March 21 & 22, 2020 • Marriott Hotel, Quincy, MA

2020 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 2020
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 2020
Capts. Taylor and Brian 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 "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 2020
Capts. Jack Sprengel(RonZ) Mark Decabia (Broadbill Fisheries) Justin Braun (Chatter Lures)
Learn a wealth of information from 3 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. Capt Jack will cover productive methods from a Center Console, while capt Mark will cover effective strategies from a diesel vessel. If you’ve never fished a side tracker bar, you don’t want to miss this one! It is a great way to add 2more rods to your spread!

 

5:15pm - 5:30pm Raffle Drawings

 

5:30pm - 7:00pm "The Coimbra Bluefin Game"
Two Different Perspectives On Targeting The Masses Of Bluefin Tuna South Of Block Island & Montauk (Chunking Game & Jigging Game)  NEW 2020 (2 Part - 90 Min)
Capts. Shamus Mara, Peter Bacon (Big Game Sportfishing)
Learn how to target the masses of bluefin tuna that have been recently inundating waters south of Block Island & Montauk around the Coimbria wreck region and commercial scallop fleet. Learn 2 perspectives from 2 different captains. 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 "Troubleshooting Finicky Bluefin Tuna"
Learn Some Newly Developed Tricks To Entice Finicky Tuna NEW 2020
Capts. Mike Hogan (Hogy Tackle)
This is a detailed summary on how to troubleshoot Jigging & Popping obstacles when targeting bluefin tuna. Are you marking fish with no bites...seeing fish on the surface with no bites...seeing too much bait around...or simply not seeing fish at all! This presentation will cover some effective solutions to overcome situations such as these.
2:00pm - 3:00pm "Modern Advances To Jigging & Casting"
A Comprehensive & Contemporary Look At Big Game Jigging & Casting 
Capt. Jack Sprengel (RonZ)
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 world wide!

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

4:00pm - 5:00pm "Intro To Offshore Fishing"
If You’re Just Getting Into The Offshore Fishing Game...This One Is For You
Capt. Mike Hogan
Learn some essential fundamentals of big game fishing for bluefin tuna south of the Cape & Islands. Learn and see what outfits work and what gear you need. This will cover a lot of different fishing techniques such as productive trolling spreads, bait choices, finding where to fish, and matching the hatch to maximize your efficiency.

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 2020
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 4 classes total to choose from.
2:30pm - 3:30pm Rigging Circle Hooks/O Rings On Ballyhoo For Trolling New 2020
Capt. Anthony Mendillo
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 Handle, De-Hook, & Release Big Fish Boatside Big Tuna/Marlin
2 Part Workshop New 2020
Capts. Taylor & Bryan Sears, Damon Sacco, Anthony Mendillo
Learn the ins & outs on what tools and techniques can help you control big fish boatside. Also learn how to safely remove hooks, and what devices work best. This will be a 2 part workshop. The first half will focus on releasing bluefin tuna, and the second half will focus on releasing billfish and how to succesfully tag a fish boatside, ensuring a successful healthy release. This knowledge is an absolute must if you're planning to fish for bluefin tuna during closed season days, if you catch a giant with a rec permit, or if you're interested in tagging fish which helps scientists around the world learn more about where and why these fish do what they do. It will also be a big help to anyone fishing the canyons releasing blue and white marlin.
**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.
**6:00pm - 7:00pm How To Service And Maintain Your Penn Reels
Tony Dubeck (Penn Tackle Technician)
If you own Penn big game fishing reels, this is one you should probably take part in. Learn first hand from a Penn technician on properly maintaining and servicing your reels. This will be a detailed step by step breakdown.

** These last 2 workshops will run in the same location on opposite sides of the workshop room

7:00pm - 7:15pm Raffle Drawings

Saturday Bait Rigging Workshop

Bubba:Official Workshop Sponsor
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. Tyler Noveletski & Damon Sacco
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 Eels For Tuna, Swords, & Marlin"
Learn How Effective American Eels Are For Catching Big Fish! NEW 2020
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 2020
Capts. Damon Sacco, John Bunar, Mark Decabia, Tyler Noveletski
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 "Live Bait & Giant Tuna...What You Might Not Know!"
From The "Iron Skippy" NEW 2020
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  "The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly Of Bluefin Tuna Fisheries Management" NEW 2020
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.
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 2020
Capts. Damon Sacco, Jack Sprengel, Anthony Mendillo
Learn about some incredible world wide fishing opportunities from 3 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 3 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 3 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 "Go Deep...Or Go Home"
Learn How To Effectively Target Deep Dwelling Tuna & Swords…And Without Going Electric! IGFA Legal!
Capts. Tommy Howd & Mark Decabia
Learn how to effectively target stubborn tuna that are holding deep in the water column with conventional tackle. Learn all about what terminal tackle works best, what baits have proved to be most effective, how to rig those baits, and where to set up your drift. Some of the biggest bigeye tuna caught in 2019 at the canyons were caught using these methods, especially in September when the fish were deep most of the time.
3:00pm - 4:00pm "The Yellow Fin Road"
Learn The Latest Information On Northeast Stocks Of Yellowfin & Bigeye Tuna...Where They Were In 2019 & Where They Are Projected To Be In 2020
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 in 2019 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!
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 2020
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 redue 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 And Panama Fishing Vacation Giveaway

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 Tackle) & 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 onsite store.
11:30pm - 12:30pm "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 2020
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 positive...or negative? Learn an interesting scientific perspective on what we can all expect from this massive project that is well underway.

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

1:15pm - 1:30pm Raffle Drawings

2:00pm - 3:00pm "Captain Hooks"
3 Captains Share Detailed Perspective On What Hooks Work & Why In Both Drifting & Trolling Applications (circle vs J hooks) NEW 2020
Capts. Damon Sacco, Jack Sprengel(RonZ Tackle), Anthony Mendillo
Learn a detailed perspective from 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. All 3 captains have learned through trial and error on what works...and what doesn’t! 
3:30pm - 4:30pm  "Shark Fishing…The Here & Now"
Learn How To Target Threshers, Makos, & Porbeagles Using The Latest Techniques
Capts. Peter Bacon & Shamus Mara
Learn a detailed perspective from the captains of Big Game Sportsfishing on how to target thresher and mako sharks on light tackle south of Marthas Vineyard & Rhode Island. These tactics proved to be highly effective throughout the 2019 fishing season, and are a great way to step up the fun in the sharking game.

5:30pm Close Final Raffle Drawings And Panama Fishing Vacation Giveaway!

SUNDAY Workshop Room

8:30am - 9:30 pm "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 4 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 4 classes total to choose from.
3:00pm - 4:00pm How To Skirt A RonZ Trolling Workshop
Capts. Jack Sprengel(RonZ Tackle) 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 and Panama Fishing Vacation Giveaway, Main Room!

SUNDAY Bait Rigging Workshop

Bubba:Official Workshop Sponsor
8:30am - 9:30am Hydro-Gutting & De-Boning Mackerel For Trolling Baits
Capts. Damon Sacco & Tyler Noveletski
Learn hands on approaches on two very important & necessary steps in preparing your mackerel before rigging them to be trolled for all species including billfish!
10:00am - 11:00pm Rigging Swordfish Baits
Capts. Tommy Howd and Louis Defusco
Learn how to prepare, stitch, and present a natural strip bait for both day and night time applications when targeting broadbill swordfish. This will include strip baits, eels, & squid.
11:30am - 12:30pm Trolling Baitrigging Techniques (Ballyhoo 2 ways)
Capt. Tyler Noveletski, Anthony Mendillo
Learn hands on how to rig a trolling ballyhoo 2 different ways. This will cover using a Circle Hook rig and using a J Hook rig. (Instructional videos for sale on Castafari website.)

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

1:15pm - 1:30pm Raffle Drawings

1:30pm - 2:30pm Rigging Natural Teasers For Trolling In The Canyons Hands Castafari Style NEW 2020
Capts. Damon Sacco & Tyler Noveletski
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.
3:30pm - 4:30pm Rigging Hook Baits For Tuna (2 Classes To Choose From) NEW 2020
Capts. Damon Sacco, John Bunar, Tommy Howd, 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. Learn from 4 different captains.

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