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PRESS PHOTO BY NICK HROMIAKYoungsters attending the saltwater expo can have their pictures taken in a fighting chair with this Great White Shark overhead. PRESS PHOTO BY NICK HROMIAKYoungsters attending the saltwater expo can have their pictures taken in a fighting chair with this Great White Shark overhead.

Saltwater Fishing Expo coming up this weekend

Thursday, March 16, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK Special to the Press in Sports

If you’re an avid saltwater fishing fan, you have to attend the only saltwater fishing show in the northeast. And until you can wet a line in the suds, the Saltwater Fishing Expo in New Jersey serves as a primer to the upcoming saltwater season.

This annual saltwater expo kicks off its three-day run on Friday, March 17. It features the latest in saltwater tackle, boats, watercraft gear and seminars that cover the gamut of saltwater angling. In fact, there are tackle items offered that can’t be found in most tackle shops or big box stores.

This years featured seminar headliner is Capt. Paul Hebert, star of the popular TV show “Wicked Tuna.”

He’s joined by a dozen saltwater experts like Capt. Al Ristori, saltwater editor of the Star Ledger who will explain how to catch big stripers; Keefe Vallaro, on techniques he developed to bucktail doormat fluke; Capt. Pete Meyers on East Coast fishing; Capt. Frank Crescitelli, who guides along the NY/NJ coast will cover light tackle techniques; Capt.

Frank Tenore on Raritan Bay fishing; Bill Carson, Marketing Manger for Humminbird will show how to maximize fishing electronics; Shimano’s Roy Leyva offers tips to sharpen surf casting techniques; Jack Houghton delves into vertical jigging and swimbait techniques; and several more seminar speakers that can be found on the show’s www.sportshows.com/somerset website.

For the kids, Sunday’s show brings a scavenger hunt, and for the first 100 kids (11 and under) entering the show, they’ll get a free Plano tackle box.

Show hours are Friday, March 17, 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 19, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Garden State Exhibition Center show site is located off I-287 at Exit 10. From there, follow the signs to the show’s free parking areas. For GPS users, the center is located at 50 Atrium Drive, Somerset, NJ 08873.

BLUE MOUNTAIN RESORT’S WINTER SPECIALS

With more snow, cold temperatures forecast and the skiing/boarding season winding down, Blue Mountain Resort is offering some end-of-winter specials that includes a $17 lift ticket for four hours on March 17, to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day, along with its Mercury Rising Event that has lift ticket prices reflected by the forecast highs. For example: When temperatures are in the 30s tickets are discounted 30 percent; 40s, 40 percent and so on.

To determine lift ticket prices Blue Mountain suggests checking their website www.skibluemt.com or listen in on WFMZ’s 10 p.m. broadcast where ticket prices will be announced.

The resort is also offering discounted 2017-18 Season Passes at 20 percent off plus their Sports Shop is having an end-of-season sale for all ski and snowboarding gear plus clothing.

Check the resorts website for further discounts and deals.