Get the most out of the fishing show

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If you want to enhance your fishing adventures this year, the New England Saltwater Fishing Show can help with instruction for beginners to accomplished fishermen and the latest in gear and tackle needed.

It’s that time of year. It’s time to get excited about fishing and the New England Saltwater Fishing Show, March 10-12, as it is the largest show of its type in the northeast. I enjoy attending the seminars (over 60 this year) and learning about fishing tactics and strategies from top fishermen and charter captains in the region. And, then there are the nearly 300 exhibitors with show specials on fishing tackle and gear to help land fish.

To get the most out of the show, I select the exhibitor booths I want to visit before the show by circling them in the program and marking them on the show floor plan. I then spend some time reviewing the seminar topics and speakers noting the ones I want to attend and the times they are offered (most are offered more than once).

You can do your research at the show once you have a program in hand or before the show by visiting the show website at www.nesaltwatershow.com. There you will find a complete list of seminar topics from bottom fishing for summer flounder and tautog to fishing for big game like giant bluefin tuna that can be as large as 1,000 pounds.

The New England Saltwater Fishing Show is being held at the Rhode Island Convention Center Friday, March 10, 12 noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 11, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 300 exhibits include tackle, rods, reels, lures, electronics, charter guides, boats, motors, accessories, clothing and much more.

Sunday is family day at the show. All women and children under 12 will be admitted free on Sunday, March 12. A scavenger hunt for children will be held Sunday. As a child enters the show with a parent, they are given a scavenger hunt search sheet that can net them a variety of prizes.

Tickets for the show are $10 at the door. Children 12 and under are admitted free. A special $1 discount coupon is available online at www.nesaltwatershow.com.

Special show speakers include National Geographic’s ‘Wicked Tuna’ Capt. Dave Carraro and mate Capt. Sandro Maniaci of the F/V TUNA.COM (top captain/boat on the TV show Wicked Tuna). The duo will take the show stage on Saturday and Sunday and talk about what goes on behind the scenes when filming the Wicked Tuna show.

Walking and fishing Cape Cod’s Great Beach

Ryan Collins shared his story Monday night of his walk and fishing trip along the 27 miles of shoreline from Coast Guard Beach in Eastham, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod to Race Point Lighthouse, Provincetown. “This is the same route Henry David Thoreau walked and called Cape Cod’s Great Beach,” Collins said as he addressed 175 members of the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association at their new meeting home at the West Warwick Elks Lodge.

“It took three days and nights to walk and fish the 27 miles without getting a single bite. This is a story of perseverance, never give up!” On the morning of the fourth day after a change in weather with much greater wind and surf conditions, he fished waters around Provincetown and hooked up with some remarkable striped bass.

Collins started ‘My Fishing Cape Cod’, a website, blog and forum where likeminded anglers share ideas and experiences.

He will be launching a video on his 27-mile walk/fishing experience next month. Visit www.myfishingcapecod.com.

Where’s the bite

Cod fishing was mixed last week. Even though seas were calm, the fishing was off some days. It was hit or miss, however, it is still worth giving cod fishing a try. Party boats sailing for cod fish at this time include the Frances Fleet at www.francesfleet.com, the Seven B’s (with Capt. Andy Dangelo at the helm) at www.sevenbs.com and the Island Current at www.islandcurrent.com.

Captain Dave Monti has been fishing and shell fishing for over 40 years. He holds a captain’s master license and a charter fishing license. He is a RISAA board member, a member of the RI Party & Charter Boat Association and a member of the RI Marine Fisheries Council. Contact or forward fishing news and photos to Capt. Dave at dmontifish@verizon.net or visit his website at www.noflukefishing.com.

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