2017 Speakers




Captain Eric Stewart, Goose Hummock

Capt. Eric Stewart

  Captain Eric Stewart has been in the sportfishing/charterboat industry for the past 40 years and has been a USCG licensed Captain for over 34 years. He holds a 100-ton Masters license. He started the Tammy Rose Sportfishing Charter business in 1988. He has fished the waters of Cape Cod his entire life and for the last 8 years he has spent much of his winter time fishing up and down the eastern seaboard from Cape Cod to Florida out to the Turks and Caicos. He was also involved in starting a fishing lodge in Mozambique, Africa where he made three expeditions there to document the sport fishing potential of the area. He has also fished Midway Islands, Hawaii, and Costa Rica.
  In 2001 he opened The Hook-Up! Bait and Tackle shop with his business partner Cliff Hampton. For the last 15 seasons he has specialized in the pursuit of bluefin tuna on rod and reel. He has over 40 giants to his credit as a captain and he has landed over 1900 bluefin on the troll. He has placed in several tuna tournaments including winning the Hyannis Tunafest back to back in 2014 & 2015, 1st Place in the Nantucket Big Game Battle 2015, 3rd Place Oak Bluffs Offshore Classic 2015, and took 3rd Place and the Daily prize at this year’s 2016 Nantucket Bluefin Blast. The Hook-Up! Bait and Tackle shop was sold to the Goose Hummock shop in 2014 where Capt. Eric is now the Business Development Manager. Capt. Eric is also the captain on a brand new 52ft Viking named “El Diablo” which is based on Nantucket for the summer and Miami for the winter. He is married to his wife Tammy of 29 years and they have three children.

Marty “Wahoonbox” Hiatt

Capt. Marty “Wahoonbox” Hiatt

Marty Hiatt (a.k.a “WAHOONBOX”) is the man behind the popular “Welcome to My World” Youtube video series. Marty has over 35 years in the cockpit of many sport fishing boats and has fished well over 200 Bluewater offshore tournaments. He is a writer, hunter, professional mate, creator of “WAHOONBOX” video personality, and fishing guru. He burst onto the scene with his “Welcome to My World” instructional videos and fishing highlights. His highly aggressive approach to the offshore industry ranks him as one of the top “in the box” charter boat meat producers on the east coast. Known for his innovative ideas in bait rigging and his originality with his planer rod system (nicknamed “Death from Above”), Marty has established himself as one of the true innovators in the offshore fishing world.

He has been working the cockpit of the NC charter boat “Runoff” since 2003. Billfish, Giant Bluefin Tuna, Wahoo, and Mahi are his passions and he is here to share his world. Marty will bring a whole new dimension of offshore bait-rigging to the Bluewater Bash; you definitely do not want to miss this. His techniques and innovations are industry leading and his sense of humor makes his presentations second to none. You will learn a ton of new techniques that will help you catch more fish, whether at the canyons or inshore for Bluefin.
Capt. Bobby DeCosta
Capt. Bobby DeCosta

Growing up on Nantucket fishing has always been part of Bob’s life; he started working as a mate for his dad Ray on the Albacore when he was nine years old. By the time he was 18 he had obtained a Coast Guard Captains License and become an expert at fishing Nantucket’s unique sets of shoals and rips. After spending three years in the US Army Bob returned to Nantucket working as a Mate or Captain on both private and commercial fishing boats. Fishing from Nantucket to the Bahamas Bob quickly received recognition as one of the Island top Captains. In 1994 Bob took over the Albacore after his Dad lost a short but fierce battle to cancer. Some of Capt. Bob accomplishments include captaining the boat that caught the first Blue Marlin in Nantucket Anglers Club History, being featured in Saltwater Sportsman twice and catching the first keeper Bass on the Island three years in a row. In 2007 Capt. Bob won the Boston Big Game Club Monster Shark Tournament on Martha’s Vineyard. This tournament is the largest shark tournament on the east coast and was televised on Spike TV. Capt. Bob has also won the Nantucket Anglers shark tournament as well as victories in the Nantucket Bluefin Blast. Bob and Debra, his wife of 30 years have a son Raymond. (Named after his grandfather). Both Deb and Ray love to fish and will often be seen out on the boat with Bob when he doesn’t have a charter. Ray is taking after his dad and grandfather and has been working on the Albacore as the mate and has now started to captain the vessel. The Albacore is one of Nantucket’s premier charter boats and is one of the few that does it all from bass fishing to offshore for shark and tuna.

Capt. Shaun Ruge

Capt. Shaun Ruge

Capt. Shaun Ruge is a USCG 100 Ton Master based out of Centerville MA. Growing up in upstate New York, Shaun started hunting & fishing at a very young age from sight fishing for largemouth in lakes and ponds, Hudson River stripers, and fly fishing clear water streams in the Catskills for skittish trout. In 2000 Capt. Shaun moved from NY to Winthrop, MA and then to Cape Cod in 2000. He traded his 4wt for a 9 wt. becoming an online fly fishing personality as a moderator with Reel-time.com. Capt. Shaun is also a member of the Riptide Charter service and has worked very closely with Capt. Terry Nugent for many years.

Capt. Shaun has been sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge gained from a life spent on the water with the fishing public through a variety of media. Capt. Shaun has appeared in several TV episodes of “New England Boating” and “On the Water” on NESN. Capt. Shaun can always be seen at local fishing shows and speaking at Clubs and Seminars large and small. Capt. Shaun is a frequent guest speaker for the Buzzards Bay Anglers Club, Osterville Anglers Club, The Cape Cod Salties, The Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series 2015, and the Riptide Offshore Seminar Series (2014).

When he is not on the water, Capt. Shaun is the Global Product Manager for Navionics Inc. and a staple at many industry events. Capt. Shaun is a member of the Coastal Conservation Association, International Game Fish Association and Ducks Unlimited. Capt. Shaun is an active pro-staff member for Hogy Lures, Mercury Marine Pro Team, McMurdo Beacons, Team Stormr, and a Raymarine Pro Ambassador. Capt. Ruge runs the Eclipse.

Jacob Cabral, LRSE

Jake Cabral

Jacob Cabral is employed by Life Raft & Survival Equipment, Inc. (LRSE) as a safety consultant.  He has completed an AMSEA (Alaska Marine Safety Education Association) safety instructor course and is a USCG approved Marine Safety Instructor.  Jacob has trained a wide variety of mariners: from fishermen to members of the National Marine Fisheries Observer Program, to offshore wind farm employees.

Dr. Jon Pilcher

Dr. Jon Pilcher
Dr. Jon PIlcher

Jon “the Doc” Pilcher is a full-time Board Certified Emergency Room physician out of Falmouth, MA , who is arguably the most successful rod and reel sword-fishermen in the northeast. To date Jon has boated 106 broadbills, including being credited with the first daytime fish caught in the New England canyons. He has been featured in numerous articles and TV shows, including an upcoming show with On the Water about daytime swordfishing, during which 3 fish were landed in one day!

Dr. Pilcher is more at home in blue water on than land. He is always testing and pioneering new techniques, and loves to share what he has learned with others. Growing up summering on the cape, Jon became passionate about saltwater fishing at a very young age. Moving to Nantucket in the late 1970’s, the doc worked as a commercial scalloper, and chef/restaurant owner. It was during this time when he was introduced to the offshore world, and he has never looked back!

Capt. Matt Perachio

Capt. Matt Perachio
Capt. Matt Perachio

Matt comes with an invaluable 22 years of experience fishing the waters off Cape Cod, MA, as well as other east coast bodies of water. His specialty includes fishing for Bluefin Tuna, Striped Bass, Cod and Bluefish. He is well known for his work ethics, his unique sixth sense in locating fish, getting out early and staying out late, as well as his passion for the sport.  Captain Matt will provide you with the best chances at a successful, safe, and most importantly enjoyable day out on the ocean!

Capt. Jack Sprengel (East Coast Charters/ RonZ Lures LLC)

Capt. Jack Sprengel

Jack has headed the Sport Fishing Presence at the Rhode Island Boat show for both the Newport Yachting Group and the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association. The Captain also helped design and field test the North Rip 30 Centerconsole for the U.S. Water Craft Company. He has worked regionally as a guest speaker for the Big Game Bash, the Goose Hummock Bluewater Bash, TheCastifari Offshore Seminar Series as well as headlining for Bass Pro Shops Big Fish Weekend and Spring Classic. He has given hundreds of cutting edge audio/video Sportfishing Lectures across the Northeast. In 2016 and 2017 Capt. Sprengel was selected to be an instructor at the National Saltwater Seminar Series for George Poveromo.

Brandon Carter (Fathom Offshore)

BrandonCarterBrandon Carter, founding partner at Fathom Offshore based in Wilmington, NC. Brandon has been an avid saltwater fisherman for over 20 years, primarily fishing along the East Coast. Additional favorite spots include Bermuda, Costa Rica, Mexico, St. Thomas and the Dominican Republic. His favorite fish to catch, like many, is the Blue Marlin but feels that fishing for Wahoo in the Fall off NC is the most fun you’ll have on the water; however, he’s yet to be invited to tuna fish with any buddies in the Northeast. Brandon believes in promoting the outdoors to children, creating jobs by making fishing tackle in the US and uses his resources to help people. Don’t tell his wife, but his favorite thing about owning a tackle company is testing lures on a weekday… just another day at the office.

Fathom provides professional quality lures, rigging supplies and accessories for offshore fishing. All products are handmade, one at a time in Wilmington, NC. Fathom’s tackle products are the most innovative and of the highest quality available. Many lures and designs come from successful tournament winning captains on our pro staff.

Capt. Bryan Sears

BryanSearsCaptain Bryan Sears is a U.S.C.G licensed captain and has been fishing the inshore and offshore waters of Massachusetts for over 20 years. He attended Massachusetts Maritime Academy and has captained and mated on many boats throughout the Northeast, including the boats of Mass Bay Guides (his family run charter fleet).

Bryan started fishing at a very young age like many of us. He grew up catching striped bass on the inshore waters of the North River in Massachusetts’ South Shore, and quickly graduated to fishing offshore for Bluefin tuna when he was in high school. Since catching the tuna bug, Bryan has dedicated most of his time on the water to chasing Bluefin tuna and other offshore species. He continues to fish the waters of Massachusetts; Stellwagen Bank and Mass Bay primarily, but he has also fished areas such as Costa Rica, Cabo San Lucas, Miami, and the Northeast Canyons. Bryan also spends a lot of time chasing giant Bluefin in Canada. He serves as a booking agent under his company Elite Fishing Adventures and has a partnership with Bruce Brothers Charters up in North Lake PEI. Bryan, along with the rest of the Sears family and crew at MBG, have fished commercially and recreationally for giant Bluefin up in Canada alongside the Bruce Brothers for the last 8 years; taking home back to back 2nd place finishes in the International Tuna Cup (2011 &2012).

Bryan and his brother Taylor have also developed and own Elite Tackle Group; a tackle manufacturing company that makes high quality lure skirts, shell squid, resin head lures, and SlickFish that you see being used by many lure makers and tackle shops around the world.