March 15, 2019 through March 17, 2019
Friday 12pm-8pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 10am-5pm.
New Jersey Expo and Convention Center
$12; $3 children 6-11; free for children 5 and younger
The 2019 Progressive® Insurance Saltwater Fishing Expo, the northeast’s premier saltwater fishing event, returns to the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center. The vast selection of vendors, speakers and special events make it the ideal one-stop-shop for expert anglers upgrading their equipment and polishing skills, and novice anglers of all ages interested in fun on the water. The annual three-day event will feature more than 230 exhibitors — including the top fishing brands and local retailers — selling hundreds of saltwater fishing products, from new boats and kayaks, to thousands of accessories including fishing rods, reels and lures. The Saltwater Fishing Expo also features free daily seminars lead by nationally-recognized experts with stars from National Geographic’s hit reality-television show Wicked Tuna¸ Captains Paul Hebert and Dave Carraro headlining the seminar series. When not shopping the expo or taking in a seminar, families can spend the day rolling up their sleeves to try their hand at an ultra-realistic fishing simulator, snap photos with the Miss Geico racing boat, try to out-muscle Captain Greg Dubrule in the Great White Shark challenge, or take a turn at the Casting Pond, where experts will be on-hand to teach casting techniques. Additional expo highlights include: Rod’s Go Free – Friday, March 15: Kick off the exposition with a splash! Since it’s hard to go fishing without a “Rod,” anyone named Rod, or variations of, will receive free admission with a valid form of identification on March 15. Family Day – Sunday, March 17: For children 11 and younger, the first 100 will receive a free rod and reel upon entry and all will receive completely free admission into the exposition. Once kids can participate in a scavenger hunt where a fully stamped checklist results in the opportunity to visit the Grand Prize Giveaway Booth. Fishing 101 Interactive Center: Experts will be available at stations throughout the show to provide one-on-one personalized insight and hands-on demonstrations. Techniques being taught at the center are geared to both experienced anglers and those new to the sport looking to learn the basics. Cast Net Demonstrations: Television talent, Captain Frank Crescitelli of show The Fin Chasers, will be providing instruction on how to toss a cast net to catch bait.
Address: 97 Sunfield Avenue
Edison, NJ 83227