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Event Article: 2006 Fred Hall Show - San Francisco

The New Year brings new and exciting events and tackle to the 2006 Fred Hall San Francisco Show

Date: 1/5/06
Location: San Francisco
Event Dates: 1/4-1/8
Admission: Adults: $10
Kids 15 and under: Free
Reviewer: Team TackleTour

Everyone longs for the end of the year holidays that bring with them time away from work, precious family time, and the anticipation of many things thoughtful and gift-wrapped. For anglers, the anticipation only grows as the calendar turns and the New Year dawns because this spells the season of consumer fishing shows! Yes folks, it’s that time of year again and first on our plate, in its third year since partnering with the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), is the San Francisco Fred Hall Fishing Tackle & Boat Show.


Each exhibit area of the Fred Hall show is filled with fresh and saltwater boats


The Fred Hall Show brings anglers the opportunity to check out and buy the latest in manufacturers’ rods, reels, and other tackle and accessories. In addition to seeing and playing with the new products, anglers can also indulge in the many fresh and saltwater demonstrations presented throughout the day. This year, the Fred Hall Show features one saltwater and one freshwater mobile aquarium both sponsored by Triton Boats, where anglers can attend seminars to learn the local secret techniques and locations for many species of fish on the entire West Coast.


Brand new this year is the introduction of the restructured Bongo Fashion Show. What’s this you ask? It is, essentially, the New Products Showcase but featuring the Bongo girls modeling fishing apparel and the new fishing gear from all exhibiting manufacturers. This part of the event is a good chance to rest those tired feet while enjoying the great music and entertainment as new products are introduced held in the hands of the attractive Bongo girls.


Many take interest as Bob Barrack teaches the crowd how to frog fish on the Delta


The Shimano reel repair seminar and knot tying clinic isn’t new to anyone, but it is new to this particular show. This is the first time Shimano has appeared in the San Francisco show, and as we glanced at this area, all seats were filled with additional anglers on looking over from all around. Shimano technicians are there to help any anglers with questions and to teach everyone how to maintain their own reels with the appropriate tools. The knot tying clinic features representatives from Izorline who are teaching anglers how to tie various knots including proper way to join braided spectra to monofilament lines.


Saltwater seminars are given infront of the saltwater mobile tank


In addition to the events mentioned above, there are events for fly fishermen, hunters, and even wakeboarders. Yes, an indoor wakeboarding demonstration is present at the 2006 Fred Hall Show where professionals are performing tricks on the “Slider” which is an apparatus much like a rail used to conduct tricks before dismounting.


Long Range techniques and other tips are given at this seminar


Demonstrations and events are both educational and fun for anglers and are among the many must see items at the show, but we all know why TackleTour cover these shows. Though ICAST is still fresh on all the editors’ minds, this was our first chance to see the final production models for 2006. Many of them featured changes improving upon the prototypes that we handled at the trade show last July, so without further ado, we now bring you the exciting new products from the floors of the Fred Hall Show...

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