Kayak Fishing, Paddle Board Tips for Beginners, Tricks for Catching Fluke, Seabass and Cod, and Outboard Motor Basics Among Free Educational Sessions

Hartford Boat Show 2018ESSEX, CT - JANUARY 24, 2018 - Want to improve your chances of catching more fluke, seabass and cod this season? Ever paddled a kayak with your feet? Still want to try paddle boarding? Learn the tips and tricks of kayak fishing, improving your fishing skills, how to use sonar, the basics of outboard motors, beginners paddle board skills, and more, at over 27 educational sessions running throughout The Hartford Boat Show February 8-11, 2018 at the Connecticut Convention Center.

Students from the Thompson Public School District will be bringing their boat building project to the Hartford Boat Show, February 8-11.

Produced by the Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA) and powered by Evinrude, The Hartford Boat Show will feature 125 exhibitors, over 400 boats and watercraft and a full slate of educational sessions presented by the Three Belles Outfitters, Black Hawk Fishing Charters, Blackhall Outfitters, and the New England Science and Sailing Foundation (NESS), with session topics rotating and repeating throughout show hours, Thursday, February 8 to Sunday, February 11. Participation in the educational sessions is open to all Hartford Boat Show visitors, included in admission.

Black Hawk Fishing Charters of Niantic will be presenting sessions covering "Ten Top Tips to Catch More Fluke, Seabass & Cod. Also out of Niantic, Three Belles Outfitters will present "Intro to Kayak Fishing," "The Power of Sonar - Kayak Fishing," and "Catch Monster Striped Bass from a Kayak."

In the 800 square foot Paddler's Paradise Demo Pool, Blackhall Outfitters from Old Lyme will be conducting live demonstrations of paddle board tips and tricks with a "This is Easy!" session geared toward beginners, "Paddling with your Feet?," which will introduce the new Malibu PDL recreational kayak, "Stand up Kayak Fishing," and will also provide instruction on "Kayak Fishing Rigging Techniques and Outfitting your Boat."

An outboard engine basics classes will be presented by the NESS. As an ocean adventure nonprofit that provides STEM-based education programs, on and off the water, for students from all walks of life, the group will also conduct two sessions on Using Boating for STEM Education.  

The emphasis on education and training continues in The Hartford Boat Show's new Windows to the Future section sponsored by Renewal by Andersen, which has been designed to showcase marine trades training programs from throughout the state. Students from Thompson Public School District's boat building program will be constructing a small wood boat within the area, and The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), NESS, and Cedar Island Marine Research Lab will also be featured. Students from The Sound School of New Haven and several of the state's technical school automotive departments have been invited as well. On Saturday February 10 and Sunday February 11, kids visiting the show are welcome to join in some Hands on Fun in the Windows to the Future area and try their hands at boat building kit activities.  

"The program in the Thompson schools is such a perfect example of the types of skills used in marine trades. Through the program not only do the students gain hands-on proficiency using a variety of hand and power tools, but they also learn how to apply mathematics, science and history, as they take a boat from design to finish," relates Kathleen Burns, CMTA Executive Director.

Additional Hartford Boat Show exhibitors providing educational services and certification programs include Professional Marine Education, Boat Safe CT, Hartford Power Squadron, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and Bay State Woodies which focuses on antique and classic boats. Industry publications participating in the show include On the Water, Boating World, and The Fisherman Magazine.

This year's show will feature an expanded Boating in Connecticut Workforce program all days of the event. Including an interactive job opportunities display, educational presentations, and scholarship awarding, the section will focus on the variety and viability of marine trade careers throughout the state.

Tickets for The Hartford Boat Show are available at www.hartfordboatshow.com. Pre-show online tickets are $10 and a multi-day pass is available at $18 which allows access to the show any two days. The Senior Skip'rs pass for February 9 is $8. Admission on-site at the Show will be $12. Children under 12 accompanied by an adult are free. Group sales for groups over 15 people may be arranged by contacting CMTA Show Staff at 860-767-2645.

The Hartford Boat Show will be open Thursday, February 8 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm.; Friday, February 9 from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm; Saturday, February 10 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; and Sunday, February 11 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. For schedule details and a full list of exhibitors, visit www.hartfordboatshow.com. Follow new developments on Facebook, Twitter at @HartfordBoatSho and Instagram at ctmarinetrades.

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