If you're into surf fishing, you don't want to miss this unofficial kickoff to the fall surf fishing season.
By Fred Golofaro
Surf fishermen can hone their skills and stock up on gear at The Fisherman Surf Show this Thursday, September 17th
Surfcasters are prepping for their favorite time of the year which includes a host of popular surf fishing events. First on the agenda is The Fisherman's Surf Fishing Show and Seminar, slated for this Thursday night, September 17, at the Huntington Hilton (quarter mile south of the LIE on Route 110). More than 60 surf fishing related tackle manufacturers will be represented, and also displaying their wares and offering special deals on surf gear will be many of the best tackle shops and tackle vendors from the region. And, you'll be able to check out the latest innovations in surf rods and reels from Penn, Van Staal, Daiwa, St. Croix, Cousins, Century, Tsunami, Shimano, Okuma, Star and others.
The first 500 attendees will go home with goody bags made up of an assortment of tackle items from Tsunami, Jetty Ghost, Blue Frog, Spiderwire, Hopkins, Spro, VMC, Suffix, Tactical Anglers, Owner, Storm, E-Poseidon, and Sea Striker. Every attendee receives a free chance to a raffle featuring great surf fishing related prizes, including rods, reels and surf fishing accessories from manufacturers like Penn, Tsunami, St. Croix, Van Staal, Century, Star Rods, Daiwa, Korkers, Cousins Tackle, Shimano, AquaSkinz and many others.
“Crazy Alberto” Knie will share tips on targeting cow stripers with plugs and bait; Super Strike Don Musso and Al “Gags” will host a Q&A on anything you want to know about fishing plugs and soft plastics; Mike Laptew will present stunning video providing valuable insight into the feeding habits and movements of stripers; Kayak expert Elias Vaisberg will cover fall striper tactics and opportunities in the Long Island, Metro area from a kayaking perspective; Fisherman editor Toby Lapinski will cover what you need to know to be safe and successful at the wetsuiting game; and Bill Wetzel will clue you in on how to score more fish in the Montauk surf.
Hands-on work stations will cover knot tying, surf rigs, and rod building, while Ralph Votta will provide tips on how to be successful with tins. If you’re into bucktailing, you can pick the brains of master bucktailer John Paduano of Premium Bucktails.. Harvey Cooper will be tying up his popular teasers, and for the salty fly set, award winning author Angelo Peluso and Paul McCain of River Bay Outfitters will be sharing their extensive knowledge of saltwater fly patterns, along with showing you how to tie them. LIBBA members will be on hand to fill you in on what you need to know for safe and responsible beach driving.
Show doors open at 6 p.m. and the presentations get underway at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for children 16 and under.
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