January 5th Current
January 12th Advanced Bait Behavior
January 26th Toby Lapinski
February 2nd Sand Beaches
February 9th Boulder Fields
February 23rd Al Albano
March 2nd Advanced Plugology
March 16th Dennis Zambrotta
March 23rd MORE Trophy Fish
April 6th Craig Cantelmo
Detailed topic descriptions can be found at the bottom of the page.
Sessions are at 7:00pm on Wednesdays.
$99 for all this!
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Formal Instruction: MINIMUM of 60-minutes of lecture (typically 80+ minutes). Each seminar will be in context to the one preceding it, and the one coming next. Seminars are designed to appeal to everyone- from the angler with less than 1 year of experience, to those with over 50!
Q&A and Discussion Time: I take time to answer ALL live questions, no matter how many. In 2021, we had sessions with over 45 minutes of questions and discussion- all sessions had at least 20. No question is too complicated, strange, or personal- bring it on!
IN DEPTH interviews: In addition to the six lectures, there will be four, two- to four-hour-long, in-depth interviews to get you inside the mind, heart, and soul of a few of the best surfcasters from up and down the striper coast. These will be like podcasts on steroids, and YOU get to help dictate the discussion!
One Week to Re-watch the FULL Recorded Session: You will be able to watch each recorded session for up to one-week after the live discussion- can't make the live session? No problem, you do not need to attend live! You have full access to the entire recording, every time. Want to listen again? Want to listen 10 more times? Go for it!
BONUS! Email Me!: Think of a question from last session? Want to bounce an idea off me? Want to get a question in for next time, if you can't be there live? I answer EVERY question I receive, either directly via email or anonymously to the group. This was a big hit in 2021, and I will continue it in 2022.
Questions? Email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Each instructional session will also include:
Gear Up: A brief discussion of something new for me from the 2021 season. We'll mostly talk plugs, but there will be other bits too.
SO many epic photos!: Be the first to see my work from the 2022 season.
NEW! Season Second: We'll discuss an important learning moment from my 2021 season. This will be an authentic glimpse of what it's like to fish in my boots, and how I approach and analyze the season.
NEW! Behind the shot: in 2021 we had "story time." In 2022 I will use a photo as a jumping off point for an instructional, funny, or harrowing tale. Get the story behind some of these shots!
NEW! Mini Rod Presentation: I will be using a tiny ultra light freshwater rod and reel to provide visual examples of how I present and work lures, include retrieve speed, twitching, jerks, etc.
NEW! Release RULES (Brought to you by The Saltwater Edge): I'll spend five minutes each session addressing a few common catch and release issues, questions, or suggestions to help you get your fish back in the water the healthiest they can possibly be.
IMPROVED! More drawings: I'll be doing a lot more annotation this year- live drawings, diagrams, and graphics both preplanned and impromptu
IMPROVED! Hi-Def Audio and New FULL HD camera
NEW! A Special update: each session will include a follow-up for those who attended the 2021 series. These will be of interest to everyone, but they will be specifically targeted at those who joined me last year.
You do not have to be live to watch the seminars! I will be using a multimedia approach. All sessions will use the Zoom platform (free to download here!). Each session will include a combination of media, lecturing, and discussion as stated above. This will/may include PowerPoint, Google Earth, Video, Photoshop, Zoom, and I'll be doing live video "Show-and-Tell" related to gear, lures, and equipment.
This series is designed to help YOU. I want to answer all those questions- big and small- you've been wondering about how to be successful, and have fun, as a surfcaster. If I don't know the answer, I will not give you any phony-bologna: I will ask others I trust who are experts related to your question, and get back to the group.
Refund for all unused sessions at any time if you are not satisfied!
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Individual sessions can be purchased for $15 each
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2022 Topic Details
January 5th: Understanding and Utilizing Current in All Environments
Understanding how current interacts with structure, prey, and predators is one of the core foundations of being a good surfcaster. No matter where you fish, it is vitally important to be able to identify, understand, and utilize current. This is the reason this will be the very first talk of the series.
January 12th Advanced Topics in Bait Behavior and Plug Presentation
There are many misconceptions about bait behavior, and what attracts striped bass both investigate a feeding opportunity and strike at a potential meal. In this talk, I will be discussing both the basics and advanced concepts in understanding how all kinds of aquatic animals move through their environment and how we can present our plugs and flies in the same manner. This was the most popular discussion from 2021 surf scenarios!
January 26th Interview with Toby Lapinski
Back from 2021 due to popular demand! Toby is the former editor of The Fisherman Magazine (New England), current digital editor of Fishing Tackle Retailer, and author of 100's (if not over 1000) articles on surfcasting for Striped Bass. Toby is one of the very best anglers in the entire North East, and has been surf fishing for nearly 40 years. If nothing else, you have GOT to hear Toby’s insane way of drifting chunks!
February 2nd A Deep-Dive into Fishing Sand Beaches
Let’s take a really hard look at how you can be more effective fishing from sand beaches. We’ll discuss everything from bait and structure, to weather and tides, to gear and plugs. There will be a whole lot of annotation (drawings) in this one, and we’ll utilize satellite maps as well. This talk has been updated from 2021, and will include a litany of new information not included in last year’s discussion. I spent more time on the sand this year than anywhere else, and so have many fresh thoughts on this very common surf structure!
February 9th Become more Effective in Boulder Fields: the Structure of Most Opportunity
I enjoy fishing boulder fields more than anywhere else. These can be found just about everywhere on the coast, and are one of the most fun- and difficult- places to fish for stripers. This will go far beyond my normal talk I have done for clubs in the past, and we’ll take a deep dive into what makes these places so productive, and how you can take advantage- 90% of my 40-pound-plus fish have come in boulder fields!
February 23rd Interview with Al Albano
Al is our next interview. Al is the long-time columnist for Surfcaster's Journal, having graced the pages of the magazine from the essentially the very beginning more than 10 years ago! He has written many, many articles and has given seminars up and down the coast at clubs and shows. He’s an old-school angler with a lot of experience and very unique perspective on a lot of things. Al will tell you exactly what he thinks, and we’re going to talk about it all!
March 2nd Advanced Topics in Plugology: A Deeper Understanding of Your Arsenal
So you have a giant bag of plugs, because you read you needed them all, or saw my YouTube videos. Now what? How do you fill the bag each night, with limited space? How do you work all those plugs? How do you decide what to pull out, rotate through, and how long to fish with each? How can you carry as little as possible, and still be ready for anything? That is, what plugs offer the most “bang for the buck?” Think there are things you’re missing, or ways to use plugs you’re missing? Are there really plugs that work ALL the time? This is the talk to cover all that and more. We’ll focus on my four pillars- presentation, profile, action, and color- but we’re going to add in more specific discussion about the water column, “matching the hatch”, and lots of other points this year.
March 16th Interview with Dennis Zambrotta
“DZ” is a Rhode Island legend. Author of many, many articles and the very popular book Fishing Around the Block, Dennis has been fishing in the surf for 60-years. He is a wealth of surfcasting history, and very active in the current surf fishing world. Dennis has so may great stories, and lots of good tips for fishing Block Island specifically. I met Dennis in 2017, and I was immediately struck with how thoughtful and insightful he was. He is fascinating to listen to, and I’m excited to ask him all kinds of questions- and get his take on the current state of the sport.
March 23rd Understanding, Targeting, and Catching MORE Trophy Fish
So you want to catch more fish over 30-pounds? This is the talk for you. We’ll cover the important things- what, when, and how- but we’ll go A LOT deeper, too. We’re going to look at the characteristics of a successful trophy hunter- personality traits, life style, everything! I’ll use myself as an example of not only what to do, but what NOT to do- giving you a really authentic look at my weaknesses, so you may learn from them. Honesty is the name of the game in Surf Scenarios! Last year, this was the second most popular talk, and subscribers appreciated how candid- and opinionated- I was. So, expect more of both this year!
April 6th Interview with Craig Cantelmo
Van staal Craig! Former owner and long time operator of Van Staal Reels, Craig is a current national sales manager for Pure Fishing, who now owns Van Staal and many other top-level fishing brands. Craig is an absolute treasure trove of experiences, and our sole boat fisherman for this year’s seminar (don't worry, he surf fishes too). He fishes all up and down the north east, and the world, but his home is New York. Craig also is someone regularly pursues all kinds of other species besides striped bass. This will be my first interview with Craig, and I can’t wait to dig in and learn from this living legend!