Offshore Fishing Seminar Set for February 25-28

If you’re a fisherman who has always wanted to tangle with tuna, sharks, mahi, wahoo, marlin and other offshore fare, or someone with big-game experience who want to raise your game to a new level, then you don’t want to miss the 2011 Big Game Bash Fishing Seminar, taking place February 25 and 26 at the Marriott Hotel in Quincy, Massachusetts.

The Big Game Bash (BGB) was started in 2010 by Cape Cod-based charter skippers Damon Saco and Eric Stewart of the Hook-Up Tackle Center in Orleans, Mass. Their idea was to bring together a team of expert fishermen who would share their hard-earned knowledge of offshore fishing with an eager public in an intensive 2-day seminar.

Eric Stewart with Bluefin Tuna. Photo courtesy ## The Hook-Up!##

“We saw a unique opportunity for New England offshore fishing enthusiasts to enjoy this world-class fishery collectively,” said Saco, who runs the Castafari, a 45-foot Jim Smith Express, out of Kingman’s Marina in Bourne. “Last year was a huge success, and we drew over 400 people for the 2-day event. We’re hoping to top that this year.”

The sessions at this year’s BGB include how to land and release tuna, how to vertical jig for tuna, live-baiting for tuna, critical knots and splices, kite-fishing techniques, outboard trolling techniques, advanced sharking tactics, choosing the right tackle, cutting-edge bait-rigging methods and much more. In between sessions are raffles drawings and breaks where attendees can speak with the experts one-on-one or view some of the products and services on display in the sponsor area.

Shark catch. Photo courtesy ## The Hook-Up!##

This year’s speakers include Capt. Damn Sacco, Capt. Terry Nugent, Scott Sinclair, Capt. Roland Beamish, Capt. Andrew Cummings, Len Belcaro, John Galvin and Corey Stewart. Also speaking is Greg Skomal, a shark expert with the Mass. Division of Marine Fisheries, who will discuss the growing number of great white sharks off Cape Cod.

BGB attendees will receive special room rate of $95 per night at the Marriott, which includes a free continental breakfast. The Quincy location is a short subway ride to downtown Boston for members of the family who don’t want to attend the entire seminar or want to head into the city on Sunday.

Tickets can be purchased online:

Big-Game Bash Registration


  • $150 (men)
  • $50 (women)
  • $25 (kids 12 and under)
  • Admission fee covers both Friday and Saturday events, all classroom materials, morning continental breakfast, a great lunch, evening appetizers, afternoon coffee and soda, and a T-shirt.

Contact Information:

Big-Game Bash



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Session Schedule:

Main Session Room – Friday, Feb. 25

Tuna caught by J Shannon. Photo courtesy ## The Hook-Up!##

3:00 p.m.: Doors open

  • Product viewing and vendor displays. Raffle tickets on sale.
  • Cash bar.

4:30 – 4:45: Introductions

  • By Capt. Eric Stewart and Capt. Damon Sacco

4:45 – 5:45: Tagging and Handling Tuna Boatside

  • Learn proper reviving, in water measuring, dressing, and tagging techniques.
  • Capt. Eric Stewart and Capt. Corey Stewart

6:15 – 7:15: Using Science and Technology to Find Fish

  • Learn how to find and track offshore gamefish using turbidity, current, and sea surface temperature. You will also learn how to harness the latest satellite technology available to offshore fishermen.
  • Capt. Len Belcaro (Big Game Journal)

7:30 – 8:30 pm: Great White Sharks of Chatham

  • Learn in close detail about the local resident population of Cape Cod great white sharks… right from the man who tags them!
  • Dr. Greg Skomal

8:45 – 9:45 pm: Vertical Jigging For Big Tuna

  • Learn the ins and outs on vertical jigging for tuna. Whether you’re targeting bluefin tuna on Stellwagon Bank or yellowfin and bigeye in the canyons, gain valuable knowledge on proven and established techniques and the tools and tackle you will need to get the job done!
  • Capt. Andrew Cummings (9 world records)

9:45 – 10:00 pm Raffle Drawings

10:00 – 11:00 pm: Dock Talk

  • Capt. Damon Sacco and Capt. Eric Stewart answer public questions.

Break out Session Room – Friday, Feb. 25

Tuna being tagged. Photo courtesy ## The Hook-Up!##

4:30 – 5:45 pm: Lure Skirting

  • Learn how to skirt your own big game lures from start to finish.
  • Capt. Roland Beamish

6:00 – 7:30 pm: NEW Baitrigging Methods (Trolling and Chunking)

  • Learn how to rig trolling/drifting Mackerel, Ballyhoo, and Herring from the crew of the Castafari. See new techniques on preparing hook baits for chunking giant tuna.
  • Capt. Scott Sinclair, Capt. John Galvin

7:45 – 8:30 pm: The End Game

  • Learn proper end game tactics and how to correctly rig/prepare your gaffs and harpoons. Be ready for your next giant tuna beside the boat!
  • Capt. Kevin “Poonman” Glynn

Saturday, Feb. 26

7:30 am – 8:00 am

  • Registration and coffee. Staff

8:00 – 8:15 a.m.: Introductions

  • By Capt. Eric Stewart and Capt. Damon Sacco

8:15 – 9:15: Newly Developed Spinfishing Tactics For Big Tuna

  • Learn the tricks and tackle you will need to cast at bigger tuna. In 2010 capt Terry developed a variety of new techniques that proved deadly on 73 plus inch fish! These big fish are coming back. Get schooled….not spooled
  • Capt. Terry Nugent

9:15 – 9:45: Break #1

9:45 – 10:45: Live Bait Fishing on Stellwagon Bank

  • Learn slow trolling, bridling, drifting, and kite fishing tactics using live bait. Gain the edge you will need to entice finicky tuna, especially on Stellwagon Bank.
  • Capt. Damon Sacco

10:45 am – 11:15: Break #2

11:15 – 12:15: Chunking for Tuna

  • Learn rigging, tackle, and strategy used by the crews of the Tammy Rose and the Castafari for chunking big tuna, from attaching your weights, balloons, and terminal tackle to strategically placing your baits in the water column.
  • Capt. Eric Stewart

12:15 – 1:30: Lunch

1:30 – 2:30: Shark Fishing Tactics

  • Learn rigging and tackle tricks for catching monster sharks. Gain the knowledge and the tools for targeting big threshers and makos.
  • Capt. Kevin Glynn (15 tournament wins)

2:30 – 3:00: Break #3

3:00 – 4:00: Trolling Big Game Lures in Bluewater

  • Increase your hook-ups at the canyons. Learn how lures work and where to position them in your spread. See, first hand, a multitude of new trolling tricks employed by the crew of the Castafari. Learn what works for what species and why.
  • Capt. Damon Sacco

4:00 – 4:30: Break #4

4:30 – 5:15: Make Your Outboard Troll Like A 40-Footer

  • Drastically improve your fish catching ability from an outboard boat! Learn how to effectively fish a 4 to 7 rod spread from your center console. You will see proven strategies which were highly effective in 2010 on the Tuna Fever. Learn what works and how.
  • Capt. Eric Stewart

5:15 – 5:30: Break #5

5:30 – 6:00: Grand raffles and door prizes. (Must be present to win.)

6:00 – 8:00: Product and vendor displays and showcases.

Break Out Room – Saturday, Feb.26

8:30 – 9:30: Lure Skirting

  • Learn how to skirt your own big game lures from start to finish.
  • Capt. Roland Beamish

10:00 – 10:45: Trolling for Bluefin Tuna

  • Learn basic trolling strategies and secrets for catching bluefin tuna.
  • Capt. Eric Stewart

11:15 – 12:45: NEW Baitrigging Methods (Trolling and Chunking)

  • Learn how to rig trolling/drifting Mackerel, Ballyhoo, and Herring from the crew of the Castafari. See new techniques on preparing hook baits for chunking giant tuna.
  • Capt. Scott Sinclair, Capt. John Galvin

1:15 – 2:15: Knots and Splices

  • Learn how to properly connect braided and dacron line to monofilament. You will see up close, two proven and very simple methods of connection regularly employed by the crews of the Castafari and Tammy Rose.
  • Capt. Scott Sinclair

4:30 – 5:15: Using Helium and Tag Lines when Kitefishing

  • Learn the ins and outs of how to fly a kite when noone else can during low/no wind days. Also learn valuable information and techniques on employing tag/drop lines to minimize slack during hook-ups.

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