Hopefully this is the last week that winter-like weather interferes with fishing effort and also those trying to get a head start on getting their boats ready for the season. Chores like bottom painting have been impossible to tackle due to the recent bouts of cold and snow.

Speaking of getting boats ready, the Long Island Boat Show will be berthed at Grumman Studios in Bethpage beginning this Thursday, March 23 through Sunday, March 26th. Many local dealers will be on hand and they are promising some great deals to help get you on the water in 2017. Be sure to stop by and visit The Fisherman booth where you will receive a pair of Star Aluminum Fishing Pliers for any new or renewed subscription. Show hours are noon to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday with lots of free parking. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $5 for children 6 to 15. Go to for more info.

And if you are still looking to add some tackle to your arsenal for the upcoming season, the Lindenhurst Fishing Flea Market takes place this Sunday, March 26th, at the Firemen’s Pavillion, 555 Heiling Blvd @ Hartford Street in Lindenhurst, Long Island, NY 11757. A wide variety of salt and freshwater fishing tackle will be on display for anglers’ looking for great buys. New, used, antique, custom fishing and boating items will be available to all. Door prizes will be given away every hour which include – rods, reels, tackle and much more. Food and refreshments will be available. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For show or vendor information go to or call 732-381-2165. (Directions- Southern State Parkway to exit 35 (Wellwood Ave. South) Continue on Wellwood to Hartford – make left – travel one block make left at stop sign into Firemen’s Park – Right fork brings you to the Pavilion and parking field.)