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SL2-21-14SUFFERN SHOW OPENS THURSDAYby Al RistoriThe World Fishing & Outdoor Expo, better known as the Suffern Show, opens Thursday in the Rockland Community College  Field House  just over the border (Exit 14B of I-287) in New York, and runs through Sunday, March 2. That American Sportfishing Association (ASA) Show draws most of the national fishing tackle manufacturers with their complete displays, along with many retail and travel exhibitors. Among the many experts on hand will be Capt. Greg Dubrule from Noank, Ct.;  offshore pro Capt. Matt Baryshayan; Connecticut River striper skipper Matthew De Bacco; center console expert David Schunke;  Humminbird electronics rep Bill Carson; and N.J.freshwater bass pro Mike Iaconelli. Capt. Pete Meyers will be exhibiting his new line of Run-Off plugs as well as speaking. Hunters can look forward to hearing from Pete Fiduccia, The Deer Doctor, along with his wife Kate -- the cooking expert on Woods & Waters TV. The Expo opens at 2 p.m. Thursday, and runs through 8 p.m. Next Friday's hours are from 1 to 8 p.m.; Saturday's from 9:30 a.m. to7 p.m.; and Sunday's from 9:30 to 5. Admission is $13 for adults; $3 for kids 5 to 11; and free for those under 5. Tickets can be ordered at www.SportShows.com. Parking is free. Check my blog at nj.com/shore/blogs/fishing for seminars of interest to saltwater anglers as well as other fishing information. The ASA follows up with the Somerset Saltwater Expo from March 14-19. I'll be speaking at that show. The N.J. Boat Sale & Expo opened yesterday, and runs through Sunday.  That Marine Trades Association of N.J. event is located at the N.J. Convention Center in Edison, and features over 50 boat lines along with seminars. Adult admission is $6, while those under 16 are admitted at no charge -- and parking is free. The Jersey Shore Beach N Boat Fishing Tournament is on hand to offer free entries in that contest, a $20 value.  Hours are from noon to 8 p.m.  today; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. A group of former Navy Seals are organizing a Warriors for Warriors Charity Shark Tournament to be run out of Manasquan Inlet on June 13 and 14. Dave Lesperance says it will coincide with the Brett Bailey Mako Tournament , and offers an opportunity for boaters to fish both contests at the same time -- though this one will offer several prizes rather than being winner-take-all. Look for more information here as plans are finalized.    Though we finally got a break from the bitter cold winter, extremely cold waters will continue for some time due to the melting snow. Capt. Stan Zagleski Jr., of the Elaine B. from Highlands, does a lot of diving during the winter. He reports that until a couple of weeks ago there were 39 degree water temperatures on the bottom at 70-to-90-foot wrecks off Shark River, and some blackfish on each spot. Yet, by last week there were no fish at all on those wrecks within eight miles of the inlet as the water was down to 35 to 36 degrees with no thermocline. Only lobsters were spotted, and they're out of season until April.Very cold water may prove helpful for codfishing. Capt. Howard Bogan said Monday's 3 a.m. mid-range wreck trip with his Jamaica from Brielle was slow, though Steven Moran of Point Pleasant Beach boated a 30-pound cod on a jig and teaser as well as a doubleheader of pollock. Bogan plans to sail further offshore on tomorrow's 1 a.m. trip.Bob Matthews, at Fisherman's Den in Belmar Marina, says the Ocean Explorer is running daily for a pick of ling, cod, and blackfish whenever enough anglers show up to give it a try.Brielle Tackle has scheduled another rod building class for March 10,12 and 14. All facets of rod building are covered, and the class is limited to 12. Call Greg Bogan at 732 528-5720 for details.    

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