Sunday, November 14, 2010

Member Update: Chris Paparo

Hello All,

A collection of Chris Paparo's photographs will be displayed for the month of January at the Knox School Solarium Gallery as part of a traveling artist series. There will be an opening on Friday, January 14 from 5-8 pm. I've seen some of Chris's terrific work and this display should be a real visual treat. Let's support one of our members.

Here is a link to the gallery,\

You can also check out some of Chris's work at his website


Monday, September 27, 2010

Member Update: Jim Hutchinson


New York Sportfishing Federation Celebrates Show’s 29th Season
The 29th Annual New York Sportfishing Federation Forum & Auction will be held on President’s Weekend, February 18-20, 2011 at the Freeport Recreation Center. Once again, show visitors can expect to top seminars presented by the region’s most well-respected anglers.

Booth exhibitors will be receiving their packages in the next few days – a special prize incentive will also be offered to those who lock their slots in early for 2011. Now going into its 29th year, the New York Sportfishing Federation Forum & Auction at the Freeport Recreation Center is the “can’t miss” sportfishing event of the year in New York featuring seminars, two full rooms of fishing exhibitors, free parking and a grand auction on Sunday featuring thousands of dollars worth of fishing gear and trips.

The New York Sportfishing Federation recently held their annual elections and is excited to report on new editions. Dr. John Meringolo of the Brooklyn Yacht Club was recently elected to the Federation’s Board of Directors at the 2010 delegates meeting. He joins the active board which also includes Federation President Jim Hutchinson, Jr., Vice-President Chuck Hollins, Recording Secretary Jeffrey Leavitt, and Treasurer Tom Wallace. Rounding out the current Board of Directors are Capt. Mike Barnett, Phil Curcio, Bob Danielson, “Crazy” Alberto Knie, John Malizia and Reed Riemer.

In addition to the Freeport show on February 18, 19 and 20 of 2011, the New York Sportfishing Federation is also working with the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) and The Fisherman Magazine to host a special sportfishing night at Nassau Coliseum on Friday, March 11, 2011, as the NY Islanders host the Boston Bruins. Tickets will be on-sale in October.

Get more information on these special events coming in 2011 by calling Federation President Jim Hutchinson at 888-564-6732. You can also visit for details as they are made available.

Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
Managing Director - Recreational Fishing Alliance
Board President - New York Sportfishing Federation
888-JOIN RFA /

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Member Update: Zeno Hromin

LIOCN member Zeno Hromin would like all members to know that Issue #4 of the Surfcasters Journal Magazine is now live at Please visit that site for your reading and viewing pleasure; wonderful articles and terrific photos. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Member Update: Fred Golofaro

LIOCN member, celebrated angler and senior editor of The Fisherman Magazine, Fred Golofaro, to host the country’s largest ‘surf only’ fishing show and workshop. Please see information release posted below. See you there. Thanks...AP


The Fisherman Magazine’s Annual Surf Fishing Show Workshop is slated for Thursday night, September 16, at the Huntington Hilton (quarter mile south of the LIE on Route 110). This show grows larger every year, and this year is no exception. More than 50 surf fishing related tackle manufacturers will be represented, and also displaying their wares and offering special deals on surf gear will be many of the best tackle shops and tackle vendors from the Long Island, Metro area. Attendees are assured of going home with plenty ofgoodies in the form of lures, line and terminal tackle, as every attendee will receive a goody bag, along with a free chance to win a raffle featuring great surf fishing related prizes, including rods, reels and surf fishing accessoriesfrom manufacturers like Lamiglas, St. Croix, Shimano,Okuma, Penn, Shakespeare, Daiwa, Van Staal, AquaSkinz,Tsunami and many others. A continuous schedule of seminars feature an impressive array of the region’s best surf fishermen, among them, “Crazy Alberto” Knie, Bill “Doc”Muller, Fred Golofaro, John Paduano, surf guide Bill Wetzel and Eric “The Treeman” Ernst, among others. You’ll also be able to pick the brains of veteran casters from LIBBA and the Montauk Surfcasters Association, who will be there signing up new members and renewing current members. If you’re into surf fishing, or looking to join the ranks of the surf fishing fraternity, you won’t want to miss this show. It will be a great opportunity to stock up on your favorite lures and rigs, and any accessories you’ll need to get you through the fall action. Show doors open at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and children 16 and under.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Member Update: Alberto Knie

LIOCN member and renowned fishing expert, Alberto Knie, has embarked upon a new and exciting journey. True to his “non-stop-fishing” approach to recreational angling Alberto has created a cutting edge line of innovative fishing products and gear. Information about his new venture is contained in the following press release.

For Immediate Release

Tactical Anglers

Tactical Anglers, Inc. is a small but savvy company comprised of die-hard fishermen. We are also innovative product designers with a mission to create strategic fishing products for demanding anglers worldwide. Our vision is to be the dominating partner to fishing retailers, serving a diverse range of angling needs. The core of our company is “all about the fishing.” Our products are innovative, proven, and tested with the best available materials and made available at reasonable price to the consumer.

We are constantly thinking of new product creations and improving on faulty products to fill the market voids. The Tactical Anglers provides sport anglers with unsurpassed quality tools to help catch his or her dream fish.

The Tactical Anglers “Fast Clips” are our first product launch and they will immediately be followed with “Smart Lures,” apparel, reliable terminal tackle, and other indispensible products.

Like our mission statement, our objective is to “exceed your expectations!”

Tactical Anglers Fast Clips are made from a thick single stainless-steel wire to provide maximum strength and dependability. Unlike other brands, our clips are thicker, wider, and have a slip-proof design (patent pending). There are three available sizes (50lbs, 125lbs, and 175 lbs.).

Tactical Anglers SMART LURES are monster fish producers!

· Large Recessed Diamond Eyes - maximum lifelike reflections
· Vibrating Exterior System - patent pending gill plates to disperse vibration
· Heavy 3 Part Paint / Gloss - maximum shine
· Thick Plastic Body Mold - consistency & durability
· Strong Steel Thru-Wired - maximum strength
· Internal Weight Distribution - maximum casting distance
· Internal Rattling Chambers - added fish attracting noise

3 oz. - Darts, swims, rattles, and ungulates

2 oz. - Tantalizing, and seductive dancing movement – rattles and ungulates

Loudest popper on the market – for the meanest and toughest critters

Available in six fish catching colors:
· Olive & Turquoise
· Black & Purple
· Olive & Pink
· Chartreuse & White
· Menhaden
· Gold & Yellow

For further information contact: or 631.291.6223

Tactical Anglers, Inc.
656 N. Wellwood Ave – Suite C 105
Lindenhurst, N.Y. 1175

Monday, August 23, 2010

Member Update: Angelo Peluso

LIOCN member Angelo Peluso is pleased to announce that effective with the August 18th issue he will once again be writing the bi-weekly “Fishing and Outdoors” column for the Times Beacon Record family of Long Island newspapers. Angelo’s column is a general outdoors and fishing column that will appear in both the print and digital versions of the newspapers. The column will run in all editions: The Village Beacon Record; The Port Times Record; The Village Times Herald; The Times of Middle Country; The Times of Smithtown; The Times of Northport; and The Times of Huntington. The column can be read online at by visiting

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Member Update: William Doc Muller

Hello all,
I am pleased and honored to announce that one our very own, William Doc Muller, has enjoyed yet another significant publishing event . Doc’s latest novel, Vanishing Cures, is hot off the press and available as a great summer read. I’ve already begun enjoying Doc’s words and plot. The novel received an Editor’s Choice Award. As many of you know Doc is a talented and prolific writer. He has published eight non-fiction books, thousands of magazine articles, short stories and an earlier novel, Plague of Terror. Doc holds a PhD in biology and is a professor emeritus from New York Institute of Technology. And on top of all that, he is a legendary surf fisherman! Contained below is the press release for Vanishing Cures. Congratulations Doc.

Press Release-New Book
Vanishing Cures
A novel by William A. Muller
An Editor’s Choice Selection

“Vanishing Cures is a great adventure, complete with strong, engaging characters; and intense, well-paced plot line, and a terrific depiction of good versus evil.”

“Organic-sounding dialogue.”

“Action-adventure enthusiasts will love the characters and the series.”

Vanishing Cures was inspired by a CBS 60 Minutes episode about Asian drug cartels selling imitations of life-saving drugs and vaccines putting millions of unsuspecting lives are at risk. Ex Navy SEALs Severin and Krueger along with an NYPD detective and the FBI who previously forged an alliance to stop a terrorist plot to disseminate deadly smallpox, now join an international sting spearheaded by the FBI, MI6, and Interpol to break the back of one cartel. Severin becomes addicted to the adrenaline rush, but his biggest challenges may found in his personal and professional relationships. Thwarted by corruption, snafus among international agencies, and a savvy opponent, the sting is threatened; Severin and Krueger are targeted as they pursue the criminals from the U.S. to Europe and back. Only time will tell if they’ll be victorious over the evil that looms.

For more information about the book you can log on to or Barnes & Simply type ineither the title of the book or the author’s complete name as it appears above.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Member Update: Bob Banfelder

Update from Bob Banfelder...

As you know, I have launched six new publications, two of which are of particular interest to the outdoorsman, titled: Strictly Fly-Fishing and Fishing Fresh and Salt Water ~ Hunting ~ Eating Well. THE PITCH for these publications may be viewed on my Web site,, under Subscribe to Bob's Unique Periodicals. The publications offer unprecedented information, valuable insights, big money-saving tips and money-making strategies, how-to guides, and lots more. Early subscribers can take advantage of deep discounts before a projected major advertising campaign is launched next year. Also, my award-winning novels highlight the great outdoors. These books make wonderful personalized gifts. Again, specific information may be viewed on my Web site.

Very best regards,

Saturday, June 19, 2010

New York State Outdoor Education Association

Hello All,
Hope the spring is treating you well...just wanted to let you know that I made contact with the NYSOEA and the organization picked up the story on the children's writing contest and featured it in their June issue. You can check it out at The organization is administered by SUNY Cortland and links to all the school districts througout New York State. I should have some idea about contest number two before we meet for the elusive dinner. We may have a few options to consider. Stay well...AP

Sunday, March 28, 2010

John Skinner's New "FishersLog"

LIOCN member John Skinner has introduced a new fishing log and analysis product. John is an experienced and accomplished angler and professional systems developer. That combination of skills has lead to the creation of a very effective PC and MAC fishing tool. John has taken fishing logs into the 21st century. His new enterprise is "Edge Communications." His recent press release is posted below.


On the Edge Communications releases
Fishing Log Software for Windows and Mac

Wading River, NY (March 29, 2010)- On the Edge Communications announced today the release of FishersLog™, a fishing trip logging and analysis program.
FishersLog is a professionally engineered fishing log program designed to make it very convenient for an angler to create and maintain an accurate log of fishing experiences. The program’s intuitive interface allows anglers to quickly and easily record data such as weather and water conditions, locations, species caught, and fishing techniques. The software will automatically generate sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset, and moon phase data for each trip, eliminating the need for the angler to look up and record this important information. . Pictures can be associated with trips. Convenient graphical analysis tools allow the angler to spot fishing trends and visualize their fishing experiences in ways not possible with more simplistic methods of recording trips.

John Skinner, a New York-based fishing writer, author, and lecturer, developed FishersLog with a well-earned reputation as a consistent producer of trophy striped bass from Long Island waters. Skinner credits his methodical record keeping and examination of those records as part of the formula for consistent fishing success. John Skinner has over 20 years of software development experience working for a government research laboratory and a major aerospace company.

“How an angler organizes and processes fishing data often makes the difference between consistent success and occasional luck,” said Skinner. “FishersLog helps anglers record and examine data more effectively and efficiently, while providing valuable insights that can often translate into better fishing decisions.”

Trip reports can be exported to HTML for display in a web browser, exported to a text editor, or be generated in printer friendly format.

FishersLog runs on Windows and Intel-based Mac OS X versions 10.5 or higher. It can be downloaded for a free 7-day evaluation period and purchased online for $19.95 at

Monday, March 1, 2010

Youth Writing Awards Ceremony

The awards ceremony for the Youth Fishing Essay Contest was held on Saturday February 27 at the Suffolk County Boat and Sportfishing Show. The event was well attended with all winners and their families in attendance. We also had a terrific show of support from The Fisherman magazine and LIOCN to help out with the event. Fred Golofaro, Doc Muller, Mike Caruso, Bob Banfelder, Donna Derasmo, Tim Smith, Jerry Collins (Captain Kayak) and yours truly, AP, were in attendance. The certificates and prizes were awared in the lecture hall of the college but we took the awarding of the grand prize out onto the floor of the show. That proved to be a real attention getter and it was an enjoyable and fun experience for all.
By all meaures, the contest was a success. We granted fifteen 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes and five special recognition awards that included the Grand Prize. Special thanks go to Captain Kayak and The Fisherman for obtaining the Hobie Kayak and to Chris Paparo and Atlantis Marine World for three very special awards. Thanks also go out to a number of LICON members for their gracious contributions: William Doc Muller; Kevin Falvey; Zeno Hromin; Nick Karas; John Skinner; Tom Melton;Tim Smith; Al Lorenzetti and AP. Other awards were donated by Albright Tackle, Shimano, Daiwa, Zebco/Quantum, Matzuo/South Bend, Pure Fishing, J&H Super Outlet, George Povermo, Larry Czonka and Roland Martin.
And thanks again to all the judges: Doc Muller; Fred Golofaro; Joel Lucks; Bob Banfelder; Donna Derasmo and AP.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Congratulations John Skinner

Congratulations and kudos to LIOCN member John Skinner for his recent New York State record false albacore that pushed the scale to 16.4 pounds. That is a very substantial little tunny for this neck of the woods, or anywhere along the east coast. Once again, congratulations.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

2009 Youth Fishing Essay Contest

For Immediate Release

The Fisherman magazine and the Long Island Outdoor Communicators Network announce winners of the 2009 Youth Fishing Essay Contest. According to contest coordinator, Angelo Peluso, “We received more than two-hundred outstanding entries, making judging a pleasant, challenging and rewarding task. After thorough review by the panel of judges, awards were conferred on the top fifteen essays. Forty-four certificates of achievement were also granted. Prizes for all winning 1st, 2nd and 3rd place essays in each age category will be awarded on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 11:00 AM at the Suffolk County Boat and Sportfishing Show, Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, NY.

Award recipients were as follows: High School (Grades 10-12): 1st Place, Ben McCarron - “A Bite Under The Light”; 2nd Place, Megan Whitehurst - “Fishing With My Father”; 3rd Place, Bobby Wood - “More Than Just Fishing”.

Junior Category (Grades 7-9): 1st Place, Anna Rose Petinos - “What Fishing Means to Me”; 2nd Place, Leslie Toohey - “A Fish Tail”; 3rd Place, Tristan Whitehouse - “What Fishing Means to Me”.

Elementary Category (Grade 6): 1st Place, Elizabeth Salzman - “My Favorite Fishing Memory”; 2nd Place, Emma Franza - “My Favorite Fishing Story”; 3rd Place, Anthony Caligure - “My Greatest Fishing Story”.

Elementary Category (Grades 4-5): 1st Place, Summer Kester - “My First Striped Bass”;
2nd Place, Steve Eastwood - “Fishing in Lake Erie”; 3rd Place, Jack Broomer - “My Favorite Fishing Story”.

Elementary (Grades 1-3); 1st Place, John Salerno - “What Fishing Means to Me”;
2nd Place, Grace Hayes - “My Favorite Fishing Story”; 3rd Place, Abby Heffernan - “My First Fish”.

Grand Prize/Hobie Kayak: Winner will be announced on Saturday, January 30th at the New York Sportsman’s Expo at the Nassau Coliseum. Winner will be announced from among the 1st place essays in each category.

Certificates of Achievement are awarded for honorable mention to the following contest participants: Andrea Churchill, Karen Borst, Tiyana Coleman, Patrick Straus, Sodasia Thompson, Alex Kinn, Zach Petruzzi, Tyler Quaresimo, Karl Nilsen, Donald Bangs Jr., Christine Widera, Matthew Gino, William Carney, Daniel Smith, Anthony Capellupo, Kristen Pisani, Giavanna Bergano, Chelsea Lombardo, Antonio Leone, Annie Shelley, Sabrina Esposito, Anthony Arrigo, Rachel Barbato, Hunter Cairo, Chandler Sciara, Victoria Tran, Ryan Lange, Brianna Scarda, Melanie Regan, Grace MacGibbon, Matthew Heffernan, Sean Gurl, Jack Calla, Ryan Murphy, Patrick Mangels, TJ Walker, Emma Doxsee, Angelina Scocozza, Augusto Rodriguez, Joseph Dahlinger, Francis Whitehouse IV, Allison Russo, Karleigh Moran.

We would like to thank all award donors for their kind contributions: Albright Tackle, Shimano, Daiwa, Zebco/Quantum, Matzuo/South Bend, Pure Fishing, Hobie, Captain Kayak, J&H Super Outlet, George Poveromo, Roland Martin, Larry Czonka, LIOCN Members: William Doc Muller, Nick Karas, Tom Schlichter, Tom Melton, Alberto Knie, Kevin Falvey, Angelo Peluso, Gary Joyce, Chis Paparo and Atlantis Marine World.

For additional information about this press release please contact:

Saturday, January 16, 2010

LIOCN Group Created on

I had a few minutes this morning so I created a LIOCN group on For those of you who may not be familiar with LinkedIn, it was first created as a 'face-book'- type site for adults. Facebook originally started as a teeny-bopper, HS and college social site. But LinkedIn has always attracted professionals from all walks of life. Since I have been a member I have enjoyed feedback that has lead to article assignments and other engagements, and I know plenty of folks who've landed jobs from the networking. I am not sure how many of you are on LinkeIn but for those of you who are it is a simple process to join the group. For those who aren't, I've sent an official invite email so simply create a brief profile and you're in. Based on my experience this is one of the best professional networking sites on the web. I've also coded our group so that anyone who wants to join needs to be pre-approved. Stay well...AP