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Here are five ways you can help shorten the countdown to the 2019 fishing season.
By Fred Golofaro  |  January 28, 2019
Stop by The Fisherman booth at any of the three fishing shows to subscribe or renew a current subscription and receive a free pair of Star Pliers or Star Dry Bag.

February brings with it a trio of fishing shows that will help get you through the winter blahs, while a pair of popular flea markets will provide some great deals on tackle and accessories as you prepare for the upcoming season. These shows and flea markets are also a great opportunity to compare notes and share fishing stories with other anglers. And don’t forget to stop by The Fisherman booth. We’ll be at all three shows handing out a pair of Star Aluminum Fishing Pliers or a Star Dry Bag to anyone subscribing or renewing at the show.

And while it is not on the February calendar, you won’t want to miss the Ward Melville High School Saltwater Fishing Expo on Saturday, March 2. Only in its seventh year, it is by far the largest fishing show on Long Island with more than 150 vendors and a full slate of seminars. And, it is free to attend. Get all the details at

Route 110 Fishing Flea Market

The annual Rt. 110 Fishing Flea Market, the longest running fishing sales expo in the region, will be taking place on Super Bowl Sunday, February 3 at Camelot Hall, 585 Broadhollow Road (Route 110), Melville, NY 11740. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is $5, with children under 12 free. There will a huge amount of new, used, custom and antique fishing tackle for sale. For more information call 917-312-0506.

NY Sportfishing Federation Forum & Auction

The New York Sportfishing Federation will be hosting their 36th Annual Forum & Auction at the Freeport Recreation Center on Saturday and Sunday, February 16 and 17. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, with the big auction kicking off at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. The show features a full slate of continuous seminars by local inshore and offshore experts. For more info, contact Capt. Joe Paradiso at 631-786-8418.

AllPro Fishing Expo & Seminar

AllPro Charters 2nd Annual AllPro Fishing Expo & Seminar is set for Sunday, February 17 and Monday, February 18 at the Huntington Hilton Hotel, 598 Broadhollow Rd, Melville, New York. Tickets are $15 and the show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. It will take place in the 10,000 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom of the Hilton. It’s sure to be an entertaining show with free giveaways, meet and greet Darcizzle, and the AllPro mermaids. The list of vendors includes leading manufactures, local tackle shops, custom lure makers and a wide range of other water, fishing, and boating related merchants. Tickets can be purchased at

World Fishing & Outdoor Expo aka The Suffern Show

For 42 years, this show has been one of the more popular outdoor shows in the region, featuring many top fishing tackle manufacturers, local retailers, local and nationally known seminar speakers, and the latest innovations in fresh and saltwater tackle. Seminars by top freshwater bass pros and saltwater guides and captains run throughout the weekend. For those who also hunt, there are demos, seminars and the chance to book the hunting or fishing trip of a lifetime with one of the many outfitters present at the show.

The show runs for four days, from Thursday, February 28 through Sunday, March 3 at SUNY Rockland Community College Field House, 145 College Road in Suffern, NY. Show hours are 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $13 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 to 11. Box office is cash only. Tickets may be purchased online at Located off of I-87 (New York Thruway) Exit 14B, Airmont Road; follow signs for Suffern Community College at 145 College Road. For more info, go to

East Meadow Fishing Flea Market

The long running East Meadow Fishing Flea Market will take place on Sunday, February 24 at its new location, Temple B'nai Torah located at 2900 Jerusalem Avenue, Wantagh, New York 11793. It will feature a wide array of new, used, and antique fishing tackle along with nautical items. This is the largest fishing flea market on Long Island with vendors from five states attending. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 and children under 12 are free. For more info call 917-312-0506.