishing club meetings to regional trade shows. Toby served as a board member of the Coastal Conservation Association of CT for five years, as a board member of the Rhode Island Mobile Sportfishermen for one year, and as vice-president of the Connecticut Surfcasters Association for three years where he remains the club’s liaison to this day.
While Toby can be found targeting just about anything that swims from bluegill to bluefin tuna, he is most at home working the New England surf after the sun has set. He has become extremely adept at using a wetsuit to further his surf fishing successes and has opened up a great many of his fellow surfcasters to the benefits afforded by this technique. His seminar on the subject is sure to be chock-filled with tips to assist in this exciting style of fishing the surf. For those not quite ready to don the wetsuit and swim out to distant rocks in the middle of the night, Toby will also be offering a seminar which covers everything the neophyte surfcaster could possibly need to know in order to getstarted in the sport.
Gerry Rightmyer & Steve Schicker ~ Turkey Calling, How to Get the Most of Your Trail Camera & Effective Use of Camouflage Clothing ~ Friday 3 PM, Saturday 11 AM & 5 PM & Sunday 2 PM
Gerry Rightmyer-Producer, Host. For the past 30 years, Gerry has pursued big game. To date, he has hunted 15 states, five Canadian Provinces, South America and two provinces in South Africa. Over that span, he has qualified animals in the Boone and Crockett, Pope and Young and New York State records. His accomplishments include gold and silver medals in Safari Club International records as well. Gerry has taken big game with rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader, compound bow and crossbow.
In 2010, he was awarded third place at Boone and Crockett’s 27th Triennial Awards in Reno, Nevada. His 272 2/8” non-typical whitetail, taken in Kansas in 2006, currently ranks in the top 25 all-time. It remains the largest whitetail harvested by a non-resident in that state. It was also the 2nd largest whitetail taken in North America in 2006.
Gerry is also an accomplished outdoor writer. He has published articles in Big Game Adventures Magazine, Eastmans’ Hunting Journal, Huntin’ Fool Magazine, North American Hunter, Big Buck Magazine and various other online journals. He is also an accomplished seminar speaker. He has conducted deer and turkey seminars all over the United States for companies such as Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops, and Gander Mountain. He has done numerous seminars for local community groups and organizations.
Gerry was an eight-year veteran of Realtree’s Medallion Pro Staff. Gerry is currently the Senior Vice-President and co-host of Forever Wild Outdoors Adrenaline Adventures television show and is a six-year veteran of Cabela’s Big Game Pro Staff.
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.
Roy Leyva ~ Saturday 11 AM & 2 PM, Sunday 12 Noon
Massachusetts Angler of the Year recipient, Roy Leyva. He earned the title in 2004, 2007 and 2008 for weighing in the most different freshwater species exceeding weight standards set by MassWildlife. Roy is also a Shimano pro-staff member.
As a small boy, Roy spent time fishing with his father and brother. His fishing passion grew when he won his first fishing competition at the age of 8. He was hooked! Roy has been featured in many newspaper articles including Cape Cod Times, Boston Herald, Boston Globe, Hyde Tribune & Hyde Park Bulletin and various magazines like Massachusetts Wildlife, The fisherman, On the Water, and Cape Cod Magazine. He has also written a how-to trout fishing article that can be found in all five Freshwater guides of New England. He can been seen on a few episodes of On The Water Magazine’s TV show Fishing New England. Recently, Roy was featured in articles published in “BassMaster & B.A.S.S. Times.”
Ralph Craft ~ Friday 1 PM & 5 PM, Saturday 4 PM & Sunday 11 AM
Ralph Craft, the creator and founder of Crafty One Customs, built his first fishing rod in 2005. He strives to transfer his unique rod-building talent & passion to fellow anglers who have aspirations of a fishing rod they can call their own. A custom fishing rod should be something as unique and individual as the angler, while performing and surpassing the quality of rods that consumers can get “off the shelf”
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 ~ Spring & Winter Striper Fishing on Rivers ~ Friday 3 PM, Saturday & Sunday 1 PM
Captain Brian Bacon ~ Friday 5 PM & Sunday 1 PM Block Island Light Tackle Live Bait Trophy Striped Bass
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.
Captain BJ Silva ~ Friday 3 PM Fluke Fishing, Saturday 2 PM Black Fishing & Sunday 3 M Chunkin' for Stripers
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