March 5 & 6, 2022 • Marriott Hotel, Quincy, MA

2022 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!)

10:45am DOORS OPEN

 

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

12:30pm - 1:30pm "Shake The Change Out Of The Change"
Adapting To The Latest Trends Of Northeast Canyon Fishing NEW 2022
Capts. Damon Sacco & Mark Decabia This is a detailed breakdown on the latest fishing trends of this constantly evolving northeast offshore bluewater fishery. Learn 2 different perspectives from 2 different captains on the changes happening out there, and what we are doing to understand & adapt to them productively. Learn newly developed strategies, trolling spreads, and rigging ideas. 
2:00pm - 3:00pm  "Stellwagen Bank...The Here & Now"
 A Sear's Brothers Perspective On How To Maximize Your Bites With Giant Bluefin NEW 2022
Capts. Taylor and Bryan Sears
This will cover the latest techniques employed by the Mass Bay Guides crew on staying connected with giant bluefin tuna. Learn detailed strategies on reading Massachusetts Bay ecosystems and how to present the best hook bait possible. This fishery is constantly changing! Learn first hand some of the latest tricks on staying ahead of the game and getting the bites you should be getting on every trip.

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

4:00pm - 5:00pm "The Latest Trends At The 30 Fathom Curve"
Learn 2 Different Perspectives on the Inside Game Targeting Tuna, Mahi, & Wahoo NEW 2022
Capts. John Galvin and Mike Hogan
Learn a wealth of information on finding gamefish well inside the shelf from 2 different captains. This talk will cover 2 different perspectives. One will be on trolling, and the other will be on casting and jigging. If you like to fish within 30 miles of the beach, this one's for you. John Galvin will also discuss methods for finding and casting bait at white marlin which have been inundating the 30 fathom curve area over the passed several seasons. If you've never tried this, you're missing out! John and Mike will also cover strategies for working the high flyers (lobster buoys), working topwater action, and trolling techniques. This presentation will offer strategies for fishing from a bigger vessel and/or center console.

 

5:15pm - 5:30pm Raffle Drawings

 

5:30pm - 7:00pm "The Draggers & Yellowfin Chunking Game"
Learn where and how to target yellowfin tuna well inside the canyons during the Fall months. (Chunking & Jigging)  NEW 2022
Capts. Shamus Mara, Peter Bacon (Big Game Sportfishing)
Learn how to target the masses of yellowfin and bluefin tuna that have been recently inundating waters south of Block Island and Montauk around the offshore wrecks and draggers. This fishery has been very productive over the passed few seasons, and this knowledge can be applied around many dragger fleets, including the one south of Nantucket! This presentation will cover highly effective jigging techniques and chunking strategies.

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

SATURDAY Ballroom Number 2

12:30pm - 1:30pm "Modern Advances To Jigging & Casting"
A Comprehensive & Contemporary Look At Big Game Jigging & Casting 
Capt. Jack Sprengel (RonZ/Shimano)
Learn a detailed perspective on contemporary tackle developments and modernized techniques for offshore big game jigging and casting. This will encompass the most recent tackle and technology available for anglers already in the game. This will help anglers step it up a notch, covering new connections, lures, hooks to replace originals, and terminal tackle tips. These ideas can be applied worldwide!
2:00pm - 3:00pm "Step Outside The Wake"
How The Latest Spreader Bars(Tracker/Splash) Are Enhancing The Way We Troll For Tuna In The Northeast...Especially From A Center Console NEW 2022
Capts. Mark Decabia (Broadbill Fisheries) Justin Braun (Chatter Lures)
Learn a wealth of information from 2 industry leading tackle manufactures/captains on the latest, most innovative, and most effective spreader bars in the business. Learn detailed perspectives and strategies on what the best bars are and how to run them. If you've never fished a side tracker bar, you don’t want to miss this one! It is a great way to add 2 more rods to your spread!

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

4:00pm - 5:00pm "Bluefin Tuna Boatside"
How to swim them before keeping and how to safely de-hook and release
Capts. Taylor & Bryan Sears
Learn the ins and outs on what tools and techniques can help you control big fish boatside. Learn how to effectively swim giant tuna before you boat them. This makes a HUGE difference in maximizing your return when selling a fish. Also learn how to safely remove hooks, and what devices work best. This will be a 2 part presentation from the Mass Bay Guides team that does it all season long.

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

5:30pm - 6:30pm "Get Swordfish Bites"
Learn The Tricks You Need To Get The Sword Bites After The Sun Goes Down NEW 2022
Capt. Tommy Howd
Learn a detailed rundown on how to set up your vessel for swordfish after the sun goes down...what you need for tackle...how to set up your drift...where to position your baits...what baits you will need...where to start fishing. These guys get swordfish bites every night they are out there. Learn what makes the difference...a must see if you're not getting the swordfish bites you want. The fish are there, and in greater numbers each season.

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

Saturday Workshop Classroom

1:00pm - 2:00pm Throwing A Cast Net - 3 Classes to Choose From (Meet at 1:00 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. These classes fill up on a first come first serve basis, and consequently there will be 3 classes total to choose from.
2:30pm - 3:30pm Rigging Circle Hooks/O Rings On Ballyhoo For Trolling New 2022
Capt. John Galvin
Learn hands on the best and easiest way to build trolling set ups for naked ballyhoo. This method is widely used for white marlin at the canyons, but also works well for tuna as well! If you want to keep white marlin on the hook...this one is a MUST.

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

4:00pm - 5:00pm How To Safely Control, De-Hook, & Release Marlin Using a "Snooter" Device
New 2022
Capt. Damon Sacco
Learn first hand how to successfully control a fish with a "Snooter" device, ensuring a successful healthy release. This knowledge is an absolute must if you're planning to catch and release billfish at the canyons.
5:30pm - 6:30pm How To Rig And Use A Cockpit Harpoon
Capt. Mike Hogan
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.

7:00pm - 7:15pm Raffle Drawings

Saturday Bait Rigging Workshop

Official workshop sponsor: Baitmasters of South Florida
12:30pm - 1:30pm Rigging A Natural Squid Bait The Right Way...Trolling & Drifting
Capt. 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.
2:00pm - 3:00pm Rigging Natural Swimming Trolling Baits (Ballyhoo and Mackerel)
2 Classes to Choose From
Capts. Damon Sacco & Billy Shouldice
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.)

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

3:30pm - 4:30pm "Rigging Eels For Tuna, Swords, & Marlin"
Learn How Effective American Eels Are For Catching Big Fish! NEW 2022
Capt. Tommy Howd
Learn hands on methods for rigging eels for both drifting and trolling applications. These techniques were highly effective on the Castafari during the 2019 season! Eels are by far the best swordfish hook bait ever employed on the Castafari!

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

5:30pm - 6:30pm Rigging Hook Baits For Tuna (2 Classes To Choose From) NEW 2022
Capts. Damon Sacco, Mark Decabia
Learn some stealthy techniques on how to rig hook baits for giant tuna, yellowfin tuna, and bigeye tuna This will include step by step hands on instruction for live and dead squid, mackerel, herring, butterfish, and sardines.

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

SUNDAY MAIN ROOM

Raffle Drawings 8:00am, 1:00pm, 5:30pm (over 15,000 in prizes!)

8:00am - 8:15am Raffle Drawings

8:30am - 9:30am "The Giant Tuna Game"
Learn How to Find Fish and How to Get Them to Eat! NEW 2022
Capt. John Bunar
Learn from a local tuna fishing legend a very comprehensive perspective on live bait fishing for bluefin tuna around Stellwagen Bank and Cape Cod Bay. You might be surprised by what you should and shouldn't do before and after you drop a live bait down. Learn a plethora of tiny details that make a huge difference on days when the fish are acting stubborn and skittish. John will also cover effective techniques on targeting multiple big fish on closed season days. For almost half of our entire bluefin tuna season, we are faced with closed season fish days, but the fishing conditions during these closures can be spectacular, especially during the Fall season.
10:00am - 11:00am "Tools From The Deep Old & New"
Fascinating Perspective From Someone Who Has Fished Through It All!
Capt. Archie Jost (Swords TV Celebrity, F/V Owner Midnight Sun)
If you're a fan of offshore fishing and you've never talked with Captain Archie Jost, you're missing out! Archie has been fishing professionally and commercially for over 60 years, and is revered by most as the "Godfather" of the northeast fishing community. He has literally just about done it all, and will be sharing some detailed perspectives on tricks and tools we use to catch fish in the northeast and how they have evolved over the past 50 years. This presentation will incorporate concepts that have been around for decades and why they have passed the test of time. It will also include a hard look at some of the modern techniques that have helped revolutionize and shape the offshore rod and reel fishery into what it is today.
11:30pm - 1:00pm "Fishing Getaways"
A Detailed Look At Some Of The World's Best Big Game Fishing Destinations & How To Get In On The Action NEW 2022
Capts. Damon Sacco & Jack Sprengel (Ronz/Shimano)
Learn about some incredible worldwide fishing opportunities from 2 different captains who have first hand experience fishing abroad in locations that produce some of the best fishing the world has to offer. This will be a 2 part presentation covering a wide variety of styles of fishing from spinning tackle to big game trolling. Learn where to go, what the costs are, how to travel there, where to stay, and what awaits. This talk will include destinations from the south Pacific, Central and South America, and south Atlantic regions. Learn first hand from 2 captains who regularly travel to multiple destinations each winter season.

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

1:15pm - 1:30pm Raffle Drawings

1:30pm - 2:30pm "The Yellow Fin Road"
Learn The Latest Information On Northeast Stocks Of Yellowfin & Bigeye Tuna...Where They Were & Where They Are Projected To Be
Dr. Jeff Kneebone
Learn detailed information on the most recent movement patterns of Atlantic yellowfin and bigeye tuna stocks from scientists who have been regularly tagging them for the last few years. This talk will present fascinating information and images on where these fish moved throughout the northeast canyons during the summer and where they are going in the off season. More importantly, learn how these fish traveled in relation to sea surface temperature charts and at what depths they swam at both day and night. Understanding the biological habitats and movements of these fish is extremely helpful when targeting them!
3:00pm - 4:00pm "Go Deep...Or Go Home"
Learn How To Effectively Target Deep Dwelling Tuna & Swords...Including how to be IGFA Legal! NEW 2022
Capts. Tommy Howd & Mark Decabia
Learn how to effectively target tuna holding deep in the water column and how to pursue swordfish during the day time hours with deep drop tackle. Learn all about what terminal tackle works best, what baits have proved to be most effective, where and how to set up your drift, how to attach your weights and lights, and what to look for when getting bites. Some of the biggest bigeye tuna caught at the canyons were caught using these methods, especially in the Fall when the fish were deep most of the time. This presentation will also cover tactics on keeping your deep drop strategies IGFA legal.
4:30pm - 5:30pm "Mysteries of the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna"
Learn The Latest Information On Bluefin Tuna in the Northeast Atlantic...What Are They Eating, What Does Tagging Tell Us, Where Can You Catch Them, What's Their Energetic Condition How Much are They Worth (Really) and Much More NEW 2022
Dr. Walter Golet
Atlantic bluefin tuna are likely the most coveted fish in the ocean, pursued by countries around the globe much of their life history is shrouded in mystery. This creates a problem when trying to assess the status of their population. In order to reduce this uncertainty, scientists from around the Atlantic basin are actively involved efforts to understand the complicated life history of this animal. This includes where they go, what they eat, how much energy they are getting on the northern foraging grounds, and much more. Understanding the life history of these fish not only improves our ability to assess and manage them, it also gives us insights into how you can better locate and catch this resource.

5:30pm Close Final Raffle Drawings, Main room!

SUNDAY Ballroom Number 2

8:30am - 9:30am "Bigeye Tuna Secrets That Work"
The Latest Proven Tactics On Catching Bigeye Tuna
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 will cover the latest trends of bigeye fishing in the canyons, and what spreads and lures are working best.
10:00am - 11:00am "Skirting Tails"
Learn A Rigging Technique That Is Revolutionizing The Way We Are Trolling For Tuna In The Northeast (IGFA Legal)
Capts. Jack Sprengel (RonZ/Shimano) & Mark Decabia
Learn a detailed perspective from 2 different captains on how deadly this rigging technique is and how it can be incorporated into just about all big game trolling applications. You will see first hand how to effectively skirt rubber tails like RonZ’s with Ilanders and Joe Shutes. This technique is catching on out there, and is proving to be just as effective if not more effective than dead bait trolling! It is also IGFA legal, and does NOT require a circle hook. This method accounted for several tournament placement wins, including in the 2019 Tri-State! There will be a hands on workshop on how to rig your own on Sunday afternoon. Skirted RonZ combos will be for sale at this workshop and in the J&B on-site store.
11:30pm - 12:30pm  "The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly Of Bluefin Tuna Fisheries Management" NEW 2022
Capt. Mike Pierdinock, Brad McHale(NMFS), Capt. Barry Gibson
The presentation will include an overview of the history of the local bluefin tuna fishery with details concerning the present approach to BFT management with the opportunity for anglers to comment on the present bluefin tuna management approach. Our presenters include Capt. Barry Gibson, RFA- New England Regional Director, Capt. Mike Pierdinock, RFA - Massachusetts Chairman, and Brad McHale, NMFS, HMS Mgt Division, Northeast Branch Division Chief.

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

1:15pm - 1:30pm Raffle Drawings

2:00pm - 3:00pm "Captain Hooks"
Don't decrease your odds at catching a big fish because you gut hooked it. 3 Captains Share Detailed Perspective On What Hooks Work & Why In Both Drifting & Trolling Applications (circle vs. J hooks) NEW 2022
Capts. Damon Sacco, John Galvin & Matt Perachio
Learn a detailed perspective from 3 different captains on what big game hooks they use, how they work, and how to use them effectively. This presentation is a must see if you're curious about improving on your hook-up ratios and avoiding gut hooking giant tuna and keeping white marlin on the line. This will also cover what hooks to replace your swimming plugs, poppers, stickbaits, and jigs with. All 3 of these captains have learned through trial and error what works...and what doesn't! 
3:30pm - 4:30pm "Offshore Wind and Offshore Fishing"
Learn What We Can Expect When 40 Miles Of Wind Turbines Are Constructed In Popular Fishing Grounds South Of Cape Cod & RI NEW 2022
Dr. Jeff Kneebone and Crista Bank (Vineyard Wind, LLC)
Learn of the plans for the new offshore wind projects that stretch from Coxes Ledge to Nantucket Shoals and discuss how wind turbines may affect our local offshore fishing. Will 40 miles of turbines generating electricity impact the environment out there? Will these effects be positive...or negative? Learn an interesting scientific perspective on what we can all expect from this massive project that is well underway.

5:30pm Close Final Raffle Drawings, Main room!

SUNDAY Workshop Room

8:30am - 9:30am "Deep Dropping Workshop"
This Is A Hands On Workshop On The Tackle & Equipment You Need For The Deep Dropping Game
Capt.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!"
10:00am - 11:00pm Throwing A Cast Net – 3 Classes To Choose From (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. These classes fill up on a first come first serve basis, and consequently there will be 3 classes total to choose from.
11:30am - 12:30am Casting & Jigging For Tuna Workshop...What You Need & How
Capts. Mike Hogan & Kyle Douton
Learn hands on all about the tackle and equipment you will need to target tuna with spinning outfits. This will involve a comprehensive breakdown on what rod and reel combos work...what line and leaders are recommended, what connections are useful, and lastly what lures, jigs, stickbaits, and poppers work best!

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

1:15pm - 1:30pm Raffle Drawings

1:30pm - 2:30pm "Throwing A Cast Net" – 3 Classes To Choose From (Meet at 1:30pm 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. These classes fill up on a first-come-first-serve basis, and consequently there will be 3 classes total to choose from.
3:00pm - 4:00pm How To Skirt A RonZ Trolling Workshop
Capts. Jack Sprengel(RonZ/Shimano) and Kyle Douton
Learn and see first hand modern advances to offshore big game trolling by incorporating a rubber tail in place of a natural bait. This technique has proved to be deadly effective on tuna, and is IGFA legal for tournaments using a J Hook!

5:30pm Close Final Raffle Drawings, Main Room!

SUNDAY Bait Rigging Workshop

Baitmasters of South Florida
8:30am - 9:30am New R&R Tackle Bridling Live Bait Technique Workshop
Capts. Damon Sacco & Billy Shouldice
Learn a very new and highly effective way to bridle your mackerel, bluefish, whiting, herring and pogies. This newly innovative set-up is revolutionizing how we bridle baits and ensure the best presentation possible.
10:00pm - 11:00am Rigging Natural Swimming Trolling Baits (Ballyhoo and Mackerel)
2 Classes to Choose From
Capts. Damon Sacco, John Galvin & Billy Shouldice
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.)
11:30pm - 12:30pm Rigging Natural Teasers For Trolling In The Canyons Castafari Style NEW 2022
Capt. John Galvin
Learn some very effective techniques on how to rig trolling teasers to sweeten your spread at the canyons. Make a good spread a great spread.

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

1:15pm - 1:30pm Raffle Drawings

1:30am - 2:30pm Rigging Swordfish Strip Baits
Capt. Tommy Howd
Learn how to prepare, stitch, and present a natural strip bait for both day and night time applications when targeting broadbill swordfish. These baits will also work on white marlin.
3:30pm - 4:30pm Rigging Hook Baits For Tuna (2 Classes To Choose From) NEW 2022
Capts. Damon Sacco, Archie Jost, John Galvin
Learn some stealthy techniques on how to rig hook baits for giant tuna, yellowfin tuna, and bigeye tuna. This will include step-by-step, hands-on instruction for live and dead squid, mackerel, herring, butterfish, and sardines. Learn from 3 different captains.

5:30pm Close Final Raffle Drawings, Main Room!