Panel of Experts

Once again, we will host a unique forum to most winter shows: The Panel of Experts.  Moderated by Angelo Peluso, this panel will discuss specific fishing tactics, techniques, thinking, approaches and a whole lot more in a Q & A format.  Some of the questions will be provide by the members of the WMHS Fishing Club while other questions will originate from the general audience in attendance.  You will have the ability to ask a specific panel member a question and then have an additional point of view provided by an additional panel member(s).

The club would like to thank Angelo Peluso who organized this panel, its format and will moderate the discussion.

The session will run a maximum of 2 hours starting at 12:45 PM.


Panel Members include:  Tom Schlichter:  Freshwater

Award-winning author and photographer Tom Schlichter is the outdoors columnist for Newsday and an associate editor at On The Water Magazine. His byline has appeared in a wide array of prestigious outdoor venues including, among others, Saltwater Sportsman, River Monsters TV, The Fisherman Magazine, Boating Magazine, Sports Afield, Offshore/Northeast Boating, and New York Outdoor News. His popular Newsday outdoors column appears in the sports section every Friday from early spring through late fall.


JOHN_SKINNER_ALBIE  John Skinner: Surf and General Fishing

John Skinner is the author of the books Fishing the Bucktail and A Season on the Edge, and a contributing writer to the book The Hunt for Big Stripers. He is the long-time Surf Fishing Columnist and former Editor-in-Chief of Nor’east Saltwater Magazine. He has written many articles for Nor’east Saltwater, On the Water, and The Surfcaster’s Journal. His videos on the John Skinner Fishing YouTube channel are known to anglers worldwide. He is the creator of the fishing log software, FishersLog. Skinner is a frequent speaker at outdoor shows and has a well-earned reputation as a consistent producer of trophy striped bass from the surf. He holds the current New York State false albacore record. When not plying the beaches, he can often be found fishing from his kayak, or Scuba diving in Long Island Sound. He holds degrees in Biology and Computer Science.



  Captain Tom Mikoleski: Montauk/Big Bass

A person is very lucky if they love their job.  I’m pleased to say, I’m now a very lucky person because I run the Montauk charter boat Grand Slam. This was not always the case because for 20-years previous I was a member of two New York City Law Enforcement Departments.  This initial career choice may have delayed “my luck” for a period of time, but being “on the job” gave me the opportunity to retire at a relatively young age.  So, in 2006 I switched professions to pursue my long simmering obsession with the striped bass.  An obsession with a fish may seem strange to normal people. However, in my world, it was destiny a long time coming.   


  Doc Muller:  Surf Fishing/Fisheries

William “Doc” Muller is one of the most dedicated and successful surf fishermen on the East Coast. During over thirty years of surf fishing competitions, he has won more than 100 first place-fishing awards. Doc has been an outdoor writer since 1973 and has been an active member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America since 1973.

Doc is also one of the most popular speakers on the fishing show and seminar circuit.

“Doc” has authored 9 books on fishing including Secrets of Surf Fishing at Night, Fishing with Bucktails, and his latest book Surfcaster. Bill has also published two very-well reviewed action-adventure novels, Plague of Terror and Vanishing Cures.

“Doc” has been part of The Long Island Fisherman family since 1973. He has written several thousand articles for the magazine and served as editor during the 1970s. He has also written for the Saltwater Sportsman, Motorboat, and On The Water.

Doc holds a Ph.D. in biology with a specialty in marine sciences. He recently retired from The New York Institute of Technology where he was a college professor since 1972.


2095Capt Amanda Peterson

Capt Amanda has grown up and spent her life around the fishing fleets.  The Osprey and it’s Captains have a long history in Port Jefferson fishing. In 1964 Captain Joe Cash purchased his first head boat. He and his 9 children were its crew. The Cash family tradition of running party charters is now on its third generation. Captain Stewart Cash, his daughter and son in law, Captain’s Amanda and James Peterson, continue to run a true family owned operation with the same core values and years of fishing knowledge.

Having been had a captain licensee since she was 18, Capt Amanda has a lifetime of experience on both the deck and in the wheelhouse.  Capt Amanda is one of the leading experts on fishing the Long Island Sound. From porgies to fluke to blackfish, Capt Amanda puts the love and proficiency of what she does into each and every trip.

  Tony Salerno:  Bottom Fishing

Tony Salerno has lived on Long Island New York for nearly all his life and his passion and love for fishing has been with him for as long as he can remember. While Tony has been fishing over 40 years, he began writing as a freelance writer for The Fisherman Magazine in 1986. Today Tony continues freelance writing for many fishing publications both nationally and locally and has become a well known Outdoor Writer on Long Island. Aside from freelance, Tony is a Field Editor for The Fisherman Magazine as well as a frequent contributor. Tony is a weekly columnist of the outdoor pages of the South Shore Press and the North Shore Press Newspapers on Long Island. Tony is an Award Winning Writer with the New York State Outdoor Writers Association winning the Craft of Excellence award for articles published in The Fisherman Magazine Paparo :  Biologists Perspective to fishing

Born and raised on Long Island (New York), Chris Paparo has been exploring the wilds of the island for over 30 years. As a wildlife photographer, writer and lecturer, he enjoys bringing public awareness to the diverse wildlife that calls the island home. His passion for coastal ecology, fishing and the outdoors led him to obtain a BS in Marine Science from LIU/Southampton and currently manages the new Marine Sciences Center at the Southampton campus of Stony Brook University.
In addition to freelance writing for several fishing and wildlife related publications, Paparo currently writes the monthly Naturalist’s Logbook column for the NY/NJ edition of On The Water Magazine. Although his work tends to focus on marine life, everything in the natural world is fair game.


(credit: Robert Thompson : Flyfishing and Light Tackle



   Angelo Peluso: Moderator

Angelo has been a fisherman and outdoorsman  nearly all his life – most years spent pursuing his love of fly-fishing and light tackle angling. His early fishing roots are firmly planted in freshwater and he caught his first saltwater fish on a fly in 1976 – beginning what quickly became a lifelong passion and obsession. Over the years, Angelo has balanced his love of fly-fishing with a successful career in financial services and as a strategic management consulting.  He was also the Director of Editorial and Marketing for The Fisherman magazine,  and Consulting Editor for On the Water Magazine.   Angelo is an accomplished outdoor writer, book author, photographer and lecturer, and his work has received many awards and recognition from various professional outdoor writer and media organizations.


Angelo has fly-fished along the entire East Coast of the United States, from the coastal and interior waters of Maine to the Florida Keys, and throughout much of the Gulf Coast. Angelo now calls the Long Island Sound home and spends much of his time on his boat or kayak, and wandering the beaches fly-fishing for striped bass, bluefish, weakfish, false albacore and bonito. He regularly fly-fishes for trout, salmon, large mouth and small mouth bass and travels often to fly fish. Alaska is his favorite destination, and he’s spent time fly-fishing other destinations throughout the Southeast U.S. and Gulf Coast, the Yucatan, Bahamas, the American West and Canada.

Angelo is a frequent contributor to many local, regional and national magazines and writes the fishing and outdoors column for seven Long Island newspapers. His four fly fishing books – “Saltwater Flies of the Northeast”, “Fly Fishing Long Island”, “Saltwater Flies of the Southeast and Gulf Coast” and “Fly Fishing the Surf” – have received national acclaim. He has also authored and published children’s books with outdoor themes. In addition, Angelo has recently published a science fiction, mystery/thriller…Mount Misery (Skyhorse Publishing, NYC)  with a “fishy” plot.

Angelo is a an active member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, the New York State Outdoor Writers, the Professional Outdoor Media Association, the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers Association, the New England Outdoor Writers Association, and founding member of the Long Island Outdoor Communicators Network. A graduate of Queens College of the City University of New York, Angelo did his graduate MBA work at Pace University, and has also participated in an extensive Executive Leadership training program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has also held three IGFA Tippet Class World Records for Atlantic Bonito and is the New York State record holder for Atlantic bonito.  Angelo is also an active waterfowl  and upland bird hunter,  and wildlife photographer.