April 1 & 2, 2017 • Marriott Hotel, Newton, MA

2017 Castafari Offshore Fishing Seminar Schedule
Schedule of Events

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

SATURDAY MAIN ROOM

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

11:00am DOORS OPEN

 

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

12:30pm - 1:30pm "Bluefin On The Brain" Fishing For Tuna On Stellwagen Bank, Jefferey's Ledge, and Cape Cod Bay
Capt. John Bunar
Learn from a local tuna fishing legend the where's, how's, and why's of fishing Stellwagen Bank and surrounding waters.
2:00pm - 3:00pm "Living After Midnight" Slow Trolling After Dark For All Species...Deadly On Swordfish!
Capt. Seth Funt
Learn detailed secrets of slow trolling and how effective they are after the sun goes down. (Castafari boated a 400 pound sword in 2016!) Seth has won several east coast swordfish tournaments, and swears this method will out-fish drifting!

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

3:30pm - 5:00pm "Secrets Of The Dump" Two Very Different Approaches (90 minutes)
Capt. Jack Sprengel
Learn about the Dump's incredible cross current south of Cape Cod, and 2 very different fishing methods for northeast pelagics that live there.

 

5:15pm - 5:30pm Raffle Drawings

 

5:30pm - 6:30pm "Top Gun Tuna" Casting And Jigging Tactics For Bluefin Tuna
Capt. Terry Nugent & Capt. Micheal Hogan
Learn the latest and most highly effective topwater/jigging tactics for enticing Bluefin tuna from Jeffery's Ledge To South of Cape Cod.
7:00pm - 8:00pm "Proven CanyonTrolling Spreads"...3 Different Recipes - 3 Different Captains
Capts. Damon Sacco, Mark Decabia, Roland Beamish
Learn proven trolling spreads employed by 3 captains who spend their entire summers chasing fish in the northeast canyons! Plug and play! All tackle will be for sale at our onsite J&B tackle center.

8:15pm - 8:30pm Raffle Drawings

SATURDAY Ballroom Number 2

12:30pm - 1:30pm "Getting Canyon Ready" Intro To Fishing The Northeast Canyons Start To Finish
Capt. Mark Decabia
Learn the fundamentals of canyon fishing from preparation to filling the fish box...and everything in between.
2:00pm - 3:00pm "Get The Dredge Edge" How To Assemble/Fish An Artificial Trolling Dredge To Increase Hook-Ups
Capt. Mark Decabia
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.
4:00pm - 5:00pm "Bigeye...The Next Frontier" Advanced Secrets For Catching Bigeye Tuna
Capt. Mark Decabia
Learn some newly developed tricks and approaches for finding and catching the toughest tuna in the bluewater.
5:45pm - 6:45pm "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 "Sky Machines And Fish" How to Find Fish Faster Using Satellite Oceanographic Information.
Dr. Mitch Roffer
Learn how to locate feeding fish faster with the use of satellite acquired information and technology...a huge asset!

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

12:00pm - 1:30pm Bridling Techniques For Live Bait
Capts. Scott Sinclair and Bill Shouldice
Learn bridling techniques for trolling and drifting live bait for a much more natural presentation than simply placing your hook in the back of your bait.
2:00pm - 3:00pm Trolling Baitrigging (Ballyhoo and Mackerel)
Capts. Scott Sinclair, Billy Shouldice (Castafari crew)
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.)
3:30pm - 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 Chunking Hook Baits For The Canyons (squid, butterfish, sardines)
Capt. Mark Decabia, Capt. Damon Sacco, Capt. Scott Sinclair
Learn some stealthy techniques on how to rig hook baits for chunking at the canyons
7:00pm - 8:00pm Rigging A Swordfish Squid The Right Way
Capt. Tim Picket
Learn how to prepare, stitch, and present a natural squid for both day and night time applications when targeting broadbill swordfish.

Saturday Rigging Table...Hands On Up Close Instruction (In J&B Store Section)

1:30pm - 2:00pm How To Correctly Rig A Soft Bait For Tuna
Capt. Jack Sprengel
Learn, see, and do first hand how to correctly rig and fish a RonZ for all species of tuna.
3:00pm - 3:30pm How To Skirt/Re-Skirt Your Big Game Lures And Make Your Hook-sets
Capt. Roland Beamish
Learn, see, and do first hand on rigging and skirting/re-skirting your big game lures with someone who does it for a living!
4:00pm - 4:30pm Throwing A Cast Net
Capt. John Bunar (meet at Rigging Table At 4pm sharp!)
Learn and do first hand at the event (great for catching your own live bait).
6:30pm - 7:00pm How To Rig And Use A Cockpit Harpoon For Big Tuna And Swordfish
Capt. Billy Shouldice
Learn, see, and do first hand on rigging and using a cockpit harpoon for big tuna and broadbill swordfish.

SUNDAY MAIN ROOM

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

7:30am - 8:30am COMPLIMENTARY BREAKFAST BUFFET

8:00am - 8:15am Raffle Drawings

8:15am - 9:45am "Goin' Deep" Deep Dropping Methods For Northeast Swordfish
Capts. Tim Picket & Larry Backman (90 Min Presentation)
Learn day time deep dropping methods for targeting swordfish at the northeast canyons from two captains who specialize in it. Learn where to drop your baits down, and then how to do it!
10:30am - 11:30am "Jaws In Your Backyard" The Great White Sharks Of Cape Cod
Dr. Greg Skomal (Shark Tagging Conservancy)
Learn all about the growing numbers of great white sharks thriving in our backyard...hear some amazing facts and see some amazing footage!
12:00pm - 1:00pm "How Low Can You Go" Targeting Deepwater Tuna On The Troll
Capt. Damon Sacco
Learn newly developed planer, downrigger, and tuna bomb techniques that will enable you to target tuna that are hanging down deep!

 

1:00pm - 1:30pm Raffle Drawings

 

1:30pm - 3:00pm "Get In The Zone!" (2 Part) Advanced Methods To Finding Fish...What To Look For And Why
Capt. Mark Decabia & Dr. Mitch Roffer
Learn how to plan your trip using satellite technology(temp, turbidity, chlorophyll content) and how to find fish once you're out there!!
3:30pm - 4:30pm "Chunk It Up" Chunking The Canyons Day And Night... 2 Part Series Daytime/Nightime
Capt. Mark Decabia
Learn the ins and outs to the canyon chunking game including newly developed day time techniques that proved deadly in 2016!

4:45pm - 5:15pm Final Raffle Drawings And Galapagos Fishing Vacation Giveaway!

SUNDAY Ballroom Number 2

8:30am - 9:30am "Tight With A Kite" Kitefishing Live Bait At Stellwagen Bank and Cape Cod Bay (A Must!)
Capt. Damon Sacco
Learn from start to finish how to rig and present a kite bait to ensure the stealthiest bait possible for finicky Bluefin tuna.
10:30am - 11:30am "Deep Drop Shop" Getting Ready To Deep Drop For Swordfish: What You Need For Gear and How
Capt. Tim Picket (LP Tackle)
Learn everything you need for tackle and hardware to get into the deep drop game from one of the industry’s best!
12:00pm - 1:00pm "Get The Bait Edge" Trolling For Tuna With Skirted Natural Baits
Capt. Joe Shute
Learn from one of the best lure makers in the fishing industry on newest products and rigging strategies for bluefin, yellowfin, and bigeye tuna.
2:00pm - 3:00pm "Speedfish Racers" Catch Wahoo On The Way Out To The Edge!
Capt. Roland Beamish
Learn how to catch wahoo and even marlin and tuna while running out to the canyons at 18 knots!
3:30pm - 4:30pm "Breakaway Systems" Electric Reels To Position Baits & Conventional Reels To Fight Fish
Capts. Seth Funt & Larry Backman
Learn 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)

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

8:30am - 9:30am Trolling Baitrigging Techniques (Ballyhoo and Mackerel)
Capts. Scott Sinclair and Billy Shouldice (Castafari Crew)
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 Rigging Strip Baits For Swordfish
Capts. Seth Funt
Learn very unique and highly effective methods rigging strip baits, eels, and Boston mackerel for swordfish.
11:30am - 12:30pm How To Rig A Stick Bait For Tuna "Outfish Live Bait"
Capts. Damon Sacco & Scott Sinclair
Learn hands on how to rig stick baits for drifting and anchoring applications...very effective on finicky tuna!
1:30pm - 2:30pm Rigging Trolling Baits The Carolina Way
Capt. Joe Shute
Learn proven tactics for rigging and fishing swimming baits the way it's done down south! Works great for bluefin tuna on Stellwagen Bank and east of Cape Cod to Canyons.
3:00pm - 4:00pm Rigging A Circle Hooked Trolling Bait
Capt. Billy Shouldice
Learn a very stealthy technique on rigging a naked ballyhoo or mackerel so that it swims flawlessly and hooks tricky fish....great for marlin!

Sunday Rigging Table (in J&B Store Section)

9:00am - 9:30am Knots and Connections
Capt. Jack Sprengel
Learn, see, and do first hand how to correctly connect braid, mono, and fluorocarbon line.
11:00pm - 11:30pm How To Rig And Use A Cockpit Harpoon For Big Tuna And Swordfish
Capt. Billy Shouldice
Learn, see, and do first hand on rigging and using a cockpit harpoon for big tuna and broadbill swordfish.
12:00pm - 12:30pm How To Skirt/Re-Skirt Your Big Game Lures And Make Your Hook-sets
Capt. Roland Beamish
Learn, see, and do first hand on rigging and skirting/re-skirting your big game lures with someone who does it for a living!
2:00pm - 2:30pm Throwing A Cast Net
Capt. John Bunar (meet at Rigging Table At 2pm sharp!)
Learn and do first hand at the event (great for catching your own live bait).
3:30pm - 4:00pm "Test Your Fight Game!" Experience The Grudge Match With A Big Tuna
Capt. Jack Sprengel
Learn how to maximize your fighting game first hand with a real in house simulation. Feel what 20 lbs to 40 lbs of drag feels like.