March 9 & 10, 2019 • Marriott Hotel, Quincy, MA

2019 Castafari Offshore Fishing Seminar Schedule
Schedule of Events

Complimentary Breakfast And Lunch, Presentations, Hands-On Workshops, Baitrigging Labs (Do It Yourself).

2 Big Presentation Rooms *NEW*

SATURDAY MAIN ROOM

Raffle Drawings at 5:15pm and 6:45pm (over 15,000 in prizes!)

10:30am DOORS OPEN

 

12:00pm - 12:30pm INTRODUCTION and IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

12:30pm - 1:30pm "Go Deep Or Go Home"
How To Find And Catch Bigeye Tuna Off The Edge Of The Continental Shelf NEW 2019
Capt. Mark Decabia
Learn all about the constantly evolving offshore bluewater bigeye tuna canyon fishery. Learn how to find fish in the deep, and how to target them in both trolling and drifting applications. This was the ticket to success during 2018 fishing season. This will cover the latest trends of bigeye fishing in the canyons, and how to capitalize on this new deepwater fishery.
2:00pm - 3:30pm  "Mass Bay Bluefin"
A Sear’s Brothers Perspective On Hunting Giant Tuna On Stellwagon Bank NEW 2019 (90 Min)
Capts. Taylor and Brian Sears
Gain an exciting behind the scenes look at what makes the Mass Bay Guides tuna operation so successful. Learn detailed strategies on finding and understanding changing ecosystems on Stellwagen Bank and how to adapt productively. Matching the hatch is key out there, and these guys do it almost every day! The Sears brothers averaged a giant shot on every trip they made this passed season, and caught fish to over 1,000 pounds.

3:00pm - 4:00pm COMPLIMENTARY LUNCH BUFFET

4:00pm - 5:00pm "Death From Above...The Carolina Way"
Get Your Trolling Baits 100 Feet Down To Deep Dwelling Bigeye, Yellowfin, and Bluefin Tuna!! NEW 2019
Capt. Marty Hiatt
Learn from one of North Carolina’s best on how to beat stubborn fish that won't come up! Marty Hyatt helped develop this method which has become one of the most popular deep-water trolling applications on the east coast. See first hand what you need and how to incorporate it into your trolling arsenal at the canyons and/or when fishing for bluefin tuna. This technique was originally developed in North Carolina to target wahoo, and has since become a staple in everyone’s spread down there for all species. This will enable you to target fish 100 ft beneath the surface!

 

5:15pm - 5:30pm Raffle Drawings

 

5:30pm - 6:30pm "The Butterfish & Bluefin Game"
How To Cast & Jig To Bluefin Tuna Focused On Small Bait NEW 2019
Capt. Terry Nugent
Learn how to target finicky bluefin tuna when they are focused in on small bait like butterfish in the fall. This has been a common reoccuring theme in waters east of Chatham right on up to Stellwagen Bank.

6:45pm - 7:00pm Raffle Drawings in MAIN ROOM

SATURDAY Ballroom Number 2

12:30pm - 1:30pm "Trolling Bait For Tuna 101"
Learn The Fundamentals Of Setting Up A Natural Bait Trolling Spread For All Types Of Tuna
Capt. Joe Shute
Learn from North Carolina tackle legend Joe Shute the ins and outs to rigging up and trolling skirted baits for tuna. This will cover applications and spread patterns for mackerel, ballyhoo, and or mullet.
2:00pm - 3:00pm "Tile Work In The Deep"
Learn Where & How To Catch Trophy Tile Fish At The Northeast Canyons NEW 2019
Capt. Lou Defusco
Learn what you need for equipment/tackle, rigging techniques, and where to find and target monster tile fish in the northeast from a captain who has caught fish to 60 pounds. These methods can be incorporated into your swordfish/tuna deep drop game!

3:00pm - 4:00pm COMPLIMENTARY LUNCH BUFFET

4:00pm - 5:00pm "Getting Canyon Ready" Intro To Fishing The Northeast Canyons Start To Finish
Capt. Mark Decabia and Kyle Douton
Learn the fundamentals of canyon fishing from preparation to filling the fish box...and everything in between. Then learn and see what products and gear you will get you going so that you can start catching fish!

5:15pm - 5:30pm Raffle Drawings in MAIN ROOM

5:30pm - 6:30pm "Reel To Table"
Maximize The Value Of Your Tuna From One Of The Busiest Fish Buyers On The East Coast…Bluefin, Yellowfin, and Bigeye NEW 2019
Capt. Rory O’Donnell (Reds Best Fish Company)
Learn step by step from a fish buyer what you can do to ensure that your tuna commands the highest price on the market. This will include swimming your fish, bleeding, gutting, icing, storing, and everything in between. Includes all commercial species sold in the northeast…bluefin, bigeye, and yellowfin.

6:45pm - 7:00pm Raffle Drawings in MAIN ROOM

Saturday Workshop Classroom

12:30pm - 1:30pm Servicing Your Penn Reels Hands On NEW 2019
Penn Reel Service Supervisor Tony Dubeck
Learn, see, and do first hand on servicing your Penn reels. This workshop will cover how to open up and maintain your reels during the off-season...a huge asset. There will be a 30 min Q&A afterwards.
2:00pm - 3:00pm Throwing A Cast Net (Meet at 2:00 sharp)
Capt. John Bunar 
Learn and do first hand at the event (great for catching your own live bait). This is a huge advantage if there are pogies, butterfish, or squid in your harbor.
3:00pm - 3:30pm How To Rig And Use A Cockpit Harpoon
Capt. Tyler Noveletski
Learn, see, and do first hand on rigging and using a 2 piece cockpit harpoon the right way so that you connect to your fish successfully and don’t risk ever losing your harpoon.

3:00pm - 4:00pm COMPLIMENTARY LUNCH BUFFET

4:00pm - 5:00pm Latest Topwater Tackle & Equipment Showcase
Capts. Jack Sprengel and Kyle Douton
Learn and see first hand modern advances to offshore big game jigging and casting gear. This will include rods, reels, line, connections, and tackle.

5:15pm - 5:30pm Raffle Drawings in MAIN ROOM

5:30pm - 6:30pm How To Assemble A Trolling Dredge Hands On
(The Dredge That Won The 2017 Big Rock) NEW 2019
Capt. Marty Hiatt
Learn, see, and do first hand on assembling a trolling dredge from start to finish. This actual dredge won the 2017 Big Rock Tournament! This is a must have for all bluewater trolling arsenals.

J&B Store Booth Workshops

1:00pm - 3:00pm Rigging Your Big Game Lures And Why Which Ones Work Where
Capt. Roland Beamish
Learn, see, and do first hand on rigging your big game lures. Learn which ones work, where to fish them, and why... from one of the best lure makers on the east coast. Meet Capt. Roland Beamish and learn how to skirt your trolling lures as well as make hook sets.

6:45pm - 7:00pm Raffle Drawings In MAIN ROOM

Saturday Bait Rigging Lab Workshop (Put the gloves on and do it yourself.)

12:30pm - 1:30pm Bridling Techniques For Live Bait
Capts. Tyler Noveletski & Scott Sinclair
Learn bridling techniques for trolling and drifting live bait, and also for when employing a kite. This creates a much more natural presentation than simply placing your hook in the back of your bait.
2:00pm - 3:00pm Rigging Natural Swimming Trolling Baits (Ballyhoo and Mackerel)
Capts. Joe Shute, Marty Hiatt, Tommy Howd, Scott Sinclair
Learn hands on how to rig a trolling ballyhoo and/or a mackerel for all offshore pelagic species from 4 proven captains. (Instructional videos for sale on Castafari website.)

3:00pm - 4:00pm COMPLIMENTARY LUNCH BUFFET

3:30pm - 4:30pm Rigging A Natural Squid Bait The Right Way...Trolling & Drifting
Capts. Tim Pickett and Tommy Howd
Learn how to prepare, stitch, and present a natural squid for both day and night time applications both chunking and trolling for swordfish, marlin, and tuna.

5:15pm - 5:30pm Raffle Drawings MAIN ROOM

5:30pm - 6:30pm Chunking Hook Baits For The Canyons (squid, butterfish, sardines)
Capts. Mark Decabia, Tommy Howd, Scott Sinclair
Learn some stealthy techniques on how to rig hook baits for chunking at the canyons. This will include step by step hands on instruction for live and dead squid, butterfish, mackerel, and sardines.

6:45pm - 7:00pm Raffle Drawings In MAIN ROOM

SUNDAY MAIN ROOM

Raffle Drawings 8:00am, 1:00pm, 5:15pm (over 15,000 in prizes!)

8:00am - 8:15am Raffle Drawings

8:30am - 9:30am "Bluefin On The Brain"
Learn The Bluefin Tuna Game From Gloucester To Cape Cod From A Southshore Charter Fishing Legend Who Lives Out There
Capt. John Bunar
Learn from a local tuna fishing legend what the latest and most effective bait-fishing tactics and areas are on Stellwagen Bank and surrounding waters from Gloucester to Cape Cod Bay. This will cover a very comprehensive look at targeting all sizes of bluefin from finding where to fish, to actually catching them.
10:00am - 11:00am "Modern Advances To Jigging & Casting"
A Comprehensive & Contemporary Look At Big Game Jigging & Casting NEW 2019 Capt. Jack Sprengel
Learn a detailed perspective on contemporary tackle developments and modernized techniques for offshore big game jigging and casting. This can be used world wide!
11:30pm - 1:00pm "Cox Ledge Kick-Off"
Bluefin Tuna Early Season Strategies South Of RI…2 Different Captains…2 Different Approaches (90 min) NEW 2019
Capts. Tommy Howd & Lou Defusco
Learn the ins and outs to a thriving early season bluefin tuna fishery along the 20 fathom line and Cox Ledge. Learn 2 different approaches to this early summer time fishery…conventional tackle and spinning/jigging tackle methods from 2 different captains who were successful there in 2018.

12:30pm - 1:30pm COMPLIMENTARY LUNCH BUFFET

1:15pm - 1:30pm Raffle Drawings

1:30pm - 2:30pm "Fall Time Chunking"
The Late Season Day Time Chunk Bite Inside The Dip NEW 2019
Capt. Mark Decabia
There has been a very productive bite during the past few seasons well inside the canyons. The waters south of Montauk have produced exceptional day time yellowfin, bluefin, and albacore tuna fishing. Learn the ins and outs to this late season day time drifting game, from the latest trends on fishing spots to fishing methods. The passed few seasons have yielded very productive fall fishing right through November!
3:00pm - 4:30pm "Bluewater In The Backyard"
A Thriving Inshore Bluewater Fishery South Of The Cape & RI...Catch Blue and White Marlin, Wahoo, and Tuna On A One Day Trip (90 Min) NEW 2019
Capts. Brian Bacon and Roland Beamish
Learn about the constantly evolving close to home summer time marlin fishery that exists well inside the continental shelf. The waters south of RI and Marthas Vineyard have been inundated with blue and white marlin over the passed few seasons. This presentation will cover what spots have been hot, how to find the most thriving ecosystems, how to look beyond water temperature and bird activity, what tackle to use and why. Learn about mixed species trolling spreads that work well in this region…2 different captains and 2 different strategies.
4:45pm - 5:15pm "Survival Tactics"
See a Live Demonstration on How to Deploy Your Liferaft NEW 2019
Chris Quill LRSE Company
See a detailed step by step live demonstration on how to deploy your liferaft by an industry professional from LRSE. This is something everyone should see first hand at least once before going offshore.

5:15pm - 5:30pm Close Final Raffle Drawings and Panama Fishing Vacation Giveaway!

SUNDAY Ballroom Number 2

8:30am - 9:30am "Deep Drop Shop"
What You Need To Know About Targeting Northeast Swordfish
Capt. Tim Picket (LP Tackle)
Learn the ins and outs to deep dropping for swordfish in the northeast canyons…what tackle and equipment you will need to get started and how to deploy it correctly to start catching fish.
10:00am - 11:00am "Trolling The Bank" NEW 2019
Big Bluefin Tuna On The Troll From Stellwagen Bank To East Of Provincetown
Capt. Scott Sinclair
Learn about the very productive late summer and fall tuna fishery that exists around the southeast corner of Stellwagen and other areas around Massachusetts Bay…learn to look beyond spreader bars, what works even better, and how to target bluefin tuna of all sizes on the troll, especially when fish are being seen on the surface.
12:00pm - 1:00pm "Why 10% of Fishermen Catch 90% of the Fish"
Helpful Tips To Step Up Your Game Offshore NEW 2019
Capt. Mark Decabia
Learn some helpful tips on how to improve your success offshore and stay ahead of the game.. before you leave the dock to dropping down at the fishing grounds...and everything in between. It’s not just about the tackle you use...most everyone uses similar stuff. Learn about what makes the difference!

12:30pm - 1:30pm COMPLIMENTARY LUNCH BUFFET

1:15pm - 1:30pm Raffle Drawings

2:00pm - 3:00pm "Following Giants"
What's Happening With The Northeast Giant Tuna Population…Where They Go…When & Why…How Old They Are…And What To Expect This Season NEW 2019
Dr. Walter Golet
Learn from one of New England’s most accomplished bluefin tuna aquatic biologists on the current local population of northeast giant bluefin tuna. Through extensive tagging and scientific research, scientists are figuring out where these fish are, why they are there, and more importantly, where they are going…and expected to be throughout upcoming 2019 season. Gain a very interesting scientific perspective on what is happening in the northeast giant bluefin tuna game.
3:30pm - 4:30pm  "Yellowfin & Bigeye Tuna Tracking"
Latest Science On Northeast Bigeye & Yellowfin Tuna Migrations…How We Track Them NEW 2019
Dr. Jeff Kneebone
Learn the latest discovery of bigeye and yellowfin tuna tagging research in the northeast. Gain a fascinating scientific perspective on where these northeast canyon tuna go throughout the year and where to find them in 2019 . Gain a behind the scenes look at the evolving northeast canyon offshore tuna fishery.

5:15pm - 5:30pm Close Final Raffle Drawings And Panama Fishing Vacation Giveaway In Main Room!

SUNDAY Workshop Classroom

8:30am - 9:30am "Mate Maintenance"
Learn What You Can Do First Hand To Get You And Your Crew Ahead Of The Game NEW 2019
Capt. Mark Decabia
Learn and see first hand some things you can do that will make a big difference in preparing you and your crew for the offshore fishing game. This is a great workshop for anyone interested in stepping up their cockpit game, including all mates from beginner to advanced level.
10:00am - 11:00pm Servicing Your Penn Reels Hands On NEW 2019
Penn Reel Service Supervisor Tony Dubeck
Learn, see, and do first hand on servicing your Penn reels. This workshop will cover how to open up and maintain your reels during the offseason…a huge asset. There will be a 30 min Q&A afterwards.
11:30am - 12:30 pm Latest Topwater Tackle & Equipment Showcase
Capts. Jack Sprengel and Kyle Douton
Learn and see first hand modern advances to offshore big game jigging and casting gear. This will include rods, reels, line, connections, and tackle.

12:30pm - 1:30pm COMPLIMENTARY LUNCH BUFFET

1:15pm - 1:30pm Raffle Drawings

1:30pm - 2:30pm Throwing A Cast Net (meet at 10:00am Sharp)
Capt. John Bunar
Learn and do first hand at the event (great for catching your own live bait). This is a huge advantage if there are pogies, butterfish, or squid in your harbor.
2:30pm - 3:30pm Planar Rod Set Up From Start To Finish...The Carolina Way NEW 2019
Capt. Marty Hiatt
Learn, see, and do first hand on setting up a deep running planer rod the Carolina way. This will be an effective addition to any trolling arsenal, and will target species as deep as 100 feet below the surface.
4:00pm - 5:00pm "Deep Dropping Tackle" What You Need To Get Started...Hands On
Capts. Tim Pickett and Tommy Howd
Learn and see first hand a fundamental look at the tools and tackle you will need to get started in the deep dropping game...from reels, rods, terminal gear, and tackle. This is great for anyone thinking about spending money on the deep drop game!

5:15pm - 5:30pm Close Final Raffle Drawings and Panama Fishing Vacation Giveaway, Main Room!

SUNDAY Bait Rigging Lab Workshop (Put The Gloves On And Do It Yourself)

8:30am - 9:30am Trolling Baitrigging Techniques (Ballyhoo and Mackerel)
Capts. Joe Shute, Marty Hiatt, Tommy Howd, and Scott Sinclair
Learn hands on how to rig a trolling ballyhoo and/or a mackerel for all offshore pelagic species. (Instructional videos for sale on Castafari website.)
10:00am - 11:00pm "Live Bait Magic"
Tricks On Concealing Your Hook & Or Drastically Improving Your Live Bait Presentation Using Elastics, Floss, Tape, and Skewers NEW 2019
Capts. Tommy Howd and Damon Sacco
Learn some very effective rigging tricks that will help step up your game when fishing live bait for all types of finicky tuna
11:30am - 12:30pm Rigging A Trolling Mullet
Capt. Joe Shute
Learn a very stealthy Carolina technique on rigging a trolling split tailed mullet. This is a great bait for all trolling applications, and mullet can be easily purchased frozen from most bait companies.

12:30pm - 1:30pm COMPLIMENTARY LUNCH BUFFET

1:15pm - 1:30pm Raffle Drawings

1:30pm - 2:30pm Rigging A Swordfish Bait The Right Way
Capts. Tim Pickett and Lou Defusco
Learn how to prepare, stitch, and present a natural strip bait for both day and night time applications when targeting broadbill swordfish.
3:30pm - 4:30pm Chunking Hook Baits For The Canyons (squid, butterfish, sardines)
Capts. Mark Decabia and Scott Sinclair
Learn some stealthy techniques on how to rig hook baits for chunking at the canyons.

5:15pm - 5:30pm Close Final Raffle Drawings And Panama Fishing Vacation Giveaway Main Room!