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Progressive Insurance Saltwater Fishing Expo drops anchor March 15-17 in Edison

Richie Jasnowitz, 6, of Nutley, poses for a photo in front of the giant shark statue at the Shark Sensing booth, a nonprofit in Hazlet which teaches children to fish, during the Fly Fishing Show that was held at the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center in Edison on Mar. 16.

The 2019 Progressive Insurance Saltwater Fishing Expo returns in March to the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, showcasing more than 230 exhibitors and free daily seminars.

Try a hand at an ultra-realistic fishing simulator, snap photos with the Miss Geico Speedboat or take a turn at the Casting Pond, where experts will be on-hand to teach casting techniques. Experts will be available at stations throughout the show to provide one-on-one personalized insight and hands-on demonstrations geared to new anglers. Techniques being taught at the center are knot tying, bait rigging, reel maintenance, rod building and repair, pouring your own molds, mojo fishing 101, fly tying and more. Television talent, Capt. Frank Crescitelli of show The Fin Chasers, will provide instruction on how to toss a cast net to catch bait.

Show hours are noon to 8 p.m. on March 15, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 16 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 17.

On March 15, anyone named Rod, or any variation of, will receive free admission with proper identification. On March 17 only, for children 11 and younger, the first 100 will receive a free rod and reel upon entry and all will receive completely free admission into the exposition. Once inside, they can participate in a scavenger hunt where a fully stamped checklist results in the opportunity to visit the Grand Prize Giveaway Booth.

Regular tickets are $12 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-11, and free for children age 5 and younger when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are for sale online at www.Sportshows.com/saltwater

The convention center is located at 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison.

For more information, visit www.Sportshows.com/saltwater or Facebook #SaltwaterFishingExpo.

 

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