Seminars & Demos Schedule

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

Please note – The schedule below is from the 2023 show and the 2024 lineup will be updated closer to showtime!

Fishing Seminars

Daily Schedule

Below is our daily schedule of fishing seminars. All seminars will take place in Seminar Room 1, unless otherwise noted! In addition to these fishing seminars we will also have fishing demonstrations on the Hawg Trough and the Fly Casting Pond. Look for those details in the sections below.

Friday, March 24th

  • 2 PM – Alberto Knie ~ The Proven Art of Catching Monster Fish Fresh & Salt
  • 3 PM – Captain Brian Coombs ~ Targeting False Albacore on Light Tackle
  • 3 PM – Ron McKee ~ Importance of Color When Selecting Fishing Lures (Room 2)
  • 4 PM – Captain Mike Roy ~ Overall Strategies for Fishing Long Island Sound
  • 5 PM – Alberto Knie ~ The Proven Art of Catching Monster Fish Fresh & Salt
  • 6 PM – Captain Brian Coombs ~ Spring Time Bounty. Haddock & Winter Flounder

Saturday, March 25th

  • 10 AM – Jim Neary ~ Basics of Fishing w/ Live Casting for Kids
  • 11 AM – East End Eddie ~ Surf Casting the Cape Cod Canal
  • 12 PM – Tim Talento & Devin Hines ~ CT River Candlewood Lake& Others. What it Takes to be a State Champion
  • 1 PM – Captain Mike Roy ~ Overall Strategies for Fishing Long Island Sound
  • 2 PM – East End Eddie ~ Surf Casting the Cape Cod Canal
  • 3 PM – Alberto Knie ~ The Proven Art of Catching Monster Fish Fresh & Salt
  • 3 PM – Ron McKee ~ Importance of Color When Selecting Fishing Lures (Room 2)
  • 4 PM – Brian Coombs ~ Targeting False Albacore on Light Tackle
  • 5 PM – Fred Wilson ~ All About Jigs & Flies

Sunday, March 26th

  • 10 AM – Captain Mike Roy ~ Overall Strategies for Fishing Long Island Sound
  • 10 AM – Ron McKee ~ Importance of Color When Selecting Fishing Lures (Room 2)
  • 11 AM – Alberto Knie ~ The Proven Art of Catching Monster Fish Fresh & Salt
  • 12 PM – Brian Combs ~ Targeting False Albacore on Light Tackle
  • 1 PM – Tim Talento & Devin Hines ~ CT River Candlewood Lake& Others. What it Takes to be a State Champion
  • 2 PM – Jim Neary ~ Basics of Fishing w/ Live Casting for Kids
  • 3 PM – Captain Brian Coombs ~ Spring Time Bounty. Haddock & Winter Flounder

Speaker Bios & Pics

Want to learn more about our featured speakers? Click their names below for their bio and pictures.

Alberto Knie Bio

Alberto Knie (a/k/a “Crazy Alberto”) – a world-class extreme trophy game fish hunter and writer/fishing product designer who specializes in the art of Trophy Fishing and Conservation.

Captain Brian Coombs Bio

Captain Brian Coombs runs Get Tight Sport Fishing. A full time Massachusetts based guide service, that operates from Boston through Cape Cod & The Islands. Brian is best known for targeting trophy sized striped bass out of Boston, he also offers trips for black seabass,  false albacore , haddock and bluefin tuna.

Janet Messineo Bio

Janet Messineo was born in Lawrence Massachusetts and has been living on Martha’s Vineyard since 1966 and she has been fishing the Vineyard shoreline for more than 45 years. She has been chronicled in the book “Reading the Water” by island author Robert Post, published in 1988. You can read some adventures of fishing with her in “On the Run” written by David DiBenedetto. David followed the Striped Bass from Maine to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and Janet was one of the anglers that he fished with on his journey. She was one of the original writers for ON THE WATER magazine. OTW is one of the most popular fisherman’s monthly publications on the east coast. Two of the stories that she has written are published in the book “New England Striper, A fishing anthology. She has had stories published in Edible Vineyard and Martha’s Vineyard Magazine.

Janet has been deeply involved in the recreational fishing community for a very long time. She is a charter member of the Martha’s Vineyard Surfcasters and is past president of that group. She is a member of the M.V. Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby and has served on that committee since 1990. In 2005 she was inducted into the Derby Hall of Fame. She has also been a member of Mass Striped Bass Assoc. (MSBA) and the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA). All these organizations support good sportsmanship, conservation and the future of recreational fishing.

In 1987 she attended the Pennsylvania School of Taxidermy and has been the owner of Island Taxidermy and Wildlife Art Studio since that time. She specializes in saltwater fish.

Janet is the author of her first book. Casting into the Light, Published by Pantheon. Released July 2, 2019

Jim Neary Bio

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Captain John Paduano Bio

Captain John Paduano is a licensed captain based out of Montauk. His specialty is huge bass on very light tackle. He is also the owner of Premium Bucktails, an extremely effective line of bucktails jigs with a cult like following. John is also the creator of snap-jigging. A technique that has become very popular on Long Island and other areas due to its incredible effectiveness.

Captain Mike Roy Bio

Captain Mike Roy is the founder and operator of Reel Cast Charters, a full-time fishing charter based out of Connecticut. His angling pursuits have taken him across country, as well as internationally, fishing in both fresh and salt water from large mouth bass to giant bluefin tuna.  An innovative angler, he is constantly applying new techniques, and his enthusiasm and passion for the sport are contagious. Captain Mike is a United States Coast Guard OUPV Licensed Captain and graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s and Masters Degree in Education.

Ron McKee Bio

Hi I’m Ron McKee the maker of Striper Maine-iac custom lures. I’ve been a striper fisherman since the mid 60’s. Growing up I had the luck to meet and become a friend of Bob Pond. Bob was known for Atom Lures which he developed and started making in the 40’s. Bob also was one of the founders of Stripers Unlimited a striped bass preservation club which I was a member and supporter. I also got the chance to meet Stan Gibbs while staying with my family on the Canal in the 60’s. Both took the time to teach me and put ideas in my head. I’ve been a tournament fisherman since before 1970. I’ve placed in the Marthas Vineyard Striped Bass a Bluefish Derby many times in the over 40 years that I’ve fished it. I also fished in the R.J. Schaefer tournament, winning many awards in it as well as the Tri – State Fishing Tournament of New England since the 60s. I was eventually the President of the Tri-State Fishing club and on the executive board. I’ve had the luck to land several stripers over 50 lbs. The largest was 56 lb 7oz. Several of the big girls were released after being measured and weighed. I’ve been a plug fisherman and collector for many years which has led me to a vast treasure trove of plug history and knowledge which I freely share.

Tim Talento & Devin Hines Bios

CT Bass Nation State Champions

Hawg Trough Demos

Daily Schedule

Below is the daily schedule of demonstrations on the Hawg Trough (Giant Fishing Tank).

Friday, March 24th

  • 1:30 PM – Tyler Clark ~ Demo
  • 2 PM – Joe Diorio ~ Fishing Artificial Lures for Trophy Bass
  • 2:30 PM – Sheron Brown ~ Demo
  • 3 PM – Bobby Uhrig ~ Locate & Catch Bass Like a Professional
  • 3:30 PM – Brian Mayo ~ Tips and techniques with the Mayo’s Minnow’s and other Drop Shot Baits
  • 4 PM – Sheron Brown ~ Demo
  • 4:30 PM – Dan Welby ~ The Fuse Surge Experience; Seeing is Believing
  • 5 PM – Fred Wilson ~ Hair Jig Finesse Fishing Pointers for Lunker Bass!
  • 5:30 PM – Brian Mayo ~ Tips and tricks with the Mayo’s Terd Bait
  • 6 PM – Tyler Clark ~ Demo

Saturday, March 25th

  • 10 AM – Joe Diorio ~ Fishing Artificial Lures for Trophy Bass
  • 10:30 AM – Bryan Mayo ~ Tips and techniques with the Mayo’s Minnow’s and other Drop Shot Baits
  • 11 AM – Bobby Uhrig ~ Locate & Catch Bass Like a Professional
  • 11:30 AM – Tyler Clark ~ Casting Demo
  • 12 PM – Sheron Brown ~ Demo
  • 12:30 – Dan Welby ~ The Fuse Surge Experience; Seeing is Believing
  • 1:30 PM – Fred Wilson~ Hair Jig Finesse Fishing Pointers for Lunker Bass!
  • 1 PM – Bryan Mayo ~ Tips and tricks with the Mayo’s Terd Bait
  • 2 PM – Bobby Uhrig ~ Locate & Catch Bass Like a Professional
  • 3 PM – Sheron Brown ~ Demo
  • 4 PM – Tyler Clark ~ Casting Demo
  • 5 PM – Joe Diorio ~ Fishing Artificial Lures for Trophy Bass
  • 6 PM – Tyler Clark ~ Casting Demo

Sunday, March 26th

  • 10 AM – Tyler Clark ~ Casting Demo
  • 11 AM – Joe Diorio ~ Fishing Artificial Lures for Trophy Bass
  • 12 PM – Bobby Uhrig ~ Locate & Catch Bass Like a Professional
  • 1 PM – Dan Welby ~ The Fuse Surge Experience; Seeing is Believing
  • 1:30 PM – Bryan Mayo ~ Tips and techniques with the Mayo’s Minnow’s and other Drop Shot Baits
  • 2 PM – Tyler Clark ~ Casting Demo
  • 3 PM – Bobby Uhrig ~ Locate & Catch Bass Like a Professional

Speaker Bios & Pics

Want to learn more about our featured speakers? Click their names below for their bio and pictures.

Bryan Mayo Bio

Bryan Mayo is a 7 time RI Bass Nation State team member and 2021 Club Champion.

Captain Joe Diorio

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.

Dan Welby Bio

Dan is a Co-founder of Fuse Fishing, a Connecticut-based company that specializes in creating custom soft plastic baits. With over 30 years of experience in angling across lakes, surf, and streams, Dan is a dedicated and passionate angler. Alongside his Co-founders, he has spent several years testing baits suitable for anglers of all skill levels, ranging from beginners to professionals.

At this event, Dan will be showcasing the company’s signature bait, the “Surge.” This unique bait has been designed to offer limitless possibilities on how and when it can be used. During the presentation, Dan will demonstrate how the Surge can be effectively worked at every depth of the water column.

Fred Wilson Bio

Fred Wilson, owner of Flip Fly Tye, takes his bass fishing tournament experience and applies 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 techniques.

Sheron Brown Bio

Sheron K. Brown Sr. also known as “The Lunkerman” a nickname earned by his peers is a professional tournament angler and fishing guide pursuing his passion. From the City of Worcester, Massachusetts, Sheron has 30 years of experience fishing glacier formed natural lakes and river systems throughout the Northeast. “The Lunkerman” has won numerous big fish titles on every level he has fished sharing his his vast knowledge and diverse background to anglers all over the world various avenues to include social media, the tournament trail, at the dock, various trade shows and seminars throughout New England. Come and see SKB representing Ardent Outdoors where he will be discussing cold water tactics in depth.You can find him on social media by using the hashtag #SKBfishing

Tyler Clark Bio

Tyler 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.

Fly Casting Pond Demos

Daily Schedule

Below is the daily schedule of demonstrations on our Fly Casting Pond.

Friday, March 24th

  • 2 PM – Fred Wilson ~ Bass Fishing 360
  • 3 PM – New England Dive ~ Hobie Pedal Kayak Technology
  • 4 PM – Ian Devlin ~ Casting With Ian
  • 5 PM – Three Bells Outfitters ~ Intro to Kayak Fishing

Saturday, March 25th

  • 10 AM – Three Bells Outfitters ~ Intro to Kayak Fishing
  • 11 AM – Ian Devlin ~ Casting With Ian
  • 12 PM – New England Dive ~ Hobie Pedal Kayak Technology
  • 1 PM – Fred Wilson ~ Bass Fishing 360
  • 2 PM – Three Belles Outfitters ~ Fresh Water Kayak Rigging Set Up Demo
  • 3 PM – Ian Devlin ~ Casting With Ian
  • 4 PM – Fred Wilson ~ Bass Fishing 360
  • 5 PM – New England Dive ~ Hobie Pedal Kayak Technology

Sunday, March 26th

  • 10 AM – New England Dive ~ Hobie Pedal Kayak Technology
  • 11 AM – Fred Wilson ~ Bass Fishing 360
  • 12 PM – Three Bells Outfitters ~ Intro to Kayak Fishing
  • 1 PM – Ian Devlin ~ Casting With Ian
  • 2 PM – Three Belles Outfitters ~ Fresh Water Kayak Rigging Set Up Demo
  • 3 PM – New England Dive ~ Hobie Pedal Kayak Technology