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STATE’S LARGEST FISHING & HUNTING SHOW JUST IN TIME FOR START OF FISHING SEASON

“Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show” Coming March 29-31 to CT Convention Center – Hartford

HARTFORD, CONN., March 6, 2019Opening day of Connecticut’s fishing season is coming, and so is the 22ndannual Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show” on Friday, March 29 through Sunday, March 31, 2019 at the Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford. Hours:Friday from 12 noon to 8 p.m.; Saturdayfrom 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday from10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thisfamily event is designed for longtime enthusiasts as well as anyone who wants to learn more about outdoor adventure and is deliberately held right before start of the fishing season that is two weeks after,” says Kristie Gonsalves, President of North East Expos and the show’s longtime organizer. “Hundreds of booths will feature the latest fishing gear and merchandise by some of the nation’s top manufacturers. Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops, Boat Works of South Windsor, Diamond Marine of East Haven, and Atlantic Outboard Sales of Westbrook will showcase the hottest new fishing boats. Attendees can attend 50 hours of free seminars by national and regional experts, speak with charter boat captains, watch expert fishing and casting shows, see fly-tyers and wooden plug/lure makers demonstrate their skills, and enjoy entertaining hands-on activities for all ages.”

NEWthis year is a large Kayak Pond for special demonstrations including Introduction to Kayak Fishingby Three Belles Outfitters and 247 Lures; and Float & Fly Techniquesby fishing guide and bait designer T.J. DeFelice. Returning are the popular4,000-gallonHawg TroughBass-Filled Tankwhere experts will host casting and fishing presentations, and a row of booths where fly-tyers and wooden plug/lure makers will show their skills.

Throughout the three-day event, hands-on activitieswill include:Live fishing at Catch & Release Trout Pondfor prizes; a Black Hawk virtual fishing fighting chair simulator, NRA Laser Shot Range, a Sportsmen’s Outpost’s archery range, Tactical Airsoft CT’s shooting sports; and Connecticut Bass Nation’s Kids’ Casting Competition.

Daily live presentationswill include:Training Your “Bird Dog” to PointbyDusty W German Shorthaired PointersofPalmerton, Pa., and Principles of Duck Huntingby the Connecticut Delta Waterfowl Association.Bully Breed trainerswill offer sessions onfirearms safety and education. As in past years, fisherman Paul Narducci will give away a range of free fishing items daily.

Show admission includes50 hours of seminars by international, national and regional fishing and hunting expertsincluding:

  • Alberto Knie (a/k/a “Crazy Alberto”), World-class extreme trophy game fish hunter and writer/fishing product designerwho specializes in the art of Trophy Fishing and Conservation;
  • Ralph Wilkins of National Geographic Channel’s “Wicked Tuna”;
  • Tom Nelson of Outdoor Channel’s “American Archer”;
  • Bobby Uhrig, Professional fisherman and master lure designer;
  • Del DelMastro,International bow hunter;
  • Paul Mueller,winner of 2019 Toyota Bassmaster Eliteat Lake Lanier (on Friday only);
  • Mike DelVisco, Professional angler and bassmaster;
  • Mike Laptew, a/k/aThe Diving Fisherman;
  • Joe Diorio, Saltwater fishing guide;
  • Greg Myersonof Wallingford,holds four World Records for stripers incl/ a 88-lb. caught in Westbrook;
  • Al Gag, Custom lure designer; and
  • Ron Arra, Surf fisherman.

Attendees can meet and schedule tours with charter boat fishing captainswho include Greg Dubrule, TJ Karbowski, Mike Roy, Mel True, Leo Croisetiere, and Andrew Mazzitelli.

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State’s Largest Fishing & Hunting Show Coming March 29-31…Pg. 2

Connecticut’s State Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP)booths will feature mounted fish and animals and a tank of live fish. DEEP expertswill provide consumer education on numerous topics and present the latest fishing and hunting rules and regulations. On Saturday, March 30 at 12 noon, DEEP’sTrophy Fish Awards Ceremonywill recognize the state’s top anglers. Every day, a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Mobile VetCenter Buswill be staffed by outreach representatives.

Show Admission – cash only:$12 adults; $4 Children 5 to 12; Free under age 5.

Saturday, March 30 is Veterans Appreciation Dayand the first200 veterans in line get in free with military/veterans ID. Also on Saturday, the first 200 children in line receive a Kids Cane Pole and Texas Roadhouse meal.

Sponsors include:Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen; The Fisherman Magazine; Renewals by Anderson; VA Healthcare; Hummingbird; Country 92.5 WWYZ; WFSB Channel 3; Bedard Enterprises; and North East Expos; Inc.

► FOR INFORMATION, visit www.fishinghuntingshow.comor call North East Expos at 860-844-8461.

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