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Make this the year you say yes to that new boat and start planning now for a new season of inshore and offshore action at the Jersey Shore.
By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.  |  February 11, 2019
A full line-up of informative fishing seminars presented by the Recreational Fishing Alliance and The Fisherman Magazine will run from Thursday through Sunday at the New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo in Edison.

The New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo is the perfect place to get started on those summer plans with the show getting underway at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center at Raritan Center in Edison on this Thursday through Sunday, February 14-17, 2019.

With easy and ample access from within the tri-state area, the New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo, organized by the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey (MTA/NJ), is conveniently located, affordable and displays all that boating has to offer from fishing to cruising, watersports and more.

Presented by Interlux Yacht Finishes and Travelers Ocean Marine Insurance, the show will feature hundreds of new boats on sale from 30 of the state's best dealers.

"The time is now to take advantage of all of the great opportunities that are available to buy that new boat and make this your best summer ever on the water," stated Melissa Danko, MTA/NJ Executive Director. "This show is the perfect place to easily view and board hundreds of boats, meet with dealers and ask questions, explore and shop for boating accessories and services all in one convenient, hassle-free and affordable location. Make this the year you get out there on the boat of your dreams!"

Nearly 70 of boating's top brands of all models and sizes will be on sale at the show including fishing boats, family cruisers, express boats, pontoon boats, bow riders, deck boats, personal watercrafts and more. All of the major manufacturers will be showcased from Blackfin and Boston Whaler, to Steigercraft and World Cat. These and dozens of other major brands will be on display in a single, easy to get to and affordable venue creates a convenient experience for current and would-be boaters to study and compare the products of many manufacturers in one location.

"Tired of the winter? Well, this boat show is the answer to six more weeks of winter," stated MTA/NJ President, Jim Cerruti. "The colder it gets, the more we all crave longer days, warm summer weather and getting out on the water. If you love the water as much as we do, then this show is a great place to get excited about summer and see hundreds of boats at prices the average consumer can afford."

The Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) and The Fisherman Magazine will host a series of 14 informative and entertaining seminars throughout the four-day boat show, covering such topics as Striper Update & Bunker Busting Tactics, Trolling Motor Tactics, Bucktail Techniques for Fluke, NJ Trout Fishing, Castnetting 101, and much more. "Every year we try to switch up the seminar topics to keep it fresh, and I think attendees are really going to enjoy this year's speaker lineup," stated Jim Hutchinson from The Fisherman.

"We've had questions in the past about covering certain topics like targeting blackfish and trolling mojos which we've covered in this year's presentations. And of course, no fisherman can ever get enough information about fluke and striped bass. My advice to folks coming out on Saturday is to get to the seminar room early to find a good seat!"

The seminars will conclude with an RFA regulatory update on Sunday afternoon. See the full lineup of seminars scheduled for this week's New Jersey Boat Sale & Expo.

The Expo will also include a Boater's Marketplace filled with marine equipment and accessories, fishing tackle and supplies, electronics, insurance and financing services, and marina facilities. For children, the popular Kids Cove will keep the little skippers busy with face painting by Lori, build-a-boat activities courtesy of the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, boating safety activities, live turtles and more.

With the show kicking off on Valentine's Day, special promotions for boaters in love will be going on throughout the show, including a rose at the door for the first 250 sweethearts. There will be special Valentine's Day raffles on Thursday with great prizes, including a boat rental from Bridge Marina in Lake Hopatcong with a romantic dinner on the water. A "Share the Love" food drive will also be held in the show lobby. Attendees bringing five nonperishable food items on Thursday or Friday will receive $5 off admission for 5 hours only (between 3 and 8 pm).

There will be lots of giveaways and free raffles to enter to win prizes during the show. All proceeds from the event will go back to the MTA/NJ to support its efforts to promote, advance and protect the recreational boating industry in New Jersey.

For more information, please contact Melissa Danko at 732-292-1051 or at info@jerseyboatexpo.com.

The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center is located at Raritan Center, 97 Sunfield Avenue, NJ. Parking is free, and admission is $10 per person at the door; 16 years and younger are free when accompanied with an adult. Discounted tickets can purchased online at JerseyBoatExpo.com.

Show Hours:
Thursday: Noon to 8 p.m.
Friday: Noon to 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m

Other weekend events in New Jersey this weekend.

February 16. Surf Day at Brookdale. Annual event presented by the Jersey Shore Surfcasters from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Brookdale Community College, 765 Newman Springs Road in Lincroft, NJ. Seminar speakers include John Tiedemann, Jason Szabo, Tom Bozan and John Skinner. Get details at www.jerseyshoresurfcasters.com.

February 16. Southern Regional High School Fishing Show. From 8-2 at Southern Regional Middle School Cafeteria, 75 Cedar Bridge Road, Manahawkin, NJ. Admission is $4, children under 12 free. Call Jason Hoch at 609-597-9481 ext 2120.

February 16. 2nd Annual JCCA Beefsteak Dinner and Fishing Seminar. An all-you-can-eat with silent auction at Forked River Tuna Club at 18 Bay Avenue in Forked River. Doors open 5 p.m. with seminar by Anthony “Maja” Arcabascio at 6 p.m. Tickets $50 per person. Contact Paul Haertel at 973-943-8201 or anglerpmh@aol.com.

February 17. Saltwater Anglers of Bergen County Fishing Flea Market. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hasbrouck Heights VFW, 513 Veterans Place in Hasbrouck Heights. Admission is $5. Call 973-234-9618.

Full slate of fresh and saltwater seminars presented by The Fisherman at the Philadelphia Fishing Show in Oaks, PA from February 22-24.