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Upcoming shows this weekend in the tri-state region include the Philly Boat Show, the 28th annual Asbury Park "plug" show, and the 17th annual Fish Hawks show in Forked River.
By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.  |  March 2, 2020
Get one of the Savage Mack Sticks on Sunday in Asbury Park with your new or renewing subscription to The Fisherman Magazine. But hurry, supplies may be limited until the new shipment of Savage goodies arrive!

The five-day Atlantic City Boat Show was another smashing success, and almost our entire shipment of new $20+ Savage Mack Sticks was passed out to new and renewing subscribers to The Fisherman at the event. All except for about 30 saved for Asbury Park on Sunday!

We’re expecting a brand new shipment of Savage baits this week, and the crew from The Fisherman will once again be out and about in the weekend ahead, offering Savage deals and incentives for new and renewing subscribers.

The next boat show in the tri-state region is this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 6-8 at the Expo Center in Oaks, PA. It’s the Greater Philadelphia Boat Show offering greater Philly area boaters the opportunity to shop and more than 20 dealers from MD, PA, NJ and DE all under one roof. Special show prices from most of the dealers also make this event a good shopping opportunity.

Look for The Fisherman’s John DeBona at booth #082 as he’s first to break the seal on this week’s delivery of subscriber goodies; he’ll be there during show hours on Friday (1 p.m. to 8 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Adult admission is $10; ages 16 and under are admitted free. A special admission of $5 for adults will be in effect on Friday from 5 pm to closing.

The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks is 6 miles north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, in the Marketplace at Oaks, just off Route 422 near the King of Prussia Mall. On-site parking at the Expo Center is free. For more information visit phillyboatshow.com or contact Royal Productions at 804-748-7469.

So those 30 Savage Mack Sticks that are left? You’ll get a shot at them on Sunday, March 8 at Asbury Park Fishing Club’s 28th Annual Indoor Fishing Flea Market from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Asbury Park Convention Hall at Ocean and Sunset Avenues along the beach in Asbury Park.

To get your Mack Stick while supplies last, stop by and update your Fisherman “membership” with Jim Hutchinson, Jr. Once those Savage Mack Sticks are gone, Hutch will break open a new box from Savage for new and renewing subscriptions like a little boy at Christmas!

Hailed as “the original plug show,” the Asbury Park show features the best plug makers from all along the Striper Coast. In addition to a great selection of custom-made plugs, you can also expect well over 100 tables of new, used, antique and collectable fishing tackle and gear from the area’s leading tackle dealers – all with great deals. For additional information on this show, call 732-531-7131 or visit the club’s website at www.asburyparkfishingclub.com.

While The Fisherman won’t personally be with the Fish Hawks on Saturday, we expect a lot of Ocean County anglers will be! The club is hosting their 17th Annual Fisherman’s Indoor Fishing Flea Market at the Lacey Elks Lodge #2518 on Saturday, March 7 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Fish Hawks Saltwater Angler’s Club event feature 100 tables brimming with fishing tackle for sale. Admission is $4 for adults, and kids 12 and under are admitted free with paid adult. In addition to fishing gear and guide trips, there will also be food and refreshments available.

The Lacey Elks Lodge is located at 900 Beach Boulevard in Forked River. For information and directions call Maurice at 917-558-3620 or check out the Fish Hawks website at www.fishhawksnj.com.

As far as the days leading up to the weekend, Jersey Shore temperatures are expected to hit 50 degrees or more through Thursday. Early reports on the start of the 2020 striped bass season in the back bays and rivers of New Jersey as of March 1 are pretty solid. Those who’ve been sorting through short stripers throughout February while perch fishing are switching over to whole bloodworms and larger hooks for those bass which should get more active with the warmer weather. A few casters are also sticking fish near the bridges and sod banks while tossing small plugs and plastics. New Jersey's new striped bass regulations won't take effect until April 1; until then it's still one at 28 to <43 and one at 43 and up in the Garden State.

Get details in this week’s fishing reports.