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MEET THE EXPERTS - 2015 SPEAKERS & GUEST CELEBRITIES
Captain Mike Bartlett
Bio

Capt. Mike has 40 years experience in fishing, hunting and outdoor sports and is the owner of B-Fish Sportsfishing Charters since 1990. He holds a BA, a MA and CAGS in Biology and Marine Biology with 35 years experience teaching those disciplines. He is a USCG Licensed Captain from 1989 to the present and holds the distinction of the 2001 Orvis Northeast Saltwater Guide of the Year.

Cliff Crochet
Cliff Crochet Bio

“The Cajun Baby” Cliff Crochet has been fishing from the time he can remember growing up in the Atchafalaya Basin in southeast Louisiana. Cliff joined the Lake Verret Bass Club in 2000 and began doing well in Federation Nation events. He became the youngest-ever Louisiana State Champion in 2006 and set his eyes on fishing professionally. From 2007 to 2009 Cliff competed in the Bassmaster Open series and qualified for the 2010 Bassmaster Classic and an invitation to fish in the Bassmaster Elite Series.

 

Brian Cowden
Brian Cowden Bio

Brian Cowden is on TU’s Eastern Conservation staff serving as the Coordinator for the Musconetcong Home Rivers Initiative in northwest New Jersey. He has been a life long conservationist active in causes related to New Jersey’s outdoor pursuits. His interest in conservation led Brian to become an active TU volunteer running Trout in the Classroom (TIC) program as state-wide coordinator. Later, Brian joined TU’s New Jersey state council as vice chair. After 20 years in corporate sales, Brian joined the Eastern Conservation staff in February 2008. The Musconetcong Home Rivers Initiative is designed to work closely with landowners and non-profit, local, state and federal agencies, as well as performing public outreach and education to protect and restore the beautiful Musconetcong River and its tributaries in this 158 square mile watershed that drains into the Delaware River. When not working in the “Musky”, Brian is known to follow his Brittany through the grouse and woodcock uplands or fly fish for trout or striped bass. Brian resides with his wife and daughter near the upper Musconetcong watershed in northwestern New Jersey.

 

A.J. DeRosa
A.J. DeRosa Bio

ABOUT AUTHOR A.J. DEROSA, OUTDOOR WRITER, URBAN DEER HUNTER, AND DEER BEHAVIOR EXPERT

A.J. DeRosa is considered one of the foremost authorities on urban deer hunting and urban deer behavior in America. His work has been published in over six magazines in the past decade, ranging from front covers to feature columns. DeRosa has successfully harvested every big game animal of the northeast, with Whitetails from the mountains of northern New England to the suburbs of southern New England, including numerous Northeast Big Buck Club entries.

A.J. resides with his family in North Andover, Massachusetts and is general manager of Prime Nightclub in Boston. He has a passion for sustainable living and a green lifestyle. Current Hunter Education and Safety Editor for the Northeast Big Buck Magazine.

www.urbandeercomplex.com
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Pete Gluszek
Bio

Pete has been competing on the highest professional levels for more than ten years qualifying for both the Bassmaster Classic and the FLW Outdoors Championship. He currently has the record for the heaviest winning margin in the history of the FLW Stren Series finishing almost 18 pounds in front of 2nd place. Pete is a river specialist and has won on both the Bassmaster’s and FLW Outdoors tournament trails. Pete is also recognized as one of the most informative and entertaining seminar speakers in the business.

To learn more, visit www.petegluszek.com.

"Randy" Guerrera
Bio

Randy is the president of Round Valley Trout Association. He has participated in many seminars on fishing for Trout and has fished Round Valley and all over North America for 35 years.

Bill Guiles
Bill Guiles Bio

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.

Randy Howell, 2014 Bassmaster Classic Champion
Randy Howell Bio

Randy Howell is one of the finest and most consistent anglers in the Bassmaster Elite Series. He's finished in the Top 10 of the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year rankings four times and is headed for his 10th Classic in 2012. When Howell talks bass fishing everyone should listen, and when fall rolls around he reaches for a shallow-running crankbait.
To learn more about Randy Howell, visit randyhowell.com

Jim Hutchinson Jr.
Bio

Jim Hutchinson, Jr. is Managing Director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA), a national political action organization dedicated to safeguarding the rights of saltwater anglers. Prior to joining the New Jersey based angler advocacy organization fulltime in February of 2009, Hutchinson was executive editor of The Fisherman Magazine. Hutchinson is also president of the New York Sport fishing Federation and is on the boards of the New Jersey Sea Grant Advisory Council, Citizens Action Committee of the Long Island Sound Study, Partnership for Mid Atlantic Fisheries Science and the Tuckerton Seaport.

Mike Ianconelli
Bio

He's not one of the old style fishermen. He is a fast-talking, intense, summa cum laude graduate of Rowan University.
- New York Times about Mike Iaconelli

Career Highlights
2009 2nd Place Bassmaster Classic
2008 Stren Series Northern Division Points Champion
2008 Winner Stren Series Northern Division Event at Kerr Lake
2006 Bass Angler of the Year
2006 Winner BASS Southern Challenge
2005 Winner FLW Chevy Open
2003 Bassmaster Classic Champion
2002 Winner Georgia Tour
1999 Winner Vermont Top 150
1999 Wrangler Angler
1998 Winner BFL Champlain
1998 NJ B.A.S.S. Federation Mr. Bass
1997 Redman Points Champion
1994 Winner NC Top 100 Amatuer Division

Mike Iaconelli has been fishing his entire life, he enjoys developing knowledge on numerous lakes, reservoirs, and rivers throughout the country. Mike spends approximately 200 days a year on the water. He enjoys guiding part-time, writing fishing articles and designing lures. Mike also participates in numerous fishing shows and seminars throughout the year.

Mark Menendez
Mark Menendez Bio

There are few bass fishing professionals on the national scene like Mark Menendez. For certain, each one of the anglers that competes on the sport’s grandest stages work to promote their sponsors, but Menendez always seems to go the extra mile.

On the water, the 47 yr old Paducah, Kentucky angler has spent the past 17 years earning the reputation of a warrior on tour. His career earnings of more than $1,000,000 earnings along with success in individual tournaments and season long point standings are testament to his passion and skill for competition.

While he thrives on the competition, Menendez has also proven himself to be an extremely capable promoter and communicator. He works tirelessly to remain available for public appearances, both large and small, for outdoor writers, photographers, as well as radio and television hosts. That effort means that Menendez and his sponsors will be visible to millions of consumers each year.

Menendez is a fan favorite wherever he goes, for many reasons. One of them is the fact that he has a continual willingness to remain available to them, but also because he is a family man who lends people that they too could reach their goals.

Menendez and his wife Donna, share their Paducah home with their son Max and daughter Caroline. He is also known to bring his trusty companion Barkley, a yellow lab, with him on tour, all things which have endeared him to fans across the country.

Those fans make up the legions of individuals who look to him for advice, counsel and recommendation when it comes time to chase their quarry. His visibility translates to credible brand awareness to the average consumer looking to invest their discretionary income in pursuit of their hobby.

All of these features combine to construct a family man, a Bassmaster Elite Series angler, a promoter and communicator; allow us to introduce to you Mark Menendez, professional angler.

Butch Meilinger
Bio

Butch Meilinger is a Horton Crossbow Pro Staff Member who harvested an Elephant in April 2011 and became the first person on record to complete the Africa Big 5 with a crossbow. He also holds the SCI crossbow world record Lioness, #2 Leopard, #3 Cape Buffalo and a handful of other top ten plains game animals. For the past 26 years, Butch has operated North America & International Fair Chase. As a full time hunting consultant, he has traveled extensively to research the outfitters he represents. He provides his clients first-class hunting and fishing adventures throughout North America, Africa, Australia, Mexico, Mongolia and New Zealand. Butch is also a member of both the Lehigh Valley and Delaware Valley Pennsylvania Safari Club International chapters. For more information, please visit www.huntwithbutch.com.

Captain Pete Meyers
Mark Millis Bio

Captain Peter Meyers holds a 100 ton masters license. He has not only been fishing the western end of the Long Island sound all his life but has fished around the world. Captain Pete has fished over 30 countries and almost in every state that has water.  He has been on the G. Loomis Pro Staff for many years.  A long time I.G.F.A., H.R.F.A., F.C.A., and salt water anglers member. Captain Pete has won fishing tournaments both her in the U.S.A and internationally. Some of his many big fish are as follows;  928 lb. Tuna, 879 lb. Blue Marlin, 112 lb. White Marlin, 178 lb. Pacific Sail (on a fly rod), 650 lb. Sword Fish, 52 lb. Dolphin (on a fly rod), 356 lb. Halibut and 59 ½ lb Strip Bass. His all time best fish is a 20 lb. 6 oz Black Fish. Pete has also developed black fish jigs. Pete loves to teach about fishing to all age groups.  He conducts seminars around the east coast year round with an emphasis on youth fishing education. He loves seeing kids catch their first fish. Some of Captain Pete’s hobbies and interests are wine making for 30 years, sausage making, golf, racquet ball, horse and dog training and colleting wine and cognac.

Mark "Uncle Millie" Millis
Mark Millis Bio

Mark was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan. His father owned a welding shop right next door and on the other side of the house, his Aunt and Uncle owned the most popular gun shop in Mid-Michigan. Hence, his future was pre-determined.

Mark began his journey into mechanical know-how at age six with his first mini-bike. It was this mini-bike that turned Mark into a self confessed "Motorhead"! He continued to turn the wrenches on everything from old outboard engines to heavy construction equipment but his true passion remains motorcycles. He owns several vintage motorcycles of all different makes and models including his preferred ride, a nearly mint-condition 1964 Pan-head.

He's also is a 3rd generation journeyman ironworker and owns an ornamental iron workshop. He holds the title of Master Iron Artist endorsed by Michigan State University and in 2002, was named Ornamental Iron Artist of the year.
Fortunately, Mark's passion doesn't end with the ratchet set. His love of the outdoors, including hunting and fishing, actually trumps his mechanical attributes. From farm pond panfish to Great Lake's salmon, from cottontail rabbits to wily whitetails, Mark is in pursuit of all game species.

Sorry ladies, Mark is married to the love of his life, Ann the Angel. Together, they are a culinary duo of wild games delights. The Millis kitchen is a professional grade masterpiece. Don't plan on losing weight if given the chance to visit.

Mark has used his combined knowledge previously as a co-host of Wolf Creek Productions' "Deer City, USA" seen Thursdays on Outdoor Channel. Currently Mark is filming hunts that will be aired on unclemillie.com next season!
Richie Moschella
Richie Moschella Bio

As producer and host of The Reel Deal Fishing Show, Richie enjoys teaching the public and showcasing techniques and locations that will help them catch fish. His stories have been published in Bass Angler Magazine and he has appeared on national radio shows. Richie has worked with some of the best pros in the fishing world & considers talking about fishing the next best thing to being on the water. His strenghs are Topwater, Frogging and Spinnerbaits.

www.RichieMoschella.com

Bill Peraino
Bill Peraino Bio

Has over 40 years of on the water experience and is a master at finesse fishing. He is the co/host of The Reel Deal Fishing Show, writes for online fishing forums and volunteers for the New Jersey Chapter of Heroes on the Water. His knowledge on perusing Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass is unsurpassed.

John Person
John Person Bio

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.

www.gamebutcher.com

Richard “Lee” Powers
Richard “Lee” Powers Bio

B.S. Biotechnology, M.S. Biotechnology and a PHD in killing birds. CEO of Triple Toe Calls. Hunting and fishing guide for salmon, geese and turkey in Canada and the US. I have harvested animals across North America.

Website: www.tripletoecalls.com

Jim Salt
Bio

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.

Captain Bill Sheehan

Bio

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.


Jon Shein
Jon Shein Bio

Jon started kayak fishing in the late 90s and got involved in a big way. He’s worn many of the hats one can wear in the sport. He’s logged over 1000 days on the water from Alaska to Baja to the Caribbean up to New England with the majority in local waters and Florida. He’s done so from over 60 different kayak models for 100 species of fish from a kayak. He’s a NJ native and knows the local kayak fishing well. Besides catching most of our local fresh and saltwater species he’s also caught tarpon, bonefish, billfish, tuna, redfish, snook, mahi mahi, halibut, salmon, bull & lemon sharks and many other exotic species using spin, conventional and fly gear. Jon has over 20,000 forum posts, has authored hundreds of articles and is author of “Kayak Fishing”, the most comprehensive book on the subject. Jon created the first business that catered to kayak fishing and it had a significant effect on the sport and industry. He supplied fishermen with kayaks and gear all over the world.

Affiliations

While Jon continues to consult with a number of companies, he’s now co-owner of 2 specialty kayak fishing stores in New Jersey and this is his primary focus. He continues to write articles for publications like ‘The Fishermen’ and ‘On the Water’, give seminars around the region.

Kevin Short
Kevin Short Bio

You can't miss Kevin Short in his striking hot pink clothes, boat and truck. He has managed to rack up a first place victory on the BASS Elite Series tour in 2009 and again in 2010. With seven years as a pro under his belt he has plenty to say and plenty to teach.

Michael Simonton
Michael Simonton Bio

Professional Bass Angler
Hometown: Fremont, Ohio
Previous Occupation: Teacher
Professional Tour: Bassmaster Elite Series
Age: 32

Angling Specialties: Spinnerbaits, shallow crankbaits, hollow body frogs, swim jigs, shallow water smallmouths and flipping heavy grass.

Accomplishments

2 Time Bassmaster Elite Series qualifier
12 top 50 B.A.S.S. finishes
2011 B.A.S.S. Northern Open Points Champion

Captain Joe Scotti
Bio

Capt. Joe Scotti has been fishing Raritan Bay for 38 years targeting only striped bass. After all this time  he understands how a bass matures into the most exciting game fish. With this understanding he is able to teach others and introduce them to a new understanding on what a striper will do next.

While pro staffing for various companies and attending and speaking at many seminars it remains clear that fishing is the greatest pass time and Striped Bass will provide plenty of excitement for years to come. Captain Scotti will share his secrets for finding and catching the trophies using live baits (bunker) and various techniques during these outstanding seminars.
Richard Thomas
Richard Thomas Bio

NJTU State Councel Chair

Prior to taking on the State Council Chairman role, Rich was the NJ National Leadership Council (NLC) representative from 2007 to 2012. As NLC Rep., Rich worked closely with his fellow NLC Reps. from around the country to map TU’s mission in each member state. Also in this role, Rich chaired the Delaware Watershed Conservation Workshop which focused on improving the trout habitat within the watershed by insuring equitable flows from all reservoirs. This group worked closely with other workshops which focus on understanding and limiting the impacts of gas development within the Marcellus Shale region. Rich has past experience as Central chapter Vice President and President, Central Region V.P. and also with thermal studies, river clean-ups (Musconetcong River), introducing the Central NJ Boy Scout Council to fly fishing and river stocking.

Bob Uhrig
Bio

Professional Bass Fisherman and Master Lure Designer Bobby Uhrig teaches anglers how to catch bass by separating Fact From Fiction. Bobby elaborates on basic and advanced fishing techniques and tricks of the trade. With over 35 years experience watching fish in their natural environment; Bobby shares their reactions and natural eating habits. Learn what variables affect which arsenal to choose to be most effective when catching bass!

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