The best sportsman’s show in the east opens Friday in the N.J. Expo Center at 97 Sunfield Ave. in Edison. All the major fishing tackle companies exhibit at the Saltwater Expo, which also features seminars by such famed anglers as Crazy Alberto Knie and Nick Honachefsky.

Friday is an ideal day to take in the show before the weekend crowds. The Expo opens at noon, and runs through 8 p.m.

Adult admission is $15, while kids 12 and under are admitted at no charge. For detailed info go to

A small craft warning is up at present before changing to a gale warning through Wednesday afternoon. The morning forecast is for west winds at 25-30 knots plus gusts to 40. Rain is also likely, but snow is expected in New England.

Chuck Many is hooking fish in Hilton Head salt ponds, such as the black drum below, before turning his attention to NJ stripers.

My son Mike is down from Nashville and enjoying a few days in the sun with Kathy and I in Ft. Myers while his son Aiden fishes ponds in our development. The bass weren’t large or abundant, but Aiden fooled a big tilapia with a bread bait. I wasn’t aware of them being in the ponds until then.

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