NY Sportfishing Federation Forum & Auction


The 37th Annual New York Sportfishing Federation (NYSF) Forum & Auction will be held at the Freeport Recreation Center from February 15th, – 16th, 2020 with seminars by the region’s top fishermen.


The NYSF 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, February 16th, with doors opening at 8 a.m. Early arrival is recommended in order to benefit from deals offered by more than 50 exhibitor booths.

* NEW at the 2020 show * — A door raffle will be held at the NYSF booth, located in the main forum area, for a “fishing trip of a lifetime” to the famed Tanaku Lodge in Alaska. 

  • 3 day, 3 night all inclusive trip. 
  • Tickets are only $10 a piece with a limited amount of 500 sold. 
  • Drawing will be held on Sunday, February, 17th before the auction.
  • You do not have to be present to win!   

Be sure to stop by the NYSF booth to enter and speak to one of our directors for further details.  Good luck!!   

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

FREE fishing seminars have always been a spotlight of the event, and our 2020 seminar line-up will feature topics like jigging for blackfish, tactics for catching trophy stripers, surf tins, doormat fluke, offshore rigging and tactics for shark, surf and kayak fishing, as well as many other seminars from top experts throughout the 2-day event, right up until the big auction.

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

Proceeds from the 2-day show and auction will benefit the NYSF and its ongoing efforts to protect and serve New York’s sportfishing community.

In recent years, NYSF 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 NYSF also helped sponsor production of Montauk Rocks, a film by Richard Siberry about America’s surfcasting Mecca, released in 2013.  In addition to a kids fishing trip out of Captree and Freeport in 2016, NYSF 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 — Saturday, February 15th from 8am – 6pm; Sunday, February 16th from 9am – 2:30pm.  A grand pubic auction takes place at 2:30 with various fishing items offered for sale including custom rods, reels, lures, books and videos, photos, apparel, charter and party boat trips.

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.

Free Parking is available, but anglers are advised to arrive early on Saturday and Sunday as spots can fill up rather quickly!


2020 Show Vendors


Check out the tentative 2020 line-up of seminars by the region’s top fishermen.