Back in 1986-87, George Poveromo and Mark Sosin were conducting some fishing seminars as a side attraction at the Ft. Lauderdale boat show.
As writers for Salt Water Sportsman magazine, Poveromo and Sosin noted the attendance at the outdoor seminars consisted of maybe a dozen onlookers, many wolfing down a hot dog or a quick lunch before walking away to check out more boats.
Poveromo and Sosin didn't like the setting of the seminars – were even embarrassed by it – and soon planned to do something different.
“We were not in the seminar state of mind [at the boat show], so we had the idea of coming up with a full blown seminar,” Poveromo said earlier this week. “We decided to take it on the road and Salt Water Sportsman became the presenting sponsor.”
The Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series debuted in 1988 and has become a long-running success among anglers in the eastern U.S. The series will wrap up its 28th year of touring the Atlantic and Gulf coasts with a stop March 7 at The Palace Theater in Myrtle Beach.
“It was all born out of embarrassment at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show,” Poveromo remembered with a laugh.
Poveromo is a renowned saltwater fishing expert, having been a writer and editor for Salt Water Sportsman magazine since 1983.
Poveromo also is the host and producer of a national fishing show – George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing – which airs on the NBC Sports Network and is in its 15th season. He is also a life member of the Florida Coastal Conservation Association and serves as the organization's Offshore Spokesperson.
Of course, Poveromo also puts in extensive work as host and producer of the seminar series, which over the years has become well-known for the wealth of knowledge offered from local, regional and national experts.
The list of experts for the Myrtle Beach seminar, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 7, starts with Poveromo's co-host, Don Hammond, a renowned dolphin expert.
Hammond was a long-time fisheries biologist for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources before retiring to operate the Dolphinfish Research Program. In his work with the program, Hammond has intensely studied the migratory patterns, growth rates and all aspects of dolphin along the East Coast and the Caribbean.
The seminar is also chock full of highly regarded local charter captains who are exceptional at catching fish in the waters along and adjacent to the Grand Strand. Their expertise ranges from inshore fishing for redfish, trout and flounder to offshore trolling for big game such as wahoo, dolphin and tuna – and everything in between.
The faculty for the seminar includes:
•Capt. J Baisch
| Baisch operates Fishful Thinking Guide Service out of Murrells Inlet and is an expert of fishing the inlet for flounder, red drum and trout, the near-shore artificial reefs and the offshore waters.
•Capt. Jay Sconyers
| Sconyers, operator of Aces Up Fishing Charters, is an expert at anything from flounder, red drum and trout in the inlets to offshore trips, either trolling or bottom fishing. Sconyers is especially known for his work on the near-shore artificial reefs.
•Capt. Jason Burton
| Operator of Fly Girl Fishing Charters, Burton is the master flounder fisherman of Murrells Inlet, along with red drum and trout. Burton is also very adept at fishing the near-shore reefs.
•Capt. Fred Rourk
| Operator of Sweet Tea Charters, Rourk is a specialist of fishing Georgetown's Winyah Bay and surrounding areas such as North Inlet and the Santee River delta region.
| Kohl and her husband, Justin, own and operate Nauti Girl out of Georgetown Landing Marina. Kohl specializes in offshore trolling for dolphin, wahoo and blackfin tuna.
•Capt. Greg Holmes
| Holmes, a Grand Strand native, fishes the area from Little River to Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., through his Fish Skinny Guide Service, specializing in red drum, trout and flounder.
•Capt. Jimmy Price
| Price, of Southport, N.C., is widely known for his flounder fishing expertise.
•Capt. Rob Ferris
| Ferris, also of Southport, is an expert on fishing for red drum and king mackerel. He fishes competitively in Southern Kingfish Association (SKA) tournaments and on the IFA Redfish Tour.
•Capt. Paul Godbout
| Godbout is a long-time bottom-fishing authority from the Charleston and Summerville area.
•Capt. David Wicker
| Wicker is an expert in king mackerel fishing and near-shore bottom fishing, plus is a marine electronics specialist.
•Harry Vernon III
| Poveromo calls Vernon a ``legendary'' South Florida-based authority on live-baiting for pelagics, bottom fishing, offshore trolling and daytime swordfishing.
•Dr. Mitchell Roffer
| Roffer is considered the leading authority on locating surface water temperature breaks and ocean circulation features that hold fish.
Each session of the seminar features elaborate visual support to help the instructor get the point across.
“One can’t help but to walk away from the seminar with numerous new tricks and techniques, regardless of their experience level,” said Poveromo.
Tickets are $55 per person. Aside from the seminar, attendees receive numerous additional tidbits including a course textbook, a one-year subscription or extension to Salt Water Sportsman, one Roffer's Ocean Fishing Forecast Analysis, bottle of OrPine Wash & Wax, bottle of Startron fuel treatment, bottle of Star brite Boat Guard and a bottle of Corrosion Block.
There will be numerous door prizes plus a Grand Prize of a Florida Keys fishing trip given away to conclude the seminar. Two weeks after the 2015 series concludes, another grand prize will be awarded – a new Mako Pro Skiff 17 center console.
Seminar attendees are also invited to an After-Seminar Party at the Myrtle Beach location of Bass Pro Shops. The seminar badges will be good for entry to the party, which will feature free food, drink and live music.
That's a lot of stuff for $55.
To register for the seminar, call (800) 448-7360 or visit www.nationalseminarseries.com.
Collin Newton of Waccamaw High School won the Student Angler League Trail Tournament Saturday, weighing in two 22-inch plus red drum for an aggregate of 8.30 pounds. The tournament was held out of the South Island Ferry landing south of Georgetown.
The tournament was the first of the 2015 spring season for the trail, which is designed for middle and high school students. All fish are released.
The next tournament is March 21, also out of South Island Ferry.
For more information, visit www.salttfishing.com. To reach trail coordinator Rayburn Poston, click on the website's Contact tab.