The Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series kicks off its 33rd year on January 4 in Fort Myers, Florida. The series then heads to Hampton, Virginia, January 11; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, January 18; Islamorada, Florida Keys, January 25; New Bern, North Carolina, February 1; Atlantic City, New Jersey, February 8; Trumbull, Connecticut, February 22; and Port St. Lucie, Florida, February 29. All seminars are held on a Saturday— from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.—and each stop is tailored to the local saltwater fishing.

Learn from the Pros - Headlining the Seminar Series is George Poveromo, host of George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing on Discovery Channel and SWS contributing editor. Joining Poveromo at each location will be some of the very best national and local pros, such as Mike Goodwine, Harry Vernon III, “Crazy” Alberto Knie, Debbie Hanson, Nick Honachefsky, Dr. Ray Waldner, Ric Burnley, Jot Owens, Dave Wicker, Alan Wenzel, Rick Mola, Bouncer Smith and numerous others. Their mission: Educate anglers on the latest angling tactics and techniques, along with where to catch more and larger game fish regionally. “A big part of the Seminar Series’ success is attributed to our unique mix of both national and local pros as faculty,” Poveromo says. “A minimum of 10 faculty members will be at each location. We use a team-teaching concept where four pros simultaneously share the stage to discuss a topic. The outcome is entertaining as well as highly educational. Instead of learning how one pro catches a game fish he or she specializes in, the audience is privy to several different approaches. In short, the national pros discuss their most effective ways for catching a particular species—sometimes tactics that might not be in play regionally—whereas the local pros cover strategies that pay off in local waters, and the best locations to consistently catch the respective game fish. The next time an attendee’s go-to technique isn’t cutting it, they can refer back to the Seminar Series, and try one or more of the other methods we covered for that target species.”

Posh Venues - To ensure a comfortable and acoustically- perfect learning experience, the seminars are held in major performing arts theaters and grand ballrooms, where large lobby areas allow sponsors to display their latest products, complete with factory reps to field questions. Many of these venues are close to major interstates, which make it convenient for attendees coming from afar.

Visual Support - To help reinforce this valuable information, images of specific rigs, video clips, and close-ups of maps beam from two large multimedia screens flanking the faculty on stage. And to ensure anglers of all skill levels benefit, each seminar session begins with the basics, progresses on to an intermediate level, and concludes with more advanced techniques and tactics.


Door Prizes Galore! - Thousands of dollars’ worth of door prizes are awarded at each Seminar Series city. Each attendee is eligible to win Penn reels, Bass Pro Shops gift cards, Costa sunglasses, Rapala lures and fillet knives, Sufix fishing lines, trolling lures, dredges, spreader bars, pliers, Papa’s Pilar Rum, coolers, and countless other valuable door prizes awarded in between seminar sessions.

Fish the Florida Keys – A grand prize—a Florida Keys fishing trip with a premier guide—will be awarded at the conclusion of each Seminar Series stop, with accommodations at a luxury resort, such as the Perry Hotel, Ocean Pointe Suites, or Parmer’s Resort.

Win a New Mako! – A Mako 17 Pro Skiff center-console will be awarded as a super grand prize via a drawing from the names of all 2020 seminar attendees. In 2019, Poveromo presented the boat to Ray Lombard, Islamorada seminar attendee, at the Bass Pro Shops in Miami. The Lombard family plans on using their new Mako for shallow-water and backcountry fun around their home in Islamorada. Will you be the winner in 2020?


After Seminar Parties – An extremely popular seminar perk is the After Seminar Parties, held at the nearest Bass Pro Shops. They’re excellent opportunities to meet and socialize with many faculty members, including George Poveromo. The local Bass Pro Shops sets aside an area just for Seminar Series attendees, who are allowed to bring one guest. Here, everyone will enjoy complimentary beverages, finger foods and music. The Seminar Series runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; the After Seminar Parties begin at 4 p.m. and conclude at 6 p.m. All but the New Bern, North Carolina, seminar will have an After Seminar Party.

The Swag! – Each attendee receives a Star brite bucket filled with goodies, including Star brite Boat Soap, Star Tron, OrPine Boat Soap, Corrosion Block, Seminar Series items, and much, much, more!

Seminars sell out fast, so sign up early. Above, attendees socialize with seminar faculty at the after party.

The Cost – Tickets to the Seminar Series are $55. This includes the 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. seminar, course textbook, one-year subscription to Salt Water Sportsman, Roffers Fishing Forecast Analysis, Star brite bucket and boat soap, OrPine Boat Soap, Corrosion Block, chances at door prizes, and the After Seminar Party.

SPECIAL VIP PACKAGES – All advance ticket orders will be entered into drawings for chances to win VIP upgrades.
This includes a front row seat and back stage access to join the faculty for coffee and snacks in the morning and lunch at noon.


TO ORDER TICKETS (and for additional information): Visit: www.nationalseminarseries.com, or call 1-800-448-7360.

This is one day of school you can’t afford to miss!

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