February 10 & 11, 2018 • Marriott Hotel, Quincy, MA

2018 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*


Raffle Drawings at 5:15pm and 8:15pm (over 15,000 in prizes!)

11:00am DOORS OPEN



12:30pm - 1:30pm "Goin' Deep" Deep Dropping Methods For Northeast Swordfish
Capt. Tim Pickett
Learn day time deep dropping methods for targeting swordfish at the northeast canyons from two captains who specialize in it. Learn what you need and then how to do it!
2:00pm - 3:30pm "How To Read Water" (not just temp)
2 Different Perspectives On Where To Fish & Why NEW 2018
Capt. Mitch Roffer and Capt. Mark Decabia
Scientific Perspective: Learn all about how the moon cycle, tide, current, color, turbidity, chlorophyll affects offshore eddies.
Fishing Perspective: Learn why the 3 best trips Capt. Mark had in 2017 were when he fished a new area for the 1st time...making the report...not reading it. Learn some tricks that will help you capitalize on the way you approach offshore eddies and temp breaks...before you leave the dock!


4:00pm - 5:00pm "Hunting the Fast & Furious" Finding & Catching Bluefin Tuna on the Move...
North & South NEW 2018
Capt. Jack Sprengel
Proven strategies and adapted techniques for fast moving schools of Bluefin while they alternate between seemingly irregular deep to shallow water feeding patterns.


5:15pm - 5:30pm Raffle Drawings


5:30pm - 6:30pm "Chatham Bluefin" Learn Some Good Tips On Trolling & Drifting Baits
In The Constantly Evolving Fishery East Of Chatham NEW 2018
Capt. Damon Sacco
Learn how the bluefin tuna fishery east of Chatham has changed, and how to maximize your chances at hooking and catching fish.
7:00pm - 8:00pm "Hardtails In Close To Shore
Bluefin, Bonito, And False Albacore Tuna On Spinning Tackle NEW 2018
Capt. Terry Nugent & Capt. Micheal Hogan
Learn the latest and most highly effective methods for targeting school bluefin, false albacore, and bonito right outside your harbor!

8:15pm - 8:30pm Raffle Drawings

8:30pm - 9:30pm (BONUS TALK)"Yellowfin Tuna Tagging Research"
Where Do Northeast Yellowfin Tuna Go After We Catch & Release Them? NEW 2018
Dr. Jeff Kneebone
Learn the latest tagging research on northeast yellowfin tuna from a scientist who is actively tracking their migratory patterns and post catch mortality.

SATURDAY Ballroom Number 2

12:30pm - 1:30pm "Getting Canyon Ready" Intro To Fishing The Northeast Canyons Start To Finish
(90 Min Presentation)
Capt. John Galvin and Capt. 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 will get you going so that you can start catching fish!
2:00pm - 3:00pm Slow Trolling Live Bait Tactics...Including While Using A Kite! NEW 2018
Capt. Seth Funt
Learn detailed secrets and alternative methods of slow trolling and how effective they are! Seth has won several east coast swordfish tournaments, and swears these methods will out-fish drifting!


4:00pm - 5:00pm "Bigeye...The Next Frontier" Why Do 10% Of Fishermen Catch 90% Of Fish NEW 2018
Capt. Mark Decabia
Learn some newly developed tricks and approaches for finding and catching the toughest tuna in the bluewater...Mark caught 12 in 2017, and won the 2017 Montauk Canyon Challenge with a 220lb fish.
5:30pm - 6:30pm "Jig and Pop AP"
Advanced Offshore Jigging And Casting 2.0...The Next Level
Capt. Jack Sprengel
You know the basics...now take the next step in learning how to maximize your efforts in the jigging/casting game.
7:00pm - 8:00pm "Get The Dredge Edge"
How To Assemble/Fish An Artificial Trolling Dredge To Increase Hook-Ups
Capt. John Galvin
Learn effective dredge fishing applications...what you will need for materials and how to assemble and troll an artificial dredge...a huge asset to any trolling arsenal.

Saturday Workshop Classroom

12:30pm - 1:30pm Rigging Your Big Game Lures And Why Which Ones Work Where NEW 2018
Capt. Any Moyes
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 Marlin fisherman in the world.
1:30pm - 2:30pm How To Attach Weights, Lights, and Floats To Your Mainline The Right Way NEW 2018
Capt. Tom Howd and Capt. Tim Pickett
Learn, see, and do first hand on attaching weights, lights, and floats to your mainline while drift fishing for tuna and swordfish. This makes a huge difference in the presentation of your bait.
2:30pm - 3:30pm Throwing A Cast Net(Meet at 2:30 sharp)
Capt. John Bunar
Learn and do first hand at the event (great for catching your own live bait).


4:00pm - 5:00pm How To Rig And Use A Cockpit Harpoon For Big Tuna And Swordfish
Capt. John Galvin
Learn, see, and do first hand on rigging and using a cockpit harpoon for big tuna and broadbill swordfish.
5:30pm - 6:30pm How To Rig Your Big Game Terminal Tackle, Hooks, Leaders, Crimps,
& Swivels (Barrel & Snap) NEW 2018
Capt. Tyler Noveletsky
Learn, see, and do first hand on all your big game terminal tackle preparation for bluefin and/or the canyons.
7:00pm - 8:00pm How To Splice Dacron Into Mono For Spooling Your Big Game Reels NEW 2018
Capt. Tyler Noveletsky
Learn, see, and do first hand on how to put new line on your 130 reels...something you should do every other trip!

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

12:30pm - 1:30pm Bridling Techniques For Live Bait
Capts. Billy Shouldice, Seth Funt, & 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, John Galvin, Scott Sinclair
Learn hands on how to rig a trolling ballyhoo and/or a mackerel for all offshore pelagic species from 3 proven captains. (Instructional videos for sale on Castafari website.)


3:30pm - 4:30pm Rigging Swimming Mullet/Bluefish
Capt. Joe Shute
Learn how to rig one of the heartiest and most highly effective swimming bait there is (deadly on tuna).
5:30pm - 6:30pm Rigging A Swordfish Bait The Right Way
Capts. Tim Pickett, Tommy Howard, Seth Funt
Learn how to prepare, stitch, and present a natural squid for both day and night time applications when targeting broadbill swordfish.
7:00pm - 8:00pm Chunking Hook Baits For The Canyons (squid, butterfish, sardines)
Capt. Mark Decabia, Capt. Damon Sacco, Capt. Tommy Howd, Capt. Scott Sinclair
Learn some stealthy techniques on how to rig hook baits for chunking at the canyons


Raffle Drawings 8:00am, 1:00pm, 4:45pm (over 15,000 in prizes!)


8:00am - 8:15am Raffle Drawings

8:30am - 9:30am "NEW Stellwagen Strategies Live and Dead Bait Techniques"
On Stellwagen Bank, Jefferey's Ledge, & Cape Cod Bay
Capt. John Bunar
Learn from a local tuna fishing legend what the latest and most effective bait-fishing tactics are on Stellwagen Bank and surrounding waters.
10:00am - 11:00am "Jaws In Your Backyard Part 2" The Great White Sharks Of Cape Cod
Dr. Greg Skomal (Shark Tagging Conservancy), and Dr. Megan Winton
Learn all about the growing numbers of great white sharks thriving in our backyard...hear some amazing facts and see some amazing footage from 2017!
11:30pm - 1:00pm "Importance Of Teasers " Learn From 3 Different Captains
How To Run Teasers When Trolling For Tuna & Billfish (90 min) NEW 2018
Capt. John Galvin, Capt. Mark Decabia, Capt. Joe Ferulle
Teasers are fish magnets. Learn how important and helpful teasers are in any trolling application, and how to rig and fish them--3 different proven recipes! from 3 proven captains!!


1:00pm - 1:30pm Raffle Drawings


1:30pm - 2:30pm "Swordfish Special" Learn Newly Developed Proven Techniques)
That Are Deadly On Northeast Canyon Broadbill Swordfish (both day/night NEW 2018
Capt. Tommy Howd
The passed few seasons at the northeast canyons have produced exceptional swordfishing both day and night time.
3:00pm - 4:00pm "Day Time Chunking"
Learn How To Capitalize On The Late Season Canyon Fall Time Tuna Fishery
Capt. Mark Decabia
The past few seasons at the northeast canyons have produced exceptional day time chunking...learn the day time game!!
4:15pm - 5:15pm "What's Happening With Tuna Regulations and Why!"
Learn Latest ICCAT, ABTA, & HMS Measures Associated With Offshore Pelagic Species From 2 Very Active Organizations!
David Schalit (ABTA President) and Micheal Pierdinock
Learn recent ICCAT,ABTA, and HMS measures associated with bluefin, yellowfin, and bigeye tuna as well as mako sharks in regards to quota management, bag limits, and permitting regulations and their effect on rod and reel fishermen. You might be surprised at what you hear and see.

5:15pm - 5:30pm Final Raffle Drawings And Galapagos Fishing Vacation Giveaway!

SUNDAY Ballroom Number 2

8:30am - 9:30am "Deepwater Chumming" Learn How To Position & Deploy Your Chum
So That It Reaches Deepwater Fish Beneath The Boat! NEW 2018
Capt. Seth Funt
Learn a deadly secret on how to get your chum line deep beneath the boat where the fish are! To all canyon fishermen...this is one you won't want to miss!
10:00am - 11:00am "How Low Can You Go"
Learn How To Rig & Fish A Planer Set Up To Get Your Baits Down Deep!
Capt. John Galvin
Learn how to assemble and to fish a trolling planer to target stubborn gamefish hanging deep in the water column!
12:00pm - 1:00pm  "Get In The Bluefin Game" Learn How & What You Need To Get Your Boat & Crew
Bluefin Tuna Ready! (From Gloucester To South Of Marthas Vineyard & RI) NEW 2018
Capts. Damon Sacco, John Galvin and Kyle Douton
Learn what you need and how to use it so that you can start catching bluefin tuna on your next trip offshore! Save time and money...this will cover all the fundamentals you will need to get into the bluefin tuna game.
2:00pm - 3:00pm "Up Your Marlin Game"
Learn Proven Trolling Methods From The Best In The Billfish Game NEW 2018
Capts. Andy Moyes and Joe Ferulle
Learn from one of the best lure makers in the fishing industry on what lures work where and why, and see proven Tournament winning Marlin spreads that will be deadly up here in the Northeast!
3:30pm - 4:30pm  "Reading The Water To Find Fish" How to Find Fish Faster Combining Satellite
Oceanographic Information, Turbidity, Chlorophyll, Color, and Temperature.
Dr. Mitch Roffer
Learn how to locate feeding fish faster with the use of satellite acquired information and technology combined with natural signs too!

SUNDAY Workshop Classroom

8:30am - 9:30am Knots and Connections
Capt. Jack Sprengel
Learn, see, and do some very efficient and proven knot connections for connecting mono to braid or flourocarbon.
10:00am - 11:00pm  "Breakaway Systems" NEW 2018
Electric Reels To Position Baits & Conventional Reels To Fight Fish
Capt. Tommy Howd, Capt. Tim Pickett
Learn and see first hand the "breakaway" set-up...how to target deep dwelling tuna and swordfish using electric reels to drop/check baits while using conventional rods and reels to fight the fish! (This is IGFA legal).
11:00am - 12:00pm Throwing A Cast Net (meet at 11:00am Sharp)
Capt. John Bunar
Learn and do first hand at the event (great for catching your own live bait).
12:00pm - 1:00pm The Ins And Outs To Trolling Joe Shute Lures..Where, When, Why
Capt. Joe Shute
Learn, see, and do first hand on rigging and skirting with Joe Shute Lures of all sizes, shapes, and colors.
1:30pm - 2:30pm How To Tweak and Maintain Your Spreadar Bars & Hookbaits (weights, beads,floats)
Capt. Mark Decabia
Learn, see, and do first hand on rigging and maintaining your spreader bars and hook-baits so they present as real as possible! Mark builds them for a living!
2:30pm - 3:30pm Rigging Up For Jig & Pop Tuna Hands On
Capt. Jack Sprengel
Learn, see, and do first hand on rigging and fishing spinning/jigging tackle for tuna.
4:00pm - 4:30pm How To Rig And Use A Cockpit Harpoon For Big Tuna And Swordfish
Capt. Tommy Howd
Learn, see, and do first hand on rigging and using a cockpit harpoon for big tuna and broadbill swordfish.

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, John Galvin, 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 How To Make And Deploy A Chum Bomb For Tuna & Swords
Capts. Seth Funt & Scott Sinclair
Learn hands on how to prepare, deploy, and release a chum bomb to target deep-water tuna!
11:30am - 12:30pm Rigging Strip Baits For Swordfish
Capts. Seth Funt, Tommy Howd
Learn very unique and highly effective methods rigging strip baits, eels, and Boston mackerel for swordfish.
1:30pm - 2:30pm How To Hook Up & Fish A Trolling Dredge Hands On
Capts. Mark Decabia and Seth Funt
Learn hands on proven tactics from two different captains who fish dredges regularly the fundamentals on hooking up a dredge to your vessel.
3:30pm - 4:30pm Rigging A Circle Hooked Trolling Bait NEW 2018
Capt. John Galvin
Learn a very stealthy technique on rigging a naked ballyhoo or mackerel so that it swims flawlessly and hooks tricky fish....great for marlin!