Article: Show Coverage
TackleTour heads to Long Beach, CA to cover the Fred Hall Fishing Tackle
& Boat Show (Part 1-Overview)
||Adults: 10 Dollars
Kids 15 and under: Free
arrival of the Fred Hall show in Southern California marks the 57th time this
huge event comes to the West Coast. Aside from the exciting new reels, rods, watercrafts,
and lures, you have the opportunity to learn many new things from professionals,
manufacturers, and also to share fish stories with fellow anglers. Besides fishing tackle the show
also features other recreational outdoor sports such
as hunting and camping, and you have a chance to purchase gear at great
discount prices. Part 1 will overview the show while Part 2 will contain TackleTour's picks for Best of Show products.
Impressions: Each year Fred Hall & Associates produce an
incredible show for their attendees, and they did it again in 2003. The
Fred Hall Fishing Tackle and Boat Show in Long Beach, California tops the past
years' performance by introducing new seminars, new manufacturers,
and still bring back what anglers were partial to in the previous shows.
Fred Hall show is so popular that every isle in the Long Beach Convention Center
is packed with excited Anglers
hundreds stand outside the entrance eagerly awaiting the doors to open, anglers
talk about long fishing trips, their
biggest catch out in the ocean, and even the ones they lost. As the doors swing open, people scramble in to see what the show has to
offer. The first thing to do is grab a show program, then sign up for contests, and
of course wet your lips with an ice cold beer before spending hours and hours walking the many isles at the
Fred Hall show is situated in the Long Beach stadium and convention
center, where people have the chance to see and buy what's new for 2003. The one
thing anyone will notice is the large amount of boats being displayed at the
show. Each location of the show features a great deal of floor space
both freshwater and saltwater boats, the majority being saltwater since most
people enjoy sportfishing for big game down South.
wall over 20 feet long filled with replicas of all types of fish. Robert's
Fish Mounts will reproduce your catch as long as you provide them with the
specifications. It's a great way to practice catch-and-release and still
have your prized catch mounted on your wall
Products: If your arms and legs aren't getting tired, then you simply need to get
more involved in this show. Browsing hundreds of manufacturers and
displays, you ought to be exhausted. As with other shows, Anglers have the
opportunity to try out new tackle, ask any questions that one might have, and
then move over to the dealers where you can purchase products at "show
special" prices. Since the Fred Hall show is in Southern California,
its main target is saltwater Anglers. Many booths are specific to
saltwater applications with heavy duty lures, rods, reels, watercrafts, and boat
accessories for the ocean monsters. But don't let the saltwater tackle overwhelm
you if you're a freshwater person. There are still many manufacturers
there that have all the right gear that will please your needs, especially in the
incredibly large amount of fishing tackle can be found at this show. Can
you find yourself battling that huge Marlin from one of these luxurious fighting
A show isn't complete unless it had seminars for Anglers to learn new
techniques, share secrets, ask the pros questions, and of course to rest
your tired legs from walking through over a hundred booths. There are
four big seminar locations at the Fred Hall show. First the Bongo Sportsfishing Stage where you can hear about fishing big game in exotic
destinations, hauling in massive tuna, and meeting the very fashionable Bongo Girls
(which was by far my favorite part).
Bongo Stage is one place many gathered around to listen and learn. And to
check out the Bongo girls
Another great demonstration was the Fly fishing
theatre. Here you can learn how to float tube in the bay safely, learn the
basics of fly fishing from the basics to proper casting mechanics, and how to
land your first fish on the fly, as well as hear about some sweet spots to catch
beautiful trout. In the far back end of the convention center are the fly
casting pools where experienced fly fishers will teach you the correct motions
to casting that line farther then ever before in preparation for trips to the
Eastern Sierras as the opening date in April nears.
next location is the Bass Tank located in the Bass Zone. The Bass
Zone is new to the Fred Hall show for 2003 and is heaven for bass Anglers. The Bass Zone has its own
modest space that showcases bassin' tackle of all
types. Scents, reels, rods, fishing line, lures, and accessories, all
aimed towards the sport of bass fishing. At the Bass Tank you will hear
from many pro Anglers on different bass fishing techniques, secrets to winning
tournaments and simply catching more bass. Have you heard the saying that 20% of
the people who fish catch 80% of the fish? Well after listening to these pros
you will be armed with the information to put you in that elite percentage.
Saltwater Tank demo area features many talks and secrets on big game
last main area for seminars is the counterpart of the Bass Tank, but for
saltwater. In front of the Saltwater Tank are seminars given on downrigging
101, fishing the coast of California, and the secrets of surf fishing, just to
name a few.
if that's not enough for you. There's more! Bring your Shimano reels
to the Fred Hall show and get them cleaned and tuned, or at least learn how to maintain your
reels to keep them in optimal condition. Shimano experts are on hand
to give advice, cleaning instructions, and show you the necessities of keeping
your prized reel in top shape. Also if you're into hunting there's two
shooting simulation screens at the Laser Shot. One can blast away targets
using various weapons ranging from pistols to full on rifles. Lastly if you are looking for new and simple
recipes to cook your catch, don't miss the Sporting Chef seminars where one can
learn how to cook up a meal in minutes.
They don't call this the Fishing Tackle AND Boat Show for no reason. This
show has a great number of boats displayed, and that's the first thing you will
see as you walk through the entrance. Boats from many different
manufactures and dealers are present to sell, book test drives, answer any
questions related to watercrafts. There are many boats for the freshwater
guys, while there is an even larger amount of watercrafts for the saltwater fishermen
ranging from smaller 17 inch to massive boats for those long fishing trips out
in the ocean.
boats are what you came to the 2003 Fred Hall show for, you are in luck.
There are many boat dealers and an enormous amount of freshwater and saltwater
boats being displayed
that there are smaller personal watercrafts such as kick boats, canoes,
inflatables, and something that's becoming quite popular, kayak fishing.
All these alternative ways to get you on the water, and each manufacturer
displays their own accessories to make each fishing trip more enjoyable.
Deals on Tackle: After you finish playing with some of the latest tackle and getting
all your questions answered by the manufacturers you can head over to the many dealers
"show stores" to purchase
what gear that you liked the most, and at lower then retail prices. Most dealers
will display "show special" prices on some gear and shouldn't be
missed because some are a real steal. And if they didn't have discounted
prices, manufactures like Albackore will give you $25 worth of goods if you
purchase their tackle bag and bring the receipt back as proof of purchase. So either way, you leave the show happy
with some of the latest offerings and with money still in your wallet.
the Kids: Who said fishing shows can't be a family event? Once again
Berkley sponsors the Kids Fish Free Trout Pond located outdoors where children
15 and under can often land their first fish. Each day ten lucky kids
can win a $25 Berkley gift certificate when fishing at the pond. New for
2003 are two more events for kids. The West Marine Video area will have a
fishing simulation computer program for kids and their parents. This will
surely catch your children's attention and have them not just dreaming but
actively involved in the virtual event. To further
help our future Anglers develop skills needed to be a successful fishermen, Izorline
hosted a seminar to teach kids the fishing basics from casting to learning basic
Hunt: Did someone say treasure hunt? Where? How? This year G.
Loomis sponsored a treasure hunt. Attendees gathered clues at different
Loomis locations throughout the show and can win one of many fantastic
prizes. The prizes that were given to winners are of
course G. Loomis rods, an albacore trip fishing on the Cherokee Geisha, a
5 day trip on the American Angler, or even an exotic Amazon trip fishing
for ferocious Peacock bass.
How about towing your boat with
one of these?
Conclusion: To most Anglers attending the Fred Hall show is already a
treasure in itself. This huge Fishing Tackle & Boat event located in
the Long Beach Convention center features a large assortment of fresh tackle that
one can really get their hands on.
Aside from catching a glimpse of all the new tackle, one can also indulge on the enormous amount of
information given at numerous seminars. The addition of
the Bass Zone and the Fly Fishing casting area is just the latest successful
attempt in adding value and innovation to an already popular event. And like always, Fred Hall is
the only show in the world where 50% of the proceeds go directly to non-profit
organizations that are aimed towards fishing and outdoor recreation. All of
which add up to a event that is not to be missed by any anglers fortunate enough
to attend this mammoth gathering of fish crazed sportsmen....just like us.
(Stay tuned for Part 2 of this article where we
highlight our picks for best of show products!)