We’ve brought together several top professionals in the industry and local experts with one purpose in mind – to give you the most comprehensive & successful fishing experience possible!
Our staff here at the shop is a seasoned team of fishing professionals including captains, guides, and mates. Our combined experience represents hundreds of years spent catching fish. Based on years of friendship along with fishing and working together, this new team’s varied areas of expertise offers you a unique level of knowledgeable customer service not available anywhere else. No matter what type of fisherman you are, offshore, inshore, surf, or fly, we’ll get you set up with the right tools for the job and the know-how on how to use them.
We’re 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 in water the world around. 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, boat shows, and other industry-related events to help you get out there and catch fish!
Due to his extensive experience in all types of saltwater fishing, Long Island native Bryce Poyer has earned his reputation today as one of the most knowledgeable tackle professionals in the world. Bryce began fishing the Great South Bay at five years old under the guidance of his grandfather, and by the age of seven he began fishing offshore routinely. Since high school, he has called the waters of Shinnecock Bay his home.
Prior to establishing our store, Bryce was the manager of a Florida-based fishing tackle company for ten years. Throughout his life, he has crewed & captained on boats in South America, the Caribbean, and up the New England Coast to Maine accruing a vast knowledge of fishing in many different parts of the world along the way. He has experience on an 85 ft. Gulfcraft, a 78 ft. Gilliken, and a series of Merritts ranging from 55 to 72 feet. In his years of working on boats, he had numerous billfish & tuna tournament wins and placings. Not just an offshore fisherman, Bryce has traveled all over the world and has acquired extensive fishing experience on Indo-Pacific atolls, with a heavy emphasis on jig & pop, and fly fishing for several different species from GT’s to bonefish.
Bryce holds a U.S. Coast Guard 200 ton Masters License and currently runs charters on his Parker 23SE Center Console from White Water Marine. His charters cover everything from light tackle/fly fishing to big game tuna fishing. Bryce has also been very active in international fisheries management, and was a technical advisor for the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) for several years. Bryce and his wife, Lisa have a great love for all things outdoors, including all types of fishing and hunting. On any given day they can usually be found fishing our local waters in Shinnecock and Montauk drifting the rips for striped bass, on their skiff poling the flats, or spending time on the water with their Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.
Custom Rod Builder & Fishing Tech/Tackle Consultant
Rich is a Shinnecock local who has a huge amount of fishing and rod building experience under his belt. He is very well known on the East End, and has been building custom fishing rods for over 30 years now. Rich earned his reputation as a master rod builder at the old Altenkirch’s shop back in the day. The majority of the rods coming out of there were built by Rich, who became known for his custom ground cork and wood grip work. Any rod that Rich crafts is done with extreme care to not only look beautiful, but perform well and stand the test of time.
Crafting a purpose-built tool for fishing requires not only experience at the rod bench, but fishing knowledge to know what has to go into it. Rich has immeasurable amounts of experience on the water in just about every style of fishing which shows in every rod he builds. Throughout his life, he has spent his time time trolling, plugging, and live-bait fishing for stripers, and prior to that, surf fishing on the east end on both the North and South Fork. Rich also has spent a great deal of time fishing offshore, with a high degree of success in fishing for tuna and white marlin. His fishing has not been limited to the Northeast too, and has a great deal of experience fishing the salt in North Carolina and Florida for various species. To further add to his fishing resumé, for years he also fished in semi-pro largemouth bass tournaments around the country. As they say, “with age comes wisdom”… and Rich has a lot of both!
Lisa has lived on Long Island for many years now, however she actually grew up in the midwest, which isn’t something you’d assume if you met her today. By the time she graduated high school, she couldn’t resist the call of the sea. Lisa made her move east to attend college at LIU Southampton, where she acquired degrees in Marine Biology, and Business Management & Marketing. Lisa fishes primarily inshore with her husband, Bryce and enjoys light tackle/fly fishing the most. She also does some big game fishing on occasion. In recent years, Lisa has become heavily involved in fisheries management. She is currently a technical advisor for the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICATT). She is also on the board for the New York Sportfishing Federation, and serves as a technical advisor for the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Advisory Council. Aside from the water, Lisa also has a love for the woods and the field, where she can often be found in a tree stand bowhunting during deer season and upland hunting with her Chessies.
Media Coordinator & Fishing Tech/Tackle Consultant
Jeff grew up fishing all over Long Island starting in 1994 at the age of three years old. Over the years, he developed an exceptional passion for this lifestyle and has devoted himself to fishing as one of the biggest aspects of his life. Though he holds a masters degree in teaching for Earth & Space Sciences, he decided to follow his greatest passion in life. A career where he could teach people in the fishing industry, rather than science in the classroom was the answer for Jeff. With roots in freshwater, Jeff spent a lot of his time as a kid fishing in lakes for largemouth bass and fly fishing in rivers for trout. As he grew up, his interests turned towards the salt where he now spends the majority of his time. During the season you can usually expect to find him on our local waters pursuing striped bass, false albacore, and bluefish with an intense admiration for all species. Though he still covers all types of fishing from trout to tuna, he has earned a reputation as the fly fishing & surfcasting specialist in the shop. Jeff currently runs a 21' Sportsman 214 Tournament Bay Boat from White Water Marine.
Although he spends the majority of his time on our local waters, Jeff loves to travel and fish as well. He enjoys going on trips to fly fish for steelhead up north, trout in the mountains, and has spent some time fishing offshore and inshore in Costa Rica, and Australia. Jeff’s bucket list of future trips is never-ending, and he will continue to travel and fish the world as time goes on. He also writes for some fishing magazines, and shares a lot of his experiences and photography via social media. The best way to follow him is through his instagram page, @JeffLomonaco. Jeff lives and breathes fishing, and his passion for this way of life shines through in everything that he does.
Rigging Specialist & Fishing Tech/Tackle Consultant
Jake grew up on the North Fork of Long Island. He’s been fishing for as long as he can remember in his local waters of Peconic Bay, the Long Island Sound, and Orient Point for everything from blackfish to striped bass. As time went on, Jake’s fishing grew along with him. Eventually, in his teenage years, he found himself habitually running offshore for tuna and shark. Fast forward some time to his late 20’s, he now has several tournament wins to his name as a captain. Jake is extremely tech-oriented, he can rig and repair just about anything, and is a master when it comes to custom offshore rigging. He currently runs a 24 foot Privateer Renegade that he fully restored and built himself. Not only does he love fishing locally, but also loves to travel and see the world. He has fished in Florida, Costa Rica, and also in the Pacific Northwest for steelhead. Aside from fishing, Jake is also an avid bowhunter and a true outdoorsman.
Fishing Tech/Tackle Consultant
Brian grew up out here on the East End, he started fishing at 3 years old for flounder on his family’s boat. Ever since then he developed a passion for the water. In his youth, most of his free time would be spent at the beach surfing, on boats fishing, or in duck blinds hunting waterfowl. Brian currently runs a Contender 25T called the “Flying Fish”, and predominantly enjoys tuna fishing offshore, fly fishing for striped bass and albies, and fluke fishing with his wife and kids during the summer months. He also has an affinity for piña coladas, and gettin’ caught in the rain.