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UNCASVILLE, CONN., March 7, 2024 – The “Connecticut Fishing & Outdoor Show” returns to the Mohegan Sun Earth Expo & Convention Center in Uncasville, Conn. on Friday, March 22 through Sunday, March 24, 2024. Dates/Hours: Friday, March. 22 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 23 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, March 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Discounted admission tickets are on sale now at www.CTFishingOutdoorShow: Online $12 for Adults; At the Door: $15 Adults; Free for Kids under age 12.

This show is designed for longtime fishing and outdoor enthusiasts, as well as anyone who wants to learn more about angling and other kinds of outdoor adventure,” explains Kristie Gonsalves, Producer of the Connecticut Fishing & Outdoor Show at Mohegan Sun. “Fishing is the highlight of this annual three-day family event that showcases a wide variety of outdoor activities including freshwater and saltwater fishing, hunting, kayaking, paddle boards, safaris, hunting dog training, and more,” Gonsalves is President of North East Expos, Inc., a Board member of the Home & Garden Show Executives International, and the Producer of the successful Connecticut Flower & Garden Show in Hartford.

NEW THIS YEAR: A Kids Fun Zone featuring hands-on activities for toddlers through teens, where they can discover the wonder and beauty of the outdoors. This new section will showcase a catch-and-release trout fishing pond, live animals, archery, dog training lessons, a fly-casting pond, and the popular Blackhawk virtual fishing fighting chair simulator. A centerpiece of this Fun Zone will be the Slay Nation Tournament Fishing kids casting corner where certified experts will teach boys and girls how to fly cast or “flip”, and toddlers can catch plastic fish for prizes – all while costumed character Frankie the Fish greets the crowd. In addition, every hour children can participate in a Scavenger Hunt where the winner will win a Tackle box. In addition, special expert-led seminars for youth on fishing tips, and archery and hunting safety will be held throughout the event.

This year’s Connecticut Fishing & Outdoor Show will celebrate a momentous achievement by one of the event’s longtime headliners: Fisherman and Custom Lure Designer Al Gag (a/k/a Albert Gagliarducci), is one of only six individuals in the world who recently was named to the prestigious 2024 International Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame. In addition, the Hall of Fame has recognized “The Al Gag Super Mac Paddle Tail” as one of the Top 100 Lures of All Time! Gag’s official public Hall of Fame installation ceremony will be held during this show on Saturday, March 23 at 4 p.m. at the 5,000-gallon Hawg Trough.

Attendees will discover:

More than 200 booths, including over 135 companies selling the latest fishing, hunting and outdoor equipment, and fishing boats.

Fly Casting Demonstrations by experts in two locations: atop a 5,000-gallon Hawg Trough Live Fish Tank. and on the show’s fly cast pond.

Daily Expert Speakers and Demonstrations Free with Admission (full schedule at They include:

  • Alberto Knie (a/k/a “Crazy Alberto”), World-Class Extreme Trophy Game & Conservation Fish Hunter.
  • Sheron K. Brown (a/k/a “The Lunkerman”), Professional Tournament Angler/Guide (Friday & Saturday).
  • Janet Messineo, Surfcaster, Shore Guide, Fish Taxidermist and Author (Saturday & Sunday).
  • Joe Diorio, Saltwater Fishing Guide.
  • John Paduano, Charter captain with specialty in huge bass on very light tackle.
  • Dan Welby, Fisherman and Fuse Bait Designer.
  • Bryan Mayo, 7-time Rhode Island B.A.S.S Nation State Team and 2021 State Club Champion.
  • Matt Wettish, Turkey Hunter/Champion Caller & New England Turkey Hunting Hall of Fame inductee.
  • Gerry Rightmyer & Steve Schicker, Hunters and Hosts of “Forever Wild Outdoors” on Wild TV – will speak about archery, hunting and outdoors for kids.
  • Ryan Nye, Kayak Bass Fisherman.
  • Brian Coombs, New England Fisherman and Charter Boat Captain.
  • Nate Chagnon, Kayak Fisherman
  • Mike Roy of Reel Cast Charters.
  • Jim Neary, Fisherman – will speak about fishing for kids.
  • Tim Talentino, Fisherman – will speak about fishing for kids.
  • Sean Reynolds, Fishing Guide – will speak about fishing for kids.
  • Dave Parrish, Waterfowl Hunter.
  • Ron McKee, Surfcaster and Custom Rod Designer.
  • Al Gag, Fisherman and Custom Lure Designer.
  • Ian Devlin, Connecticut Fly Angler.
  • Fred Wilson, Fly-Tying Expert.
  • Tyler Clark, Fisherman and Caster.
  • Doug Lyons, Fly Fisherman.

Fly Casting demos by experts in two locations: atop a 5,000-gallon Hawg Trough Live Fish Tank. and on the show’s fly cast pond.

New Kids Fun Zone with hands-on activities, and special youth seminars on how to fish and hunt.

Meet & Schedule Tours with Charter Boat Fishing Captains, Hunting Outfitters, Outdoor Adventure and Safari Promoters. CT Dept. of Energy & Environmental & Protection’s (DEEP) latest rules and regulations, and displays on state’s wildlife, fisheries, boating, hunting and parks.

Fly-Tying by Experts.

Hands-On Activities include Laser Shot Range from the CT Dept. of Energy & Environmental & Protection (DEEP).

Animal Adventures Family Zoo & Rescue Center’s wildlife programs (Saturday & Sunday only) with an alligator, porcupine, Burmese python snake, skunk, owl, bunny, turtles, and tortoise. Exhibit times: Saturday/Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Presentations: Saturday/Sunday 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Tips on “How to Start a Puppy” and “Dog Steadiness” by Jeremy Cormier of V3 Gun Dogs.

How to Use Inflatable Life Jackets by the U.S. Coast Guard.

At the show, enter to win a 12-foot Ultra Light Solo Packboat from Adirondack Guideboats.

ADMISSION for the Show:

DISCOUNTED ON-LINE TICKETS ON SALE NOW: $12 for Adults. Free Tickets for Kids under age 12 at www.CTFishingOutdoorShow. Online tickets can be purchased any time until show ends.

Admission at the Door: $15 Adults. Free for Kids under age 12.

Show sponsors include The Fisherman Magazine, LeafGuard, WFSB Channel 3, and 97.7 WCTY Eastern CT’s Country station, Renewal by Anderson, Momentum Solar; and North East Expos, Inc.

FOR SHOW INFO, visit www.CTFishingOutdoorShow or Facebook or 860-844-8461.

Speakers, Demonstrators and Exhibitors interested in registering for the Connecticut Fishing & Outdoor Show at Mohegan Sun should contact Kristie Gonsalves at 860-844-8461, or email, or visit

NORTH EAST EXPOS, INC., producer of this event, is a decades old, family-owned company that also produces the popular “Connecticut Flower & Garden Show” at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. For information about North East Expos, Inc., contact Kristie Gonsalves at 860-844-8461 or email

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Laura Soll, Communications

2024 CT Fishing & Outdoor Show

Phone (860) 688-4499

Cell (860) 833-4466