Guthrie and Pete Seeger, this year's boat show is also the official kickoff of the 400th birthday of the Hudson River. The Hudson River birthday will be celebrated with a special exhibit at the show.

One of the big political topics in recent political campaigns is the "Greening of America." Visitors to the show can check out the latest eco-friendly boating tips and technologies, including hybrid boat introductions, environmentally conscious boating accessories and "Boat Green" seminars. Plus you can enter to win a Scout 145 Hybrid Boat ($16,995 value) and other great green prizes.

New to boating? Visit the Discover Boating Center for unbiased advice on boating for every lifestyle and budget. Experts are on hand to discuss individual needs and deliver information and local resources, to help you discover why life is better with a boat!

There is also a series of free Boating and Fishing Seminars, produced by Rich Johnson of The Fishing Line. A complete schedule is available by going to

What is an event of this size and stature without some great prizes?

Attendees will be able to enter to win a $50,000 grand prize package through Brunswick's "Spectacular Holiday Giveaway," offered exclusively at the NY National Boat Show.

The complete lifestyle package includes a 13-foot Boston Whaler sport boat; plus Brunswick Pool Table with cue rack & accessories, a Poker Table & chairs, a Centennial Bar with stools and a Life Fitness treadmill and Home Gym.

The 104th New York National Boat Show will run from Saturday, Dec. 13 to Sunday, Dec. 21 at the Jacob K. Javits Center, Eleventh Avenue & 35th Street in New York. Show hours are weekdays Noon-8pm, Saturdays 10am-8pm and Sundays 10am-5pm.

Tickets prices are: Adults: $15; Youth (13-15): $8; Children: 12 and under FREE. Advance online ticket sales carry special discounts and are on sale now at\

Most anglers stayed off the water last week thanks to the near constant winds. Those brave souls who did fish on the Sound reported that the water was very rough, but they also caught fish.

Kevin Miller and Michael Noyes fished off Rye/Playland last week. Despite being rocked by the choppy water they were still able to catch and release about a dozen striped bass. The fish measured up to 25-inches and were taken using diamond jigs.

When they returned to Cos Cob Harbor, Noyes pulled his boat out of the water for the season.

Fishing the Housatonic River from shore at Short Beach last week was Peter Novello. He caught and released six stripers measuring from 18 to 26 inches on flies. While it was still daylight, Novello used a chartreuse and white Clauser Minnow. After sunset, he used black Clauser Minnows.

Nick at Fisherman's World says that he has been hearing about some good striped bass catches at 11B.

Don't forget that the fall blackfish season closed last week.

Freshwater fishing is picking up. Last week Chris Miller and his brother, Pete, fished at Kensico Reservoir. They both caught lake trout measuring up to 22 inches. All of the fish were taken on live shiners.

DEP Fisheries Biologist William Forman sent me an e-mail last Thursday advising that the Bureau released an additional 58 Atlantic salmon into Mashapaug and Crystal Lakes.

This brings the total number of broodstock salmon stocked this fall to 1,181 fish. Here's the numbers by water body for the fall 2008 season: Naugatuck River (504 salmon); Shetucket River (439 salmon); Crystal Lake (119 salmon) and Mashapaug Lake (119 salmon).

Several of those fish were caught and released by Dave Krom while fishing the Naugatuck River at Beacon Falls. His largest Atlantic salmon was a whopper. Using a Rooster Tail, he caught a 29-inch, 9-pound salmon.

Scott at Fisherman's World says that rainbow and brown trout angling is very good at the Saugatuck Reservoir. Right now, the best baits to use are worms and shiners. Walleye fishing is slowing down.

Martin Armstrong is a member of the Fisheries Advisory Council, a life member in Trout Unlimited and a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America.