Seminars & Demos Schedule

Our show features a comprehensive lineup of seminars and demonstrations! Use the buttons below to find what interests you!

Fishing

Fishing Seminars
Hawg Trough Demos
Kayak Pond Demos

Outdoors

Wildlife Seminars
Hiking Seminars
Hunting Seminars
US Coast Guard Demos

Schedules

Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Fishing Seminar Speakers & Topics

Proper Presentation of Soft Plastics

  • Friday – 5p

Targeting All Saltwater Species with Soft Plastics

  • Saturday – 12p
  • Sunday – 12p

The Evolution of Al Gag’s Lures

  • Saturday – 4p

Al Gag … Al “Gag” Gagliarducci, of Al Gag’s Fishing Lures, is known and well respected throughout the East Coast as the inventor of the now famous Whip-it Fish and Whip-It Eels soft plastic lure. Al has a long history in the fishing industry. He has been building and designing custom lures since 1978.

His passion for making better lures stems from his love of fishing and the knowledge that there is always a little room for improvement. Drawing from his many years of experience out on the water, Al knew he could design a better product that would not only meet his needs, but the needs of avid fishermen and women throughout the county and now the World! Today, Al has a full line of custom lures and you can find Al speaking at fishing shows up and down the East Coast.

Gag’s most now famous lures are called the ‘Whip-It Eel” “Whip-it Fish” and his NEW 5oz World Record Striper Company RATTLE head and the 1/2oz Underspin! This special lures have  a custom molded head, life like eyes and, a shape that adds a natural swimming action that fish love.

Friday – 2p
Saturday – 3p
Sunday – 3p

Capt. Greg Dubrule, of Blackhawk Sport Fishing, 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 Linderfrom 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 BlackHawkout 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.

Friday 3p
Saturday 10a
Sunday – 10a & 2p

Captain Joe Diorio is a well-known for fishing throughout the New England community. He has been fishing the coastal waters of CT, RI and NY for over 25 years. He is the owner and operator of Joe Diorio Guide Service, which runs out of CT on his 22’ Bluefin.

Joe is best known for catching trophy sized Stripers in the New England area throughout the year, but also has an extensive knowledge targeting various other species in the area. Joe is a 3 time On The Water Magazine, “Angler of the Year” and has won and placed numerous tournaments. He has landed many Stripers over 50 pounds, one 60+ pounder, and this past season Joe caught and released a massive Striper over 70+ pounds. This past season alone Joe and his clients have boated over 10 plus Stripers at an astonishing 50 plus pounds. Each of those Stripers were released to assure the protection and future of Striped Bass. Recently Joe did a TV show with On The Water Magazine that will be aired in February 2019.

He is affiliated with some of the very best companies in the industry which allows him and his clients to fish with some top of the line products the fishing world has to offer. Joe’s seminar is one that you will not want to miss.

Friday – 4p
Saturday – 1p
Sunday – 3p

Captain Ralph Wilkins of National Geographic’s Wicked Tuna

Captain Ralph and the Odysea are featured in the National Geographic channel’s Wicked Tuna. Along with other skilled fisherman, Captain Ralph and First Mate Kit Pirate Vallee set out in the fierce waters of the North Atlantic in the hopes of catching the elusive and valuable Bluefin Tuna. These men rely on fishing for their livelihood, and with the potential for a high price tag for one fish the competition can, and often is, brutal.

Sunday 1p

The presentation will cover tactics used by the myself and others for targeting larger striped bass in the era where large striped bass are increasingly rare in the surf.

Friday 2p
Saturday 3p
Sunday 12p

Gregg Kobrin manages New England Dive in Wallingford, CT.  New England Dive rooted as a mom and pop scuba shop, but has expanded into a 10K sq ft retail store to include more watersports like fishing, sups and kayaks too. Gregg has seen it all when it comes to the underwater world and would like to share some of his experiences with the fishing and outdoor show.  Come hear about diving and freediving and how we can hunt by spearfishing in either facet right in our own backyard.

Saturday – 11a & 2p
Sunday – 11a

Laptew’s all new video presentation will reveal the underwater world of New England’s greatest salt water game fish, the striped bass. You will learn what they eat, when they feed, where the largest fish lurk, and how to entice the bite. Awesome underwater footage will show stripers feeding, expose false albacore attacking their prey, and disclose the most important fish-holding territory for monster fluke. If you’re after black sea bass and tautog, you’ll see their favorite habitats and learn how to score more from the shore, boat, or kayak.

Laptew has been diving for over 50 years and he has been capturing fish on film from Maine to New Jersey, and from Siberia to Costa Rica. His photographs have appeared in many national and regional magazines including Field and Stream, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Anglers Journal, The Fisherman, On The Water,and Sport Fishing. Laptew’s video footage has appeared on many popular TV shows and documentaries. Mike’s “Focus on Fish” seminar will change your approach to fishing whether you’re a seasoned angler, or new to the sport. It’s a show the whole family will enjoy.

Friday – 4p
Saturday – 1p

Tapping into his more than 30 years of fishing, Toby Lapinski will discuss the many different ways in which a surfcaster can use eels to catch cow striped bass in the surf. From fishing them live, dead, rigged and skinned, he will tackle the how, when and where to make them work for you!

Hawg Trough Demos

Saturday – 10a, 12p & 3p

Roland Martin is a professional sport fisherman and the most accomplished tournament angler of all time. Martin is host of Fishing with Roland Martin on the NBCsports television channel.
Fishing over 300 national tournaments, Martin’s BASSMASTER career includes the following achievements – 19 tournaments won, 9 B.A.S.S. Angler-of-the-Year titles,[1] nearly 100 Top Ten finishes, and 25 appearances in bass fishing’s world championship event, the Bassmaster Classic. Also a record, he has 19 second place BASS finishes. His career tournament winnings exceeded one million dollars in 2004.
Roland Martin was the first professional bass fisherman to be inducted into all three Halls of Fame (IGFA Hall of Fame, Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame).
He popularized the concept of “pattern” fishing – determining a particular way to catch fish for a given time and lake, and then applying it to similar locations around that lake. He has been an able and enthusiastic spokesman for bass fishing, conservation, and the pursuit of the American dream for decades, generating a large following of fans.
Sponsorships: Bass Pro Shops, Nitro Boats, Mercury Outboards, Frogg Toggs, Th3 Legends, Megastrike, Yamamoto Custom Baits, Minn Kota, Power Pole.

Presenter: Bobby Uhrig

Friday 3p
Saturday 2p
Sunday 12p & 3p

Professional Bass Angler and Master Lure Designer, Bobby Uhrig will teach you what to look for and how to dissect different areas of the lake to optimize your fishing time. We will teach you how to eliminate unproductive water. Let us demonstrate the lures and techniques used to catch more fish than ever before. These are seminars you will not want to miss!

Friday – 4p
Saturday – 4p
Sunday – 11a & 2p

T.J. DeFelice is the owner and operator of Candlewood Lake Guide Service and Bounty Hunters Custom Baits. After serving as a United States Marine Scout Sniper and with United States Special Operations Command for over twenty years T.J. returned to his home state of Connecticut and the water where he grew up fishing in order to pursue his passion with introducing others to the outdoors and passing on his experiences on the water to others while guiding.

While serving in the Military T.J. was afforded the opportunity to fish some of the world’s best oceans, rivers and lakes. Spending a great deal of time on the water in Southern California and in the Carolinas provided T.J. with the ability to learn and in many ways master fishing techniques that have proven successful nationwide.  T.J. has a passion for producing 100% custom hand poured, hand tied and hand painted baits to facilitate these techniques from doodling and drop shotting to fishing finesse jigs and the float and fly.

In 2019 T.J. expanded the fishing business and partnered with North East Fishing Adventures. Under North East Fishing Adventures a new line of custom baits will be released at the show in March 2019 including the Float and Fly Evolution. The Float and Fly Technique has accounted for many tournament wins and outstanding guide trips on Connecticut waters over the last three years for T.J. and His Brothers. In 2019, Candlewood Lake Guide Service will be providing additional guide services focusing on providing tournament anglers on the water experience with this technique.

Friday – 5p
Saturday – 11a
Sunday – 10a

John is a third generation sport fisherman whose passion for fishing has gone on since the age of four.  He has fished up and down the east coast for both salt and fresh water species.  His initial passion was for fresh water trout, fishing the creeks and streams of northern Maryland and southern Pennsylvania for over 20 years.  All the while this was just his apprenticeship on learning how to fish big shallow rivers.  During this time he entertained the idea of working in fishery management and received a bachelor’s degree to do so but life took him to supporting people with disabilities in non-profits and local government.  Over fifteen years ago, he was introduced to river smallmouth by a friend.   From that moment on he has become obsessed with learning how to catch river smallmouth.   He spends up to 80 days a year on the water with the majority of that time on the Susquehanna and Juniata Rivers.  He prides himself of looking for and learning new water on his own and using his knowledge and skills to locate “new” fish.  He is an avid spinnerbait fisherman and will say “you just can’t beat spinnerbait fish.”

John is a strong advocate for our fisheries in regards to their management and water quality.  His commitment is about educating and promoting conservation and improved environmental standards from a grassroots perspective.  He owns a lure company, Snagler Tackle Company www.snaglertackle.com and has several lines of spinnerbaits for river smallmouth, soft plastics and other tackle for smallmouth fishing and is always coming up with new ways to catch them.   Being a Guide allows him to teach what he has learned to more people and share his passion.

He resides in Lititz, PA with his beautiful and supportive wife, Christine and their daughter Sarah, who helps her Dad in his workshop.  He is a PA licensed fishing guide with commercial insurance and is certified in first aid/CPR.  He fishes out of a 17 1/2 foot Weld-Craft, Motorguide 109 and a Yamaha 60 jet.

Friday – 2p
Saturday – 1p
Sunday – 1p

Shane travels all across the country to conduct seminars atop The Hawg Trough, a 5,000 gallon fully stocked fishing tank. He’ll be teaching his best tips and techniques at free seminars throughout the weekend.

Kayak Pond Demos

Paddleboard & Eclipse SUP Demo

  • Friday – 2p
  • Saturday – 10a
  • Sunday – 10a

Pro Angler PA 14 360 Demo

  • Friday – 4p
  • Saturday – 1p & 4p

Fresh Water Kayak Rigging Set up Demo

  • Sunday – 1p

The Three Belles Outfitters Fishing Team is a group of passionate and experienced kayak fishing anglers. A varied array of backgrounds give the team a wide breadth of experience. 2018 Team Members include: Cris DeBeer, Thomas Houde, Corey Pelletier, Jose Negron, Joshua Rayner, Elliot Thomas, and Derek Williams.

In addition to introducing new kayak anglers to the waters of NY, CT, RI, and MA, the team competes in several regional and national kayak fishing tournaments. The Three Belles Fishing Team hosts the annual TBO Trifecta Challenge Kayak Fishing Tournament out of Niantic, CT in July.

All of our 247 Lures are hand-painted and hand-made right here in central Connecticut. Sealed, painted, clear-coated, rigged, and built in our very own workshop. We take great care to ensure each and every lure is of the utmost quality. We would never send you a product that we wouldn’t fish ourselves!

Saturday – 11a & 2p

Shimano North America fishing Brand Specialist Roy Leyva was born in Boston’s inner-city. At an early age Roy, began to look away from the streets and focus on becoming a diversified angler. By the time he was in his teens he had begun to make a name for himself. His passion for the sport and willingness to help others pursue their goals has given him a respect amongst many great fisherman both present and past. With a list of over 500 different species in freshwater and saltwater caught across the country, world records, fishing articles, tv appearances, product designs and knowledge and a long list of acknowledgments, Leyva continues to grow his knowledge for all fish that swim. From wild trout streams to Surf run striped bass. Roy has uncovered some of the most hidden secrets to becoming a consistent fisherman.

Friday – 3p

John is a third generation sport fisherman whose passion for fishing has gone on since the age of four.  He has fished up and down the east coast for both salt and fresh water species.  His initial passion was for fresh water trout, fishing the creeks and streams of northern Maryland and southern Pennsylvania for over 20 years.  All the while this was just his apprenticeship on learning how to fish big shallow rivers.  During this time he entertained the idea of working in fishery management and received a bachelor’s degree to do so but life took him to supporting people with disabilities in non-profits and local government.  Over fifteen years ago, he was introduced to river smallmouth by a friend.   From that moment on he has become obsessed with learning how to catch river smallmouth.   He spends up to 80 days a year on the water with the majority of that time on the Susquehanna and Juniata Rivers.  He prides himself of looking for and learning new water on his own and using his knowledge and skills to locate “new” fish.  He is an avid spinnerbait fisherman and will say “you just can’t beat spinnerbait fish.”

John is a strong advocate for our fisheries in regards to their management and water quality.  His commitment is about educating and promoting conservation and improved environmental standards from a grassroots perspective.  He owns a lure company, Snagler Tackle Company www.snaglertackle.com and has several lines of spinnerbaits for river smallmouth, soft plastics and other tackle for smallmouth fishing and is always coming up with new ways to catch them.   Being a Guide allows him to teach what he has learned to more people and share his passion.

He resides in Lititz, PA with his beautiful and supportive wife, Christine and their daughter Sarah, who helps her Dad in his workshop.  He is a PA licensed fishing guide with commercial insurance and is certified in first aid/CPR.  He fishes out of a 17 1/2 foot Weld-Craft, Motorguide 109 and a Yamaha 60 jet.

North American Wildlife Seminar

North American Wildlife Seminar

  • Friday – 3p
  • Saturday – 11a & 2p
  • Sunday – 11a & 2p

Animal Adventures is New England’s largest, privately owned exotic animal rescue and educational zoo. Our mission is to care for animals that are non-releasable and give them a purpose for their life. In this seminar you will learn all about some of the Northeast’s most common exotic animals you might run into during an outdoors adventure. Whether you are camping with the family or hunting for the season, you will need to know what to do when you come across unexpected wildlife. Will a skunk really spray me? Can that porcupine shoot its quills at me? We will answer these questions and many more at our North American Wildlife Seminar all weekend long. Don’t miss your chance to meet these beautiful animals up close and learn all about the wildlife that surrounds you.

Hiking Seminar

“In a Single Year” Hiking Seminar – Philip J. Carcia

  • Friday – 5p
  • Saturday – 10a & 4p

Philip J. Carcia is a hiker, runner, and media creator who has logged over 15,000 miles on some of the most iconic trail networks in North America.Growing up in Massachusetts and cutting his teeth in New Hampshire, Carcia fostered a deep love affair with the mountains of the Northeast at an early age. Almost two-decades later, that love continues to widen, and has become an anchor in Carcia’s personal and professional narrative.

Between August 23rd 2018 and July 7th 2019, Philip J.Carcia climbed all 48 4,000 footers in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in every month, for 12consecutive months, establishing the Fastest Known Time for one of the most grueling and obscure peak-bagging projects in the United States – the Single Year Grid. “In a Single Year” is the unparalleled retelling of Carcia’s experience in the White Mountains. Featuring his own images and high-definition video, Carcia navigates themes of personal loss, reclamation and “giving fully” to help narrate what can only be described as a once-in-a-lifetime New England adventure.

Hunting Seminars

Spring Turkey Hunting – Matt Wettish

  • Saturday – 12p
  • Sunday – 10a & 1p

CT born and raised and host of the video series Real Outdoors TV, Matt Wettish has been hunting and fishing the New England woods for over 35 years. As a multi-state champion turkey caller Matt has taken turkey hunting to the next level. He has successfully completed the Grand Slam of turkey hunting, hunted 25 out of 50 states, taken wild turkey with archery, muzzleloader and shotgun and has qualified for the Grand Nationals of turkey calling by winning multiple state turkey calling championship titles.

He has taken his passion for hunting to television and has been the focus of shows on such networks as ESPN, EPSN2, OLN and The Outdoor Channel. He has been published nationally multiple times while being the focus of articles in such magazines as Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, NRA’s American Hunter, Turkey Call and even The New York Times.

Matt also enjoys passing on the tradition of the outdoors to the younger generation by participating in the state’s offering of Youth Day hunting opportunities by bringing out young and first time hunters, and by mentoring older high school and college level young adults. He always tries to instill a passion, respect and appreciation for the outdoors in the people he helps.

Matt is proudly sponsored by companies such as Realtree, Winchester, Carlson’s, TruGlo, Costa, Columbia, Ol’ Tom/Drake and more.

US Coast Guard Seminars

Inflatable Life Jacket Demos – US Coast Guard

  • Friday – 3p & 5p
  • Saturday – 11a, 1p & 4p
  • Sunday – 11a, 1p & 3p

So what exactly happens when you pull that little tab?

Find out with live demos from the coast guard to prepare you for how to handle an emergency situation! We’ll talk about life jackets in general, why to wear them, when to wear them, who must wear them, etc. and then inflate one of the jackets.

Friday’s Presentation Schedule

TimeSpeakerTopicLocation
2pCaptain Greg DubruleTop Tips to Catch More Sea Bass, Fluke & TogsRoom 1
2pGregg KobrinSpear FishingRoom 2
2pThree Belles OutfittersIntro to Kayak FishingKayak Pond
2pShane ShanowerDemonstrationHawg Trough
3pJoe DiorioTargeting Trophy StripersRoom 1
3pAnimal Adventures Family Zoo & Rescue CenterNorth American Wildlife SeminarRoom 2
3pBobby UhrigLocating & Catching Bass Like a ProHawg Trough
3pUS Coast GuardInflatable Life Jacket DemosUS Coast Guard Booth
4pToby LapinskiSurf Fishing Connecticut for Stripers & BluesRoom 1
4pCaptain Ralph WilkinsThe Tricks & The Tools of the Big Fish "End Game"Room 2
4pThree Belles OutfittersIntro to Kayak FishingKayak Pond
4pTJ DeFeliceDemonstrationHawg Trough
5pAl Gags Proper Presentation of Soft PlasticsRoom 1
5pPhilip J. CarciaIn a Single YearRoom 2
5pJohn StyglerDemonstrationHawg Trough
5pUS Coast GuardInflatable Life Jacket DemosUS Coast Guard Booth

Saturday’s Presentation Schedule

TimeSpeakerTopicLocation
10aJoe DiorioTargeting Trophy StripersRoom 1
10aPhilip J. CarciaIn a Single YearRoom 2
10aThree Belles OutfittersIntro to Kayak FishingKayak Pond
10aRoland MartinDemonstrationHawg Trough
11aMike LaptewFocus on Fish ~ The Underwater World of New England's Greatest Saltwater Game FishRoom 1
11aAnimal Adventures Family Zoo & Rescue CenterNorth American Wildlife SeminarRoom 2
11aJohn StyglerDemonstrationHawg Trough
11aTBDKayak Pond
11aUS Coast GuardInflatable Life Jacket DemoUS Coast Guard Booth
12pAl Gags Targeting All Saltwater Species with Soft PlasticsRoom 1
12pMatt WettishSpring Turkey HuntingRoom 2
12pRoland MartinHawg Trough
12pTBDKayak Pond
1pToby LapinskiSurf Fishing Connecticut for Stripers & BluesRoom 1
1pCaptain Ralph WilkinsThe Tricks & The Tools of the Big Fish "End Game"Room 2
1pShane ShanowerDemonstrationHawg Trough
1pThree Belles OutfittersIntro to Kayak FishingKayak Pond
1pUS Coast GuardInflatable Life Jacket DemoUS Coast Guard Booth
2pMike LaptewFocus on Fish ~ The Underwater World of New England's Greatest Saltwater Game FishRoom 1
2pAnimal Adventures Family Zoo & Rescue CenterNorth American Wildlife SeminarRoom 2
2pBobby UhrigLocating & Catching Bass Like a ProHawg Trough
2pTBDKayak Pond
3pCaptain Greg DubruleTop Tips to Catch More Sea Bass, Fluke & TogsRoom 1
3pGregg KobrinSpear FishingRoom 2
3pRoland MartinHawg Trough
3pTBDKayak Pond
4pAl Gags The Evolution of Al Gag's LuresRoom 1
4pPhilip J. CarciaIn a Single YearRoom 2
4pTJ DeFeliceHawg Trough
4pThree Belles OutfittersIntro to Kayak FishingKayak Pond
4pUS Coast GuardInflatable Life Jacket DemoUS Coast Guard Booth

Sunday’s Presentation Schedule

TimeSpeakerTopicLocation
10aJoe DiorioTargeting Trophy StripersRoom 1
10aMatt WettishSpring Turkey HuntingRoom 2
10aThree Belles OutfittersIntro to Kayak FishingKayak Pond
10aJohn StyglerDemonstrationHawg Trough
11aMike LaptewFocus on Fish ~ The Underwater World of New England's Greatest Saltwater Game FishRoom 1
11aAnimal Adventures Family Zoo & Rescue CenterNorth American Wildlife SeminarRoom 2
11aTJ DeFeliceHawg Trough
11aTBDKayak Pond
11aUS Coast GuardInflatable Life Jacket DemoUS Coast Guard Booth
12pAl Gags Targeting All Saltwater Species with Soft PlasticsRoom 1
12pGregg KobrinSpear FishingRoom 2
12pBobby UhrigLocating & Catching Bass Like a ProHawg Trough
12pTBDKayak Pond
1pDennis ZambrottaTargeting large striped bass in the surf in an era of decreased abundanceRoom 1
1pMatt WettishSpring Turkey HuntingRoom 2
1pShane ShanowerDemonstrationHawg Trough
1pThree Belles OutfittersIntro to Kayak FishingKayak Pond
1pUS Coast GuardInflatable Life Jacket DemoUS Coast Guard Booth
2pJoe DiorioTargeting Trophy StripersRoom 1
2pAnimal Adventures Family Zoo & Rescue CenterNorth American Wildlife SeminarRoom 2
2pTJ DeFeliceHawg Trough
2pTBDKayak Pond
3pCaptain Greg DubruleTop Tips to Catch More Sea Bass, Fluke & TogsRoom 1
3pCaptain Ralph WilkinsThe Tricks & The Tools of the Big Fish "End Game"Room 2
3pBobby UhrigHawg Trough
3pTBDKayak Pond
3pUS Coast GuardInflatable Life Jacket DemoUS Coast Guard Booth