Panel of Experts

This year the club is proud and excited to announce a main focal point of the Expo: 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).

We are very thankful for all of the panel members that have volunteered for this truly unique experience and we as a club would like to thank Angelo Peluso who has organized this panel and will moderate the discussion.

The session will run a maximum of 2 hours starting at 11:30 AM.


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.




maxresdefault  Fred Golofaro:  Surf and General Fishing

Fred has been a member of The Fisherman Magazine staff since 1976, serving as associate editor, managing editor, associate publisher, publisher and senior editor. He currently holds the post of editorial director. Along with his responsibilities at the magazine, he managed lengthy stints as a light tackle charter boat captain on Great South Bay and was one of the first in the modern era to guide anglers in the surf on Long Island.



  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.

  Captain Ian Devlin: Long Island Sound Fly and Light Tackle

Ian Devlin guides out of Norwalk, Connecticut and the Long Island Sound is his play ground. He has been fly fishing and fly tying for almost thirty years and has been guiding anglers since the early 1990s.   Ian splits his  time on the water between southwest Florida and Long Island Sound.  He is known as a  very versatile angler, and can switch styles and methods seamlessly.  Ian is an expert small boat angler and enjoys all forms of light tackle.  Ian  is also a fly casting instructor, and he holds am IGFA fly rod, tippet-class world record bluefish. He has been involved in the fishing and boating industry since age 12.

Captain Ian has been featured in numerous books and magazines, and has appeared in in several television shows. He is credited with  developing  the award winning G. Loomis ShortStix fly rod series that received  Best of Show Fly Rod recognition at the 2014 ICAST trade show  in Orlando Florida.

Ian is well known for taking unconventional approaches to fishing.  He is not afraid to explore and travel to discover new fishing opportunities. Ian advocates respect for the ecosystems and for the fish that live within those environments. He is about to embark on a birding, photography and fishing style of guide service.  Ian has also developed the popular “Devlin Blends” synthetic fly and jig tying materials.  Ian’s guiding philosophy is to offer his clients a fun outing, knowledge of the resources, better techniques and enhanced casting ability… and to evoke an awareness of the outdoors,  His hope  is to leave  clientele a bit more enlightened than when they first stepped on his skiff.

  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

  Captain John Raguso:  Offshore

Capt. John N. Raguso has been writing for the Fisherman Magazine since the mid-80s and has authored over 2,500 articles on fishing, boating, marine electronics and other related topics. Capt. John has been The Fisherman’s boating and electronics editor since 1999. He holds a USCG 100-ton Masters License and is an active charter boat captain. He’s also headmaster of the Long Island Fishing School, a weekly seminar series that teaches anglers some of the art and science of how to be a better fisherman.

John has authored two books (Atlantic Wrecks and Anglers Guide to Long Island) and has contributed dedicated chapters to a few written by others. Capt. John is an offshore and canyon specialist and authors The Fisherman’s Offshore Report each season from June through October. A member of LIOCN and NYSOWA, he is an avid practitioner of tag and release,having tagged over a thousand sharks, tuna, swordfish and marlin to live and fight for another day.



   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.