Gregg Holshouser’s Outdoors Column | Poveromo excited for Salt Water Sportsman Seminar Series

01/24/2013 6:07 PM

01/24/2013 6:30 PM

No, George Poveromo isn’t getting burned out in his 26th year of touring the Atlantic and Gulf coasts to provide saltwater anglers with the latest information on saltwater fishing through his seminar series.

Quite the contrary.

The South Florida resident is as fired up as ever to present his Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series each winter. The venues for this year’s seminars stretch from Rhode Island to Mississippi with stops Saturday at Bolivia in Brunswick County, N.C. and Feb. 9 in Charleston.

In the office, Poveromo is Editor-At-Large for Salt Water Sportsman magazine. On the water, Poveromo dons his white visor and hosts George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing television series.

The seminar series was the brainchild of Poveromo and long-time saltwater fishing show host Mark Sosin in 1987 and the series hit the road for the first time in 1988. Sosin departed the series after 10 years, but Poveromo marches on.

“I very much enjoy doing these seminars, and get just as pumped up and excited about them today as I did during those early years,” Poveromo said earlier this week. “For me, there’s just something neat about meeting other anglers and being able to share tactics and techniques that will help them catch more fish.

“I always said that the very first time I get tired of the Seminar Series, I’d quit. I’m having too much fun with it right now to even consider hanging up my white visor.”

Saturday’s seminar stop will be held at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium, located at 50 College Road NE in Bolivia, N.C.

The Charleston stop will be held at Charleston Southern University’s Lightsey Auditorium, located at 9200 University Drive in Charleston.

Poveromo’s seminars feature numerous experts on both the regional and national level ready to share their tips. During the two Carolina stops, everything from estuary fishing for flounder, trout and reds to offshore big-game fishing for tuna, wahoo and marlin will be on the docket.

“Each Seminar Series stop is tailored to the specific region in which it is being held,” Poveromo said. “This is also where our local teams come into play. They discuss specific information as to the best areas, optimum tide stages, conditions, etc. to catch the specific species that are being covered.

“We dial in the how-tos and where-tos of catching fish within these regions, and provide anglers a short cut for catching more fish.”

The national experts offer expertise from a different point of view.

“The audience is privy to hearing the latest tactics and rigs that are catching the very same species they’re fishing for – but in different areas of the country,” Poveromo said.

Among the experts will be local captains J Baisch of Fishful Thinking out of Murrells Inlet (at the Bolivia seminar) and Fred Rourk of Sweet Tea Charters out of Georgetown (at the Charleston seminar). The national experts will include Rick Burnley, Regional Editor of Salt Water Sportsman magazine, and Miami-based authorities Capt. Bouncer Smith and Harry Vernon III.

The common train of thought is that such seminars are for novices – anglers who are just cutting their teeth on the ins and outs of saltwater fishing. Not so fast, says Poveromo.

“The Seminar Series offers something for everyone, regardless of skill level,” Poveromo said. “Even the most seasoned anglers can pick up some different rigging or fishing tactics that they may have yet to either try or hear of. We aim to begin each session with the basics – to help newcomers to the sport establish a building base, then proceed on to an intermediate level, and then finish up with advanced information.”

Fee for attending the seminar is $55, which includes the six hours of instruction plus a course textbook. The fee also includes a one-year subscription to Salt Water Sportsman, one Roffer’s Fishing Forecast analysis, one spool of Sufix fishing line, a bottle of OrPine Wash & Wax, a bottle of Startron fuel treatment, a bottle of Corrosion Block and $20 off a purchase of $150 or more from Capt. Harry’s Fishing Supply.

Attendees will also be entered into drawings for door prizes, including Bahamas fishing trips.

Each seminar runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an hour break at noon during which a new kids seminar will be conducted.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 1-800-448-7360 or visit

CCA State Convention

The Coastal Conservation Association South Carolina’s State Convention will be held Feb. 1-2 at the Sportsman Island facility on Daniel Island.

On Feb. 1, an oyster roast with raffles and beer and wine will be the appetizer for the next day’s main course. On Feb. 2, the state awards ceremony banquet will be held featuring full bar, dinner, raffles and an auction.

Tickets are $25 per person for the Feb. 1 event, $40 for the Feb. 2 event, plus weekend tickets for both events are $60 for individuals and $90 for a couple.

For more information, call 803-865-4164.

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