The New York Sportfishing Federation Forum & Auction at the Freeport Recreation Center has been tabbed the “can’t miss” sportfishing event of the year in New York, and kicks off this year on Saturday of President’s Day weekend with doors opening at 8a.m. with a good crowd expected early as anglers search out the best early deals to be found among the more than 50 exhibitor booths.
Fishing seminars have always been a spotlight of the Saturday and Sunday event, and our 2017 seminar line-up will feature topics like jigging for blackfish, tactics for catching trophy Stripers, surf tins, doormat fluke, offshore rigging and tuna hunting, surf and kayak fishing. There’s also a Van Staal ‘self-service’ seminar scheduled for Saturday, as well as many other seminars from top experts extending all the way through Sunday up until the big auction.
Proceeds from the now two-day show and auction will benefit the New York Sportfishing Federation and its ongoing efforts to protect and serve New York’s sportfishing community.
In recent years, New York Sportfishing Federation has used funds raised from the show to support their Teach a Kid To Fish Program, Casting For Recovery, and helping support important non-profit programs in the New York marine district like the Sweeney Sportfishing Center and Sportfishing Alliance, while also promoting sportfishing interests across both sides of the aisle in Albany.
The New York Sportfishing Federation also helped sponsor production of Montauk Rocks, a film by Richard Siberry about America’s surfcasting Mecca which was released in 2013. And in addition to a kids fishing trips out of Captree and Freeport in 2014, New York Sportfishing Federation also sponsored a party boat trip for some of our New York service veterans in September of 2014!
Show times are Saturday, February 18th from 8am-6pm; Sunday, February 19th from 9am-2:30pm. A grand public auction takes place at 2:30 with various fishing items offered for sale including rods, reels, lures, books and videos, charter and party boat trips, and the queen of the show, a trip to fish Tanaku Lodge in Alaska.
Admission is $12, $10 for kids and seniors, and children under 12 are free. The Freeport Recreation Center is located at 130 E. Merrick Road in Freeport, less than half mile west of Exit M9W off the Meadowbrook.
There’s free parking at the event, but anglers are advised to arrive early on Saturday and Sunday as spots can fill up rather quickly!
2016 Show Vendors
Suffolk Marine Atlantis Anglers Bob’s Bait & Tackle
Baja Man T-Shirts Custom Bucktails Bobbi & The Strays
Equalizer Products The Fisherman APF Marine Plastics
Freeport Hudson Anglers Freeport Tuna Club Blue Water Ventures
Fishing United Glennn Luckey Knives NYSDEC
Interesting Items J&J Sports November Rain Charters
White Water Outfitters FTW Tackle Long Island Photography
Long Island Traditions LIBBA Miss Mac Charters
My Bonni Charters New York DEC Nautical School
Fin Chaser II Pelagic Outfitters Brooklyn VI Fishing
Nick’s Point Tuna Club North Fork Captains Association North Port Charters
Olde Salt Tackle On The Water Hewlett Point Yacht Club
Outdoor Tom Oyster Bay Marine Supply Paulie’s Tackle
Premium Bucktails Sea Grant NY Sea Tow
Sea Safety International 3D Fishing Products NJB Sales
Shinnecock Star Long Island Outdoorsman Tanaku Lodge
Tom’s Trophy Teasers West End Tackle The Worm Bar
New York Sportfishing Federation
Check out the tentative 2016 line-up of seminars by the region’s top fishermen.