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The Fisherman’s Annual Surf Fishing Show & Workshop serves as the unofficial kickoff of the Northeast’s surf fishing season.

By Fred Golofaro  |  August 14, 2017
The show is an opportunity for casters to stock their arsenal for the upcoming fall run, and to hone their surf fishing skills.

The Fisherman's Surf Fishing Show and Seminar is slated for Thursday night, September 14, at the Huntington Hilton (quarter mile south of the LIE on Route 110). More than 70 surf fishing related tackle manufacturers will be represented, and also displaying their wares and offering special deals on surf gear will be many of the best tackle shops and tackle vendors from the region.

The first 500 attendees will go home with goody bags made up of an assortment of tackle items from Tsunami, Blue Frog, Otter Tails, Kastking Braid, Spro, VMC, Suffix, Owner, Storm, Sebile, Fat Cow and Tactical Angler. Every attendee receives a free chance to a raffle featuring great surf fishing related prizes, including rods, reels and surf fishing accessories from manufacturers like Penn, Van Staal, Tsunami, St. Croix, Century, Star Rods, Daiwa, Korkers, Shimano, AquaSkinz and many others.

This year’s seminar series features an impressive array of surf fishing experts, including “Crazy Alberto” Knie, veteran surf guide Bill Wetzel, Al Gags of Al Gags Lures, Matt Broderick, one of the sport’s hard fishing young guns, and myself. Inside the exhibit hall, Ralph Votta of West End Tackle will provide tips on how to be successful with tins. You can pick the brains of master bucktailer John Paduano of Premium Bucktails, and Paul McCain of River Bay Outfitters will be sharing his extensive knowledge of saltwater fly fishing, while demonstrating tying saltwater flies and teasers. LIBBA members will be on hand to fill you in on what you need to know for safe and responsible beach driving, and beach permit information. Lure maker extraordinaire, Al Gags will share tips on how to rig and fish soft plastics. If you thrill at the sight of a big striper crashing a metal lip swimmer, be sure to stop and chat with Billy Fischer of Big Fischer Plugs and get some tips on how to make these plugs work for you.

If you're into surf fishing, or looking to join the ranks of the surf fishing fraternity, you won't want to miss this show. It will be a great opportunity to stock up on your favorite lures and rigs, and any accessories you’ll need to get you through the fall action. You’ll also be able to get a first look at many of the latest surf products unveiled at this year’s ICAST Show in Orlando. Show doors open at 6 p.m. and the presentations get underway at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children 16 and under.

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