2018 Speakers & Guest Celebrities


Spotlight Speaker - FLW Pro Angler

Angler Profile

Fishing tournament for almost 30 years, Billy is currently touring with the FLW Tour and Costa Series with FLW Outdoors.  People often ask “what keeps me going for 30 years” the answer is simply …it’s the competition.   I live to fish competitively.  Integral to my success is working with my sponsors to not only fish well but, also help them promote their products.  McDonald may be most recently known for his 2012 performance on the Detroit River. The second day at the Tour event, was a day that will undoubtedly be whirling around in McDonald’s mind for a long time to come. He posted the biggest bag of the tournament, an astonishing 25 pounds and 2 ounces of Detroit smallmouth bass. This was good enough to propel him into the lead for tournament, but he faltered slightly on remaining days, eventually finishing as runner up to legend Larry Nixon. When not fishing, McDonald enjoys spending his time outside. Whether he’s fishing, deer hunting, or on the beach with his wife Candy and two children Brandon and Brittany, McDonald is happy just being in the great outdoors.

Hometown:  Greenwood, IN

Carrier Tournament Wins – 4

Career Top Ten Finishes – 18

FLW Cup Appearances – 1

For anglers profile, pro stats, videos & photos:  https://www.flwfishing.com/anglers/bill-mcdonald-178020



Two time B.A.S.S. Federation National Champion, Ed Cowan, has been fishing bass tournaments for more than 40 years. A two time B.A.S.S. Master Classic qualifier, Ed has won over 100 events in NJ, NY, PA, MD, DE, VA, FL, VT, CT and NH. In addition to tournament fishing he enjoys tackle craft designing and building custom fishing rods. Ed is also an active

supporter of the USO and the Ike Foundation. Ed will share some of his simple practical techniques that he uses to catch bass anywhere he fishes. Inquiries about custom rods or general information can be directed to edcowan@ptd.net or Ed’s Guide Service on Facebook!

 Nick Honachefsky

Sportfishing TV Host/Writer/Editor
Host - Hookin' Up with Nick and Mariko; World Fishing Network
Field Editor -Salt Water Sportsman/Guy Harvey Magazine/Outdoor Life/The Fisherman


Nick Honachefsky, former Managing Editor at Salt Water Sportsman, currently holds editorial positions at Saltwater Sportsman, Guy Harvey Magazine, Outdoor Life, The Fisherman, On the Water Magazine and is Executive Producer and Host of Saltwater Underground on www.Tackledirect.com and Host ofHookin’ up with Nick and Mariko on the World Fishing Network. Honachefsky is also the saltwater fishing columnist in NJ’s Courier Post and The Daily Journal and is author of the local best selling books; The Jersey Surf Diaries and The New Jersey Boat Fisherman.  A previous IGFA All Tackle World Record holder, Honachefsky fishes extensively throughout the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico and the US, but calls Lavallette along the Jersey Shore his home. Follow him on Instagram @nickhonachefsky. 


DJ Muller is one of the northeast's top surfcasters. He fishes for striped bass from OBX to Maine. He is the author of 4 books on surfcasting with his latest being, "Fishing the Cape Cod Canal," published last spring. He is also a surfcasting guide that works with developing casters, one-on-one or in small groups, as well as running surfcasting trips to great striped bass destination around the northeast. He can be reach by email at: djmull1313@gmail.com



Butch is the only person in the world to have taken Africa's big five (lion,leopard,Cape buffalo, Rhino & Elephant) with a cross bow. The ultimate African achievement is the dangerous 7. This includes the big 5 plus Nile Crocodile & Hippo. Butch took the Nile crocodile this past August & the Hippo hunt is scheduled for August 2016. This will have been a 13 year quest for Butch & quite possibly never be duplicated.

Seminar Title: Hunting Africa with a Crossbow

Description: Butch will be discussing taking dangerous game as well as plains game



Capt. Greg Dubrule has been a popular figure in the New England charter and partyboat industries for over four decades.  He possesses an extensive knowledge of both inshore and offshore fishing, both sport fishing and commercial fishing.  From long lining codfish in the winter months to harpooning swordfish in the summer months to playing around with 4,000 pound white sharks, if it swims, he can catch it.  He's been a featured seminar speaker at all the major sport and fishing shows throughout the lower 48 states.  Greg has been written up in national publications such as Outdoor Life, Saltwater Sportsman, Field and Stream, and countless other regional and national publications- even Newsweek magazine.    Dozens of television shows have featured him over the years.  He's a colorful and excitable seminar speaker willing to share his experiences and expertise to instruct anyone on how to catch 'em. 

Greg is currently the owner and operator of the partyboat BlackHawk out of Niantic, CT where he has a personal campaign to introduce young children into the exciting sport of fishing.  He also puts a tremendous amount of energy and enthusiasm into the Black Hawk and the Community program, which strives to better the lives of residents of Southeastern Connecticut. 




Richard Yvon is a year round, dedicated full time Professional Registered Maine Guide. Located in Bradford Maine, Rich guides World Class Maine hunting, fishing and recreation adventures. As well as guiding, Rich is also an outdoor writer, tree farmer, fly-fishing and certified NRA firearms instructor. Spending time in Maine’s North Woods has provided a canvas for Rich to share his passion of the outdoors with all walks of life. When Rich is not in the field, he sits as a director for The Maine Highlands of Maine Tourism. By contributing to the board of directors, he is in constant communication with visitors, guides, lodges and business owners in Maine promoting the outdoors and conservation.

In running his new luxury Sporting Lodge and Guide service, Rich delivers 30 plus years of customer service and outdoors expertise to his clients. He delivers a complete package for fishers, hunters or outdoor recreationalist. The scope of his work can be experienced in all four seasons of Maine. In Maine’s warmer season, Rich guides fly or spin fishing from a jet boat, drift boat as well as fishing streamside. People come form all over the world to experience Maine’s mountains, rivers, ice caves and waterfalls. His recreation trips are full of fun with wilderness table fare to top off a day’s adventure in the Maine outback. Wilderness camping is made comfortable with instructing folks the basics in wilderness survival and conservation education. As the weather cools, he can be found calling in a Moose, Turkey, Deer or stalking grouse in the pucker brush on his Maine guided hunting adventures. As hunting season comes to a close, Rich fires up the tracks on the UTV for glacier lake Ice Fishing and winter Outback Excursions. When you come to visit Maine anytime of year, there is something at Twin Maple Outdoors for all walks of life to enjoy. His company motto speaks to everyone, “To Provide All People The Opportunity to Enjoy Maine’s Outdoors”



Megastrike Inc is owned by Professional Fisherman and Master Lure Designer Bobby Uhrig. We opened our  doors for business in 2001. After 9 years of research and development the first product developed was Megastrike Fish Attractant- It was the first amino acid based fish attractant and continues to be the in extremely high demand all over the world by both professional and amateur fishermen. In 2006 we developed the Evolution Jig –innovative by design it won BEST NEW LURE AT ICAST 2006. Since then we have developed many new and innovative products that separate us from all of the other lure companies. Where do we come up with the concepts? By filming and studying bass and other fish in their natural environment. Megastrike Fishing Products Are The Leaders In Fishing Tackle Innovation.   www.megastrike.com



Capitan Frank holds a US Coast Guard 100 Ton Masters license and is the owner and operator of Fins on Feathers Charters for over the past 25 years. He is a life long resident of New Jersey and has fished his entire life in the Raritan Bay area. Captain Frank has also run several other charter and party boats out of the New York bight. Throughout the year Captain Frank presents seminars about fishing in the Raritan Bay at several different fishing expos, sportsman’s clubs and local power squadrons. He is an active member of Bergen County Salt Water Anglers, American Littoral Society, Hudson River Fishermen’s Association and Leonardo Party and Pleasure Boatman’s Association. Captain Frank always says “fishing is not a job, it is a craft.”



Head Trainer of Training and Education for Heritage Guild Training Academy

Matt, like his peers, has grown up around firearms thanks to his family's strong interest and background in hunting, collecting firearms, and target shooting.

Matt is an NRA Certified Instructor in First Steps and Basic Rifle, Pistol, and Shotgun. Matt is also an NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, certified to teach Personal Protection Inside and Outside the Home, as well as Shot Shell and Metallic Cartridge Reloading.

He has worked with fellow NRA Instructors to modify law enforcement and military tactical training courses for civilian use. "I found I've loved teaching people how to become more confident with a firearm."



Kevin fired the first live rounds of a firearm when he first joined the military and has been a die-hard gun enthusiast ever since. He obtained expert marksman certifications on many types of firearms throughout his military career.

Kevin began working for the Heritage Guild as a Range Safety Officer. He quickly earned his certification as an NRA Instructor for Basic Pistol, Home Firearm Safety, and Personal Protection in the home.

Now, as our Event Coordinator, Kevin organizes and facilitates groups of brand new as well as experienced shooters that come to the Heritage Guild for special occasions and events.



Michael Huff operates a successful predator hunting guide business in Pennsylvania, Master Predator Hunting – LLC. His clients come from throughout the United States and abroad. His book, Understanding Coyotes: The Comprehensive Guide for Hunters, Photographers, and Wildlife Observers has been the highest rated coyote hunting book on Amzaon.com. Although Michael has hunted and photographed coyotes across the United States, his specialty is the wary Eastern coyote. Michael is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association.




Steve Vullo a local angler from Middletown NJ is not fazed by the allure of tournament angling. His philosophy is something every angler should make their myntra "It's not about competing against others it's about competing against the fish". His love of the sport echos from all across his social media pages where he takes great pride in educating the public on all aspects of fishing.

He likes to keep it real,straight forward, to the point. He personifies the phrase "Fishing With Attitude" and his, is one of the best on the water. Steve's strengths are power fishing, spinner baits, jigs, buzzbaits, crankbaits and one of the deadliest ways that coax a fish to strike the drop shot!


JaKKed Baits, BioSpawn Lures, Ardent reels, Denali Rods, Megastrike Lures, 5x3 Fishing, TRC Rod Covers, Lazyman Hooks, RS Nets, TH Kustoms, Vicious Fishing



Paul Healy is the owner of the JIM THORPE FISHING COMPANY based in the scenic Pocono Mountains close by his home waters of the Lehigh Rivers. JTFC offers fly fishing and light tackle trips on PA.well-known streams like Penn’s Creek, Pine Creek, Fishing Creek and the Brodhead to name just a few. plus New Jersey streams like the Raritan, Musconetcong and Pequest plus many lake and Jersey Shore. Paul is the “Star” of the upcoming C.G.Productions film “An American Fly Fishing Trout Bum” Paul is a member guide and instructor for AMERICAN FLY FISHING SCHOOLS He is a member of T.U. and other conservation organizations. A Gourmet Camp Cook, Paul is now giving culinary demos at Sportsmen Events. You can contact Paul @www.jimthorpefishingcompany.com to read his blog or through the A.F.F.S. national office for his guided trip bookings, Club seminars and campsite gourmet cooking demos.



Jim has been Turkey Hunting since 1981 has been a member of THE NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION since 1985, a Sponsor member from 2000, on the NJ Chapter Board of Directors for11 years and currently serves as V.P. and is Chairman of Shows and Sales. With help of Chapter Members they will present an informal presentation on Turkey Calls and Turkey Hunting.



Being born into a family of fisherman, I was lucky enough to have aquired information from some amazing fisherman. For about a year now, I've been writing for The Fisherman Magazine, and helped run a annual fishing tornament in my Town. 

Topic:  Fishing Jersey's Lakes and Rivers


New Jersey holds some great freshwater fishing, but not many people realize what the state really has to offer. I'll share some great locations, and the methods I use for different species.



Captain Bill Sheehan is a dedicated, active conservationist who founded Hackensack Riverkeeper in 1997 and serves as the organization's Executive Director. Captain Bill, as he is known to most people, holds a Master of Inland Waterways license from the US Coast Guard. Captain Bill is the current Chair of the Meadowlands Conservation Trust and a founding (and current) member of the Bergen County Trust Fund Public Advisory Committee and serves on the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Program Citizens Advisory Committee. Captain Bill has been recognized for his work on numerous occasions by the media, the government and the environmental and business communities.



The "Flounda Pounda" Austin Perilli has written numerous articles covering his backyard waters of Raritan Bay, Jamaica Bay and the New York Bight. Fluke, stripers, 'tog, and ling are among his favorite targets. He runs Guide to Go Guide Service out of Jamaica Bay when he's not in the classroom molding young minds for the NYC Dept. Of Education. Specializing in light tackle fishing for trophy striped bass and doormat fluke.




the O.S.G. Fly Fishing Ambassador is a world class teacher and videographer of the sport he has lived for over 50 years. As the International Director of American Fly Fishing Schools he heads an organization of some of the best casting instructors, fly fishing guides and member lodges throughout North America the Caribbean and Central America. Mike works with several sporting goods manufacturers as a consultant in product development, testing and sales. Mike also conducts classes and offers guide services from his saltwater school locations in N.J., S.C. and FL. where he is opening his newest fly fishing & small watercraft shop this year in North Fort Myers. He is a featured speaker and casting instructor at many sportsmen events all across America and Canada every year. Captain Mike fishes and teaches from his Jackson kayaks, Custom Gheenoe flats boats, Pontoon boat, 23' Center Console and escorting trips from some of the World’s largest Cruise Ships and Party Boats for any fish that can be caught on a fly. Learn more about him and the A.F.F.S Organization and programs at www.americanflyfshingschools.com 



Allan Johnson has been teaching beginners to cast and fly fish for over 30 years. Allan has won four All Around National Championships as a professional caster, including fly accuracy and distance. He was a member of the Professional Casters All American Team for four consecutive years and is an American Casting Association Certified Casting Instructor. Allan an active N.J. member of American Fly Fishing Schools will be presenting casting demonstrations and offering tips at the "SIMUL-CASTING POND".



Better known as J.C. is a lifelong resident Fly Fisherman from N.J. J.C. started trout fishing in the Garden State at about age five. In his twenties he began using a fly rod and hasn’t used a spin rod since then. John actually began tying flies before he became a serious fly fisherman. He started out on his own, tying some simple Estaz Eggs for N.Y. Steelhead and soon moved to imitating insects with instruction from his friend and mentor, George Kolasar. George was a commercial fly tyer, tying flies and dying materials for The Beaverkill Angler in Roscoe NY. George taught John in the “Catskill tradition” of tying, but with all the new materials since those days, J.C. incorporated other methods and has creatively mixed patterns and materials to tie flies for all kinds of gamefish, both fresh and saltwater.

John is always pushing past what came before with his Fly designs, like Ultrawire inserted into Hollow Tubing to create his signature technique for his Nymph patterns. His Sculpin patterns are made up of both unconventional and traditional materials. Some of John’s signature patterns include, JC’s Electric Caddis Larva, JC’s Electric Steelie Stone, Peacock March Brown Dry (Parachute and Traditional), Soft Tail Chenille Sculpin, JC’s Mohawk Sculpin, and Rabbit Tail Chenille Sculpin among several others. John has done an instructional Fly Tying video with Tightlines Productions, and we will be filming him for our FLY ROD TV Productions during this Show, while he creates some magic at the vise.

John is a member of several Fly Fishing Pro Staffs, including, Regal Engineering (Fly Tying Vises), Solarez Products, Anglers Sport Group and other Companies. He has been a member of the Catskill Fly Tyers Guild for almost twenty years and has been tying on the Show circuit in the Northeastern United States for several years. John’s motto “Fly’s that catch Fish, Not just Fishermen” and if he comes up with a pattern and it doesn’t produce results, it’s back in the “box” until it does. He does not introduce a fly to the public until it’s proved it’s value in catching fish. The John Collins philosophy about fly tying is the same as his fly fishing, “You will always learn something new for the rest of your life, no matter how long you’ve been at it”. We are proud to have him as a long time friend and a member on the American Fly Fishing Schools list of Top Pro Guides and Instructors for many years.

Stop by and chat with John at the 2018 Garden State Sportsmen Show at The A.F.F.S. Fly Fishing Arts Trailer exhibit. If you are interested in fly Fishing you will be glad you did. John and family live in the peaceful little town of Stewartsville, N.J., where he has made it a bit more well known by his always interesting , “Garage Visitors” photos that he posts on his popular FB Page of what insects are flying around his brook trout, creek side property.



A well respected fly fishermen on N.J. trout waters and a long time member and office holder of several positions at Central Jersey Trout Unlimited Bart has a passion for helping others learn about fly fishing and fly tying. He has fished in Montana to Maine for several species of trout but has always also enjoyed fly fishing for warm water fish species as well as trout and salmon. It is his second love of the less storied species like, sunfish, rock bass, white perch, pickerel, crappie and many other "panfish" that got him to start writing a blog about it, to see what other fly fishermen had to say about their fun with the long rod on the "little guys". 

Barts blog, PANFISH ON THE FLY https://www.panfishonthefly.com/ has taken off like a Turbo Porsche with contributions, stories, video clips, fly tying instruction being contributed from around the planet on a daily basis.   POTF has quickly become the go to source for the subject on the internet. Bart has also started guiding by kayak for these fun and usually cooperative collection of fish that beginner fly fishers can gain experience with and experts can still have a ball catching on the lighter fly tackle. Stop by the A.F.F.S. Fly Tying Arts trailer, kayak and fly casting pond or the T.U. exhibit and meet Bart for some valuable pointers about bluegills to trout. You will be glad you did if you want to get started in fly fishing or even have decades of experience.



Bethlehem, PA. An A.F.F.S.  Fly Guide & Instructor operates WALK ON THE WILD SIDE GUIDE SERVICE in PA., N.J. and N.Y. State for trout and salmon in the traditional walk & wade fashion. Chip likes to specialize in catching huge brown trout from small streams often putting his clients on 10 # plus specimens in the Fall along the Salmon River to 18 Mile Creek, Oak Orchard and many lesser known creeks in Upstate New York. His fly tying skills keep his customers fly boxes well stocked with the most productive patterns many of which he has developed himself like his W worm and Salmon Egg Skein flies. Others are his variations on popular pattern nymphs, dries and wets.  Since Chip likes to turn out flies quickly and efficiently he has settled on using the KNORR production vise as his favorite to work with and Show attendees always enjoy watching him make tiny trout flies with it at a quick pace. 

Be certain to stop by the FLY ARTS TRAILER on Friday evening and all day Saturday to pick up pointers from a great tier and fly fisherman.​



N.J. A.F.F.S. lead photographer and a true Saltwater Fly Rodding Pioneer on Island Beach State Park and Barnegat Bay, will be our featured fly tier on Friday demonstrating some of his fish catching creations like his Belly Blondes, Silversides, Mullets and his popper versions. Stop by and watch a master turn feathers and steel into Striper, Bluefish, Weakfish, Albie. Perch & Pickrel candy that they find hard to resist. A.F.F.S. will have a display of Richards acclaimed Photography prints that are featured in many books and magazines on display for purchase at the Show. His most recent credits include a chapter on baitfish that he wrote with his photographs for his life long friend Bob Popovich's latest best seller FLYE DESIGNS  plus he has several text sections and photos in the new acclaimed SONNETS IN THE SAND by author which is a beautiful book about the history of Island Beach State Park. Richard will be giving a Seminar Room presentation on his photography and fly fishing at Island Beach. Don't miss it on Friday



S.C. A.F.F.S. top young fly guide has only been tying flies for about 3 years but in that time working as a guide in Montana where he first really learned, he got to practice a lot in the evenings. He stepped up his game when he went to Patagonia and learned more tricks from some of the Argentine guides at Kau Tappan Lodge. This past Spring he went on an exploratory trip guiding clients for FRONTIER ANGLERS deep in the jungles of Bolivia in search of virgin waters and the fierce and fabled Golden Dorado. They found the fish mean and plentiful and it required nightly fly tying replenishment sessions in their tents. Capt. Mike sent along a "Bulldog" REGAL vise with lots of big strong hooks, plenty of his tough "BODY PARTS" and "TOOTHY TAIL" materials plus spools of heavy mono thread, U.V. glues, eyes, basic tools etc. Chandler created some brand new heavy duty fly patterns that the Dorado and other exotic river species found "tasty" until they ate them. Between Pond seminars and helping Capt. Mike at the Show , Chandler will be sitting in at the bench. Stop by and meet him and talk big fish and big flies with him.



I have been doing this work for a lot of years with many demos for the public.

The New Jersey Trappers Association has been in existence since 1961 and is an organization for trappers. NJTA activities include but are not limited to: Providing education to the public on trapping by setting up a booth at sportsman shows, Pequest Trout Hatchery Open House, NJ Wild Outdoors Expo. We also help the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife with trapper education courses and animal damage complaints.

 JOHN PERSON (Game Butchers)


We have been in the meat business for the past 50+ years and in that period of time we have developed our own recipes and delicacies. We provide exceptional service to all hunters, processing game meat to their specifications.



Joe is the current Vice President of the RVTA. He has been in this position for at least five years. He is one of the top finishers in our monthly fishing contests at the reservoir. He has fished the reservoir for over 30 years. His specialty is bait fishing with live shiners or herring and trolling with his homemade spoons, which we will touch on during our presentation.

Ticket Information





Thursday  1 - 8

Friday       1 - 8

Saturday   10 - 8

Sunday      10 - 5


Show Days & Times

Thursday & Friday -
1:30PM, 4:00PM, 6:30PM

Saturday -
10:30AM, 2:00PM, 6:30PM

10:30AM, 1:00pm, 3:30PM


"Understanding Coyotes: The Comprehensive Guide for Hunters, Photographers, and Wildlife Observers" - Michael Huff

Book Signing Schedule at Booth 425

Thursday & Friday4:30 PM

Saturday & Sunday 12:30 PM & 4:30 PM


Free Cast Net Lessons
Demo scheduled 

every ½ hour on the hour.

Learn the secret of throwing a cast net.
Hands on instructions to anyone in audience that wants to try.


"Reel Kids" Event

World Famous Hawg Trough

NJ Hot Sauce pavilion