Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series comes to the Upper Keys

George Poveromo (right) and longtime friend Capt. Mark Schmidt got these blackfin tunas on lures and light tackle.
George Poveromo (right) and longtime friend Capt. Mark Schmidt got these blackfin tunas on lures and light tackle.

For the second consecutive year, the Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series is to convene in the Florida Keys, providing anglers of all experience levels valuable techniques and tips for fishing in the island chain.

Registration is open for the 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. event Jan. 31 at Coral Shores High School's Performing Arts Theater, mile marker 89.9 oceanside.

George Poveromo, host of "George Poveromo's World of Saltwater Fishing" on the NBC Sports Network and editor at large for Salt Water Sportsman magazine, is to headline the program.

Slated to join Poveromo and co-host Tom Twyford are a series of veteran Florida Keys-based fishing guides. They are to share details to get the most out of Keys angling trips while plying waters from the shallow backcountry to deepwater offshore points.

Courses for the seminar are to focus on fishing techniques for yellowtail and mutton snappers, grouper, snook, redfish, tarpon, trout, dolphin, wahoo, cobia and blackfin tuna, as well as wreck fishing, daytime swordfishing, how to find and fish nearshore and offshore surface temperature breaks and much more.

A seminar series ticket is $55 and includes instruction, a course textbook, a one-year subscription or extension to Salt Water Sportsman and free services, marine products and discount coupons.

The grand prize at the conclusion of the seminar and seven others throughout the east coast and Alabama is a Florida Keys fishing trip with one of several captains, and accommodations. The super grand prize, to be awarded two weeks after the conclusion of the 2015 series, is a 17-foot Mako Pro Skiff.

To register, call (800) 448-7360 or go to www.nationalseminarseries.com. Or tickets are available at the door.

Following are the experts expected to attend:

  • Capt. George Clark Jr. Key Largo bottom- and wreck-fishing specialist and noted backcountry guide with his Rodeo Charters.

  • Capt. Jim Willcox. Premier Islamorada shallow-water and backcountry pro who excels at catching trophy snook, redfish, tarpon and permit with his Ultimate Keys Fishing.

  • Capt. Paul Ross. Distinguished Islamorada-based offshore fishing authority who operates his Relentless from Bud n' Marys.

  • Capt. Ron Brack. Noted Islamorada shallow-water and backcountry guide who runs his Pirate for Hire from the World Wide Sportsman.

  • Capt. Mike Biffel. Authority on fishing the reefs and wrecks off Marathon, as well as the offshore waters with Big Dawg Sportfishing.

  • Capt. Ron Schatman. Offshore angler and pioneer of cutting-edge tactics that revolutionized wahoo fishing.

  • Capt. Andrew Tipler. Innovative Lower Florida Keys guide specializing in fishing the backcountry and oceanside flats and wrecks, Atlantic reefs and offshore waters, with Last Cast Charters.

  • Capt. Beau Woods. Cudjoe Key-based reef, wreck and offshore pro who also specializes in hand-crank tile fishing aboard his Double O Charters.

  • Capt. Diego Toiran. Noted Lower Keys and Key West fishing authority who specializes in catching yellowtail and mutton snappers with Reel Smoker Charters.

  • Capt. Mark Schmidt. Key West light-tackle guide who excels at fishing the wrecks, reefs and prominent bottom structures for both pelagics and bottom fish with Sun Dancer Charters.

  • Capt. David Wicker. Noted authority on using modern marine electronics to catch more fish.