Al Gagliarducci

Al “Gag” Gagliarducci is known and well respected throughout the East Coast as the inventor of the now famous Whip-it Fish and Whip-It Eels soft plastic lure. Al has a long history in the fishing industry. He has been building and designing custom lures since 1978.

His passion for making better lures stems from his love of fishing and the knowledge that there is always a little room for improvement. Drawing from his many years of experience out on the water, Al knew he could design a better product that would not only meet his needs, but the needs of avid fishermen and women throughout the county and now the World! Today, Al has a full line of custom lures and you can find Al speaking at fishing shows up and down the East Coast.

Gag’s most now famous lures are called the 'Whip-It Eel" "Whip-it Fish" and his new "San-Dee Eel"! This special lures have a custom molded head, lifelike eyes and, a shape that adds a natural swimming action that fish love.

These lures are every angler go to for successful catching!
Try them ...and you will be hooked!

Mimi Dimauro
Senior Pro Staffer

Mimi has been on the water her whole life growing up Summers in Rockport Ma fishing in small boats with just drop lines then graduating to "real fishing" after meeting Russell in high school "Our fishing careers have grown and developed together over many years of trial and error" from saltwater surf fishing and boating to fresh water on lake Winnipesaukee for Salmon and Trout.

Now life puts us both an another path with a summer home on Cape Cod. Mimi combines her active real estate practice with her love of the water. As the first mate and sometimes captain of our Dusky offshore fishing boat a whole other avenue besides surf and canal fishing has opened up! "Thanks to Al and the introduction of his "Whip-It" fish and Eel our adventure has taken us to a new all time high! " As I say to new and old anglers in the sport "try it you'll love it.... we don't leave home without our "Whip-it Lures!"

Russell Dimauro
Senior Pro Staffer

Russell has a lifelong of experiences on the water. His fishing career started on the waters of Boston Harbor, Buzzards Bay and the Cape Cod Canal. An avid beach,surf,canal and boat fisherman, Having been thru 50 plus year of changing times and products, fishing gear and techniques he now is on another fishing adventure ...Al Gag's Custom Fishing Lures! Since teaming up with Al from the Inception of the development of the soft plastic lures known as the "Whip-it" Fish and Eel Russ says "It has Totally change my game for the best....my success rate is incredible and I owe it all to Al's products!" As a youth he built boats with his father and still today is restoring wooden boats. Russ try's to find time to blend both passions but admits next to his wife Mimi and his family fishing is a lifestyle that keeps him happy, young and loves it!

Marie Beinvenue
Senior Pro Staffer

Marie, affectionately know to Al Gag as "My Marie" is a great part of the driving force behind Al Gag's Custom Fishing Lures. Al's partner and confidant in life, Marie brings to the table a long successful career in the healthcare industry. Working from the heart combined with her love of nature,animals, wildlife and fishing makes for a great combination!


Max Finch
Pro Staffer

My name is Max Finch, I am 26 years old from Fairfield, CT. I have always loved fishing since I was young. I have been dedicated to fishing hard for the past three years. I work at Fisherman's World in Norwalk, CT. My favorite fish to target is Striped Bass with the occasional gator Blues. I love salt water fishing on my skiff and hope to someday have a charter of my own. Top water fishing is my favorite but I also enjoy using plugs and jigs.

Lauren Salvioli
Pro Staffer

Hey guys! My name is Lauren Salvioli. I am 27 years old from Fairfield, CT. I have established a passion for fishing over the last three years, learning a lot of technique from Max. I am a dedicated catch and release lady angler. I am currently employed as a crew member on the research vessel Spirit of the Sound at The Maritime Aquarium. I have gone back to school to get my B.S in Marine Affairs. I love focusing on marine conservation and restoration, as I think it is extremely important for our future. I am also working towards obtaining my captains license as of next spring. I love salt water fishing, mainly targeting Blues and Bass. The bigger the better! I love being on the water, and the excitement that fishing brings with it.

Timothy Griffith
Pro Staffer

Timothy Griffith is a 100 Ton Master Captain who owns and operates the Middlebank Sport Fishing Fleet; the 72’ MIDDLEBANK II and the 33’ MIDDLEBANK III out of Captains Cove Seaport in Bridgeport, CT. Captain Timothy has spent his life fishing the Western Long Island Sound. He takes great pride in not only his ability to catch fish, but the knowledge behind why he can consistently catch. Weather, tide, and moons play a big part in the industry and Captain Tim is well versed in them all. He is exceptionally talented in the art of Bucktailing Fluke and Jigging Blackfish and is very innovative when it comes to tying bottom fishing rigs. Captain Tim is not only a skilled angler, but a seasoned mechanic and waterman as well. He has run commercial fishing vessels, built docks, built boats, and laid moorings.

Stephanie Griffith
Pro Staffer

Stephanie Griffith is a 100 Ton Master Captain who owns and operates the Middlebank Sport Fishing Fleet; the 72’ MIDDLEBANK II and the 33’ MIDDLEBANK III out of Captains Cove Seaport in Bridgeport, CT. On any given day, she can be found snelling hooks, tying rigs, preparing bait, filleting fish, repairing tackle, and sharing her love of fishing with as many people as possible. Captain Stephanie has spent the last two decades perfecting and improving on her techniques to specialize in fishing the Western Long Island Sound.