George Poveromo, 55, a Miami, Fla., native and host of Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series since for 27 years, speaks about saltwater fishing. He will bring his seminar to Columbia from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center along Lincoln Street. Poveromo also is the editor of Salt Water Sportsman magazine and producer and host of “George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing,” an NBC Sports Network TV Series.
How long have you been saltwater fishing?
I have saltwater fished all my life. While other kids were playing ball, I spent all of my free time out saltwater fishing. I was fortunate enough to be able to turn it into a profession.
What is the biggest saltwater fish that can be caught off the shores of SC?
Blue marlin or swordfish. You could catch a blue marlin at 800 to 900 pounds. You could maybe even break 1,000; one was caught at 1,000 pounds off the coast of North Carolina. Swordfish can get up there, too.
What is the difference between saltwater and freshwater fishing?
The biggest difference is the species of fish. Also, saltwater fish are, on average, larger than freshwater. These saltwater fish fight a lot more than freshwater so the equipment is a difference, too. You need reels, tackle and bait and boats that can all withstand the corrosive environment of saltwater.
There are different types of saltwater fishing – what are they?
There is in-shore, near-shore and offshore fishing. The difference is all in the types of fish that are caught. In-shore fishing is done in estuaries for fish like trout. Near-shore is done from beaches and are for cobia, king fish, Spanish mackerel and bottom fishing. Offshore is out in the ocean for fish like tuna, wahoo, mahi and bill fish.