NY Sportfishing Federation Forum & Auction

The 33rd Annual New York Sportfishing Federation Forum & Auction will be held at the Freeport Recreation Center from February 12-14, 2016 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 always kicks off on the Friday of President’s Day weekend with doors opening at 2 p.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 2016 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.

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 three-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!

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

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

Show times are Friday, February 12th from 2pm-6pm; Saturday, February 13th from 8am-6pm; Sunday, February 14th 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 $10, $8 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.