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WOODS ‘N’ WATER: The all-luring tale of Gabe Ravizza

WOODS ‘N’ WATER: The all-luring tale of Gabe Ravizza

Gabe Ravizza?!

The name of my young fishing buddy jumped out from the press release and I did a double take. But then knowing Gabe Ravizza from when he was knee high to a grasshopper, I should not have been surprised.

Gabe Ravizza is one of the most amazing young men I have ever known and he has always been that way, but little did I ever think I would see him listed on a program featuring saltwater fishing.

The event is the Saltwater National Fishing Seminar that takes place this Saturday, Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Trumbull Marriott.

Presented by TV personality George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing show on the Discovery Channel, the seminar will feature a host of saltwater fishing experts, including my buddy Gabe Ravizza. He’s listed as, “A specialist at using artificial lures to catch trophy striped bass in New England waters.”

Let me tell you about Gabe Ravizza. From the time he was born, the odds were stacked against him. You see, Gabe has cystic fibrosis, which usually limits activities as well as life span for those afflicted with the disease.

Just recently, Gabe had a complete lung transplant and is amazing his doctors with his rapid recovery.

When I talked to him last week I could not get over the difference in my young friend. His energy is contagious and his love for fishing and his new fishing lure company seems to inspire him even more.

As I watched Gabe grow to manhood, it was hard to believe that he had this vicious disease. Fishing was his true love, especially saltwater fishing for striped bass —and I am talking about BIG striped bass!

Gabe began tinkering with making his own soft fishing lures and, along the way, came up with a real keeper. He now has a small company called Gravity Tackle and he is having a hard time keeping up with the demand for them at various tackle shops. He also takes pride in the fact that they and all materials used were made in the U.S.A.

I can tell you from personal experience that Gabe knows what he is doing. If you remember, I did a striper trip with Gabe a few years back, and that young man is a fishing machine.

Since then, he has started Gravity Tackle and, from the looks of things, the sky is the limit for this new enterprise.

Gabe says his lures can be found in tackle shops from Maine to New Jersey and, locally, at the Fishin’ Factory II in Southington and Fishin’ Factory III in Middletown.

In case you are a non-believer in his lures, I suggest you check out Gabe and the results of his lures on social media or Facebook or

Gravity Tackle lures have also been responsible for catching of big-game fish like tarpon, tuna and marlin. All of Ravizza’s fishing is done hook and release, a practice he has mastered over the years.

Gabe is also applying for his captain’s license. This will open up yet another door to adventure in this courageous young man’s life, and I for one wish him all the success in the world.

If you would like more information on Gabe and his product, he can be reached at Gravity Tackle at 203-514-2269.

As for Saturday’s seminar in Trumbull, topics focus on inshore, near shore and offshore fishing — all saltwater and all related to the region. Featured species include fluke, blackfish, striped bass, sea bass, tilefish, tuna, wahoo and billfish.

The seminar opens at 9 a.m., takes a one-hour lunch break at noon and concludes at 3 p.m. The ticket price of $55 covers five hours of instruction from the experts, a course text book, a one-year subscription to Saltwater Sportsman along with a host of other saltwater goodies.

The grand prize at the conclusion of the seminar is a Florida Keys fishing trip with one of several premier guides.

You can call 800-448-7360 to register. If you go tell Gabe I said, “Hi.”

Springfield show

Also on tap this weekend is the annual Springfield Sportsmen’s Show at the Big E in West Springfield, Mass. It is one heck of an outdoor show and it will take you all day to take in everything.

This year, they are offering a door prize of your choice: a bear hunt or a fishing trip at Richie Falls Resort in Ontario.

The Springfield Sportsmen’s Show runs Friday from noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

That’s it, gang. It looks like a good weekend for whatever outdoor show you pick. See ya’ and God Bless America and watch over our troops wherever they may be serving our great country.