Bio: In Alan Jones' 24-year career as an editor for Boating World magazine, he's tested more than a thousand boats and written more than 500 boat reviews and video walkthroughs. One of his passions is testing new products that make boating easier and safer. He is currently the president of Boating Writers International
Martek Marine Electronics
Brian Favre has fifteen years of experience in the marine electronic industry. Brian started out as an installer and is now doing sales for Martek of NJ. Brian is certified with NMEA 2000 and earned his MEI back in 2007. He attends all the major manufactures training seminars yearly to stay well educated with latest products. He takes pride in his customer relations and really enjoys working boat shows. Brian is married to his wife Denise and has two children Brett and Winter. He enjoys coaching them in sports and photography.
Bio: Larry Jenc has worked as a master service technician in the marine industry for more than 45 years. Working in both dealerships and on the road as a mobile service technician, he’s encountered, diagnosed and solved nearly every boat problem imaginable. Larry uses his expertise to educate boaters on how best to maintain and care for their boats, with an emphasis on basic, simple ways to keep a boat in ship-shape, ready to enjoy on the water.
Little Water Distillery
Bio: Located in the heart of prohibition-unfriendly Atlantic City, Little Water Distillery is a craft distillery founded by brothers Mark and Eric Ganter, producing quality spirits including LIBERTY RUM, PROSPERITY RUM, WHITECAP WHISKEY, 48 BLOCKS VODKA and RUSTED REVOLVER GIN for thirsty souls in the Garden State and beyond.
Bio: Zenon Bilas has been water skiing since 1975. Two years later he mastered barefoot water skiing. In the past four decades, as a competitor, coach, journalist and photographer, Zenon has had an up close and personal view of the sport of water skiing as it has evolved into the multiple wake sports enjoyed today.
His articles have been published in publications in the USA and internationally, including WaterSki, Boating World, Boating, USA Water Skier, Australian Waterski and Power Boating Canada. As a coach, he has traveled throughout the USA and to 20 countries, including China, Japan, Lebanon and Brazil, teaching beginners and champions.
Zenon continues to compete in barefoot competition, winning two gold medals at the Southern Regional Barefoot Championships and a silver medal at the USA Barefoot National Championships in 2017.
Bio: Zuzana Prochazka is a freelance writer and photographer with regular contributions to 15 sailing and power boating magazines and online publications. She is the charter editor for SAIL Magazine and a judge for SAIL's Best Boats awards as well as for Europe’s Best of Boats. A USCG 100 Ton Master, Zuzana founded and manages a flotilla charter organization called Zescapes that takes guests adventure sailing at destinations around the world. Zuzana serves as an international presenter on charter destinations, safety issues and technical topics. She's the Chair of the New Product Awards committee and works with innovative boats and new gear for the National Marine Manufacturers Association. She’s also the Executive Director of the board of Boating Writers International and a member of the American Society of Authors and Journalists. Check out her websites at zuzanaprochazka.com and zescapes.com.
Anthony ‘Maja’ Arcabascio Jr
Tony Maja Products
At 41, Tony “Maja” Jr. has been fishing for as long as he could walk, growing up fishing with striped bass trolling innovator Tony Maja, Sr. Jr. started trolling for big bass at the age of 8 and has worked closely with his father to help perfect the technique and products that have led to more than 109 “trophy bass” of 50 or more pounds caught by anglers using Tony Maja products during the past 8 years.
Canyon Runner Offshore Seminar Speakers
Canyon Runner Seminar Series continues the standard it has long established as the most unique, in-depth, hands-on, detailed and informative Seminar on the East Coast. Canyon Runner attracts 1500+ participants each year and a dozen major corporate sponsors from SIMRAD, CAT, GPLINK, Seakeeper, Globalstar, OceanLED, & South Jersey Marina. Speakers during the 2020 Atlantic City Boat Show will include;
Captain Aaron Held
Octopus Yachts/ Belmar, NJ
Capt. Aaron Held, owner & installation engineer at Octopus Yachts of Belmar, NJ has been designing and implementing marine electrical and mechanical systems since 1996. Growing up on Cape Cod, MA, Aaron is familiar with the architecture and operation of both sail and power vessels; building two boats, an electric powered wooden runabout and a fiberglass center console as well as cruising aboard sailing vessels from Maine to the Chesapeake. Aaron holds his 50-ton USCG Masters License and is currently certified by the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA), American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), and manufacturers including MinnKota and Humminbird. Held has a BS in Engineering from Tufts University in Medford, MA.
Captain Anthony Grassi
Fin Chaser Charters/Staten Island, NY
Captain Grassi is a captain with Fin Chaser Charters with over 30 years experience. Fin Chaser is a first class operation and is also known as the "Charter to the Stars". Specializing in Fly-fishing & Light Tackle, opportunities range from back-bay for Striped Bass, Blues, & Weakfish to offshore fishing in the canyons for Tuna, Marlin, & Sharks. Since expanding to the "Jersey Shore", Fin Chaser is the only saltwater, Orvis Endorsed, operation in all of New Jersey. Clients include well known celebrities like Wade Boggs, Author & IGFA Vice Chairman-Robert Rich, Jr., Actors Ed Burns and Ethan Hawke, the late Clarence Clemons, and "Top Chef" Tom Colicchio.
Captain Bob Bogan
Gambler Fishing/Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
One would be hard pressed to find a family name with a longer history in New Jersey’s recreational fisheries than the Bogan family. Born into the family business and mating on various boats in the family fleet, Bob’s entire life has been spent on the water. The Gamble has been family owned and operated since 1949 and has become one of top boats on the Jersey coast. Bob consistently puts the Gambler on the fish from fluke and sea bass on the inshore wrecks to tuna and swordfish at the canyons.
Captain Brett Taylor
Reel Reaction Sportfishing / Barnegat Light, NJ
A USCG-licensed captain, Brett has fished the Barnegat bay and surrounding ocean waters for the past 18 years, now averaging up to 150 days a year on the water from April through December. From back-bay fluking to trolling up bluefin tuna 50 miles offshore, he is experienced in a variety of fisheries, although his specialty and favorite type of fishing is putting clients on good-sized summer flounder. A regular contributor to The Fisherman Magazine, Brett is also a frequent guest on “Rack N’Fin” radio on 97.3 ESPN and is a ProStaff for Under Armor, Columbia Sportswear, Simms Fishing Products, Costa Del Mar sunglasses, Interlux and St. Croix Rods. A chemistry teacher, Brett runs a local high school fishing club when he’s not out on the water.
Captain Craig Angelini
Captain Craig Angelini has been avidly fishing offshore for over 30 yrs. He holds a 50 GT Master’s license and a BS in Biology with graduate credits in Environmental Science. In addition to working full time during the summer (and part of the early fall and late spring) in the fishing industry, Craig teaches high school biology and environmental science at Cinnaminson High School, serves as the head varsity boys’ lacrosse coach, and serves as the Biology Advisor for a think tank that develops models analyzing chronic disorders.
Captain Dan Schafer
Insomniac Guide Services/ Stone Harbor, NJ
Capt., Dan is a prostaff for numerous companies including Lowrance, G.Loomis, Shimano, Yeti, and Tackle Direct. He specializes in shallow water bass fishing, tog fish g, and sheepshead in the back bay waters of Stone Harbor, NJ. Owner of Insomniac Guide Service, Dan is one of the few guide services that fishes for striped bass year round. Dan has been a featured speaker on George Poveromo’s Saltwater Seminar Series and does multiple seminars throughout the winter months.
Captain Darren Dorris
Salty Lady Sportfishing/Bass Pro Shops
Captain Darren Dorris has been fishing /mating and working NJ waters for over 30 years from Raritan Bay all the way to Cape May. He is a prolific outdoor writer and photographer whose work has been published in Saltwater Sportsman, Field and Stream, On the Water, and many others, in addition to a popular seminar host. But Capt. Darren is most remembered as the former saltwater editor of the NJ Angler Magazine, and perhaps the most visible as the former Co-Host of the award winning NJ Angler Video Magazine. While fishing is his passion, so is teaching. A Marine Science teacher for over 20 years, a day out on the Salty Lady is a learning experience for sure.
Captain Deane Lambros
Captain Frank Wagenhoffer
Fin Chaser Charters/Staten Island, NY
Captain Frank has been fishing Raritan Bay from the age of 10. He has been a charter boat captain for the last 19 years and has fished from Cape Cod, MA to Virginia Beach, VA on the ASA and FLW Striper Tournament trails. He is still an active tournament fisherman, most recently winning the 2017 & 2018 LBI Cup Grand Championship Award back to back and winning 7 out of 9 tournaments entered in 2018. This is a testament to his passion, skill, and ability, which he puts to work on every trip he runs. Captain Frank publishes his weekly report in The Fisherman Magazine Highlands, NJ section. In the off season Captain Frank gives seminars and “How To” workshops on fishing strategies and techniques at industry Fishing/Trade and Boat shows.
Captain Harvey Yenkinson
Vetcraft Sportfishing/ Cape May, NJ
A USCG-licensed captain with nearly 30 years of on-water experience in the Cape May area, Harvey is one of the most well-known local sport fishermen. He has won numerous awards and sportfishing titles. As a boat captain and fisherman in Cape May for many years, he knows the “how, when and where” of fishing. He is a freelance writer for numerous fishing publication in the region including The Fisherman and the NJ Angler, and can often be found answering questions on many of the local fishing websites. With a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from the University of Maryland and V.M.D from the University of Pennsylvania, his knowledge of the marine biology of fish he targets provides for an interesting perspective on New Jersey’s most popular gamefish.
Captain Phil Dulanie
Captain Phil Dulanie has been a U.S. Coast Guard certified Captain since 1971. Growing up in Belmar, NJ, Capt. Dulanie has been fishing the waters off the New Jersey coast for 50-years and guiding charters for the past 34-years. Besides winning or placing in countless tournament, Captain Dulanie has captured over 10,000 tuna, 30,000 Striped Bass, dozens of Blue and hundreds of White Marlin over the years.
Captain Scott Newhall
Time Out Charters/Absecon, NJ
Scott has spent much of his life chasing down trophy summer flounder throughout New Jersey and trailers his 21-ft. Contender center console (Sweet Melissa) wherever doormats can be found. Armed with a minor degree in biology, he is a regular contributor to regional publications like The Fisherman magazine, was an instructor on the Saltwater Sportsman Seminar Series and is a regular guest on ESPN’s “Rack N’ Fin” radio on 97.3 FM. A USCG-licensed captain, Scott has become well know in the region for landing numerous trophy summer flounder abound his Time Out Charters
Captain Stephen Bent
Free Spirit Charters/ Margate City, NJ
Steve has been a member of the Raymarine Pro Ambassador team for over 11 years. He owns and captains the Free Spirit, a charter boat that runs out of Cape May and Margate, NJ, where he been fishing from the Delaware Bay to the offshore Canyons for over 30 years. The Free Spirit is a custom sportfisherman built on a Calvin Beal 34’ full in 2004 that fishes an average of 150 days per year for every fish from fluke and striped bass to offshore marlin and tuna. Steve is also a pro staffer for American Fishing Wire, Hi-Seas Line, Navionics, Z-Man Lures, Quantum and Fin Nor reels.
Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops Prostaff Ericka Johns’ passion is to get more fishermen or women on the water and to get more meat in the freezer. Johns has traveled the world living in areas such as Alaska, Guam, Bahamas and traveled up the East Coast, fishing and participating in tournaments, in pursuit to teach the public various tips and tricks of fishing and hunting.
Margate City, NJ
Frank Mihalic is a well traveled and versatile fisherman. His hard working, simple style is one that we can all easily relate to. Frank has been a frequent contributing writer to The Fisherman Magazine and others over the past twenty years. He specializes in adapting his tackle and gear to effectively fish each area under any conditions. Equally comfortable with spinning, plug or fly tackle, he in an inshore, light tackle specialist. His seminar “Ghost Hunter, Targeting Trophy Blackfish” is an interactive approach, sharing the tools and tricks that the sharpies use to catch giant Blackfish. Learn what tackle, gear and techniques will help you catch the fish of your lifetime!
Recreational Fishing Alliance/ New Gretna, NJ
Jim Donofrio is the Executive Director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) which he founded in 1996. Organized as a 501(c)4 political action organization, the RFA fights for the rights of anglers, marine jobs and the long-term sustainability of the nation’s saltwater fisheries. Prior to the RFA, Jim was a professional boat captain and still holds his 100 ton Master’s ticket.
Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
The Fisherman Magazine
A Jersey Shore native and lifelong hunter, clammer and angler, Hutch was originally hired by The Fisherman Magazine in 2002 as the New Jersey edition’s managing editor. After a short break from the magazine to serve as the Managing Director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance, Hutch is the Managing Editor for the New Jersey/Delaware editions of The Fisherman.
A Jersey Shore local and bottom fishing enthusiast, Matt is a brand ambassador for Fisherman’s Headquarters, Magictail Bucktails and Cortland Line. He spends countless hours on the water each year taking full advantage of all of NJ’s saltwater fisheries. His favorite being the winter months, where you can find him jigging jumbo blackfish. He also gets in on the seasonal migrations for striped bass and takes full advantage of the array of species available in the summer months. However, targeting fluke is his main objective from May to September and in 2019 he decided to do it competitively. Starting with a full sweep in the RFA Bass River Classic and ending with the JCAA August tournament, Matt and his team cashed in just shy of $30,000 from fluke fishing in 2019. You can follow along with his fishing escapades on Instagram @swagmattic
One Stop Bait and Tackle/ Atlantic City, NJ
An Atlantic City native who knows every inch of Absecon Inlet’s 13 jetties, Noel is the owner of One Stop Bait and Tackle near the corner of Metropolitan and Atlantic Avenues here in Atlantic City. From fluke, weakfish, striped bass, tautog, sea bass, trigger fish to a few unexpected visitors, Noel knows when and how to pull these species out of the rocks. A regular on Shep On Fishing on Radio WOND, Noel has been giving reports and advice to area fishermen for over 20 years.