Poveromo's Upper Keys fishing seminar selling fast

George Poveromo leads the seminar. This is a nice queen snapper he landed off Islamorada.
George Poveromo leads the seminar. This is a nice queen snapper he landed off Islamorada.

Tickets are selling rapidly for the Jan. 30 Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series program at Coral Shores High School in Tavernier.

The event, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is headlined by George Poveromo, host of "George Poveromo's World of Saltwater Fishing" on the NBC Sports Network and a contributing editor for Salt Water Sportsman, and ichthyologist Ray Waldner from Palm Beach.

Joining them:

  • Capt. Nick Stanczyk, Islamorada captain who helped pioneer day swordfishing off South Florida aboard his charter boat B&M.

  • Capt. Tony DeLosSantos, a Key Largo backcountry guide with his Lyin' Hawaiian Charters.

  • Capt. Kevin Jeffries, a Key Largo reef and offshore pro who excels at fishing for cubera snapper.

  • Capt. Joe Gonzalez, a flats and backcountry guide who specializes in fishing the Upper Keys and Flamingo with Funnybone Charters.

  • Capt. Lee Lavery, a Key Largo reef, deep drop and offshore fishing pro.

  • Capt. Jimmy Gagliardini, a Marathon-based authority on fishing the bridges, reefs and offshore aboard his High Caliber Fishing Charters.

  • Capt. Ariel Medero, a Marathon-based wreck and offshore fishing authority with his Big Game Sportfishing Charters.

  • Captain Brice Barr, a Key West-based offshore fishing specialist with Double Down Sportfishing.

  • Diego Toiran, a Lower Keys and Key West guide who specializes in catching yellowtail and mutton snappers with Reel Smoker Charters.

  • Capt. Marcus Williams, a Big Pine Key tarpon, reef and offshore guide with Hot Rod Fishing Charters.

  • Capt. David Wicker, who excels at nearshore bottom fishing and marine electronics.

  • Harry Vernon III, a Miami-based authority on live-baiting for pelagics and bottom fish.

This is the 29th year of the seminar series. Each session in the Tavernier program is backed by videos and demonstrations.

Cost is $55, which covers five hours of instruction, a textbook, a one-year subscription or extension to Salt Water Sportsman, one Roffer's Ocean Fishing Forecast Analysis, a bottle of OrPine Wash & Wax, a bottle of Star Tron fuel treatment, a bottle of Star Brite Xtreme Clean and a bottle of Corrosion Block.

There is also an after-party Islamorada Fish Co. with complimentary food, beverages and live music. Each seminar attendee can bring one guest regardless if he she attended the seminar.

To register, call (800) 448-7360 or go to www.nationalseminarseries.com.