Fishing Show Gearing Up

The New England Saltwater Fishing Show, March 11-13 at the Rhode Island Convention Center, will feature 300 booths and free seminars.

Let the New England Saltwater Fishing Show, March 11-13, at the Rhode Island Convention Center, help you gear-up for the fishing season. The Show is back as the largest saltwater fishing show of its type in the Northeast with tackle, rods, reels, lures, electronics, charter guides, boats, motors, accessories, clothes and much more.

Status updates

Greg Vespe, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Association (show sponsor), said, “We are about two months out and have sold 260 booths. Our twelve large spaces for boats and large displays against the back wall of the exhibition hall are all taken. However, we still have booths available. Many of our exhibitors are offering exclusive Show Specials so anglers should take advantage of these specials.”

“Our seminar committee has refocused on ‘How to’ seminars. Keying on strategies and tactics to target species we as anglers love to catch, eat or release… striped bass, summer flounder, tautog and a host of others. We have a special focus on species that are in abundance in our area due to warming water. Seminars and gear on how to target black sea bass but new abundant species too like false albacore and bluefin tuna that are closer to shore than ever before with anglers who have not targeted them before starting to fish for them.” said Vespe.


Seminar topics will include everything from offshore Canyon tactics to inshore tips and tricks for black sea bass. Speakers will cover locations from Boston Harbor to the Connecticut River and everything in between. Accomplished charter captains, authors and local sharpies all pitching in to cover topics of interest.

Visit RISAA’s Facebook page for updates on seminar topics and speakers as the schedule gets fleshed out. By taking a little time to plan your show visit you can make sure you are at the show for the presentations you want to see and visit the booths that have products you want to check out and buy

When and Where

The New England Saltwater Fishing Show is being held at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

  • Friday, March 11, 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 12, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 12, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tickets and Specials

Children under 12 admitted free every day and on Sunday, March 12, Family Day, all women are admitted free. Visit the Kids Casting Area on Saturday and Sunday.

All adults who enter the show can register to win a Free Fishing Charter Trip with Capt. B.J. Silvia of Flippin’ Out Charters. Additionally, you can purchase a limited entry ticket to win a second fishing charter with Booked Off Charters as well as a custom Crafty One fishing rod (one rod for each show day).

Tickets at the door are $12. Friday is Military Appreciation Day. In conjunction with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the first 250 Veterans and Active Duty personnel that arrive on Friday will be admitted free.

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