Sure, it may be late January, but it’s never too early to start planning your next fishing trip, and the Fishing Show/Flea Market has plenty to see and do. Of course, there will be a variety of new and used fishing related merchandise on display, as well as boats and boating equipment. Find everything you need this season. Over 100 tables of vendors are expected to come out this weekend, and there is something for everyone.
A “reel” hit with all ages is the Trout Pond. Fully stocked with trout, the Trout Pond and is open to all ages to try out. Prize fish and lunkers are stocked for kids aged 12 and younger. No license is required to cast yourself into this fun, fishy folly, and all rods and bait are supplied on site.
Free appraisals will be ongoing throughout the event, so come prepared with your antique gear and find out the true value of what you have. This is an opportunity to buy, sell or simply appraise. There will also be free seminars and fly fish demonstrations over the next two days. From 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Captain Jeff Grimes will lead a seminar on Ocean City Flounder Fishing. Then, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Captain Jim Shambaugh will present Fishing for Salmon and Trout. Mysteries of Big Pike on Lake Marburg will follow, from 11 a.m. to noon, with Lee Snyder. Gordon Brady will then talk about Fishing Lake Marburg from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Rod Bates will lead Susquehanna River Smallmouth Fishing, and Tony Dranzo will conclude the seminars at 2 p.m. with Tony’s Tips. Lee Snyder will open Sunday’s seminars at 10:30 a.m. with an encore of Mysteries of Big Fish on Lake Marburg. John Oast and Juan Veruete will follow at 11:30 a.m. with An Introduction to Kayak Fishing. From 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Todd Kennedy will present Catfishing, followed by Mike Jones who will bring you Fishing Canada from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The Fishing Show is also a great resource and you one-stop information destination to learn about all the riparian-related happenings in the locale. Find what you need about local, regional and national tournaments, the PA Fish and Boating Commission, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and much more.
If you have an appetite for more than just fish, head on over to the concession stand and “sea” what other foods are available. Breakfast, lunch and refreshment snacks will be available throughout the event and include such options as assorted sandwich varieties, chicken corn soup, hotdogs and much more.
Throughout the weekend, there will be ongoing door prizes. Also, on Sunday there will be a raffle drawing at 3 p.m. You do not be present to win the raffle, but you must purchase a ticket.
Admission for the Monaghan Fishing Show and Flea Market is just $3. All proceeds benefit the Monaghan Township Volunteer Fire Company, where the event will take place. Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25. The Monaghan Township Volunteer Fire company is located at 245 West Siddonsburg Road, Dillsburg, PA 17019. For more information, visit www.monaghanfishingshow.com.