The Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) will once again be hosting how to fishing seminars at the New York Boat Show, which this year will be held this Wednesday, January 1 through Sunday, January 5 at the Javits Center in Manhattan. Exclusively for RFA members, there’s also a $3 discount on admission price when you purchase tickets online at and apply the promo code RFA.

Our exclusive New York fishing seminars get underway on Thursday night, January 2 at 6 p.m. with RFA managing director Jim Hutchinson talking up Bunker Bustin’ Bass techniques. Dubbed ‘the most important fish in the sea’ bunker or menhaden schooled up along the New York and New Jersey coast from May through July provides outstanding trophy striper action for those using live baits or lures. At 7 p.m. on Thursday night, get into some West End Fluke with Capt. Austin Perilli, a Brooklyn-based light tackle expert who chases doormats from the flats of Gravesend Bay and Coney Island to deepwater hotspots like Ambrose and Chapel Hill channels in search of New York fluke.

Friday night, January 3, it’s Blackfishing on Long Island Sound with Capt. Rich Tenreiro of R&G Charters of Port Washington and captain aboard the Angler Fleet; Capt. Rich is also well-known as costar of the syndicated fishing show Northeast Angling Television. At 7 p.m., head out Island for East End Stripers with Capt. Joe Paradiso of Eastern L.I. Sportfishing Charters, one of the North Fork’s top striped bass guides who goes on the hunt for trophy stripers from Greenpoint and Orient out to the fabled waters between Fishers and Gardiners Islands.

To kick off the Saturday lineup on January 4, be sure to bring along a pencil and notepad for an exclusive look at Spoon Feeding Trophy Stripers with Capt. Tony “Maja” Arcabascio, maker of Tony Maja Bunker Spoons. This 11 a.m. workshop will spotlight the art and science of wire line bunker spooning for striped bass explained in detail by one of the most area’s most highly regarded striped bass skippers, known for bringing numerous 40’s and 50’s to the gunnel every spring and fall.

At noon, the focus moves to Doormat Fluke with noted author/angler Tom Schlichter of Newsday and The Fisherman magazine, as he takes a look at the most popular species targeted by NY Bight fishermen from Montauk to Staten Island and all along the Jersey Shore.

Whether you’re hunting for trophy stripers, doormat fluke or offshore pelagics like tuna, the key to success can often be found in Castnetting & Live Bait Fishing, and the New York Boat Show is proud to have Manhattan sharpie Capt. Frank Crescitelli of Finchaser Charters & Guides Choice Tackle on tap at 1 p.m. on Saturday. If you’ve ever wanted to learn the tricks for throwing a cast net, don’t miss this special presentation on January 4!

Then at 2 p.m., Tom Schlichter returns to the seminar stage with a spotlight on Jigging Blackfish, one of the hottest new techniques for taking this tasty, feisty and often finicky local reef favorite – using light tackle, it is not only very effective, but also very exciting!

An outstanding pair of seminars caps off the week of fish-finding at the New York Boat Show on Sunday, with Jimmy Fee of On the Water Magazine kicking off the January 5 line-up with a look at Inshore Light Tackle Pelagics, focusing on run & gun tactics for chasing light tackle targets like bonito, false albacore, even a few Spanish mackerel when conditions are right and your proper arsenal is in place.

Noted New York City area light tackle skipper, Capt. Joe Mattioli of On the Bite Charters picks up on the fly and light tackle focus on Sunday with an exclusive look at Fly & Light Tackle NY Bight tactics. One of the Manhattan and Staten Island top light tackle sharpies, Capt. Joe will put the focus on light tackle spin and fly techniques for stripers, bluefish, weakfish and false albacore, all virtually within minutes from New York City.

Get more information and directions to the Javits Center at – and be sure to get your tickets by clicking here and entering the promo code RFA for your discount on tickets!

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