A little bit about those that will be presenting at the 5th Annual Ward Melville HS Fishing Expo
Ken Westerfield – World Record Holder – Blackfish
Capt Joe Wenegenofsky
Capt. Tom Mikoleski
Capt. Tom Mikoleski is an Outdoor Writer/Author who retired as a Sergeant from the NYPD in 2006. Capt. Tom was awarded his first USCG license in 1994. Initially, Capt. Tom’s chartering service was based on Western Long Island. However, his passion for striper fishing resulted in an inevitable move to Montauk, NY, the “Striped Bass Capital of the World.”
Since the mid 80’s hundreds of Capt. Tom’s fishing articles have appeared in various Outdoor Publications. In 2013, Capt. Tom’s first book, Bass Buff-A Striper Fishing Obsession Guide , was published and received outstanding reviews and kudos from the angling community.
The Grand Slam is a 35-ft Custom Built T-Jason design powered by a powerful, reliable Caterpillar engine with limited diesel exhaust fumes. Capt. Tom worked very closely with the builder in order to get the boat “just right” for Montauk Charter Fishing comfort.
BERNIE HOYT IS A NYS CERTIFIED FISHING GUIDE SPECIALIZING IN SURFCASTING WITH OVER 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN THE SURF. HE OFFERS TRIPS FOR ALL AGES AND SKILL LEVELS. WHEN NOT FISHING THE LONG ISLAND OUTER BEACHES AND INLETS HE CONDUCTS TRIPS TO CAPE COD CANAL, CUTTYHUNK, AND OTHER STRIPER COAST LOCATIONS. HE DELIVERS INFORMATIVE SEMINARS THROUGHOUT LONG ISLAND IN HOPES OF ASSISTING AND IMPROVING ANGLERS STRATEGIES AND TECHNIQUES; TO SPARK A FLAME IN PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY THE YOUNGER GENERATION THAT MAY BE INTERESTED IN LEARNING ABOUT THE SPORT; AND TO INFORM ANGLERS ABOUT “CATCH AND RELEASE” AND ITS RELEVANCE TO THE SPORT. HE IS A TEAM MEMBER FOR S&S BUCKTAILS, ODM RODS, EPOSEIDON.COM, AND GOINEAST. HE IS ALSO A LONG TIME MEMBER OF THE LONG ISLAND BEACH BUGGY ASSOCIATION AND THE MONTAUK SURFCASTERS ASSOCIATION.
Capt. John Capuano
Paul has been an avid fly fisherman for 30 years. He has fished in South America, Montana and up and down the East Coast. Paul enjoys fishing for trout in local rivers. He also likes catching stirpers with his favorite fly – the gurgler. Paul belongs to many fishing and conservation groups where he gives talks about the local waters. One of his most popular talks is “Great Fishing on One Tank of Gas -150 Mile Radius of Fishing Spots.” Paul is also a licensed guide. People often ask for his trip to the Housatonic for small mouth bass. Paul also ties flies. He has taught classes for both the Long Island Flyrodders and Trout Unlimited. Paul participated as a celebrity fly tyer at the International Fly Tying Symposium. Paul is also a Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor for Fishing and Fly Fishing. Paul especially enjoys the sport of fishing when he involves his family. He and his wife, Julie, have fished in Yellowstone, the Ausable and Montauk. Their children, Lauren, Jimmy, Owen and Tessa have put waders on and fished along side them in Connecticut and the Catskills. Owen enjoys fly tying and can often be found in the shop tying the Half and Half on Saturdays. Tessa donates her own Sparkly Pink pattern to the shop to help raise money for local animal shelters. Paul has a passion for the outdoors and fly fishing in particular. He hopes to see you soon at River Bay Outfitters.
Capt. John Paduano
Billy “THE GREEK” Legakis
Capt. Bob Schmidt
Born and raised in Freeport, New York, I have been fishing Long Island’s beautiful local waters my entire life. It all started when my dad took me fishing for the first time at age 3. Since then I’ve been “hooked.”
Growing up on the water, I spent as much time as possible fishing from piers and boats. Eventually I became a mate on numerous charter boats, soaking in the natural splendor of the sea while learning all I could about charter fishing. As time went by, fishing became much more than a job or a hobby for me…it became my passion.
My fishing experiences extend well beyond Long Island’s waters and include many other fascinating locations as well. I’ve traveled up and down the eastern seaboard, from Maine to the Florida Keys, to ports in Hawaii, Mexico, Central America and throughout the Caribbean.
As the captain of Sea Rogue Fishing Charters I’m able to do something that few people are given the opportunity to do: work at something I love. Plus, I get to share my enthusiasm for the sea and my knowledge of fishing with my customers. I’m proud to say that I have authored numerous fishing articles for publications such as Nor’east Saltwater and The Fisherman and am a featured seminar speaker.
Jake is a 16 year old angler that spends much of his free time on his kayak or building custom rods or doing anything fishing related. A member of KFA-NY, Jake is a highly respected angler. Do not let his age fool you into believing that Jake is anything short of an excellent kayak angler. Jake also spends much of the fishing season working on a local Port Jefferson based fishing boat. While his presentation is geared more towards a younger audience, anglers of all ages will learn a lot from what he is about to share
Ever since I was a young kid I enjoyed sportfishing. Whether it was casting soft plastics to Largemouth Bass or fishing for Fluke in the Great South Bay. Eventually I learned about the Sport of surfcasting. The moment he hooked and landed his first Striped Bass from the surf I was hooked. During the season I can be found hunting Striped Bass, Blues and Weakfish anywhere from Montauk to Robert Moses Beach Several Nights a week. Fishing is my passion and my livelihood. By day I spend my time working at J&J Sports in Patchogue, building rods, repairing reels and sharing my knowledge with customers so they can have a great fishing experience.
Capt Steve Marotta – Swashbuckler Charters
Capt Steve will hold a presentation on Offshore fishing…the basics and some advanced concepts