The New York Sportfishing Federation Forum and Auction

The New York Sportfishing Federation Forum & Auction will be held at the Freeport Recreation Center on February 18, 19 and 20, featuring seminars by the region's top fishermen and great deals on sportfishing products and services.

"Now in its 29th year, the New York Sportfishing Federation Forum & Auction at the Freeport Recreation Center is the 'can't miss' sportfishing event of the year in New York," said Jim Hutchinson, president of the New York Sportfishing Federation (Federation) and Managing Director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA).

The show opens on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. with a good crowd expected early as anglers search out the best early deals to be found among the 50 exhibitor booths, with a happy-hour seminar by Newsday outdoor columnist and author Tom Schlichter.

A full day of seminars will commence at 8 a.m. on Saturday, continuing until the show closing at 6 p.m. featuring at Capt. Al Goldberg (East End Trophy Fluke), Capt. Harry Weinblatt (Canyon Tuna & Marlin), Capt. Larry Festa (Monster Shark Fishing), Nick Karas (Sight-Casting New York's Tidal Flats), Capt. Rich Tenreiro (Blackfishing Tips of the Pros), Capt. "Kayak" Jerry Collins (Gear Up For Kayak Fishing), John Skinner (A Fish Eye's Perspective On Targeting Fluke), Mark Malenovsky (Sand Eel Explosion in the Striper Surf), Capt. Bob Rocchetta (L.I. Stripers - First Bass to Trophy Catch), Capt. Jerry McGrath (Trip of a Lifetime, Tanaku Lodge, Alaska), Gary Caputi and Tony Maja (Striped Bass & The Bunker Run), Ralph "Tin Man" Votta (Surf Fishing With Tins), Capt. Phil Kess (Gear up With Rigs, Knots & Special Tactics), Bruce "Blue Front" Froth (Trophy Bucktailing), and Capt. Bob Schmitt (Freeport Wreck Fishing Secrets).

Sunday's seminar line-up includes Capt. Rick Cohen (Getting Your Captain's License), Capt. Stu Patterson (North Shore Light Tackle Action), Capt. John Marino (Long Island Blackfish Jigging), Dean Delle Donne (Offshore Rigging Workshop), and Capt. Andy LoCascio with a spotlight on striped bass. Sunday wraps up with a gigantic fishing auction at 2:30 as nearly a hundred fishing related items and trips go up for bid, including autographed artwork by Carey Chen, a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Tanaku Lodge in Alaska, a shot at giant bluefin tuna on the Outer Banks, top-of-the-line rods & reels, as well as guided trips throughout the New York marine district!

"All proceeds from the three-day show and auction will benefit the Federation and our ongoing efforts to protect and serve the sportfishing community throughout the New York coastal district," said Hutchinson, while adding"show visitors need to stop by the Federation/RFA booth when they come through the door to see about our door prize giveaway." Hutchinson said an OHO Captain's Bag filled with Timber wood plugs and Tsunami lures will be given out as a door prize at the end of the show, while new and renewing RFA members could also win a win a new $600 Lamiglas Crazy Alberto Knie Extreme Series 10-foot surf rod for the 2011 season.

"The RFA and Federation have partnered with the first booth in the main exhibit area where we also have reduced ticket prices for sale for the March 11th Islanders vs. Bruins hockey matchup and sportfishing fundraiser at Nassau Coliseum," Hutchinson said.

The 29th Annual "Freeport Show" is open from 2-6 on Friday, 8-6 on Saturday and 9-2:30 on Sunday. Admission is $10, $8 for kids and seniors, and children under 12 are free (admission to the Sunday auction is also free). Location is 130 E. Merrick Road in Freeport, less than half mile west of Exit M9W off the Meadowbrook. For exact seminar times and a full list of vendors, visit the Federation website at

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