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The Atlantic City Boat Show cruises into the Atlantic City Convention Center this week from February 1-5, 2012 - and back by popular demand are a series of first-rate fishing seminars presented by noted New Jersey fishermen.

“It’s just like the old days,” said Jim Hutchinson, Jr., managing director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) and this year’s Fishing University seminar coordinator. “The how-to fishing seminars in Atlantic City were always one of the top attractions at the AC Boat Show, and RFA is happy to be involved in producing this year’s line-up of speakers.”

RFA’s Fishing University will kick off on Wednesday, February 1 at 3 p.m. with seminar programs scheduled everyday through Sunday. “Saturday should be another big day just like in years prior in that we have some prizes to raffle off to seminar attendees, including a Lowrance Elite5 DSI combo GPS/Fishfinder,” Hutchinson said, adding “RFA members should make sure to bring along their active membership card for an extra chance or two at winning this and other items this weekend.”

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

3 p.m. Grass-Shrimping Weakfish
Jim Hutchinson, Jr. (RFA)
Will they show again in 2012? If there’s a weakfish to be found between Barnegat and Absecon, here’s one surefire method of bringing them boatside.

5 p.m. South Jersey Doormats
Capt. Scott Newhall, Time Out Charters
Whether you call them flounder or fluke, the big challenge every summer at the Shore is finding the biggest of the bottom dwellers.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

2 p.m. Bunker Bustin’ Spring Bass
Jim Hutchinson, Jr. (RFA)
Menhaden was all over the news in 2011; for Jersey beach & boat fishermen, bunker’s been the top story for trophy spring stripers for many years.

4 p.m. NJ Stripers on Flies & Plastics
Capt. Steve Purul, Reel Fantasea Sportfishing
Get a peek inside the tackle box of one of Barnegat Inlet’s top light tackle guides before the spring striper season.

5 p.m. New Jersey Cod Fishing
Capt. Bob Rush, Starfish Boats & United Boatmen
Few private boats are in the water right now to take advantage of the bite, but if you want to get in on the outstanding Jersey cod bite right now, here’s how.

6 p.m. New Jersey Regulatory Update
RFA Public Forum
Summer flounder, black sea bass, porgies, stripers, tautog – join the RFA for a 2012 regulatory discussion. Media & members of the public invited to participate.

Friday, February 3, 2012

2 p.m. Clammin’ Stripers
Capt. Fran Verdi, Fish The Drop Off
Anchor up, set out your slick and button up for some solid action this spring while clamming the inshore grounds.

3 p.m. NJ Wreck Fishing
Capt. Adam Nowalsky, Karen Ann II
Whether you’re looking for you own hidden snag or working the state’s artificial reef complex, get a pro’s point of view for putting more fish in the box.

5 p.m. Offshore Forecasting
Capt. Len Belcaro, Offshore Satellite Services
Offshore success starts with dockside preparation; how to use ocean configurations and Gulf Stream eddies to improve your 2012 offshore catch.

6 p.m. Inshore Yellowfin
Capt. Bob Cope, Full Ahead Sportfishing
Hot Dog, Hambone, Massey’s, get in on the yellowfin bite inside 40 miles of the South Jersey coast where 2011 action was hottest!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

11 a.m. Striped Bass & The Bunker Run
Gary Caputi & Capt. Tony Maja
From livelining to wirelining and everything in between, a tag team effort by two of Jersey’s most noted striped bass fishermen.

1 p.m. Side Scan Sonar – Fish on the Side!
Capt. Terry Sullivan, Lowrance
Side scan sonar imaging is opening new windows in next generation fish finding.

2:30 p.m. Inshore Light Tackle Tuna
Capt. Chris Gatley, Daiwa
Noted Jersey Shore & Daiwa fishing pro spotlights big game action off the Jersey Coast using light tackle tactics – it’s sure to get your adrenaline going!

4p.m. Tips To Finding & Fishing Structure
Capt. Steve Bent, Raymarine & Free Spirit Charters
Whether it’s sea bass, tautog, summer flounder or even Jersey cod, learning to find the best possible structure and how it properly is key to your success.

5 p.m. Offshore Rigging Workshop
Canyon Runner Sportfishing
One of the most important components of any offshore billfish and tuna trip is the tactical rigging.

6 p.m. Fine-Tune Your Toggin’
Capt. Adam Nowalsky, Karen Ann II
Learn a few professional secrets that the charter captains use when targeting blackfish along nearshore wrecks and snags.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

11 a.m. Jiggin’ & Poppin’, From Bass To Tuna
Paul Reyburn, JPR Rods
Take a finesse approach to fooling gamefish on artificials, from topwater plugs to deepwater jigs.

1 p.m. NJ Canyon Trolling
Capt. Franz Hueber, Libation Charters
From Poorman’s to the Lindenkohl, leave Cape May Inlet behind as we head east towards the edge in search of big game. Bring a notebook!
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