Brandon Palaniuk, “The Prodigy” is one of the most popular anglers on the professional bass fishing tournament trail today. At the age of 30, he has accomplished more than most fishermen have done in a lifetime. From successfully competing in club competition, to earning a spot on the Idaho State Team, to making it to the federation championship, securing a tour card by winning the whole thing and now, Angler of the Year 2017. After winning the Federation Nation National Championship he's accumulated 15 top 10 finishes including four top 5 BASS Elite finishes in 2017 alone on the Bassmaster Elite Trails. He's advanced to the Classic eight years in a row including a second place finish on Grand Lake in 2013. Brandon is an approachable "rising star" and an outstanding ambassador to the sport.
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.
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 StriperSurf.com. 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.
"Going Wild With Venison in Kate's Kitchen"
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.
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.
Oliver Ngy is a self-taught angler from Southern California, he learned the values of commitment and dedication at an early age. Since then, Oliver has become a familiar face in the bass scene and is renowned for catching monster fish of many species with a specialty in double digit largemouth and 5+lb smallmouth bass. To learn more about Oliver and his fishing adventures visit www.YouTube.com/OliverNgy or his website, www.bigbassdreams.com.
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
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.
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.
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.
Shamus Mara and Peter Bacon
Captain 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.
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