Guest Speakers for 2022

April 8: Captain Steve Purul (Reel Fantasea Charters) – Steve’s topic is “Spring Striper Techniques and Tips”

Captain Steve grew up fishing the local waters. His knowledge of fishing has been sought after by fishing clubs such as Village Harbor Fishing Club, Greenbriar Oceanaire Fishing Club, Fish Hawks Fishing Club and multiple Boat Shows (Atlantic City International, Philadelphia & Edison NJ.). Steve is also an outdoor writer whose articles have appeared in The Fisherman Magazine, The New Jersey Angler and On The Water along with various websites.  Captain Steve was also a faculty member of George Poveromo’s Salt Water Seminar Series.  

May 13: Doug Zemeckis (County Agent with Rutgers Cooperative Extension) – Doug’s topic is “Biology, Assessment, and Management of Black Sea Bass”.

Doug earned his PhD in Marine Science and Technology at UMass Dartmouth. Dr. Zemeckis is currently working as a County Agent III with Rutgers Cooperative Extension. His primary responsibilities include conducting educational programming and applied research related to fisheries, aquaculture, and coastal resource management in New Jersey. Doug is the lead or co-author of many published scientific journal articles in his field.

June 10: Greg Cudnik (Fisherman’s Headquarters) – Greg’s topic is “Local Fluke and Stripers”

Captain Greg Cudnik is a passionate saltwater angler with vast knowledge on the local fishery and saltwater fishing tackle. Greg is the general manager of Fisherman’s Headquarters and also runs Fish Head Charters – a Light Tackle & Fly Guide Service. He is also the Editor of FishingLBI.com a fishing report blog focused on the waters of Long Beach Island. Greg will share information about light tackle striped bass fishing in the area. His simple presentation will detail topics like rod/reel choices, line/leader and best knots as well as his top lures. Greg will also discuss fishing techniques and gear appropriate for other species in our area. Greg will be answering your questions to point you towards your next successful fishing trip.

July 8: Jim Hutchinson Jr (Fisherman’s Magazine) – Jim’s topic is “Circle Hooks and Stripers”

As a lifelong hunter, angler, and freelance writer, Jim has been actively involved in state organizations including New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, the Tuckerton Seaport Museum and as president of the Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Tournament. His career began in 2002 as managing editor of The Fisherman’s New Jersey edition. Jim then left The Fisherman in 2009 for a six-year stint as managing director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance a national political organization dedicated to safeguarding the rights of saltwater anglers and the recreational fishing industry. Jim returned to The Fisherman in early 2015 as New Jersey edition managing editor. When not at his desk, he can typically be found on his boat or surfcasting the beaches near his home in Brick, NJ.

August 12: Grace Ann Taylor (Save the Bay) will present their film Drift – A documentary that takes you along the 42 miles that make up NJ’s largest body of water – Barnegat Bay. 

After studying at M.A.T.E.S. and Stony Brook University graduating with a degree in marine science, Grace Ann’s passion for educating individuals about the Barnegat Bay began as an intern at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center. She also served AmeriCorps as the Barnegat Bay Watershed Ambassador working throughout the watershed doing scientific research and environmental education before joining the Save Barnegat Bay community. For the past three years, Graceanne has worked at Save Barnegat Bay conducting public programs to help ignite passion and conservation of the watershed and bay. 

September 09:  Captain Brett Taylor (Reel Reaction Charters) – “Brett’s topic is Light Tackle Striped Bass”

Captain Brett has been avidly fishing Barnegat Bay and surrounding ocean waters for the last 18 years and specializes in Fluke, Striped Bass, and a variety of inshore species. Brett holds a USCG 6-person coastal license and is an active member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Captain Brett writes a weekly online column for On The Water magazine and has given over 20 seminars and published over 25 fishing articles for On the Water and The Fisherman magazine. When not out fishing, Brett teaches high school chemistry and enjoys quality time with is wife and their two sons.

October 14: Anthony Arcabascio (Tony Maja Products) – Anthony’s topic is “Fall Striper Trolling”

Anthony Arcabascio, aka Tony Jr, or just Tony, is the owner and manager of Tony Maja Products, which he took over from his father Tony “Maja” Arcabascio about three years ago.  Growing up in Manalapan, Tony has been fishing for over 35 years, and he says that he learned everything he knows about fishing from his father.  He still fishes with his father, now retired, on their 29’ SeaVee boat.  With the striper season just getting under way, Tony is going to review the gear he uses, and will give us the best tips and strategies for trolling for striped bass. He is prepared to answer all your questions so that you can have a successful run at New Jersey’s favorite Spring and Fall fishery.

November 10 (Thursday): No Speaker is planned but it is Pizza Night!

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Fishing Facts

Of the fifty United States, thirty-eight have a striped-bass record. New Jersey has the largest striped-bass record—a 78-pound 8·ounce whopper that was caught in 1982. The state with the smallest striped-bass record is Iowa. That landlocked striper weighed only 9 pounds 4 ounces and was caught in 1983.
There’s something fishy about beer these days. Fish Tail Ale is popular as ever, and New Jersey’s Flying Fish Brewery is one of the state’s largest specialty breweries. There’s also Washington’s Wild Salmon Organic Pale Ale, Florida’s Land Shark beer, Delaware’s Dogfish Head beer, and two versions of Stingray beer—a lighter version from the Cayman Islands and a dark beer from Canada.
The triangle fly is probably the most unusual of saltwater flies. It’s one of the few, if not only, flies tied to a treble hook. It’s also barely a fly at all, because hardly any material is used. It is complete after tying the two straw pearl twinkle flashes and the tiny tuft of natural squirrel, leaving an entire hook fully exposed. Incredibly this barebacked treble fly is a knockout when it comes to sea trout.

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