Captain Damon Sacco is a U.S.C.G captain and the founder of Castafari Inc. After earning a bachelor degree at Hobart College in 1991, his propensity for the sea eventually developed into a full time career on the water. In the Spring of 1997, Damon established his own private sportfishing charter operation, which later evolved into one of the many facets to Castafari Inc.
Over the passed 20 years, Damon has garnered continued success with tournament fishing results, including 14 top three tournament wins and 3 top place finishes, including the 2015 Block Island Tri-State. Two Massachusetts big game state records and a pending world record have been caught on the Castafari.(182.5 lb wahoo) The Castafari crew's fishing exploits have been featured on national television several times from Nat Geo to the Today Show.
Damon has successfully guided his clients to some amazing catches...including a 138 inch blue marlin. Damon is currently on the pro-staff at Simrad, Sufix, Alutecnos, Costa Del Mar, Aftco, Starbrite, Pompanette, and Deep Ocean Apparel, which all manufacter products the crew of the Castafari relies on.
In 2011 Captain Damon launched two offshore big-game Cape Cod based sportfishing competitions, The Hyannis Tunafest and Oak Bluffs Bluewater Classic. Both events have successfully raised over $100,000 for local charities helping young people in need. Castafari also co-launched the fishing seminar series Big Game Bash in 2009, and went on to create it's own seminar series in 2015. Captain Damon is an active sportfishing writing and photography enthusiast, and has had several of his fishing related photos and stories published in just about all of the major fishing publications like Marlin, Saltwater Sportsman, Big Game Journal, and On The Water.
Damon has been offshore fishing the northeast for over 25 years, and has logged over five thousand offshore hours at sea in waters from Maine to Florida. Damon has logged well over 250 trips to the northeast canyons, and has released over 75 northeast blue marlin, 2 estimated at 800 to 1000 lbs). He has also fished alongside many great captains at different world wide destinations, including Panama, The Galapagos, Bora Bora, The British Virgin Islands, Cabo San Lucas, Belize, The Bahamas, Venezuala, and right here in America! In 2009, Damon launched his "FISH LICK'n FILMS" Instructional DVD series. Volumes 1 and 2(mackerel and ballyhoo rigging)are for sale now on the Castafari website and in a variety of industry catalogs and stores.
Since he could barely see over the covering board, captain Mark has been harvesting the ocean regularly. His ongoing passion on the water eventually led him to a full time career as a commercial fisherman and private boat captain. Mark has earned a reputation as one of the more proficient high liners in the northeast. His accomplishments are impressive to say the least. With countless tournament placements and wins under his belt, including some of the biggest sportfishing events on the east coast, including the Mid Atlantic 500, Mark has become one of the most sought after captains in the northeast. For over 15 years Mark has been helming top producing vessels like "Canyon Runner," "Reel Action," and is currently at the helm of the fishing vessel "Rebel." He has caught well over 100 bigeye tuna in the northeast canyons, and has consistently been a top producer of giant tuna on his own commercial fishing vessel. Mark has several 1,000 pound class giants on his resume.
Mark is also one of the first captains to integrate Green Stick fishing with a sportfishing vessel up here in the northeast. His ingenuity on this subject has been very successful to say the least. Mark is an active owner and innovator at Broadbill Fisheries which is a Long Island New York based tackle company specializing in offshore tackle products.
Mark has also presented publicly at several other major fishing seminar events, including the Canyon Runner Seminar series where he still presents annually. Canyon fishing has always been one of Mark's biggest passions, and he has offered to share his knowledge and fishing adventure to help connect more people with more big fish!
Mark's fishing reputation and exploits have earned him top pro-staff spots with reputable companies like Simrad, Penn, Momoi, Deep, and Costa Del Mar. He averages 2 tournament placements each season. He will be presenting some great talks on bigeye fishing, finding fish, and chunking at the canyons.
Dr. Gregory Skomal is an accomplished marine biologist, underwater explorer, photographer, and author. He has been a senior fisheries scientist with Massachusetts Marine Fisheries since 1987 and currently heads up the Massachusetts Shark Research Program (MSRP). He is also adjunct faculty at the University of Massachusetts and an adjunct scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and a Ph.D. from Boston University. Through the MSRP, Greg has been actively involved in the study of life history, ecology, and physiology of sharks. His shark research has spanned multiple fish habitats around the globe taking him from the frigid waters of the Arctic Circle to coral reefs in the tropical Central Pacific. Much of his current research centers on the use of acoustic telemetry and satellite-based technology to study the ecology and behavior of white sharks. He has written dozens of scientific research papers and has appeared in a number of film and television documentaries, including programs for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, BBC, and numerous television networks. He has been an avid SCUBA diver and underwater photographer since 1978. Greg has also joined the crew of the Castafari on several expeditions tagging and studying a variety of shark species off the coast of Cape Cod.
Captain John Bunar has been fishing the offshore waters of the northeast for over 35 years. At the age of 9, John cut his teeth as a mate on a local charter boat in Sesuit Harbor. He has since earned a reputation as being one of Stellwagon Bank's most proficient bluefin tuna highliners. From June to November, John spends most of his time chasing fish from Maine to Cape Cod. Owning and operating a sportfishing charter company based in Plymouth Massachusetts, John has successfully connected his clients to hundreds of giant bluefin tuna.
John is a 29 year USCG captain, and former member of the Yamaha National Fishing Team. He also hosted the Massachusetts Fishing Report show during it's entirety. John has also spoken publicly at a variety of New England fishing seminar and trade shows.Being on the water almost every day of the week, Capt. John has pioneered a variety of techniques that have increased his odds at catching fish. Whether it's where, how, or when to catch bait...what bait works when and where...when to anchor..when to drift, or even when to use a kite, John has mastered all of the above. More importantly, he is offering to share his knowledge and expertise with other fishermen, and will be helping to kick things off on Saturday April 1st at the 2017 Castafari Seminar. If you're a bluefin tuna enthusiast, and you fish Stellwagon, this is one you don't want to miss.
With over 20 years of Regional and international sport fishing experience, Captain Jack Sprengel of East Coast Charters is one of the most progressive members of New England's Sport Fishing Community. Capt. Jack is a Freelance Outdoor Writer/Photographer and Published Author. His work is frequently seen in publications like "Saltwater Sportsman" and "Sportfishing" Magazines as well as many more. He is also an avid contributor to Internet publications like Fishtrack.com, Pelagicgear.com, Aftco.com and "On the Water's" fishing reports. He has traveled the world in search of trophy game-fish, landing species from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, The Caribbean Sea," The Gulf of Mexico as well as numerous freshwater lakes, rivers and streams in the United States, Central/South America and Europe. Jack has been a 2 time Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers "Angler of the year, has 5 RISAA hall of fame catches, was captain of the winning team of the 2010 Run and Gun Bluefin Classic, In 2011 he co-set the new Rhode Island state record for Broad Bill Swordfish with Teammate Capt Lou Defusco, he placed 2nd in the 2012 Snug Harbor Shark Tournament with Team "Hot Reels" and placed "In the money" with teams "Local Hooker Rods," "Deep Ocean Apparel," and Team "Blondie" in numerous other tournaments through out 2013... In 2014 Captain's Sprengel and Defusco took 2nd Place in the prestigious Tri-State Canyon Shootout earning a $70,000 purse for team "Sandrita," In 2015 Capts Sprengel and Defusco Co-set a new Rhode Island State Record for Wahoo, and Once again placed in the money in the Tri-State Canyon Shoot out with a 1st Place Finish in the Tri-Fish-Ecta Category Netting a purse of $30,000 for Team "Somethin Fishy." The Captain also has the pending RI State Record for Mahi Mahi. Additionally, he has made appearances on Don Coyne's Fishing The Ocean State Television Show, Spike TV's coverage of The Monster Shark Tournament, MSNBC's E News, Discovery/Animal Planets Off The Hook: Extreme Catches, has hosted "On the Water T.V." and interviewed Boston Sports Radio 1510 "The Zone."
Jack has headed the Sport Fishing Presence at the Rhode Island Boat show for both the Newport Yachting Group and the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association. He has worked regionally as a guest speaker for the Castafari Offshore Seminar Series the Goose Hummock Bluewater Bash and highlighted for Bass Pro Shops Big Fish Weekend. He has given hundreds of cutting edge audio/video Sportfishing Lectures across the Northeast. In 2016 Capt. Sprengel was selected to be an instructor at the National Saltwater Seminar Series for George Poveromo.
Capt. Seth Funt grew up fishing the offshore waters south of Montauk, New York with his father and two brothers aboard the vessel "Three Buoys", a 50' Bertram, predominately targeting tuna in the NE Canyons. After graduating from college in Rhode Island, Seth relocated to South Florida, and over the past 15 years has built a solid reputation as a daytime and nighttime swordfishing innovator. "Team Three Buoys" has been featured in numerous fishing publications and on the Outdoor Channel"s "Hunt for Big Fish." Capt. Seth has earned several swordfishing tournament wins, including a 1st place 2016 victory in the Stock Island, Key West - SKA Team Under Armour.
Seth has pioneered many techniques which have helped improve efforts of swordfishermen along the entire east coast. His latest focus is slow trolling at night with natural bait, a deadly technique he saw first hand years ago on his families boat in the northeast canyons. According to Seth, this unusual method is often more effective than drift fishing! He will be presenting his latest ideas at our seminar in April...one you don't want to miss!
Seth has has written many articles for nationally recognized fishing publications such as Sportfishing Magazine, Anglers Magazine, Florida Sportsman, and The Big Game Journal. He is currently on the pro-staff at several top industry brands like Shimano, Mercury, and Under Armour to name a few.
He has also worked with a variety of charitable on the water organizations such as the Florida Fishing Camp, Beacon Youth Center, Lymphoma Leukemia Society, and Palm Beach Place Of Hope.
Captain John Galvin has earned over 12 years of world wide offshore fishing experience. John has logged over 37,000 nautical miles on the sea spanning from the Canadian Maritimes and New England all the way down the east coast to Florida, the Bahamas, Mexico, and Costa Rica. John has been in the fishing industry since he was 15 years old beginning his fishing career at Eastman's Sport and Tackle in Falmouth, Mass. While earning a bachelors degree at Salve Regina University in 2005, John obtained his USCG captains license and has since worked aboard several reputable sportfishing vessels in Cape Cod, including a 4-year run on the Castafari (2007-2011).
After working on the Castafari, John furthered his fishing exploits at the helm of the Mulberry Canyon, a 40 foot Cabo. For 5 seasons John successfully ran this sportfishing operation based in Falmouth, Massachusetts, fishing the Northeast Canyons and waters east of Chatham. The Mulberry Canyon crew earned several tournament wins, including 11 top 3 spots and two 1st place finishes. Currently John is a member of the world known Jaruco Sportfishing Team, operating in New England in the summers and Costa Rica in the winters. You can follow their Jaruco adventures on Facebook at Jaruco Sport fishing and on Instagram at Jaruco Sport fish. John continues to work in the tackle industry as a brand ambassador and adviser to numerous manufacturers such as Offshore Innovations/POON Harpoons, Canyon Gear Lures, Simrad, Costa Del Mar, and Avid Sportswear. His writing, photography, and likeness have been featured on the pages of Big Game Journal, Sport Fishing Magazine, In the Bite, On the Water, and FishTrack.com. John may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Capt. Joe Shute owns and operates Fish Finder Tackle Inc. better known as "Joe Shute Lures." These lures have earned a reputation as being the best and most popular skirt to use on a trolling ballyhoo in the northeast. They are a regular item on the Castafari. Capt. Joe has been involved in the saltwater fishing industry for over 30 years. He was one of the first full time inshore and near shore light tackle and fly fishing guides in Morehead City, North Carolina. Capt. Joe started his guide business in 1987, and continues to run inshore and offshore big game fishing charters to the present day. He founded Capt. Joe Shute's Bait & Tackle back in 1991, and ran the business until he sold it to a long time employee in 2012. Captain Joe's specialized in stand-up fishing for bluefin tuna from smaller center console boats in the Morehead City area. He also helped revolutionize trolling techniques for bluefin tuna, designing custom lure heads and skirts to use with ballyhoo and mackerel. Captain Joe now spends most of his time tying "Joe Shute Lures," along with operating Cape Lookout Fly Shop. Joe also participates in numerous "How-To" fishing seminars in the off-season, and will be discussing ballyhoo rigging and trolling techniques at the Castafari Seminar.
Originally from Holbrook MA, Captain Terry Nugent has been fishing offshore waters for over 30 years. In 1998 his relentless saltwater fishing experience was put to good use, and Riptide Charters was born. Capt. Terry is a USCG Licensed 50 Ton Master with Assistance Towing Endorsements. As the Navionics Tournament Team Captain, Capt.Terry has earned several tournament top placements. He has also guided his clients to a Massachusetts Governors’ Cup trophy and back to back 2006/2007 IGFA World Records for Thresher and Blue Shark.
Capt. Terry is best known for his success in helping to develop and enhance the New England Bluefin tuna topwater fishery. Having the uncanny ability to put novices and experts alike within casting reach of trophy Bluefin Tuna has made him one of the true faces of Cape Cod's tuna casting industry. As this world class fishery evolves at an exponential rate, Capt. Terry continues to foster innovation by serving on the design and field testing teams for Navionics, Salty’s Lures, Ocean Saltwater Lures, Offshore Innovations, Hogy Lures and Stormr Jackets. Captain Terry has also been busy creating his own line of inshore Tuna spinning rods (Riptide Big Gun). An IGFA certified Captain, Terry is also on the Pro Staff for Mercury Marine, Raymarine, Costa Del Mar and Shimano Reels.
Over the past decade Capt. Terry has been sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge gained from a life spent on the water with the fishing public through a variety of media. Capt. Terry has appeared in numerous TV shows from the local "On the Water" on NESN programming to international TV with Bob Izumi’s Real Fishing on Versus, The Obsession of Carter Andrews and world reknown, The Spanish Fly on ESPN2. Terry has also been featured in several books and publications including “Tuna on the Fly” (Gilmore, 2006), Saltwater Sportsman, Sportfishing Magazine, Center Console Angler, Northeast Boating, On the Water, Field and Stream, Fishing Boats Registry, Coastal Angler Magazine and The Fisherman Magazine.
Capt. Terry is a frequent guest speaker for the Buzzards Bay Anglers Club, Osterville Anglers Club, The Cape Cod Salties, CCA, Bass Pro Shops, "BFT" seminar (2008, 2009), Tuna Mania (2007, 2008), Big Game Bash (2010,2011, 2012), The Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series (2006, 2011, 2015), and soon to be at the 2017 Castafari Big Game Seminar!
Captain Tim Pickett is an engineer for the Lindgren-Pitman Tackle Company. LP is well known in the fishing industry for their ingenuity and revolutionary fishing products designed for targeting bluewater pelagic species. If you've ever used an underwater light when targeting swordfish or a high powered electric reel for Planer, Deep Drop, or Dredge fishing, chances are, it was designed by LP.
Tim Picket is known as the "fishing guy" at LP. He has been with the company for almost 6 years after graduating from the University Of New Hampshire with a Masters Degree in Ocean Engineering in 2009. Prior to that Tim spent 8 years working for Smith and Gilmore Deep Sea Fishing of Hampton Beach, earning his 100 ton masters license in 2008. Tim has been chasing swordfish for over 20 years, and he has caught dozens of trophy sized fish...several topping the 400 pound mark. He currently co-owns and regularly fishes from a commercial fishing vessel based in south Florida.
Over the past few years, Tim has immersed himself into the daytime swordfishing fishery. He has fished alongside some of the best swordfish captains in the world (RJ Boyle, Brett Holden). His fishing accomplishments include many tournament placements, including first place in the 2011 Sunburnt Swordfish Tournament; and some truly amazing catch statistics, including 21 swordfish in one day! Tim is also the pioneer of swordfishing in the Turks and Caicos. His biggest broadbill to date is 485 pounds. Tim is constantly improving the development of night and daytime swordfishing techniques. His knowledge and experience will be a great addition to the Castafari seminar.
Larry is a highly accomplished software technology executive with over 35 years of experience, and has successfully helped launch 11 companies. When Larry is not at the office he is usually chasing fish. A USCG licensed captain, Larry has been regularly fishing the Northeast Canyons since 1997. He has consequently logged well over 100 trips to the continental shelf. Larry has captained his own offshore boats for 16 years, and currently owns/operates Skipjack, a 36 foot Northern Bay berthed in Falmouth, MA. Larry's most recent offshore passion and focus has been deep dropping for swordfish in the northeast canyons. This passed season Larry and his crew averaged a swordfish bite on every drift, approximately every 30 minutes! His crew's methods have made Skipjack one of the most successful swordfish rod and reel vessels in the northeast. Larry has undoubtedly developed many innovative tactics on deep dropping, and will be sharing some of these secrets at the Castafari Seminar. This is one you won't want to miss!
Captain Joe Ferrulle is a native to Marshfield Mass., where he grew up commercial tuna fishing. After acquiring his captains license at a young age, Joe charter and commercial fished his way through St. Anselm college. Consequently he had the privilege of mating on some of Green Harbors top producing vessels. After working for Fidelity Investments for 2 years Joe took to charter/tournament fishing and selling tackle full time up and down the eastern seaboard. He has specialized in day and night time sword fishing and has landed many fish over 300 lbs and two over 400 lbs. Captain Joe also fishes full time on the south Florida sailfish tournament circuit and has been awarded 41 tournament placements and wins, accumulating over $300K in winnings. Joe thrives on live bait kite fishing for sailfish and tuna. He is also an expert at rigging strip baits for billfish, and will be elaborating on his rigging techniques at the seminar. In the summer months Joe fishes blue marlin tournaments in the Bahamas as well as bluefin tuna and canyon tournaments in the NE. Joe's full time job is product manager for Pompanette LLC where he sells superior fighting chairs, rocket launchers, helm chairs and marine accessories.
Born and raised on Nantucket Island, fishing has never been a hobby for Roland Beamish--it's a way of life. Roland started fishing as a young teenager and by age 18 he had won his first major competition, the Nantucket Billfish Tournament. Since then he's fished the east coast, and into the Caribbean. Since his first win in 1997, Roland has won awards in ten major tournaments including the Hyannis Bluewater Tournament (2004-2006), the Bahamas Billfish Championship (2008) and the Tri-State Championship (2006).
Somewhere along the way he began making his own lures, some of which helped him win the above awards. After experiencing so much success with his homemade lures, Roland decided that he wanted to share his tackle with the rest of the fishing world. Beamish Custom Tackle was launched in 2006 and has been growing ever since. Several winning catches in the BBC curcuit have been caught on Beamish lures, and the crew of the Castafari swears by them.
Captain Billy is one of Team Castafari's finest, and has been fishing in the Castafari cockpit for 4 consecutive seasons. His offshore fishing abilities are world class, and he has been a very valuable addition to the Castafari line-up. Billy cut his teeth in the sportfishing industry working at Falmouth Bait And Tackle and Bad Fish Outfitters. He has several tournament wins under his belt including 2 first place finishes in the Nantucket Big Game Battle.(on his own boat!) The Castafari also claimed a 1st Place win at the 2015 Tri-State with Billy in the cockpit.
Billy started offshore fishing at the age of 10, and is on the water chasing fish whenever humanly possible. He graduated Mass Maritime Academy in 2013, and continued his career on the water working full time during the winter months as a Third Mate on an oil tanker in the Gulf Of Mexico. He currently holds a 1600 Ton Master USCG license/ 2nd Mate Unlimited Tonnage license. Billy has fished the waters of New England, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, St. Thomas BVI's, and Costa Rica. He is a proven master in the bait-rigging department, and will be sharing his knowledge and craftsmanship with all who participate in the bait-rigging workshops.
Capt. Scott graduated from the University of Rhode Island earning a degree in Marine and Coastal Management. After college, Scott went to work for the Fishermen's Outfitter Tackle company for 10 years, eventually becoming a shop manager at the Yarmouth store on Cape Cod. Scott went on to earn his USCG captains license, and worked as a first mate on many luxury sport fishing boats from Maine to Florida.
In 2004 Scott earned his position as first mate on the Castafari where he worked full time for 8 years. The Castafari experienced continued tournament success with Scott Sinclair working in the cockpit. Scott has since spoken at many fishing seminars like Castafari's Big Game Bash and the renowned Saco Bay Tackle Tuna Seminar, sharing his extensive knowledge and experience on rigging bait and tackle. He was very instrumental in the creation and maintenance of the Bait Rigging Lab at the Big Game Bash, and will be managing Scotty was also named vice president of the Green Harbor Tuna Club in 2012. Scott's most recent focus is the purchasing of Green Harbor Bait and Tackle which he now owns and operates in Marshfield, Massachusetts
Born in New York City and raised in Yonkers, NY, graduated from University of Maryland, went to graduate school at CW Post Long Island University, and received a doctorate in Biological Oceanography - Fisheries Oceanography from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in Miami. Roffer lived in Miami for 30 years. In 1986 he founded Roffer's Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service, Inc. (ROFFSTM) at his home in Miami which grew to the internationally renowned scientific consulting service for helping fishermen find concentrations of fish using satellite derived oceanographic data. Roffer remains active in the research and fisheries management community and has been selected for the NASA Earth Science Biodiversity and Ecological Forecasting Science team for the past 10 years. The company has helped fishermen win at least 7381 major tournament categories including four IGFA World Records, one US record, one Bahamas record, one Gulf of Mexico record and 22 state records including Damon Sacco's Massachusetts state wahoo record, the Rhode Island mako record, the MA porbeagle shark record. ROFFSTM is presently located in West Melbourne, Florida and has five satellite oceanographers with a total staff of seven. Roffer is an avid offshore tuna and inshore kayak fisherman.