Saltwater fishing in the northeast is slow.
The only game in town is the excellent cod fishing off of Block Island. Boats from New Jersey, Montauk and New England are cashing in on cod and other deep water fish.
We are in a lull right now as striped bass stage in large bays awaiting warmer river temperatures. As this warming trend enters the third week of March, look for river herring and striped bass to move up coastal rivers preparing for their spawn.
For now, organize your gear and pick up last-minute supplies at various outdoor shows.
Anglers in the New York City-Tri-State area can take advantage of the Somerset, N.J., all saltwater show. From March 19-21, tackle companies, guides and area experts will be on hand to answer questions while displaying the latest innovations to hit the water.
I will be on hand at the Shimano booth demonstrating their new Hollow Ace line from Power Pro. This Hollow Core line will revolutionize how offshore anglers go about jigging and trolling pelagics.
The New England Saltwater Fishing Show will take place from March 19-21 and will be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, R.I. Industry manufacturers, guides and seminar speakers will be on hand daily.
Editor's note: Capt. Chris Gatley can be found with his fishing clients chasing striped bass in front of the Statue of Liberty, or heading offshore to the Atlantic Ocean canyons off the NJ/NY coast for tuna. His articles on cutting-edge fishing techniques can be found in The Fisherman Magazine, and he's a regular presenter at key sports shows during the winter months (when he's not pursuing whatever he can find in East Coast rivers).