Fishing Flea Market reels in hundreds to Point Beach

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The annual Fishing Flea Market and Fishing Collectible Show drew crowds of enthusiasts to the fundraiser. [STEVE WEXLE].

POINT PLEASANT BEACH – The hallways of G. Harold Antrim Elementary School overflowed with seafaring merchandise Saturday as hundreds of fishermen, anglers and sea captains from across the state came out to support one of Ocean Fire Company No. 1’s biggest fundraisers of the year.

On Feb. 24, the fire company hosted its 24th annual Fishing Flea Market and Fishing Collectible Show, where shoppers of all ages perused more than 115 tables filled with hooks, lures, rods and other fishing equipment.

“It has grown tremendously. We are always trying to get more and more vendors here every year and trying to get more and more people through the door to buy stuff,” said Kiel Arnone, a member of the fire company who organizes the event. “It has gotten to be one of the biggest shows in New Jersey.

“This supports the fire company and helps us pay the bills at the firehouse and helps us keep everything up and running at the firehouse. We’re right on the beach here, it is a big fishing community … it draws a lot support.”

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