Things to do at the show

New features and attractions for 2021 coming soon! 2020 highlights shown below.

Exclusive! Fishing 101 Interactive Learning Center

Stop by Booth 428 for tips to help get you started in fishing or to learn more techniques to catch more fish.  Multiple stations running through all show hours with a variety of saltwater topics geared to anglers new and old. Ask the experts your questions one-on-one and increase your knowledge through hands-on up close demonstrations.

Techniques being taught at the learning center include: Knot Tying: Rigging Live and Plastic Baits; Lure Selection; Where to Fish; Rigging Spoons for Fluke; Surfcasting 101; Rod Repair; Re ”skinning” old baits; Mojo Fishing 101; and more. 

Co-sponsored by Get Kids Fishing

Get Kids Fishing

Exclusive! Sunday is Family Day!

Children 11 and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult.

The first 100 kids 11 and younger will receive a Daiwa rod/reel combo!

Kid Scavenger Hunt
Hey kids, visit all the great Kid Fun activities on the show floor, have your checklist stamped and then visit the Grand Prize Giveaway booth in the lobby and get a free prize.

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Fight Captain Greg Dubrule in the Shadow of the Great White

Fight Captain Greg Dubrule in the Shadow of the Great White

Captain Greg Dubrule, now of the Black Hawk out of Connecticut, caught this 16.5 foot shark weighing 3,412 pounds back on August 5, 1983. Stop by and see the fiberglass mount of the massive great white shark which was landed after a 5 hour battle off the coast of Rhode Island. Even the teeth were molded from the originals. While there see if you can out muscle Captain Greg – strap on a harness attached to fishing line and try to power across the finish line while the Captain is strapped into the fighting chair with a rod and reel. Think you can get there? Prizes awarded to anyone who can!

Whether at a sports show or at any one of the many freshwater promotions he does, introducing new families, especially children, to the fishing opportunities Connecticut has to offer has always been a high priority for Greg.

Cast Net Demonstrations

Captain Frank Crescitelli of The Fin Chasers TV, Fin Chaser Charters & Guides Secret Tackle will be on hand doing cast net demonstrations showing his patented simple method that insures anyone can open a 10ft cast net effectively, guaranteed.   Be sure to enter for a Guides Secret Cast Net that will be raffled off as a door prize. You can see a full display of Guides Secret Products including these Cast Nets in Booth #517.

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Fishing Simulator

Grab the rod and hold on, because you're guaranteed to hook a big one at our realistic fishing simulator. Watch on a large screen TV as the fish you've just hooked jumps and dives while the pull on the line exactly simulates the action of the fish. Fun for anglers of all ages.

Trout Pond

There's no limit to the fun! The catch-and-release fishing pond is a great way to introduce youngsters to the fun sport of fishing. Filled with over 500 pounds of trout eager to play.  Be sure to bring your camera to capture the moment when your little angler reels in the "big one".   Free for kids 11 and younger - $5 per visit for ages 12 and over!  Rod & bait provided for all.

Miss GEICO Speedboat

Come see the Miss GEICO Speedboat up close and personal at this year’s show. Miss GEICO holds numerous world speed records, National, and World Titles.

Since its inception in 2005 Miss GEICO has won 10 World Titles and over 100 individual races. Miss GEICO is headquartered in Riviera Beach, FL. In addition to competing for its 11th World Title, Miss GEICO participates in 20 National Boat Shows, 3 National Air Shows competing against the GEICO Skytypers, 5 Nationally televised P-1 Powerboat Races, 10 AquaX jet ski races, and numerous charitable events assisting United We Race, Inc. our own 501 (c) (3) charity that distributes 100% of the proceeds to United States Veterans.

The Miss GEICO Offshore Race Team is hard at work and hungry to claim its 11th World Title against a long list of teams from Qatar, Norway, Australia, and the United States.”. Miss GEICO Offshore Race Team is owned by AMF Riviera Beach, LLC (“AMF”). The partners are Gary Goodell, Scott Colton, Gary Stray, Scotty Begovich, and Marc Granet.

Casting Pond

Our 50’ casting pond is an excellent area to try out one of the many new rods and reels on display with manufacturers and retailers, or to learn how to fly cast. Instructors will be available teaching the basics of fly casting geared to novice anglers, regardless of age. Each day will come with seminars by experienced fly casters on varied techniques.