NY Sportfishing Federation Forum & Auction

The 34rd Annual New York Sportfishing Federation Forum & Auction will be held at the Freeport Recreation Center from February 18, – 19th, 2017 with seminars by the region’s top fishermen.


Find great deals on tackle of all kinds at the Federation show.

Find great deals on tackle of all kinds at the Federation show.

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  as well as  many other seminars from top experts extending all the way through Sunday up until the big auction.

Bid on auction prizes like this one won in 2014, a trip aboard Rocket Charters in Manhattan.

Bid on auction prizes like this one won in 2014, a trip aboard Rocket Charters in Manhattan.

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 2016, New York Sportfishing Federation also sponsored a party boat trip for some of our New York service veterans in September of 2014!

Sen. Schumer with NYSF president Jim Hutchinson, Jr. and The Fisherman's Fred Golofaro at the 2010 Freeport Show.

Sen. Charles Schumer with NYSF director Jim Hutchinson, Jr. and The Fisherman’s Fred Golofaro at the 2010 Freeport Show.

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!




2017 Show Vendors                    

Suffolk Marine                                         Atlantis Anglers                                     Bob’s Bait & Tackle

Bobbi & The Strays                                Kayak Fishing Association-NY            Jerry’s Treasures(Tackle)

Equalizer Products                                 The Fisherman                                        Paulie’s  B&T Montauk

Freeport Hudson Anglers                     Freeport Tuna Club                                Blue Water Ventures

Fishing United                                        Glenn Luckey Knives                             NYSDEC

Interesting Items                                    J&J Sports                                               Freeport Bait & Tackle

White Water Outfitters                         Long Island Photography                     Blue Frog Bucktails

Long Island Traditions                          LIBBA                                                      Fishy Business Charters

New York DEC                                        Dimitry Sunglasses                                Wolf Fishing Tackle

Fin Chaser II                                           Pelagic Outfitters                                    Northport Charters

Nick’s Point Tuna Club                         North Fork Captains Association       WickedFish T-Shirts

Olde Salt Tackle                                     On The Water                                         Kettle Creek Outfitters

Oyster Bay Marine Supply                    Sea Tow Freeport                                  The Worm Bar

Premium Bucktails                                Sea Grant  NY                                         FTW Tackle

3D Fishing Products                              Websites by Joe

Shinnecock Star                                     Tanaku Lodge                                       

Tom’s Trophy Teasers                          West End Tackle                                   

New York Sportfishing Federation


Check out the tentative 2017  line-up of seminars by the region’s top fishermen.