About White Water Outfitters!
We’ve brought together several top professionals in the industry and local hot shots with one purpose in mind – to give you the most successful fishing experience possible!
The White Water Pro Staff brings you a seasoned team of fishing professionals including captains, guides and mates. Our combined experience represents hundreds of fishing years! Based on years of friendship along with fishing and working together, this new team’s varied expertise offers you a unique level of knowledgeable customer service not available anywhere else.
Our staff is here to help you create your own successful fishing experience. With an eye for bringing you the newest technology and state of the art fishing equipment, you can be assured every new product is field tested in our waters and far away destinations. We’ll help you with customized educational seminars, give you direct access to experts in certain fishing techniques and provide you with information about tournaments and boat shows.
Your success is our success!
Steve is native of Southampton New York but has found his way to almost every fishing destination around the globe. After nearly 10 years in the tackle business Steve took to the water full time running a charter operation in central America. After thousands of fish to his credit the allure of truly big marlin called. Steve found his way to Kona Hawaii in pursuit of granders. After years of pulling the leader on big Blue Marlin and Ahi (Yellowfin tuna). We were lucky enough to recruit Steve back to the east coast to be our rod builder and tackle sales consultant
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Based on extensive personal experience, Long Island-native Bryce Poyer has gained his reputation today as one of the most knowledgeable tackle professionals in the world. Previously he was the manager of a Florida-based fishing tackle company for 10 years. Bryce began fishing the Great South Bay at five years old under the guidance of his grandfather. By age seven he was fishing offshore. Since high school, he has called the Shinnecock Bay his home waters. He formerly owned a 34 ft. Offsoundings and currently operates a 38 ft. Thomas Marine, the “Blushin Rose.”
Crewing boats from South America, throughout the Caribbean, and up the New England Coast to Maine has provided him with a vast knowledge of fishing the waters of the region. He has crew experience on an 85 ft. Gulfcraft, a 78 ft. Gilliken, and both a 63 ft. and a 55 ft. Merritt. He has crewed or captained for numerous tournament wins and placings.
Bryce holds a U.S. Coast Guard 200 ton Masters License and manages his active charter business, running his 38 ft. Thomas Marine offshore and an 18 ft. King Eider for inshore light tackle and fly excursions. Bryce and his wife, Lisa, have a great love of all things outdoors, including all aspects of fishing and hunting. On any given day they can be found fishing the flats or drifting with live bunker for striped bass.
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Paul Visentin, noted “plug” striped bass fisherman who grew up on the waters of Long Island, is one of the first to test out new products before they make it onto the shelves in our store. He runs charters on his 18 ft. Parker and 26 ft. Mako and has worked as the mate on his father’s 35 ft. and 44 ft. Henriques charter boats. Other experience includes serving as the captain or mate on a 52 ft. Davis, a 43 ft. and a 48 ft. Viking, a 38 ft. and a 60 ft. Hatteras, and a 48 ft. Ocean. Paul holds a U.S. Coast Guard (OUPV) six-pack captain’s license.
Paul currently serves as a part-time captain and crew aboard a 54’ Striker and a 38’ Thomas Marine, the “Blushin’ Rose.” Numerous times of the year, he can be found trolling the canyon waters from his home port in Shinnecock Bay. Paul is proud to have called Hampton Bays, NY his home since his teenage years. He also owns Dock-Side Tuna Brokerage. Paul has a great love of the water whether it is fishing or waterfowl hunting.
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Rich Mailand from East Moriches, NY, is one of the strongest newcomers to the local fishing community. Living just minutes from the Moriches inlet, he fishes at every opportunity on his well-equipped 32 ft. SeaVee and 18 ft Parker. Rich is experienced in both inshore and offshore fishing for any species of fish in the waters of the region. He has been a mate on canyon boats for several years and at age 19 began successfully making canyon trips aboard his own boat. In several short seasons, he already has over two dozen tournament wins and placings to his credit. He is an advanced scuba diver and enjoys free diving to spear fishing and surf fishing. Rich holds a U.S. Coast Guard (OUPV) six-pack captain’s license.
Rich’s background and familiarity with the area make him a well-qualified freelance mate and captain, available to teach new boat owners about the local waters and how to fish them. It is not uncommon for Rich to spend 7 days a week on the water.
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Tom Cornicelli, a life-long resident of Long Island, NY, is widely-recognized for his talents as a professional fisherman, hunter, waterfowl and fishing guide, charter boat captain, and waterfowl speaker and educator. With over 20 years of experience, Tom has distinguished himself as a five-time I.G.F.A. (International Game Fish Association) fly rod world-record holder and is one the most progressive minded fishing guides in the northeast.
Tom is also an multiple award-winning waterfowl decoy artist. He began carving decoys in 1987 and quickly became a world-class competitor. He received “Best in Show” World Gunning Pairs and “Best in Show” at the Ward Foundations Chesapeake Challenge Silhouette Division in 2004. In 2005 he received the Ward Foundations World Carving competition’s “Best in Show” award in the World Gunning Pairs Division.
Tom’s home waters are Moriches Bay, a natural fishery long known for its rich fishing grounds. He specializes in fly fishing but excels at all aspects of angling. His personalized guide service for fishermen is geared to all skill levels, allowing him to provide special attention to each client. As the fishing season changes and the waters begin the cool, Tom relocates to the “End” in Montauk, NY. The concentration of fish is spectacular prior to their migration south, giving his clients unforgettable fishing experiences. Regardless of the season, Tom provides the sportsman with a day they will soon not forget.
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An East Quogue, New York native, Jeff’s love of the water started as a child as he fished for fluke and bass with his father and grandfather. After high school he started his fishing career at a local tackle company which opened his eyes to the challenges of offshore fishing. Today he enjoys fishing in the waters of Shinnecock and Moriches bays but you’ll find him going wherever there are fish. Jeff takes every chance he has to go offshore working on local charter boats and mating on private boats. He’s become an expert at boat and tackle rigging, maintenance and repairs.
Jeff is on the water nearly every day fishing for bass, especially in the back bays or casting top water plugs at the inlet sand bars. It is not unusual to find Jeff’s beloved black lab, Reef, close by his side.
At 21, Jeff’s personal goal is to build a long term career in the tackle and sports fishing industry to see where it will take him. He’s off to a good start, already traveling to exotic locations including Costa Rica for sailfishing, New England for giant tuna fishing and Hawaii for Marlin fishing.
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Captain Jason Skarka holds a 1600 ton United States Coast Guard Masters license and has fished for over 35 years. He is a third generation commercial fisherman who has longlined Tuna and Tilefish as well as dragged an assortment of ground fish, ran a skimmer clam boat and worked on a number of party and charter boats along the East coast. In the last three and a half decades Captain Jason has fished numerous notable fishing hotspots for all species from offshore pelagics to freshwater pan fish. The one constant that he has held through all his travels is a passion for wreck and bottom fishing. In particular, chasing the wily tautog and majestic codfish
After receiving a degree in oceanography, he can now be found helping to protect and preserve the marine environment by acting as operations manager for an oil spill clean up company. Jason now lives in Mid Coast Maine with his wife and their 3 children. He is continuing the family fishing tradition, by casting to school bluefin tuna and jigging cod and haddock on the family boat, "Loopies Too" a 35 ft T. Jason Downeaster.
In his down time Jason can be found sharing his vast knowledge with others through various fishing websites, seminars and forums. He is well rounded in numerous fisheries and is considered by many to have an encyclopedic knowledge of all things pertaining to boats, fishing, and the ocean.
Gregg is a self-taught success story, a great example of what Long Island fishing is all about. Before the age of ten, it was apparent Gregg had fishing in his blood. You could often find young Gregg plying the North Shore waters chasing schools of bluefish and striped bass from his wooden rowboat!
A few things have changed, now you can find Gregg at the Northeast canyons any day of the week looking for the next bite on his 38 Contender Express. Whether it’s big-money shark tournaments or double overnighters in Veatch canyon, Gregg lives and breathes big game pelagic fishing.
By winning or placing in several recent tournaments, Gregg brings his personal expertise as a founding member of the White Water Contender Tournament Team.
Gregg’s fishing experience isn’t limited to Long Island. With a personal goal of finding and landing fish on his own boat, Gregg has fished his Contender "Barbaric" in the Bahamas, Louisiana, and from the Florida Keys to Maine.
Gregg is known for being one of the first to share helpful information with a novice and can often be found speaking at seminars and workshops. He enjoys talking fishing with the guys at the dock while at the same time, he’s eager to learn from what others have to say.