All Speakers

Alberto Knie
Alberto is a legendary fishing authority and known to be a multi-species global fisherman and trophy striped bass angler. His peers gave his nickname “Crazy” due to the intensity of his fishing. He is also a world record (Striped Bass) line class holder and a regular contributor to various regional and national angling publications.
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He is also the founder and President of Tactical Anglers, Inc. – (Innovator and creator of the Tactical Anglers’ Power Clips and Smart Lures).  He is the creator of the popular braid to mono Alberto Knot.  His specialty is multi-species Trophy Hunting strategies.

Alberto’s appearance is sponsored by St Croix Rod Company.

 Additional credentials –

  • Written 15+ Book Forewords for notable authors
  • Speaker and co-hosted the very popular National Seminar Series
  • Premier Pro-Staff – Consultant / Ambassador for St.Croix Rods /  Penn Fishing / Abu Garcia and various manufactures.
  • Featured fishing personality for various broadcasting shows
  • Alberto can also be reached on Facebook and Instagram as Crazy Alberto Knie
Nick Honachefsky

Nick Honachefsky is the Host and Executive Producer of Saltwater Underground with Nick Honachefsky; airing on the Sportsman Channel and Waypoint TV. 

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Honachefsky’s 25 years in the sportfishing media industry have taken him through
continuous editorial positions and contributions at Saltwater Sportsman, Marlin,
FishTrack, Guy Harvey Magazine, Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, The Fisherman, On
the Water Magazine.

A NJ native, Nick has been featured as a fishing personality in the New York Times,
Rolling Stone, NJ Monthly, Men’s Journal, Vice, Villanova Magazine, NBC News.
Nick fishes the world’s waters extensively throughout the Caribbean, Central
America, Mexico and the US, though calls the beautiful beaches of Lavallette
along the Jersey Shore his home.

Season 3 of Saltwater Underground with Nick Honachefsky airs on Sportsman
Channel; Sundays 9:00 AM, Mondays 3:00 PM, Fridays 10:30 AM. Discovery Channel June 2023.

Watch Seasons 1 and 2 now on Youtube at Saltwater Underground with Nick

Follow Nick on Instagram @nickhonachefsky and at

Jim Freda
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.
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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 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.
Frank Crescitelli
Capt. Frank has been fishing NY Harbor/NJ for over 35 years, and guiding for the last 17 years. Owner of Fin Chaser Charters, the area’s original full time Fly & Light Tackle guiding business.
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Franks passion for fishing is only matched by his dedication to protecting the resource, and is Chairman and Founder of The Fishermen’s Conservation Association (FCA). In 2008 Frank coupled with his product knowledge and marketing talents into his own tackle company, Guides Choice Tackle maker of “Guides Secret Professional Grade Fishing Gear.

Capt Frank’s Professional Associations are: Raymarine Pro Ambassador, Buddy Davis & D&R Boats Fishing Team, Maui Jim Ambassador, Yeti & Cortland Line Pro. Temple Fork Outfitters, Daiwa & Optima Battery Pro Staff.

The “Fin Chasers” TV Show Season One now airing on Destination America, Pursuit Channel & Time Warner Cable Sports. Follow Capt. Frank, Wade Boggs & Team Fin Chaser as they chase World Records & fish tournaments on every single episode, it should be fun to watch.

As one of Franks Clients stated: “ The only bad thing about Frank guiding you, is that you don’t know who’s having more fun, you or him, but you’re the one paying!

Gene Quigley

Capt. Gene Quigley is the owner of Shore Catch Charters, the Northeast’s largest fly and light tackle guide service. Shore Catch has been in business for over 25 years and has a fleet of custom boats that take anglers from the back bay’s to the offshore canyons.

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A native of the New Jersey shore, Gene has been fishing the inshore and offshore waters for over 40 years. Gene specializes in fishing for Tuna and Trophy Striped Bass on light tackle; and has put hundreds of anglers on their first trophy Striped Bass and Tuna. Capt. Gene is one of a handful of anglers worldwide who have consistently landed Tuna over 100 lbs. on fly tackle.

Capt. Gene was voted one of the Top 50 Charter Captains by Saltwater Sportsman Magazine and was also voted as one of the Top 100 Fishing Guides in North America by Field & Stream Magazine.

In addition to guiding, Gene is also a noted outdoor writer, photographer, and seminar speaker. He contributes regularly to Saltwater Sportsman Magazine, Sportfishing Magazine, Fly Fisherman, The Fisherman, and On the Water Magazine. 

Gene sits on the national prostaff for St Croix Rod Company, Raymarine, Yamaha Outboards, Cortland Line, Simms, BKK Hooks, Smith Optics, Yeti, Olukai, Shimano Reels, Hogy, Centaur Fishing, and Nomad Tackle. 

Currently, Gene is a board member for the American Saltwater Guides Association and is the New Jersey director. He has been a featured angler on ESPN Outdoors, Versus, Outdoor Life Networks (OLN); Family Fishing Outdoors Show, PBS; and Vacations on The Fly television shows.

Outside of the fishing world, Capt. Gene spends most of his time in the mountains or in the ocean. From Surfing to Skiing Gene has traveled all over the world in search of big waves, big mountains, and big fish. 


Anthony Maja

At 41, Anthony “Maja” Jr has been fishing for as long as he could walk, growing up fishing with striped bass trolling innovator Tony Maja, Sr. Tony Jr. started trolling for big bass at the age of 8 and worked closely with his father to help perfect the technique and products that have led to more than 60 “trophy bass” of 50 or more pounds by Tony Maja customers during the past 8 years. Tony’s seminar will be “Effectively Trolling up Trophy Striped Bass”.

RJ and Cody Melton
Captains RJ and Cody Melton have been perfecting the art of fishing the New Jersey Canyons over the past 20 years. They worked on private vessels for 10 years and for the last 8 have been running a successful charter boat out of Manasquan NJ called Jersey Nutz.
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During their time they have been exposed to both new and old techniques and have combined them to develop a successful game plan to keep their customers on the fish and happy while being extremely competitive in some of the top tournaments on the East Coast. Jersey Nutz and crew have created quite a resume over the years with tournament wins and work with some of the top companies in the fishing industry. Jersey Nutz is now known as one of the top canyon boats in NJ producing consistent catches and happy customers.

Kevin Albohn

Captain Kevin Albohn has spent the last 20 years as more than just a serious fisherman. He has been following the tuna migrations from southern New Jersey to Cape Cod primarily targeting them via jig and pop but also with traditional trolling methods.

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He is the owner of Blue Line Charters in Watch Hill, Rhode Island and is one of the few charter captains that dedicates his time to primarily tuna fishing. Captain Kevin additionally runs charters with One More Cast Charters out of Oceanside, New York allowing him to learn the patterns of the migrating tunas before and after most local outfits.

He can be found chasing bluefins and yellowfins on the midshore grounds to casting to big eyes in the canyons. As a father of 4, he emphasizes the importance of getting children on the water and getting them involved in learning all aspects of fishing and conservation. It is not uncommon to see one of them as a deckhand even though they are still at very young ages.

 Captain Kevin has been featured on NBC sports and several other smaller scale productions. He can be found giving seminars and instruction throughout the northeast during the winter months which have included the Canyon Runner and Castafari Big Game Seminars. You can join him on the hunt for any pelagic species from May through December and can find any details at

Fred Gamboa

Capt Fred has operated Andreas Toy Charters for the past 25 years. Fred is one of the original pioneers in Multi Species Fishing out to the Canyons from a Center Console. Since then he has multi species fished from New Jersey to Florida/Bahamas and was invited by Minister of Tourism of Peru to work with Captains in the famous waters of Cabo Blanco. 

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Capt. Fred is on the Pro Staffs of Contender, Yamaha, Nomad, Owner, Chatter Lures, AFW, Costa, and Shimano. Capt Fred has appeared in numerous fishing shows on the Sportsman Channel and Outdoor Channel Network, and is very active on the seminar circuit and enjoys sharing his knowledge with enthusiastic crowds. During the winter months you can find Capt Fred performing seminars at All of the major shows, Philly Outdoor fishing show, Atlantic City boat show, Edison Saltwater Fishing Show and Canyon Runner Seminar Series.  Capt Fred has written numerous articles for the Fisherman Magazine and Big Game Journal, while be highlighted countless times in Saltwater Sportsman, Sportfishing and On the Water magazines.

Captain Fred is very active in sustaining the species he chases. He was one of the original captains who participated in the tuna tagging program with John Logioco, “Save the Bluefin Tuna Project”. Currently he is involved in a Bluefin Tuna Genetics Fin Clip project with the University of Maine. Capt Fred was one of the very few Chosen to serve on the board of “ICCAT”, The International Commission for the Conversation of Atlantic Tunas, where he served a two-year term.

Currently Captain Fred is expanding the Andrea’s Toy brand adding a third vessel to the fleet, and increasing his stable of captains/mates to a dozen members. Currently he is traveling the world looking to expand the Andrea’s Toy brand and be an Ambassador to the Species he chases!

Phil Howarth

Since his Honeymoon in 1994, Capt Phil visited the Cape with his family every year till finally washing ashore in 2012. Owner of the Goose Hummock and Captain of the Yoshki.com3, a 44’ Contender fishing machine, Capt Phil is a passionate fisherman who fishes Freshwater through to chasing Tuna as far as the Canyons.


Intro to Tuna Fishing

Well, we all have to start somewhere ( I did 10 years ago!) . And now as a self confessed Tuna addict, Capt Phil will explain the rules, regulations and reporting requirements surrounding Tuna Fishing which can appear to be a minefield. We will discuss how to equip your boat with the right fishing and safety equipment and finally give some tips as to how to catch this majestic species.

Patrick Sebile

Patrick Sebile needs very little introduction and has held around 370 records (World, European & nationals), written 7 books and 800+ articles, appeared on 200+ TV shows and as many magazine front covers, Fished 71 countries and caught 783 fish species to date – always looking for a new one!!, his rods won 5 times the surf casting world championship, and last but not least he received 24 industry awards for his creations, the most for any designer in the history of fishing tackle.


Casting far from shore and the dynamics behind true long distance lures

There’s no magic, and what makes some lures reach farther distance than others is a mix between their conception, their balance, and also to a certain extent to the gear used to throw them into the surf with the goal of reaching that little bit further than others anglers around them. 

Patrick aims to help anglers understand some physics that translates in better fishing results, whether you want to use some of his lures or others, and talk about the results this helps to reach in terms of catches.

Alan Lee

Capt. Alan Lee is a USCG-licensed Captain (OUPV). He is the owner and frequent operator of the Mushin, currently a Henriques 44-foot sport fisher in Point Pleasant, NJ. He has fished for over 50 years from freshwater panfish to blue marlin, and most everything in between. He has fished all along the Jersey Coast for many decades, and enjoys pursuing all species of saltwater fish.

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His specialties include mid-range and offshore/canyon fishing for tuna, tilefish, and marlin; and inshore fishing for bottom fish such as cod and sea bass. Capt. Alan is among a select few who serve as SHIMANO FISHING TACKLE ProStaff, as well as representing other brands such as PowerPro, Sterling Tackle, G. Loomis, Costa, MaddMantis, Chatter Lures, and Old Man’s Tackle Box. Capt. Alan has appeared in many print, radio, and television fishing programs locally and nationally, and enjoys sharing his passion and experience of fishing. Capt. Alan has frequently placed in many offshore big-game tournaments.

Chris Stefanou

Chris Stefanou, notably known as “LISHARKMAN” is well known for his extreme, action-packed fishing social media pages (Instagram, TickTock, Youtube etc.), with videos reaching over 70,000,000 views!  

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He is an extremely passionate angler who specializes in Land Based Shark Fishing on Long Island, New York, but often ventures out to different states along the east coast of the U.S.

Highly conservative with his shark studies and tagging, Chris loves sharing his experiences and knowledge with fishing fanatics and shark enthusiasts. Chris has been helping various research associations by tagging and documenting thousands of sharks of different species. This helps to better study these sharks and protect them, and the ecology of our oceans.

Doug Toback

Captain Doug owns & operates Corazon Fishing with his son as first mate and has over 30 years of fishing in all NY waters. He specializes in lifetime personal best inshore/offshore fishing and has 2 IGFA records sailing out of Freeport NY on their locally rebuilt 35’ Duffy Downeast.

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Freeport has some of the best fishing in the Northeast and we capitalize on it. Doug’s seminar will be Hi-Lo Consistent Limits on Trophy Fluke.

Steven Reynolds

Steven Reynolds is an accomplished multi species kayak fisherman specializing in light tackle angling the inter-coastal waterways of the Jersey Shore from Carteret to Cape May. Grew up on the Metedeconk river spending most days on the dock or hiking to explore creeks & ponds, walking the sand or wading in the surf throughout the greater northeast. 

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Stevens passion for fishing and exploring was passed onto him from an incredible Aunt & Uncle that were always up for an adventure. 

 Being a minimalist he made the natural progression to kayaks for the stealth approach to target every out of cast distance species that can be had in any waterway in this part of the country via kayak. 

 Steven is a Hobie Fishing Team  ambassador  with his own guide service Shore Kayak Fishing Llc.

Khoa Nguyen

Khoa Nguyen is an avid saltwater angler from Philadelphia, PA. Born and raised in Florida, Khoa developed a passion for saltwater fishing early on. Today, he can be found cruising New Jersey’s waters chasing Striped Bass, Sheepshead, Tautog and many other species that call these waters home using both light spinning and fly tackle. Khoa is also the owner and host of Tide Chasers Podcast, as well as a team member for Century Rods.

Darren Dorris

Captain Darren Dorris has over 40 years of fishing experience plying New Jersey waters.  He has been a professional Captain and mate for over 30 years, working the bridge and pit for many high stakes tournaments.  He began as a kayak guide, ran his own charter operation “Salty Lady” Sport fishing/LBI Shark Experience out of Beach Haven NJ.

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He is a freelance writer, photographer and blogger and has been published in all the top regional and national fishing magazines including the Fishermen, Big Game Fishing Journal, Saltwater Sportsmen, and Field and Stream. He has also been a well-known TV fishing personality, co-hosting and producing the NJ Angler Video Magazine, a television show dedicated to showcasing the world class fishing NJ offers.

Capt. Dorris is a prolific seminar speaker, presenting seminars at most major events including the Saltwater Sportsman Seminar series hosted by George Poveromo. Capt. Darren’s main career is a professional educator, teaching Marine Science at the High School and College level. “Each time I get to share with the public, being print, photos, blogs, television, seminars or guiding I see it as a chance to educate fellow anglers”. Captain Darren sits on the pro staff of Bass Pro Shops and Nomad Design Lures.

Geoff Cerelli 

Saltwater/Freshwater angler of all seasons.  Fluke fishing experience for 40+ years along the Atlantic coast from VA up to Cape Cod.  Experienced with fishing private boats, headboats, and charters with good success.  Pioneered jigging for fluke in the early 90’s before today’s current rage.  Currently building experience and success fishing drift spoons (M3 Tackle) to target quality fluke.

Frank Mihalic

Frank Mihalic is a Trophy Blackfish hunter. He has developed a skillset that is hard to deny, and he is willing to share with you in a very interactive seminar format.  He has been a writer and seminar presenter for the past 30 years. Frank works with Century Fishing Rods where he developed the ProTogger.

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