The Garden State Outdoor Sports Show opens Thursday in the N.J. Convention & Expo Center at Edison, and continues through Sunday. I didn’t get a press release on this show, but it’s been holding down the opening of the N. J. show season for many years and those not familiar with it can obtain info on the internet.
The Staten Island Tuna Club hosts a Fishing Expo and Flea Market on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Mt. Loretto CYO building at 6581 Hyland Blvd. Admission is $5, with children under 13 admitted free. There will be door prizes and raffles plus seminars.
Capt. Jim Freda will cover is inshore tuna specialty; Capt. Joe Mattioli discusses inshore fly rod and light tackle opportunities; and Anthony Arcabascio details trolling techniques with his father’s Maja bunker spoons and mo-jos. Capt. Vinny Vetere has a booth displaying his Ho-Jos and bunker spoons while also taking charter reservations for his Great Kills-based charter operation.
Blackfishing continues at a high level in relatively shallow waters as if it were the middle of the season rather than January. Some small cod are also moving in. Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park reports small stripers are still being caught in the surf.
Though there are gusts to 45 knots tonight, they are forecast to drop to northwest at 15-20 plus gusts to 25 — and down to west at 5-10 in the afternoon.
The Jamaica from Brielle is running a Saturday trip to offshore wrecks for jumbo porgies plus a possible shot at cod and pollock. They sail at 1 a.m. , and will do the same thing on Jan. 18 and 25 plus every Saturday in February. Reservations are required. Call 732 528-5014.
Chuck Many continues to troll trophy stripers from his Ty man out of Cape Charles, Va. during the catch-and-release season.