Seminar Bio’s

A little bit about those that will be presenting at the 4th Annual Ward Melville HS Fishing Expo


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ELIAS VAISBERG        NY Kayak Fishing Guide Service

Elias Vaisberg has been fishing NYC waters for over ten years and kayak fishing for over eight. He fishes on a Hobie Outback and knows all the hot spots in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the City Island areas. He has won the Jamaica Bay Kayak Fishing Tournament in 2013 and 2014 allowing him to compete in Australia and Holland in the annual Hobie Fishing Worlds tournament. In 2015 he competed in the NEKF Striper Shootout and won the open division with a 51″ C&R striped bass (over 50lbs). Local fishing accomplishments include bay side kayak striped bass to 50lbs and three summer flounder over ten pounds via kayak.

Elias currently has a monthly column with On The Water Magazine, and is apart of the Hobie Fishing Team and is on Team Eposeidon ( He is an active member of the Brooklyn Fishing Club and KFA-NY.

Capt Mike Bady      Captains Table Charters

Captain Mike began fishing the North Fork at 8 years of age, with his dad, from rented rowboats in Peconic Bay.  From that time going forward, his entire focus in the fishing world has been the North Fork/East end waters.  In particular, he is a huge fan of employing light tackle techniques to obtain maximum enjoyment from the fishing experience.  His love for light tackle is clearly evidenced by the above photograph of a 40# yellowfin tuna landed on 20# test line.  His dedication to this type of excitement is present during every charter we run.  Regardless of your age,gender, size or level of experience Capt. Mike’s patience and ability to clearly communicate the proper technique assures your own personal fishing success.




Capt. John Paduano              Premium Bucktails Charters



Capt. Roger Bing           Bingo Charters

Captain Roger Bing has been fishing the inshore/offshore waters of both Fire Island and Jones inlets for the past twenty years.  In addition to fishing, he has served as captain on passenger vessels on the Great South Bay. He currently holds two United States Coast Guard Merchant Marine Licenses (100 Ton Masters License and a Third Assistant Engineers License). As a graduate of SUNY Maritime College he has had formal, “hands on” nautical training that will both enhance your fishing experience and keep your party safe. Captain Roger is a third Generation fisherman and is known do whatever necessary to “put your charter on fish.”  His unique combination of formal nautical education and hands on fishing experience make for a great day at sea for both novice and experienced anglers

Capt. Steve Marotta            Swashbuckler Charters

Capt Steve is based out of Long Islands South Shore and targets inshore and offshore species. Capt Steve has spent over 30 years refining techniques and learning to locate and score. Capt Steves talk will take us offshore in search of tuna and shark.



Capt. Desmond O’Sullivan                Celtic Quest Fishing Fleet

Captain Des started fishing at a very young age. Des grew up a stones throw from Long Island Sound and worked a mate and then a captain on the party boats in Port Jefferson for over 10 years. Des received his BA from Fordham University in liberal arts and Music. From 1999 thru 2002 Des worked for the Viking Fleet where he ran offshore cod trips to Georges Banks, offshore wreck trips as well as local trips for Striped Bass, Fluke, and Block Island trips for sea bass and porgies.. This was a great learning experience for Des and as Paul and Steven Forsberg would say, it is where he got his fishing degree from the “Viking College of Fishing Knowledge!”

In 2002 he purchased his first boat which he ran out of Mt Sinai Harbor and eventually worked his way up to his current 60 foot Celtic Quest, which sails daily out of Port Jefferson Harbor. Des has a loyal following that views him both as a friend and the Celtic Quest as a fishing boat of choice. Des is a top producer of Blackfish and Fluke in Long Island Sound and is the type of person that anyone would be happy to call their friend.



Capt. Bob Simon                Stony Brook Charters

Capt. Bob has been fishing the local waters of Long Island’s North Shore and The East Coast for 30+ years as both a commercuial fisherman and recreational angler.

As a proven tournament winning Captain, Bob will share his knowledge of tackle, technique, and fishing with all guests eager to learn and experience a great day out on the water catching fish.

Capt. Bob is a 100-Ton Master Licensed United States Coast Guard Captain and Merchant Mariner, with an impeccable record for safety. The boat is equipped with all required Coast Guard vessel safety equipment and passengers are given a brief safety review at the onset of each trip. In addition, Capt. Bob is trained in First Aid and CPR.

Your safety is first and foremost and everything is done to ensure that all passengers have a safe and enjoyable Stony Brook Charter Experience.

Chris Paparo    Fish Guy Photos

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 is work tends to focus on marine life, everything in the natural world is fair game.

Follow @fishguyphotos on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or by visiting his website at



Adam Sotiryadis

Adam is a well known and well regarded surf fisherman who fishes the West End beaches and harbors as well as both forks of Long Islands east end. Adam is proficient at fishing from the surf in a wetsuit and his seminar will focus exactly on this. Techniques to use, how to prep and rig yourself out, Adam’s presentation is promised not to be the run of the mill seminar.

Safety is one aspect that Adam prides himself at and last year alone, he was told that a few fisherman that have sat in on one of his presents time, used his safety tips to protect themselves from imminent danger and harm.

This is a great presentation for the experienced angler and is a can’t miss for those anglers hitting the suds for the first time.

Capt. Bob Schmidt                  Sea Rogue Charters

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 Mieczkowski

Jake is a 15 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.  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


Daniel Caminiti

Daniel comes referred to the WMHS Fishing Club Expo as a polished 14 year old angler.  Our second “Youth” presenter, will hold a talk directed towards a first time angler but he is versed in some more advanced techniques and has a willingness to share his love for surf fishing and all else fishing related.