Pro Staff Members

Bernie Hoyt

Bernie Hoyt (a.k.a.Bernie Bass),Bernie Hoyt is a NY State Certified Fishing Guide who specializes in surf fishing with over 30 years of experience. Bernie is a native Long Islander who was introduced to surf fishing by his father at a young age along the beaches of Fire Island. Today he continues to fish those beaches of Long Island; including the “mecca” Montauk, NY.

He offers trips for all ages and skill levels. When not fishing the Long Island Outer Beaches and inlets; he conducts trips to Cape Cod Canal, Cuttyhunk, and other striper coast locations. He delivers informative seminars throughout the off season in hopes of assisting and improving anglers’ strategies and techniques; to spark a flame in people, especially the younger generation that may be interested in learning about the sport; and to inform anglers about “Catch and Release” and its relevance to the sport. “I believe what makes me unique is my experience of becoming an angler at such a young age and my ability to get people of all ages excited about the sport of fishing. Bernie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the sport of surfcasting. Among his many strengths are the flexibility and experience to fish under various conditions and the willingness to learn and develop new strategies to be more successful.

He currently writes a monthly article on surf fishing for IBASS360.COM. He is a team member for S&S Bucktails, ODM RODS, KASTKING, GOIN’EAST AND IBASS360. He is also a long time member of the Long Island Beach Buggy Association and The Montauk Surfcasters Association.



John Skinner

John Skinner is the author of the books Fishing for Summer Flounder, Striper Pursuit, Fishing the Bucktail, and A Season on the Edge, and a contributing writer to the book The Hunt for Big Stripers. He was the long-time Surf Fishing Columnist and former Editor-in-Chief of Nor’east Saltwater Magazine. He has written many articles for Nor’east Saltwater, On the Water, and The Surfcaster’s Journal. His videos on the John Skinner Fishing YouTube Channel are known to anglers worldwide. He is the creator of the fishing log software, FishersLog. Skinner is a frequent speaker at outdoor shows and has a well-earned reputation as a consistent producer of trophy striped bass. He holds the current New York State false albacore record. When not plying the beaches, he can often be found fishing from his kayak, or Scuba diving in Long Island Sound.

Team El Nino


Team El Nino Fishing, Williamstown, NJ

Nino Aversa, Ron Redrow, Rob Kessler, Dylan Montgomery & Dennis Shultz

The El Nino Saltwater Fishing Team is based in Southern NJ. They are a group of seasoned anglers with collectively over 40 years’ experience on the water predominately growing up fishing around the waters off Wildwood, Cape May, and Delaware Bay . They fish all facets of saltwater from the back bays to 100 miles offshore. Including many tournaments and a grueling schedule of recreational trips. The team is on the water 10-11 months out of the year as many days that conditions allow. For their team a hobby has turned into a passion that they will keep pursuing for a long time.

The traditional recreational fishermen keeps their boat in a slip for the season or trailers to their local waters. Every year the ELNino a (2320 Parker Pilothouse) stays on the trailer and they tow it to some of the most desirable places to fish on the East Coast. During their season they travel to most common coastal areas from Ocean City Maryland to Raritan Bay, Long Island, and Montauk New York selectively strategizing where the best place fish week to week. Doing so they have established a vast combination of exposure and great relationships with fishermen, charter captains, tackle shops, and tournament directors all throughout the fishing communities. The relationships, the memories, the laughs along the way is what keeps them living the dream.

Northeast Surfcasters was founded in 2017 by four avid Surfcasters who have become more like brothers. As we are sure other Northeast anglers can relate, the bond and love created by this sport supersedes any other. To most, this bond & love we speak of is unexplainable and actually thought of by others as insanity! But if you’re like one of us that lives for that perfect tide, first light blitz, that nor’easter rolling up the coast, or just the chance that you could catch the fish of a life time, then you know exactly what we’re talking about!
The four of us grew up fishing the north as well as the south shores of Massachusetts. From a young age all of us have been 100% obsessed with surfcasting and the addiction has only intensified with age! We fish from New Jersey to Maine throughout the season but our primary areas are Cape Cod as well as Plum Island and the southern New Hampshire coast. We mainly target striped bass, gator blue fish and of course Albies.
We pride ourselves on practicing and spreading proper etiquette, respect and doing everything possible to help sustain the striped bass fishery as well as all other local game fish. While we respect the angler, who harvests a legal fish from time to time, we’re 100% catch and release. We urge all anglers to do the same at least in regards to larger breeder class fish! Good luck to all of you this season and hopefully we run into some of you on the water!

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Zachary Frankel is an avid angler who has been fishing since he could hold a rod. He has caught almost everything New Jersey waters have to offer from fluke all the way to tuna. He has grown up fishing for fluke, in Shark River, almost everyday during the season. He has been tuna fishing since he was 8 and does multiple trips every year. For the last two seasons (going on three) he has run an 18ft Maycraft called the “Fluke Aholic”. He uses his boat to target all of New Jerseys inshore species, especially doormat fluke. But New Jersey is not the only place he goes fishing. He often fishes down in Florida and Costa Rica for a couple weeks out of the year.

Captain Frank Lanzo

Captain Frank Lanzo

Captain Frank Lanzo will charter your party around the Long Island Sound to fishing grounds that have caught the best fish the area has to offer. He is a U.S.C.G licensed charter boat captain. With over 25 years of fishing Long Island Sound waters you can trust his expertise.
Captain Frank is honest and hardworking. He will make the best recommendation for your trip based on the time of year and customize to your needs. He will run the boat hard to find and bring you to the fish.
From trophy Striped Bass to doormat Fluke, a successful catch awaits you. Frankie is sure to show your charter party the best time. Book a charter now to reserve your date.

Captain Brett Taylor

Captain Brett Taylor

Matt Carson

Matt Carson

Jonny Thomsen Jr

Reel Drag Captain Tony Miller 2230 Bridge Ave Point Pleasant NJ 08742

Reel Drag Captain Tony Miller
2230 Bridge Ave Point Pleasant NJ 08742



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Northeast Boat and Kayak Charters with IGFA Captain Jerry Sparks offers tours, instruction and premier light tackle and fly fishing in the RI and C T Costal Waters   targeting Striped Bass, Bluefish, False Albacore and Bonita.

IGFA Captain Jerry Sparks, with his extensive knowledge and passion for Striped Bass fishing, can accommodate all anglers from beginners to the more advanced while providing them with new techniques and all the necessary equipment to create the best boat or kayaking fishing experience.

Captain Sparks has been a tournament angler and fishing guide for over 20 years.. He is an expert in inshore boat and kayak fishing techniques, and is a frequent speaker at fishing seminars and expos along the East Coast, and had been referenced many times by the fishing and paddle sports media.  He is also on the pro staff for many of the leading bands in the industry, including SCOTTY, BENDING BRANCHES,, AFTCO , NRS, DOA LURES, EDDYLINE KAYAKS, S & S BUCKTAILS, SOFT SCIENCE SHOES

Mike Placko

Captain Mike Placko is a United States Coast Guard approved captain with a 6 pack license. He runs his Charter Sign Me Up Fishing with his 2015 30′ center console Sailfish out of Crystal Pointe Marina which is located in Point Pleasant NJ. Mike started off fishing at the Jersey Shore area over 25 years ago and has made it a passion of his ever since. He started off surf fishing and then started helping out as a mate on others boats which made him realize he had to get a boat and start introducing others to what he loved.  Through the years Mike has established himself as a excellent inshore fisherman and has gained extensive knowledge on both inshore and offshore fishing.  From inshore fishing for tog, sea bass, fluke, bluefish and striped bass to off shore catching Tuna, Mahi Mahi & shark. Whether it’s trolling or jigging you are bound to get a catch to remember. When in doubt Mike always loves to do some wreck fishing because you just never know what will be on the other end of that line. He also on the Pro Staff for Accurate Fishing Reels,Tony Maja Products . So whether you are a beginner angler or advanced Mike will set you up on a great fishing experience.  Book a charter now to reserve a date.


Our lures are utilized extensively by these noted charter boat captains:

Capt. Matt Carson Tammi-Lynn Charters
Captain Angelo – Jewel Charters