The Fisherman Surf Show, MSA Clean Up, The Fisherman’s Montauk Classic

I know I have to pick a winner for Guppy Special Custom SJ plug, will do that when we do our next giveaway. Tommy is working like hell on the new issue. Unfortunately he and our managing editor Dave Anderson had death in the family recently so we are a little behind were we would like to be but we are getting there. And of course we’ll have something new for The Fisherman Show. We hope to see you there….stay tuned


2015 surf show and Montauk Classic 

contact: fred golofaro    631-345-5200


The Fisherman Magazine’s Annual Surf Fishing Show and Seminar takes place Thursday night, September 17, at the Huntington Hilton (quarter mile south of the LIE on

Route 110). More than 60 surf fishing related tackle manufacturers will be represented, and also displaying their wares and offering special deals on surf gear will be many of the best tackle shops and tackle vendors from the region. 

The first 500 attendees will go home with goody bags made up of an assortment of tackle items from Tsunami, Jetty Ghost, Blue Frog, Spiderwire, Hopkins, Spro, VMC, Suffix, Tactical Anglers, Owner, Storm, E-Poseidon, and Sea Striker. Every attendee receives a free chance to a raffle featuring great surf fishing related prizes, including rods, reels and surf fishing accessories from manufacturers like Penn, Tsunami, St. Croix, Century, Star Rods, Daiwa, Korkers, Cousins Tackle, Shimano,  AquaSkinz and many others. 

This year’s seminar series features an impressive array of surf fishing experts, including “Crazy Alberto” Knie, master plug maker Don Musso of Super Strike, The Diving Fisherman Mike Laptew, two-time winner of the Jamaica Bay Kayak Classic, Elias Vaisberg, surf guide Bill Wetzel and Fisherman Surf Fishing columnist Toby Lapinski.

“Crazy Al” will share tips on targeting cow stripers with plugs and bait; Super Strike Don Musso will host a Q&A on anything you want to know about fishing plugs; Mike Laptew will present stunning video providing valuable insight into the feeding habits and movements of stripers; Elias Vaisberg will cover fall striper tactics and opportunities in the Long Island, Metro area from a kayaking perspective; Toby Lapinski will cover what you need to know to be safe and successful at the wetsuiting game; and Bill Wetzel will clue you in on how to be successful in the Montauk surf.

Hands-on work stations will cover knot tying, surf rigs, and rod building, while Ralph Votta will provide tips on how to be successful with tins. If you’re into bucktailing, you can pick the brains of master bucktailer John Paduano of Premium Bucktails..Harvey Cooper will be tying up his popular teasers, and for the salty fly set, award winning author Angelo Peluso and Paul McCain of River Bay Outfitters will be sharing their extensive knowledge of saltwater fly patterns, along with showing you how to tie them. LIBBA members will be on hand to fill you in on what you need to know for safe and responsible beach driving.    

If you’re into surf fishing, or looking to join the ranks of the surf fishing fraternity, you won’t want to miss this show. It will be a great opportunity to stock up on your favorite lures and rigs, and any accessories you’ll need to get you through the fall action. It will also be a great opportunity to check out some of the 2016 surf products unveiled at this year’s ICAST Show in Orlando. Show doors open at 6 p.m. and the presentations get underway at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 65 and over and $15 for children 16 and under,.

Montauk Surfcasters Association Fall Clean Up

Montauk Surfcasters Association  is holding its annual fall beach clean up September 19 th at

Montauk State Park

The clean up starts

At 10:30 am in the lower lot. Tee shirts and food provided by the SurfCasters Association and the parks dept.

All those participating in the clean up will also receive a ticket for a thank you gathering at 1:30 pm at Montauk brewing company, including a free beer sponsored by Montauk Brewing company Give aways for a – Van Staal reel, a fishing trip with the Viking Fleet , and an Aquaskinz plug bag full of Super strike fishing lures !

Be there to support a great cause and help show that it’s the fishing community that cares about the beaches of our state parks .


Hosted by The Fisherman and Long Island State Parks, this popular event always attracts a crowd, and should be well timed for Montauk’s traditional September run of bass and blues. This year’s contest is slated for Friday, September 25 through Sunday, September 27. The Classic kicks off at noon Friday, and continues through Sunday at noon. The awards ceremony will take place at the Point at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The first 100 attendees at Sunday’s awards ceremony will receive free tackle from Storm, Spro and Suffix, and all attendees will receive a free ticket for the awards ceremony raffle.

Weigh-in for this year’s contest will be Johnny’s Tackle Shop and the Montauk State Park office in the lower lighthouse parking lot. The in-person entry deadline is 9 a.m. at Johnny’s Saturday morning, or until 6 a.m. Saturday at the lighthouse lot. The entry fee is $15 per angler. 

The Striped Bass Release Division is once again being sponsored by Van Staal, with the winner taking home a VSX Series Van Staal Reel. There are three places in the Striped Bass Release Division, and the Striped Bass and Bluefish divisions. Winners of the striped bass (weighed) and bluefish categories will receive $750. Second and third place winners in all three categories will receive quality tackle prizes. In the case of a tie, the earliest fish checked in will take priority.  The minimum size for striped bass entries is set at 36 inches, while the bluefish minimum is set at 5 pounds. For more information, call 631-321-3510. 

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