The Fisherman's stable of staff writers, contributors, photographers and videographers boasts an all-star cast determined to lead by example as they cover the most productive waters to be found in New York, New Jersey and New England. With local experts in every type of angling from light tackle and fly to offshore, inshore and freshwater, our experts are on the scene in hot pursuit of the best action throughout the year.
Director of Editorial
A New York State Outdoorsman Hall of Famer, author and surf fishing legend, Fred Golofaro has been at the center of the recreational fishing community for nearly 40 years. Need we say more?
Tom Schlichter has penned over 3,500 articles and columns covering fishing and hunting for many prestigious venues, including The Fisherman Magazine.
Capt. Joe Wenegenofsky
Blending superior writing talent with a solid background in fishing that spans the recreational, charter and commercial sectors, Capt. Joe is an exceptionally versatile angler with a special fondness for blackfishing, surfcasting and fly-tying.
Senior Field Editor
Tom Melton has been part of The Fisherman staff for nearly two decades. A highly-respected angler, he has written hundreds of articles covering inshore saltwater, surf and freshwater fishing.
Tim C. Smith
Photographer Tim Smith's fishing assignments have taken him from the Galapagos Islands to Alaska. Closer to home, his sights are focused on stripers, blues, fluke and shark.
From decking New York's first 1,000-pound blue marlin to leading the successful battle for a 200-mile limit, this charter skipper, outdoors writer and conservationist has been a sport fishing leader.
John N. Raguso
An expert on the offshore scene, boating and electronics, Capt. John N. Raguso has tagged over a thousand sharks, tuna, swordfish and marlin to live and fight for another day.
Ever-modest, Geoff tells friends that when he finally lands the big one, it will be by using the PDL method – Pure Dumb Luck! Those who have seen him fish know better.
A full-time outdoor writer, and a documentary and commercial photographer, Joel Luck's impressive credit list covers fishing, hunting, camping, kayaking, hiking, conservation and even SCUBA diving.
With over 50 years of fishing experience covering the East River to Montauk Point, Bill Stamatis possesses a wealth of fishing knowledge that he willingly shares with anyone that asks.
You’ll find Brad at the rails of one Long Island's many party boats thoughout the year. Whether bucktailing for fluke or chunking for bass, he most enjoys helping others become better anglers.
An outdoors writer since 1973, "Doc" Muller has penned thousands of fishing articles, sharing his vast wealth of fishing knowledge with anglers ranging from beginners to experts.
Austin Perilli has written numerous articles covering his backyard waters of Jamaica Bay and the New York Bight. Fluke, stripers, 'tog, and ling are among his favorite targets.
The recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fisherman’s Conservation Association for his dedication to the angling community, Milt Rosko has a lifetime's wealth of fishing knowledge to share.
Celebrity chef Nader Gebrin has traveled the world in search of fantastic fishing and delicious recipes. Here he shares his favorite seafood dishes along with some hook 'em and cook 'em advice.
Toby Lapinski has been connected to fishing since his earliest years growing up in Western Massachusetts. Today, he's recognized as one of the finest surfcasters in the region.
Equally at home atop a frozen lake jigging for panfish as he is swimming out to a distant rock in the surf, John has a passion for all things fishy and can be found just about anywhere in New England in search of his quarry.
Dave fishes the surf from Point Judith, RI, through the Cape Cod Canal. He not only writes about building plugs, he owns his own plug-building company: Surf Asylum Lures.
Founder of Smoker Baits and winner of several high-profile offshore tournaments, Greg Metcalf teaches a captain's license course and runs a charter boat operation.
Ed Nowak has won dozens of awards for his photography and several for his writing skills while covering New England for The Fisherman and local papers.
A full-time outdoors writer and highly respected skipper, Charley Soares sold his first fishing article in 1964 and has been at the top of his game ever since. Catching stripers on lures is his passion.
An avid angler, Rod Teehan has decked hard-battling species ranging from carp to tarpon. Among his favorites are bronzebacks, bucketmouths, pike, stripers, and snook.
Capt. Al Anderson
Long admired by his peers for both his fishing ability and conservation ethic, Capt. Al has tagged over 60,000 gamefish. He'll be inducted into the IGFA's World Fishing Hall of Fame later this year.
John D. Silva
John D. Silva is an award-winning freelance outdoors writer, photographer and humorist who heads afield throughout the year in a never-ending quest for fishing fun.
Fishing and hunting are Chirs Lido's life’s passions and his byline has appeared from coast to coast. He is also a published poet.
Eric Burnley has fished hard, managed a tackle shop, run a fishing school and launched his own guide service while establishing himself as one of the top outdoors writers in our region.
A well-traveled angler and outdoors scribe, Don Kamienski has sampled some of the top-rated fishing destinations in the world but his favorite trips are those targeting fluke in his home waters.
J. B. Kasper
With 50 years of fishing experience, averaging over 200 days on the water each year, author, field editor and columnist J. B. Kasper has seen it all.
Jeff Merrill, Jr.
A recipient of IGFA’s prestigious Conservation Award, Jeff Merrill, Jr., has extensive inshore and offshore fishing knowledge with a byline that runs coast to coast.
Photojournalist Bob Misak's byline appears frequently in fishing and hunting publications along the East Coast. From stripers and blues to blowfish and kingfish, he has hooked them all.
Allen Riley has fished the shoreline from New England to Key West but believes surf fishing in New Jersey surpasses that of any other state. His articles appear regularly in the pages of The Fisherman.
On The Fisherman's editorial staff since 1973, Pete Barrett has covered everything from offshore to back bay fishing. He believes strongly in gamefish conservation and has won numerous tagging awards.
Bruce Edward Litton
Bruce Edward Litton sports a reputation as a top angler and a popular outdoors writer. He believes fishing is a great way to break out of routines and follows the credo: “An angler always finds a way.”
Mark spends time on Lake Hopatcong, in the suds on the Jersey Shore, aboard party boats and striper fishing on the Hudson. He fullfilled his greatest quest to fish for 365 straight days.
Capt. Scott spends time chasing doormat fluke as well as many other fresh and saltwater species from the Carolinas through the Northeast. He runs Time Out Charters, out of Absecon, NJ.
Capt. Jim Freda
Capt. Jim Freda is a U.S.C.G. licensed captain and has been fishing the beaches and inshore waters of the Jersey Shore for over 30 years.
Lou Martinez is an avid angler and former champion bowhunter who has received two different sportsman's conservation awards.
Crushing the barbs on your hooks makes it easier to free them from the jaws of bass and blues. It might also help you avoid a trip to the hospital should you get stuck. The Fisherman's Fred Golofaro tackles the task.