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New Jersey saltwater fishing show opens today

The Progressive Saltwater Fishing Expo opens today, nearly doubling its footprint as it moves from the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, N.J., to the larger, more centrally-located New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, N.J.

The 2018 Saltwater Fishing Expo will feature more fishing tackle and gear exhibits, seminars, and interactive features dedicated to the region’s large population of saltwater fishing enthusiasts.

The show, which runs through Sunday, will feature more saltwater fishing exhibitors with expanded sections for inshore fishing, offshore fishing and surf casting, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, which owns and operates the show.

It will offer a new Fishing 101 Interactive Learning Center with three stations and a variety of expert saltwater pros providing one-on-one instruction and hands-on demos. Techniques being taught include: knot tying; rigging baits; reel maintenance; rod building and repair; cast net demonstrations; jig casting; varied inshore and offshore techniques; mojo fishing 101; and Fly Tying.

A casting pond will have demonstrations of new rods and reels, fly fishing seminars and one-on-one fly-casting instruction.

The show will have a fishing simulator, and appearances by Capt. Paul Hebert from the Wicked Pissah and Capt. Dave Carraro, owner of the FV-Tuna.com, from the TV show Wicked Tuna.

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