The Northeast Rod Builders Gathering on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Grumpy's Tackle in Seaside Park provides an opportunity for all skill levels to learn more about building rods. The cost is $20, and that includes food and drinks. The Ocean Explorer from Belmar is looking at better weather on Wednesday for an opportunity to give bottom fishing another try. Mike Augat of Pesca Panama says his barge fishing the fish-filled waters around Isla Coiba is filled through June 9 except for two last minute opportunities. The first is for Feb. 4-9 for two to four anglers with a $2,000 discount. They will be able to watch Sunday's Super Bowl at a hotel in Panama City before starting fishing Monday morning. The barge is open Feb. 11-16 with four boats at a savings of $16,000 to $32,000. Call Augat at 716 868-4432.