The Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Roberts Hall Auditorium at Rhode Island College in Providence.
George Poveromo, host of “George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing” on the NBC Sports Network, and editor-at-large for Salt Water Sportsman, will headline the program, along with Tom Richardson, noted New England angler and a prominent fishing writer and editor.
Joining Poveromo and Richardson will be Dr. Mitchell Roffer, a leading authority on locating surface temperature breaks and ocean-circulation features that hold fish; Harry Vernon III, nationally recognized authority on offshore trolling and day-dropping for swordfish; Capt. Corey Pietraszek of Plug N Play Charters, a light-tackle striped bass, fluke and blackfish pro; Capt. Zach Harvey, fishing writer and authority on fishing the coastal and offshore waters; Capt. Brian Patterson, operator of Patterson Guide Service, a light-tackle striped bass, bluefish and bluefin tuna pro; Capt. Andy Dangelo, authority on catching tuna, sharks, trophy fluke, blackfish and cod with his charter boat, Maridee II; Capt. Alex Friedman, authority on big game fishing in New England waters and also a noted trophy fluke and striped bass specialist with his Martha’s Vineyard-based charter boat, Dazed and Confused; and yours truly.
Among the topics covered will be striped bass fishing tactics, live-baiting for trophy bass, spinner-and-worm fishing, top-water lures, diamond and flutter-jigging for striped bass and bluefish, chunking, inshore wire-line techniques and secrets of fishing the rips, and much more.
New this year will be a Kid’s Seminar from noon to 1 p.m., presented by Sperry Top-Sider. The kids will participate in a meet-and-greet with George Poveromo, have chances to win special door prizes, enjoy a free lunch courtesy of Sperry Top-Sider, and have their names entered into a grand prize drawing to win a Florida fishing trip with Mr. Poveromo. One child, 15 years and younger per paying adult, will be admitted for the full day at no charge.
Tickets are $55, which covers six hours of instruction from the best pros in the business, a gift bag that includes a course textbook, a one-year subscription or extension to Salt Water Sportsman and a host of other items. Participants receive chances to win thousands of dollars worth of door prizes. The grand prize is a Bahamas fishing trip for two to the prestigious Bimini Sands Resort & Marina. The super grand prize, to be awarded two weeks after the conclusion of the 2013 series, is a new Mako Pro Skiff 17-foot center console.
Register by calling 800/448-7360, or visit www.nationalseminarseries.com.
Providence Boat Show
The Providence Boat Show will be held Friday through Sunday, Jan. 18-20, at the Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St., Providence.
The show will run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Contact Lisa Knowles, sales manager for Newport Exhibition Group, for booth space or information at 401/846.1115 or [email protected]
The January Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association (RISAA) seminar will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at the West Valley Inn, 4 Blossom St., West Warwick.
Topics will include first aid for fishermen by Gary Johnson, a 26-year veteran with the Coventry Fire Department and an EMT for 29 years. Another speaker, Dennis Zambrotta, will talk about surfcasting on Block Island. Dennis has been surfcasting for stripers for the past 40 years and is author of “Surfcasting Around The Block.”
The public is invited to attend with a $10 donation to the scholarship fund; the event is free for RISAA members.
Call out to scientists
The Rhode Island Marine Fisheries Council (RIMFC) is in need of two scientists to serve on the council.
The council meets about nine times a year, making policy and regulation recommendations to the director of the R.I. Department of Environmental Management (DEM) for both commercial and recreational fishing. Meetings are held at the URI Bay Campus in Narragansett.
All types of scientists, or people involved/interested in the science of fisheries and the ocean, are welcome to apply. “It is not necessary to be a marine biologist to be nominated for these council seats,” said Robert Ballou, assistant to the DEM director.
The council consists of three recreational and three commercial fishing representatives as well as two scientists. Contact Mr. Ballou at 401/222-4700 or [email protected]
Capt. Dave Monti has been fishing and shellfishing on Narragansett Bay for more than 40 years. He holds a captain’s master license and a charter fishing license. Your fishing photos in jpeg form, stories, comments and questions are welcome. Visit Capt. Dave’s No Fluke website at www.noflukefishing.com or e-mail him at [email protected]