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Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series Returns to Hampton, Virginia

The Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series will bring its mid-Atlantic edition to Hampton, Virginia, Jan. 13, 2018. The Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium at Thomas Nelson Community College (99 Thomas Nelson Drive, Hampton) will host the 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. event.

George Poveromo – Host of George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing on the NBC Sports Network headlines the program, along with Ric Burnley – Noted light tackle, lower Chesapeake Bay fishing specialist, writer and Regional Editor for Salt Water Sportsman.

Joining will be:

Wes Blow – Distinguished Bay, cobia and offshore wreck-fishing expert.

Capt Russ Kostinas – Premier Virginia Beach offshore trolling and live-baiting pro with Top Notch Sportfishing Charters.

Captain Rudy Levasseur – Distinguished inshore and offshore pro and specialist at sight fishing for cobia with LeGrande Slam Sportfishing Charters.

Dr. Ken Neill III – Noted authority on fishing Virginia’s coastal and offshore waters and holder of the Virginia State Record tautog of 24-pounds,three-ounces, aboard his vessel – Healthy Grin.

Dee Kaminski – Distinguished Florida-based kayak, artificial lures and sight-casting pro for trophy redfish, black drum, flounder and sea trout with Reel Kayak Fishing.

Dr. Mitchell Roffer – The nation’s leading authority on locating productive water surface temperature breaks and ocean-circulation features for near shore and offshore game fish.

Beth Synowiec – Authority on catching trophy class sheepshead, tautog and hand-crank deep-dropping for tilefish and other bottom denizens.

Captain Mike Goodwine – Noted West Central Florida-based expert at catching red drum and sea trout, with Blackneck Adventure Fishing Charters.

“Crazy” Alberto Knie - Legendary trophy striped bass authority and innovative specialist at catching trophy class fluke and tautog.

Harry Vernon III – Innovative South Florida-based offshore trolling, live-baiting, and bottom fishing expert.

Captain David Wicker - Noted marine electronics specialist and authority on catching king mackerel and bottom fish.

Alan Wenzel – South Florida offshore fishing pro and bottom-fishing expert.

Courses will focus on: Live-baiting for trophy striped bass; Northeast tactics that take monster Virginia Beach striped bass; Cutting-edge striper trolling; Refined flounder tactics; How to consistently locate and catch trophy flounder; Score big Chesapeake Bay flounder; Sheepshead the easy way; How to target trophy sheepshead; Sight fishing for cobia; How to excite and catch stubborn cobia; Chunking for trophy cobia; How to consistently catch drum; light tackle fishing for red and black drum; Trophy drum on artificials; Scoring around inlets, jetties and beaches; Fishing for puppy drum and sea trout; Secrets of fishing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel; No nonsense rockfish tactics; Successful bottom- and wreck- fishing (tautog, spadefish, spot and sea bass); How to catch trophy king mackerel; Hand-crank deep-dropping for tile fish; How to chum like the pros (inshore and offshore); Kite fishing for trophy king mackerel, tuna, shark and billfish; How to mix and troll natural baits and lures; Hot white marlin teaser strategies; Top white marlin baits and spreads; Top methods for catching more and larger yellowfin tuna; Can’t miss trolling tactics for bluefin; Flutter-jigging for tuna; Sub-surface offshore trolling for wahoo and tuna; Can’t miss dolphin tactics!

A ticket to the Seminar Series costs $ 55 and includes a comprehensive textbook, a one-year subscription or extension to Salt Water Sportsman Magazine, One Roffer’s Ocean Fishing Forecast Analysis (offshore tuna, dolphin and marlin and major kingfish tournaments only), a bottle of OrPine Wash & Wax, bottle of Corrosion Block; Star tron Fuel Additive, Star brite Xtreme Clean, and a $ 10 discount card to Bass Pro Shops (based on a purchase of $ 75.00 or more).

In addition to the five hours of instruction, thousands of dollars’ worth of door prizes will be awarded. The top prize awarded at the conclusion of the is a Florida Keys fishing trip. Plus, the names of all attendees from all eight stops on the 2018 National Seminar Series Tour will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win the Super Grand Prize - a brand new Mako ProSkiff 17! The drawing for the boat will take place one week after the completion of the final seminar on the tour.

AFTER SEMINAR PARTY – After the Hampton seminar concludes at 3 p.m., ticket holders will be treated to a special party at the Hampton Bass Pro Shops from 5 - 9 p.m. A section of the store will be reserved for seminar attendees, where they can enjoy complimentary food, beverages and live musical entertainment. George Poveromo will be in attendance, as will other faculty and guests.

DON’T MISS OUT - To order tickets by phone with a major credit card, call 1-800-448-7360. To order On-Line and for more information – visit:

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