All Speakers

Brandon Palaniuk

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.

James Watson

James “JMFW WORLDWIDE” Watson, is known for his quick wit and knack for jokes on the water. The real estate mogul has used his success in residential real estate sales to fuel his passion for fishing. As a self-made angler and former United States Army Drill Sergeant he equally enjoys balancing the competition and the business sides of the bass community.

His 2013 season was the start of his career as a professional angler. Although his venture began later than some, James has accomplished many feats since he began at age 38. 

From a B.A.S.S Open win to the Bassmaster Classic, Watson promotes fishing on a WORLDWIDE level. Additionally, James has qualified for the Forrest Wood Cup and the Texas Toyota Bass Classic during his duration fishing the FLW Tour, FLW Costa Series, BASS Opens, P.A.A. and Major League Fishing. He has also competed as a member of the US Bass Team in the Black Bass Championships in 2017 in South Africa and 2018 in Mexico. Bringing home the gold medal with the team in 2018.

In 2018, he received the Forrest L. Wood Sportsmanship and Community Leadership Award per his involvement in FLW Community Outreach. He prides himself on his personality, often gaining him media attention, which positively promotes his sponsors. All eyes are watching where James “WORLDWIDE” Watson will go with his professional fishing career.

You can find James fishing Major League Fishing’s Bass Pro Tour, FLW Costa’s as well as attending charity events when it fits his schedule.

Oliver Ngy

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

Shaw Grigsby

Gainesville Florida’s Shaw Grigsby is one or the most recognizable and popular fishing pros in the world.  He has been fishing professionally for over 35 years with 9 1st place finishes in over 350 tournaments while successfully finishing in the money 190 times, and appearing in 16 Bassmaster Classics.  Shaw was elected to the BASS Fishing Hall of Fame in 2017.  When not fishing Shaw is an avid hunter for deer, duck, turkeys, snakes, mushrooms and even gators.  Grigsby has hosted “One More Cast with Shaw Grigsby” for more than two decades.  Although most of his career was fishing in the BASS Elites, he now fishing Major League Fishing.

Alan Lee

Capt. Alan Lee is a USCG-licensed Captain (OUPV). He is the owner and frequent operator of the charter boat MUSHIN, currently a 44' Henriques Flybridge sailing from Manaquan Inlet, NJ and Cape May, NJ targeting most every species along the Northeast coastline to the canyons. He has fished for well over the last 40 years from freshwater panfish to blue marlin, and almost every species in between. His specialties include bottom fishing for cod and sea bass; and offshore canyon fishing for tunas, sharks, and marlin, with multiple tournament wins and a record of consistent catches. He views every charter trip as unique, and tries to tailor trips to the client’s interests and skill level. He approaches every trip with a "relaxed state of readiness and adapts to different fishing conditions", which is what the boat name MUSHIN means. He has appeared in local and regional magazines and television talking about a variety of fishing from bottom fishing to the deep canyons.

Antonio 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 for fishing and ever since then B.A.S.S has been writing articles that chronicle 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.

In 2019 Go Go Gomez started a program called Go Go Gomez for Kids and Family Program. He hosted three fishing Derbys and gave every child who participated in the Derby a medal just for participating.  

Brian Bacon

Captain Brian Bacon of Big Game Sport Fishing specializes in a variety of species that the Southern New England water has to offer, He has true passion for the thrill of the hunt and putting his clients on fish! He was named 2017 Charter Captain of the Year. From Inshore to the Canyons, he does it all!

The Big Game crew has 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 Team are Pro Staff Members and sponsored by Raymarine Electronics, Daiwa, Rapala, Williamson Lures, Crafty One Customs Rods, Suffix Fishing Line, LT Marine 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.

The Big Game crew has 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.

Erwin Heinrich

Captain Erwin Heinrich is a United States Coast Guard licensed Captain, and has been fishing the waters of the New York Bight area and Atlantic canyons for over 50 years! The last 14 has been running his charter boat-Scales n Tales full time from April till December! Scales n Tales fishes both inshore and offshore.   

From Erwin “It gives me great joy giving my clients a chance for them to get catch a fish of their life! I have a great family who fully support and help at keeping my business going; my wife of 37 years, my son and his wife-and son and my daughter. I'm very fortunate to be able to do what I love everyday.”

Jack Sprengel

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.

Jim Freda

Capt Jim Freda is a USCG licensed Captain and owner of Shore Catch Sportfishing out of Manasquan Inlet, NJ. He has been fishing the inshore and offshore waters of the Jersey Shore for 40 years targeting striped bass, bluefish, false albacore, bluefin, yellowfin, and mahi. Jim is on the National Elite Pro Staff for St. Croix Rods, and Pro Staff for Nomad Design Tackle, Spro, Gamakatsu, Tony Maja Products, Korkers, TAK Waterman, M. Fischer Plugs, and JP 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 World Fishing and Outdoor Expo, the Saltwater Expo, and the Canyon Runner Offshore Seminar Series. His book, "Fishing the New Jersey Coast", is a best seller on the market 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 19 year old son Tommy who is his mate.

Jimmy Gahm

For the past 2 years Captain Jimmy has been the captain on the fv Flying Tiger, a private boat out of Manasquan Inlet.  Prior to this Captain Jimmy was well know for 20 years as a captain on the Jenny Lee.  He is currently a pro staff member for Shimano, Costa Sunglasses, and Aftco.  Since his first canyon trip over 35 years ago 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, Swordfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Big Eye Tuna and Bluefin Tuna.  Captain 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.

Kate Fiduccia

"Going Wild With Venison in Kate's Kitchen"
Kate Fiduccia hosted the “Cooking Wild in Kate’s Kitchen” segment on the Woods N’ Water TV Series for more than 25 years. She has written several best-selling wildgame cookbooks including: The Wild Game Cookbook, 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.

Lucas Bogosian

New Jersey native, Lucas Bogosian also known as BOGO has been involved in fishing nearly his whole life. Staying dedicated to his craft he joined the Pro circuit at the young age of 19. Lucas grew up fishing on New Jersey biggest lake, Lake Hopatcong, which he credits to his success on the pro level. Lucas first cutting his teeth into fishing through The Bass Federation and The American Bass Association along with fishing in college at Centenary University with an impressive 20+ top 3 finishes as well as a 4th place in the New Jersey. Currently 24 years old, Lucas is preparing to enter his fifth year as a professional angler competing in both the Bass Master Opens & FLW Toyota Series. Lucas’s favorite style of fishing is flipping jigs off of shore grass. A technique that he attributes to many of his most successful tournament appearances. With hard work and passionate dedication to the sport he has landed tremendous support from his amazing sponsors.He shares his love for fishing by volunteering and supporting many youth groups. He encourages all to work hard, be thankful and to follow their dreams and passions.

To learn more about Lucas Bogosian and his love for fishing, please visit

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Peter Bacon

Captain Peter Bacon of Big Game Sport Fishing, recently named Charter Captain of the Year by Sport Fishing Magazine, spends 80 days offshore annually targeting a variety of Pelagic Species. You won't find a more seasoned offshore fisherman with the knowledge of Captain Pete!

The Big Game crew has 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 Team are Pro Staff Members and sponsored by Raymarine Electronics, Daiwa, Rapala, Williamson Lures, Crafty One Customs Rods, Suffix Fishing Line, LT Marine 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.

The Big Game crew has 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.

Salerno Brothers

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 

Shamus Mara

Captain Shamus Mara of Big Game Sport Fishing brings a wide spectrum of knowledge and experience in targeting all of the species the Southern New England waters have to offer. Recently named Charter Captain of The Year, Shamus embodies what it means to put big fish in the box! 

The Big Game crew has 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 Team are Pro Staff Members and sponsored by Raymarine Electronics, Daiwa, Rapala, Williamson Lures, Crafty One Customs Rods, Suffix Fishing Line, LT Marine 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.

The Big Game crew has 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.

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.

Mark McQuown

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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Paul 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.

Peter Fiduccia

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.  

Randy Flannery

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.

Tony Ritter

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