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Posted By Fred Golofaro, March 12, 2018
The Long Island Fly Fishing Festival is the place to be on Saturday if you’re into fly rodding, or looking to learn the game.

It’s beginning to sound like a broken record - another week – another nor’easter that basically shuts down the fishing scene. The ocean and Sound have been stirred to a froth, the beaches battered, and marinas and docks flooded. Despite another March snowfall this week, we need to remember that we are just a week away from the first day of spring, and a little more than two weeks away from the openings of flounder and blackfish seasons. In the meantime, our local lakes, ponds and streams are scheduled to get their first allotment of stocked trout this week, which should provide a good opportunity for some anglers to get out and wet a line.

Requests for fishing reports from tackle shops and captains were met mostly by laughter this week. The only legitimate fishing report concerned tilefish and came by way of the Starstream VIII. Otherwise, there were virtually no reports on cod, herring or white perch, but we know that should change dramatically in just a couple of weeks. Now might be a good time to take advantage of the down time to make sure you are prepared for the upcoming season. There is still time to have your reels serviced, rods repaired, sign up for the free saltwater registry, purchase launch ramp permits and 4x4 permits, and replenish your supply of tackle. Don’t forget the deadline for state park fishing permits is March 31 or you will have to wait until after Labor Day.

This week also marks the last two fishing shows of the winter season in our region. Kicking off Friday and running through Sunday is the Saltwater Fishing Expo at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, NJ. just off Route 287 and New Jersey Turnpike Exit 10. This show has grown to become one of the premier shows in the Northeast and covers every aspect of the saltwater fishing scene. It is attended by most of the major tackle manufacturers, many tackle retailers, guides and captains. There is also a full slate of saltwater related fishing seminars. It is definitely worth a drive from the Island.

Show hours are Friday, March 16 from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, March 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $3 for kids age 5-11, and children under 5 are admitted free. Look for the The Fisherman booth (#462) towards the front of the convention center in aisle four where you can pick up a pair of Star Rod pliers or dry bag with a new or renewing subscription. For more information about the Saltwater Fishing Expo and $2 off your weekday admission price, visit

Closer to home is the Third Annual Long Island Fly Fishing Festival this Saturday at the Radisson Hotel, 110 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy in Hauppauge. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This is a new venue that offers much more parking, a larger exhibit hall, an 80-seat presentation theater for seminars and the Film Festival, two additional break-out rooms for presentations and an outdoor casting area. The Expo is a great way to learn about fly fishing for the first time, for experienced fly rod anglers to hone their skills, to learn fly tying, and to hear from professional fly fishermen. For more info, contact or call 516-316-3640.

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LARRY SCHMIDT - 370 days ago

My name is larry I was fishing yesterday afternoon caught one largemouth bass 4.50 lbs 27 inch I am caught at southold New York Long Island 11971 my phone number is6316440234 please you like text me back soon you like my fishing pictures tell yes or no you like text me back soon or you like write me back soon my email address

LARRY SCHMIDT - 371 days ago

My name is larry I was fishing last week I was fishing caught one largemouth bass at southold pond

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