Striper Day 2018

Here were are on the cusp of another show season and third edition of Striper Day this weekend at Hofstra University leads the way. A day dedicated to the surf fishing community with a full day of seminars from today’s best known surfcasters. There will be vendors of  surf fishing products, factory representatives, well known authors, guides, tackle shops, local plug builders and more. Come enjoy  seminars from today’s best known surf fishing experts.

I know that staggered entrance is a little confusing to some so let me try to explain it a bit.Due to overwhelming attendance , we are attempting to spread out the rush . The show hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 4 30 p.m. For all you plug fanatics, the doors will be open at 8:30 a.m. sharp. BUT, if you like free stuff, we will be handing out complimentary gift packages loaded with items from our sponsors to the first 400 guests arriving AFTER 10:30 AM.

We are looking forward to seeing a lot of our readers and we think that you will enjoy many of the seminars and movie showing too. One big change this year is that SJ will be announcing raffle winners throughout the day and posted on board on SJ Raffle table. In addition, if you are winner and not present we will contact you via phone after the show. All you need is to put your phone # and name on back of a ticket. We even have giant ticket to help you write your # easier.fullsizeoutput_f18

On a personal level, this has been the most difficult thing I have ever done with SJ. Due to lack of room, I’ve lost too many nights of sleep and had one too many Xanax to stay sane. If there is another Striper Day it will be held in another venue, most likely in Suffolk county. This is my last Hofstra Striper Day, which does not mean that its last for SJ , just last I am personally willing to plan. Hofstra decided that they no longer wish to give us the lounge area in 2019 which leaves the show to only one room going forward after this year edition, and in my mind that is unacceptable. We have few solid leads for places twice as big in Suffolk county but we can only hope that something good will come out of it. I tried to do the best I could with what I had to work with, with widening the isles and limiting tackle store presence to make the experience still unique but more comfortable. Forgive me if I have let you down along the way. I am hoping that best is YET to come. See you on Saturday

Winner does NOT need to be present
Van Staal VSX Reel
Costa Del Mar Sunglases
Lamiglas GSB 108M Surf Rod
Fiberstar Predator SB – 1266 Surf Rod
Tsunami Airwave Surf rod
Tsunami Shield Reel
J.Jaget Customs Lure Pack
CCW Lure package
Guppy Lures package
Tight Liner Lures Lure Package
Black Label Plugs Lure Package
YoZuri Lures Package
Tsunami Lures Package
Set The Hook Striped Bass Performance shirt and Long Island hat
and more to be added at show…26241134_1878940959085922_1115462730_n

2018 Striper Day  Seminars
(subject to change)
Main Theater

10 00 AM- 11 15 AM
Bill Wetzel
Montauk Trophy Hunting
“Running The Coast “
Short Movie by Jamie Howard

11:45 AM- 1 PM
John Skinner
“Bending the Rod – Staying Happy in Today’s Fishery”

1:15 PM- 2 :45 PM
“Montauk Rocks”
Movie by Richard Siberry

3 PM – 4 PM
Elliot Sudal
Intro to Land-based Shark Fishing

 Seminar Room 143

9:45-10:45 AM
Al Gag’s
“Catching Stripers All Winter Long”

Matt Broderick
“Commonly Used Lures and Practical Applications”

12:30 to 1:15 PM
Pete Utschig
Plugs – “What,When and Why”

1:45- 2:30 PM
Al Albano
“Fishing Inlets”IMG_7861


 8.30 AM – 4.30 PM

Admission $15  Children under 12 free

The first 400 guests arriving AFTER 10:30 AM will go home with complimentary gift packages from

Super Strike Lures, Tsunami Lures, Otter Tails, MagicTail Bucktails, Hogy Lures, Gamakatsu, SPRO, Al Gag’s Lures & SJ

First 100 Gift bags $50+ value 

Next 200 Gift bags $35+ value 

Next 100 Gift Bag  $25+ value 

18 comments on “Striper Day 2018

  1. David Strom

    Hey Z, I won’t be able to make it out to Long Guy Land for Striper Day, but I have to tell you that I think it is a GREAT thing you are doing with this. I can’t imagine the amount of work.

    Thanks for all your efforts, and to everyone at SJ, too!


  2. Bill

    Hey Zeno, forget about feeling bad about what you couldn’t get done. You know the deal, the loudest critics are the ones that don’t do a blanking thing. You can hand those guys a hundred dollar bill and they would say why wasn’t it two hundred. Hope to get there. Good luck and all the best to the SCJ crew.

  3. Scott Darling

    Due to family commitments and a wedding this weekend, I won’t be able to attend. Bummed but will get over it. Your efforts to provide such a great show is commendable. THANK YOU! Even though Hofstra won’t be the venue next year, I’m sure something will turn up and be available. I, among many others, appreciate the efforts you and your staff put forward to put on such a great event. Thank you once again. See you next year.

  4. Dave Whitney

    Stoped in for a couple hrs this morning. Great show! Tons of stufff and me with not enough cash!
    Plugage, WOW!
    Rods, WOW!
    Reels, WOW
    Bags, and everything else, sick!
    Thanks for putting this together, the last 2 weeks have been hell at home with this weather!

  5. Mike O

    Zeno, Great show today!!!!!!! Spent way too much money (LOL) Enjoyed the goodies and spending some time with great people. This show gets me itching to get back at it. Keep up the good work. I hope you work something out for next year. Bummer that Hofstra got too good for themselves. Again, great job and thanks for pulling this together and all you do for us throughout the year!!! Mike

  6. Joe GaNun

    Went after the Collectors to find no line and later went to Bill’s presentation which I believe is when all the Goody Bag focused visitors came in. Great idea, good job. The show was just big enough to see what I wanted to see plus a few surprises and just small enough to have a great surf caster community feel. Thanks to you Tommy and the rest of the SCJ Show Crew.
    As for venues…airport hangars ?

  7. Jim M.

    We got lucky with the weather, but you can guess when you left what it was like the rest of the time, the hangars are chilly as hell, and that’s the fixed up ones. Great show!!! Loved the talks by John and Bill, only regret was not being able to see Al’s talk but I must follow blindly the lucky hat (Bill, LOL). Hope the crew wasn’t too burned out, it was great all around. Good to see Pauly and the guys just being regular guys on the west end… Interesting getting my hand stamped by one of the best rod builders I’ll ever meet. Great job guys!

    1. zhromin Post author

      we are not. All prizes were claimed at the show as we text each winner as they won. So everything has been spoken for. I do have a picture f final board which i will post in future blog post

  8. csr

    Zeno, another fantastic job with Striper Day. I’ve been to all three. The staggered start works so well, kudos to whoever’s idea that was. The gift bags – wow! I was one of the first 100, and there is way more than $50 worth of goodies in there! Great mix of vendors, great seminars, another great day. Thanks for all of the hard work. Sorry to hear that Hofstra is not cooperating, their loss. Looking forward to going to next year’s show.


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