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March 14, 2013

Somerset Saltwater Expo set for March 15-17

A host of speakers will help teach you some new tactics, plus there's plenty of tackle for sale.

Hundreds of saltwater fishing exhibitors, including inshore to offshore, light tackle to big-game tackle, and everything in between, will be on hand for the Somerset Fishing Expo in New Jersey, March 15 - 17, at the Garden State Exhibit Center. Fishermen can check out the latest from major tackle manufacturers, buy the latest tackle from local retailers, book fishing trips with local captains, and check out the latest in saltwater fishing boats, motors and kayaks.

Below is a list of featues and seminars expected at the show:

Mike Laptew - Amazing Fishing Videos & How You Can Make Them

Mike Laptew, The Diving Fisherman, has been producing exciting fishing videos for over 20 years and his amazing underwater footage has been featured in many TV programs, documentaries and National Geographic productions.  Mike’s seminar will showcase thrilling scenes from the past, as well as fantastic underwater footage from 2012.   

Mike will explain the simple techniques for taking dramatic footage with everything from smart phones and GoPro HERO cameras, to the most advanced DSLR Canon cameras. You’ll learn trophy hunting tactics from captains that have caught striped bass over 70 pounds and you’ll watch monster stripers as they hunt for prey underwater. This HD, multimedia presentation will even give you an inside look at that making of a TV fishing show.

Ron Arra - Casting for Distance

This 5-time U.S. Surfcasting Champion, professional casting instructor and best selling author, will speak on increasing your distance with less effort.

A resident of Cape Cod, Ron Arra has been surf fishing for over 50 years and is an endorsed design consultant for several major fishing tackle manufacturers. Ron's surfcasting techniques have been featured in countless national magazine articles and television programs. Attending Ron's seminar will improve the casting and fish-catching potential of novice and veteran surfcasters alike.

Capt. Pete Meyers - Kids Fishing

Captain Pete Meyers holds a 100 ton masters license. He runs his boat THE RUN Off year round. The boat is in City Island, NY from mid May to mid November then it's off to Pt. Pleasant, NJ for the black fish bite till January. The boat then goes south to Bald Head Island, NC for the winter.

Captain Pete loves to teach about fishing to all age groups. He goes up and down the east coast giving seminars all year round to all types of groups, fishing clubs and national outdoor show audiences. Captain Pete specializing in children, both on the boat and talking to. They are the future of both the fishing world and the world... he loves seeing kids catch their first fish.

Al Ristori - New Jersey Fishing

Capt. Al Ristori of Manasquan Park, NJ has been the saltwater editor of NJs Star-Ledger since 1984 and is a regional editor of Salt Water Sportsman. Al Ristori has appeared on The Fishing Line radio & TV shows, his books include North American Saltwater Fishing; The Saltwater Fish Identifier; Fishing for Bluefish and several others. Ristori charters the 35-foot charter boat out of Highlands, N.J. specializing in striped bass and school tuna. 

Rob Jenkins - Bottom Fishing

Rob Jenkins, a veteran deckhand of several NJ  party and charter boats, has transformed his love of bottom fishing  into outright obsession. Join Rob as he talks about the use of the latest artificial lure jigging techniques that can turn an average bottom fishing trip into a proven big fish catching trip.

Rob has been obsessed with fishing since age five. It never  mattered if the quarry was cod, shark or herring, he put his heart and soul into every trip.  With a background as a deckhand on area boats as well as thousands of hours logged running his own boats, he has taken the time to transform the fishing variables into proven, fish catching systems. Join him as he passes along  some of these tips.