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Some of the region’s best anglers will be holding court at the Fisherman’s Surf & Inshore Fishing Show this Wednesday at the Huntington Hilton.
By Fred Golofaro  |  September 10, 2018
The show is 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.

The Fisherman’s Surf & Inshore Fishing Show is set for this Wednesday evening, September 12, at the Huntington Hilton (one quarter mile south of the LIE on Route 110). More than 80 surf and inshore related tackle manufacturers and retailers will be represented, with many of the best tackle shops and tackle vendors from the region offering great deals to help get you prepared for the fall season.

The first 600 attendees will go home with goody bags made up of an assortment of tackle items from Super Strike, Spro, Otter Tails, Yo-Zuri, KastKing, Fat Cow, Eagle Claw, Tsunami, Blue Frog, Berkley, Owner 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 Van Staal, Penn, Tsunami, St. Croix, Lamiglas, Century, Star Rods, Daiwa, Korkers, Shimano, AquaSkinz, Gear Up and many others. The raffle takes place in the main exhibit area during intermission from 8:50 to 9:30 p.m. Additional tickets will be available at cost.

This year’s seminar series again features an impressive array of surf and inshore fishing experts, including “Crazy Alberto” Knie who will be sharing his insights on Surf Fishing Strategies, Long Island’s premier surf guide Bill Wetzel on Matching Plugs and Baitfish, Al Gags of Al Gags Lures on delivering lightweight plastics and streamers with an egg rig, Matt Broderick, one of the sport’s hard fishing young guns on Fishing South Shore Inlets. Covering the inshore scene will be Capt. John Paduano on Snap Jigging And Gulping For Sea Bass and Porgies, Capt. John Raguso on Fall Wreck Fishing, and Capt. Paul Rippenger on Blackfish Tactics, while Paul McCain of River Bay Outfitters will cover Flyrodding Back Bay Stripers From Boat and Bank. You will also be able to pick the brains of experts like Ralph “The Tin Man” Votta of West End Tackle, LIBBA members who can fill you in on what you need to know for safe and responsible beach driving and permit information, Capt. Jerry Collins aka Capt. Kayak on rigging out your kayak, Steve Petri of Bob’s Bait & Tackle on rod building, Bill “Big Fischer Plugs” Fischer on fishing big plugs in the surf, and Capt. Joey Leggio on trolling for fall stripers with Mojo Rigs and bunker spoons.

This is 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 can also sharpen your surf and inshore fishing skills by sitting in on seminars presented by the region’s best anglers, and get a first look at the latest tackle 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. For more information, call 631-345-5200.



6:30 to 7:30 – Crazy Alberto Knie: Surf Fishing Strategies

7:45 to 8:45 – Bill Wetzel: Matching Plugs and Baitfish

9:30 to 10:30 – Matt Broderick: Working An Inlet


6:30 to 7:30 – Al “Gags” – Egging For Stripers

7:45 to 8:45 – Capt. John Raguso: Wreck Fishing Success

9:30 to 10:30 – Paul McCain – Back Bay Flyrodding


6:30 to 7:30 – Capt. Paul Rippenger: Blackfish Tactics

7:45 to 8:45 – Capt. John Paduano: Inshore Snap Jigging