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FISHING SEMINAR LINEUP FOR AC BOAT SHOW

Over 20 different "how to" fishing seminars at the Atlantic City Boat Show from February 26 through March 1 will help you gear up for 2020 action with The Fisherman and the Recreational Fishing Alliance.
By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.  |  February 24, 2020
FISHING SEMINAR LINEUP FOR AC BOAT SHOW
Ericka Johns from Bass Pro Shops of Atlantic City will be one of the featured speakers on Friday, February 28 at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

This Wednesday through Sunday, February 26 through March 1, the Atlantic City Boat Show returns to the Atlantic City Convention Center.

Presented by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), show hours are 11-8 from Wednesday through Friday, 10-8 on Saturday and 10 to 5 to Sunday.

Admission is $17 for adults, kids 15 and younger free when accompanied by paid adult. Save $2.55 through a special online offer exclusively from the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) and The Fisherman Magazine.

Look for The Fisherman at either of our two booths, #147 or #826. Once again, the Atlantic City Boat Show will feature a full line-up of informative fishing seminars presented by The Fisherman and the RFA directly across from booth #826.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2020
1:00 p.m. THE ‘AIS’ ADVANTAGE: LEARN HOW USE MODERN NAVCOMS TO IMPROVE YOUR FISHING AND SAFETY ON THE WATER
Brian Favre Martek Marine Electronics Specialists
Automatic Identification System (AIS) is becoming more popular with for-hire and private fishing vessels. Learn how to use AIS to benefit your safety at sea and improve your fishing success rate.

2:30 p.m. STRIPED BASS ON BAIT: METHODS TO MAXIMIZE CATCH AND INCREASE THE SURVIVAL OF RELEASED FISH
Jim Hutchinson , Jr. The Fisherman Magazine
The spring run of striped bass coincides with the return of bunker to New Jersey waters. These post-spawn fish begin filtering out of the spawning areas while following these menhaden along the coast, offering one of the best opportunities of the year to land a 40lb+ bass. With pending regulatory changes for striped bass, greater focus is being made on techniques to increase the survival of released fish. Jim walks through the latest gear and terminal tackle improvements to increase survival rates while chasing bunker-busting spring stripers.

4:15 p.m. 2020 AND BEYOND: WHATS ON THE POLITICAL AND REGULATORY HORIZON FOR FISHERIES MANAGEMENT
Jim Donofrio Recreational Fishing Alliance
Most people go fishing to get away from less enjoyable issues like politics but make no mistake; politics has a very real impact on your ability to go fishing. Join Jim Donofrio for an update on political issues important fishermen, and learn why it is important for anglers to be a part of the political process and what we can expect from the 115th Congress during the upcoming election year. Also get details on regulatory changes for striped bass, bluefish and other important species.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020
1:00 p.m. THE BEST BUFFET IN TOWN: JETTY OFFERINGS THROUGH OUT THE ENTIRE YEAR
Noel Feliciano One Stop Bait and Tackle/Atlantic City
The 13 jetties that lie within the Absecon Inlet area provide outstanding fishing structure and offer a near year-round opportunity to hook into something tasty. Noel is the owner of One Stop Bait and Tackle and keeps a keen ear to rocks on what’s biting and what its biting on. From fluke, weakfish, striped bass, tautog, to a few unexpected visitors, Noel knows when and how to pull these species out of the rocks.

2:30 p.m. PRE-GREENHEAD SEASON FLUKE: WHERE, WHEN AND HOW TO FIND THEM EARLY
Matt Sorrentino Fisherman’s Headquarters
Summer flounder aren’t just a species that are caught in the summer. In fact, some of the best inshore fluke fishing can take place in spring. Prior to the summer flounder season being regulated to open primarily around Memorial Day weekend, there was a thriving inshore summer flounder fishery that would pick up just as the winter flounder fishery was ending for the year. Matt will walk you through proven tips to maximize your time fluking on the bay during the first few weeks of the season, late May through early June.

4:15 p.m.TURN YOUR BOAT INTO A TACTICAL FISHING MACHINE: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TROLLING MOTORS
Aaron Held Octopus Yachts/ Wall, NJ
The new generation of electric trolling motors and their integration with modern electronics has proven to be an absolute game-changer for fluke, striped bass, even tautog and Jersey sheepshead. Aaron walks you through the latest advancements in trolling motor models and the install process for your boat. Adding a trolling motor might just be the offseason upgrade you need to put you on more success in 2020.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2020
12:30 p.m. DOOMATS FROM THE DEEP: THE GEAR AND HOW TO PULL THE BIG FLATTIES FROM DEEP WATER
Ericka Johns BASS PRO Shop/Atlantic City, NJ
Some of the most productive fluke grounds can be found in deeper water which requires different tactics than those used in the skinny, inland waters. Ericka provides pro tips on how to up your fluke numbers when you make a run to deeper waters.

2:00 p.m. CANYON RUNNER OFFSHORE FISHING SEMINAR

3:00 p.m. DOGWOOD BLOOMS AND GNATS: SIGNS AND TECHNIQUES TO ZERO IN ON STPRING BLACK DRUM
Capt. Steve Bent Free Spirit Sportfishing/ Margate City, NJ
South Jersey still has one of the best spring runs of black drum along the Atlantic Coast but some changes have been seen with the migratory patterns and timing of the traditional runs. With over 3 decades of targeting drum, Steve has learned to be adaptive and utilize the latest electronics to consistently find the boomers each spring. Stop by as Steve shares his knowledge of this fishery and his best techniques for landing black drum.

4:30 p.m. GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR ELECTRONCS TO PUT YOU ON THE FISH
Capt. Anthony Grassi Fin Chaser Charters/ Brick, NJ
Trolling has proven to be extremely effective for catching quality sized striped bass the past few years but all the right gear won’t help if you are not in the right water or trolling on the right edge. Capt. Anthony will show you how to dial in your electronics to put you in the best possible areas to catch big stripers.

6:00 p.m. FINE TUNING MOJOS TO UP YOUR STRIPER GAME
Capt. Frank Wagenhoffer Fin Chaser Charters/ Highlands, NJ
Capt Frank follows up with Anthony Grassi’s seminar on electronics and shows you all the pro tips to fine tune your mojos and using what you learned about your electronics. Capt. Frank offers his pro tips to make sure you are rigging, running and presenting your mojos and other trolling lures in the best possible manner

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2020
11:00 a.m. GHOST HUNTING-PURSUIT OF MONSTER TOG
Capt. Frank Mihalic Margate City, NJ
Tog are pound for pound one of the hardest fighting fish in the mid-Atlantic and some of the biggest bruisers have been coming from our waters in recent years. They also happen to be excellent table fare. Frank offers his proven tips on hunting down and landing the biggest tog in our region.

12:15 p.m. CANYON RUNNER OFFSHORE FISHING SEMINAR

1:15 p.m. LINES IN!!! PARTY BOAT TACTICS TO SCORE MORE FLUKE
Capt. Bob Bogan Partyboat Gambler /Point Pleasant, NJ
One would be hard pressed to find a name more steeped in the history of NJ’s party boat fleet than Bogan. Capt. Bob Bogan has been on the water his entire life; with all those years on the water, primarily targeting fluke, one is almost guaranteed to learn something new from Capt. Bob. His success is a result of him getting his customers on the fish. Captains can’t just call it a day when things turn south; learn to adapt and improvise like a professional to help make your outings for fluke and other bottom fish more productive.

2:30 p.m. SHEEPSHEAD AND OTHER INSHORE EXOTICS
Capt. Dan Schafer Insomniac Guide Services LLC / Stone Harbor, NJ
Captain Dan is an expert at targeting some of New Jersey’s more unusual seasonal residents such as sheepshead, tog and triggerfish in the shallow, back-bay waters of Stone Harbor, NJ. Listen to Capt Dan give some of his best tips on utilizing bottom sweeper rigs to target and land these hard fighting and delicious eating fish.

3:30 p.m. CANYON RUNNER OFFSHORE FISHING SEMINAR

4:30 p.m. SOUTH JERSEY SHARKS: CLOSER AND EASIER THAN YOU THINK
Capt. Darren Dorris Salty Lady Sportfishing / Beach Haven, NJ
South Jersey has excellent shark fishing and more often than not, it doesn’t take a long ride from the inlet to find them. Whether you plan to just take a pic or throw it on the grill, nothing is quite as exciting as hooking up with and boating one of these toothy residents. Spend an hour with Capt. Darren as he runs through the best lures, bait, trolling techniques, tackle and areas to find these toothy fish on south Jersey’s lumps and canyons.

5:30 p.m. BUNKER SPOONS: TRIED AND TRUE TECHNIQUES TO GET YOUR SPOONS PRODUCING
Anthony ‘Maja’ Arcabascio Tony Maja Products
Bunker spoons are right up with bucktails as one of the longest used lures targeting striped bass. From back to the days when street signs were hammered out by hand to get the right shape and wobble to the present day where entire spoon trolling systems are available from companies like Tony Maja. Anthony Arcabascio has logged hundreds of hours pulling spoons and he is willing to give you some of his best tips to dial them in.

SUNDAY, MARCH 1, 2020
11:00 a.m. FINDING FLUKE THROUGH OUT THE ENTIRE SEASON
Capt.Harvey Yenkinson Vetcraft Sportfishing/ Cape May, NJ
Nothing quite beats bring home a bag limit of summer flounder for dinner. With minimum size limits having increased to 18 inches in south Jersey, tactics for finding those legal sized fish changes throughout the season. Capt. Harvey has the years on the water and the tournament winning results to give you the tips that will put you on the fish. Slough, ledges, channels and up tight to wrecks and structure, Harvey will explain the gear and tactics to produce legal+ fluke depending on the season and conditions.

12:15 p.m. CANYON RUNNER OFFSHORE FISHING SEMINAR

1:00 p.m. TROLLING FOR STRIPED BASS
Capt. Scott Newhall Time Out Charters / Absecon, NJ
Trolling bunker spoons, mojos and divers has been around for years but this technique has been the go-to approach to produce big catches of striped bass the past few seasons. Capt. Scott offers detailed tips for making sure your rig, presentation and trolling pattern gives you the best results when the bass start to show up this spring.

2:15 p.m. CANYON RUNNER OFFSHORE FISHING SEMINAR

3:00 p.m. WEAKFISH AND ITS SOUTHERN COUSIN: INSHORE TACTICS FOR SPIKES AND SPECS
Jim Hutchinson, Jr. The Fisherman Magazine
Weakfish have made a strong showing the past few years in the New York/New Jersey region. After targeting big ‘tiderunners’ with plastics from April through June, outstanding action can be had by summer in quiet areas of Great Bay using the time-tested technique of live shrimp. showing up in Cape May and Atlantic Counties have been decent numbers of speckled trout. A more colorful (and tasty) relative of weakfish, speckled trout are being caught all summer long in quite, back bay holes and then making one final showing in their fall run back down to warmer waters. Learn what tactics and gear to use to tap into these southern beauties.

4:15 p.m. TROLLING FOR FLUKE? LEARN HOW TO UPGRADE YOUR BOAT TO LOCK IN ON FLUKE HONEY HOLES
Capt. Brett Taylor Reel Reaction Sportfishing / Barnegat, NJ
Recent advancements in trolling motor technology have revolutionized how many people fish for fluke. Trolling motors paired with navigation electronics allow you to pinpoint your drift and put you on the exact spot you want to be, or, once you find the fish, put you back on that drift again and again. Trolling motors also allow you to fish in less than optimal conditions such as wind against the tide. Let Capt. Brett walk you through all the possibilities with today’s trolling motor.

For more information go to www.acboatshow.com.