2013 Shows Line-up:
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The Florida Sportsman Expo has something for everyone — anglers, boaters and hunters with seminars, demonstrations and endless rows of exhibits offering fantastic show specials.
The Florida Sportsman Expos are bigger and better than ever. In its 20th year and staged like a three-ring circus for anglers, boaters and hunters, the Expos feature continuous seminar stages, casting ponds, kids’ events, a hands-on rigging table, free fly- and net-casting lessons, the newest line-up of boats of all sizes and exhibits by Florida’s Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Rows and rows of booths will offer show specials and discounts on boats, tackle, gear, gadgets, hunting trips and accessories, works of art and much more.
“It’s a golden opportunity to Christmas shop for the kids and that special angler or hunter,” said Expo Director Doug Kelly, who’s also a Florida Sportsman Contributing Editor. “And no one will want to miss getting his or her picture taken sitting atop a sleek, souped-up airboat or giant swamp buggy.”
An added bonus is a free chance for all attendees to win a 42-inch flat screen TV each day, donated by Expo title sponsor The Sportsman Channel. Florida Sportsman staff will also be on hand to greet visitors along with TV and radio personalities in each area.
“The variety of things to do and see is amazing,” said Kelly. “Experts with PowerPoint presentations will provide tips and secrets to improve fishing, hunting and boating skills.”
The speaker rosters includes charter captains and top authorities on topics such as:
- Little-Known Snook Secrets
- Targeting Tripletail and Cobia
- Best Ways to Fish Artificial Reefs
- Trophy Bucks on Bow
- Top-Water Plugging Techniques
- Getting the Best Deal on a Boat
- 10 Top Turkey Tactics
- Zeroing-In on Snapper & Grouper
- Beach, Bridge & Pier Skills
- Rattling Up A Buck
- Kayaks and Kayaking
- Booking the Right Fishing or Hunting Trip for You
- Turkey & Duck Call Demonstrations
- … and many more insightful topics on all the presentation stages.
Another favorite show attraction is the Riggin’ it Right Academy. Groups of anglers take turns sitting at learning stations with all supplies and tackle provided for free while Florida Sportsman staff gives hands-on instruction on properly rigging the baits and lures that work best.
Attendees can learn how to effectively throw a cast net in only five minutes in the large cast net pit. Those interested in the basics of fly fishing will receive free instruction at a 100-foot casting pond. Kids have their own events at a spin-cast pond with free “can’t-lose” prizes by Zebco – there’s even a kids’ face-painting booth by the amazing artist Tony Ryals, a quadriplegic who paints using just his mouth.
The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will display exhibits of interest to boaters and hunters as well as the Florida Sportsman Grand Slam Tank, a 500-gallon mobile aquarium. Kid’s will be amused and challenged with the FWC’s “Fish ID” contest for prizes donated by DOA Lures.
“Everything’s included in the admission price,” noted Kelly. “It’s going to be a great fun-filled event and learning experience for everyone who loves being outdoors.”
Tickets at the venues are $8 for adults and kids 12 and under with parents free. Show hours run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
What: Florida Sportsman Fishing and Boat Show (A product of Florida Sportsman Magazine.)
When and Where:
Feb. 2-3, Ft. Myers at the Lee Civic Center
Sept. 14-15, Tampa at the Florida State Fairgrounds
Oct. 12-13, West Palm Beach at the South Florida Fairgrounds
Admission: $8 adults, children 12 and under with parent free. Look for $2-off coupon in Florida Sportsman Magazine and $1-off coupon on the web site.
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