The free fishing seminars at the Atlantic City Boat Show return for 2014, with a very special ‘striped bass’ line-up on Saturday, February 8th featuring world record holder Greg Myerson and his 81.88-pound mount, as well as the Diving Fisherman Mike Laptew of ‘Stripers Gone Wild’ fame.
Produced by the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA), the week of fishing seminars covers everything from black drum to weakfish, but the Saturday striper workshops on February 8th are bound to be standing room only and will once again feature unique door prizes including over $1,000 worth of 9er’s Lures. (Click here to buy boat show tickets in advance and save $3 by entering the code RFA at checkout.)
The Atlantic City Boat Show opens up on Wednesday, February 5th at 11 a.m., with the first seminar of the week kicking off at 3 p.m. with RFA managing director Jim Hutchinson talking up Live Bunker & Trophy Stripers. At 5 p.m., join RFA-NJ member Capt. Scott Newhall of Time Out Charters with a look at South Jersey Doormats.
The show re-opens Thursday at 11 a.m., with Hutch’s Grass-Shrimping Weakfish seminar starting things off at 3 p.m., followed by Jimmy Fee of On the Water magazine at 5 p.m. with a look at Inshore Light Tackle Pelagics. On Friday, there will be three fishing seminars presented by RFA and the RFA-NJ chapter members, the first a look at Mid-Coast Drum with Capt. Fran Verdi of Francesca Marie Sportfishing at 3 p.m.
At 4 p.m. on Friday, join Atlantic City-based skipper Capt. Adam Nowalsky of Karen Ann II Charters with a spotlight on South Jersey Wreck Fishing, immediately followed by a very special look at Wirelining Striped Bass with Capt. Ricky Donofrio of Jayme D charters of Belmar at 5 p.m.
The show doors open on Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m., with the seminars kicking off at 11 a.m. with Capt. Steve Bent of Free Spirit Charters and Raymarine in a unique Tips to Finding & Fishing Structure, a must-see for those looking to fine-tune their electronics skills – that’s on Saturday the 8th of February. A special tag-team seminar goes off at noon that day with noted author Gary Caputi of RFA joining Tony Arcabascio of Maja Fishing Systems covering Striped Bass & The Bunker Run, with everything from live bait to wireline basics. Bring your notepad!
At 1:30 on Saturday Mike Laptew takes you for a very special trip through the fish eye with his ‘Stripers Gone Wild’ featuring spectacular underwater footage of stripers on the prowl. The world record striped bass will make a return of sorts to Atlantic City on Saturday when Greg Myerson takes to the stage at 3 p.m. to offer a few of his secrets to taking trophy striped bass, which include 25 fish over 50 pounds, eight over 60 pounds, and three more over 70 including the 81.88-pound all tackle world record which will be on display near the RFA booth all weekend! Interested in Catching the World Record Striper? Well of course you are – and don’t forget about the giveaways and door prizes!
At 4 p.m. on Saturday, be sure to stick around to learn more about possible management changes coming to the striped bass fishery, as RFA and leading experts will host a special Striped Bass Public Forum to review new measures coming from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASFMC). Join RFA, our seminar experts, along with a special presentation by Russ Allen, Supervising Biologist with the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife (Marine Fisheries) to talk about New Jersey’s number one gamefish and what could be on the horizon from a management perspective following the recent ASFMC meetings! RFA-NJ chair, Capt. Adam Nowalsky who also sits on the ASMFC for New Jersey will also join in the discussion.
The 2014 Atlantic City Boat Show will be open from 10 am. Until 5 p.m. on Sunday, with The Fisherman Magazine’s Chris Lido tackling his Top 10 Unique Ways to Catch More Fish in the New Year beginning at 11 a.m., followed by noted Cape May skipper Capt. Harvey Yenkinson of Vetcraft fishing coming on at noon for a special spotlight at Cape May Doormats – aka, the ‘flukeasaurus!’
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