Jacksonville In-Water Boat Show opens April 5

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The Jacksonville In-Water Boat Show kicks off April 5 and runs through April 7 at the Metropolitan Park & Marina in Jacksonville, Fla.

Capt. Chris Rooney, who holds the Offshore Sport Fishing Club record for gag grouper, will conduct a seminar on offshore bottom fishing.

Tony Eden will hold a Cobia seminar to teach tips and techniques for sight fishing and offshore jigging, organizers said.


Tim Altman, a Wahoo tournament fisherman whose specialty is high-speed trolling for Wahoo at speeds in excess of 20 knots, will hold two seminars. Altman created the Facebook group “Wahoo Junkies” and has more than 7,500 members.

Chris Rooney and Dennis Young will hold offshore trolling and bait-rigging classes.

Hook the Future kids’ fishing clinics will be conducted throughout the weekend by Capt. Don, and participants will receive a free rod and reel.

The Tiki Boat, a floating tiki bar provided by the Freedom Boat Club, will offer rides throughout the weekend.

A sunset cruise will feature beer and live music April 6 and will cruise upstream through downtown Jacksonville along the St. Johns River toward Riverside, Avondale, and San Marco to see the sunset.

“We have some great local fishing experts lined up to lead fishing seminars both Saturday and Sunday on a variety of topics including offshore bottom fishing, cobia and wahoo fishing,” said Jacqui Bomar, president of JBM & Associates, in a statement. “We also have some fun lined up for the kids presented by Jax 4 Kids. There will be bounce houses, face painting, arts and crafts, games, giveaways and more.”