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Celebrities to appear at Hartford Boat Show

A host of celebrities from the Connecticut recreational boating scene will make appearances at the Hartford Boat Show that will run from tomorrow through Sunday at the Connecticut Convention Center.

Starting with the opening ceremonies  tomorrow at 2:30, Captain Andrew Tucci, sector commander and Captain of the Port at U.S. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, will participate.

Also, party boat captain Greg Dubrule of the fishing vessel Blackhawk will present Ten Top Tips to Catch More Fluke, Seabass & Cod in three seminars, Thursday at 5 p.m., Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. He will also be hosting the Blackhawk Fighting Chair Challenge throughout the show.

Kayak fishing experts Jose’ Negron, Derek Williams and Elliot Thomas will appear at sessions presented by Three Belles Outfitters throughout the weekend. Negron will host “The Power of Sonar: Catch More Fish from your Kayak.” Negron is a Lowrance pro staff member, part of the Hobie Fishing Team and he fishes for Three Belles Outfitters. Williams seminar topic is “Catch Monster Striped Bass from a Kayak.” He’s also a member of the Hobie and Three Belles Outfitters teams and is a Lowrance Pro Staff team member. He currently holds the Connecticut Catch and Release striped bass record with a 54-inch fish. Also a member of the Three Belles team, Thomas will present “Intro to Kayak Fishing: What you need to Know to Get on the Water.” He runs his own company, 247 Lures and is a pro staff team member for Lowrance, UgoWear and Cobrabait. Visit for a complete schedule of special sessions.

Show visitors can keep an eye out for the GEICO Gecko who will make appearances at 3 p.m. from Friday through Sunday. Many local radio stations will be doing live broadcasts from the show and musical entertainment will include James Harris during Friday’s happy hour from 4 to 7:30 p.m. and The White Eyed Lizard Band on Saturday from 2 to 7 p.m.

On Saturday and Sunday, kids are encouraged to check out the Windows to the Future exhibit. There will also be a boatbuilding project ongoing through the nonprofit Our Piece of the Pie.

Tickets for the show are available at


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