The Florida Sportsman Expo is back at the Lee Civic Center the weekend of February 2nd. If you love the outdoors, you do not want to miss this show!
Now in its 21st year, the Florida Sportsman Expo comes to the Lee Civic Center in Fort Myers for the weekend of Feb. 2-3.
The Sportsman Channel serves as title sponsor for the Expos. Anglers, hunters and boaters will be treated to the latest “how-to” seminars as well as demonstrations, contests and free prize drawings each day inside the exhibition hall.
Everyone can hold a live Burmese, and the Sportsman Channel offers a free drawing (no catches or strings attached!) for a 42-inch flat-screen TV to be given away on both days to a lucky ticket holder.
Seminars take place at five different stages around the huge civic center including the following presentations and demonstrations:
Capt. Daniel Andrews, Stalking Silver Kings
Capt. Rick Grassett, Making Tides Work For You
Capt. Dave Pomerleau, Snook Under the Lights
Capt. Mark Nichols, Advanced Flats Tactics
Lyle McCandless, Hunting With Airboats & Buggies
Capt. Chris O’Neill, Topwater Plugging
Capt. Larry Finch, Piers, Beaches & Bridges (Sat. only)
Conrad Lau, GPS & Depth Sounders From A to Z
Capt. Kevin Merritt, Fishing Shallow-Water Wrecks
Capt. Jon Fetter, Cobia & Tripletail
Capt. Rick Ryals, Snapper & Grouper (Sat. only)
Capt. Terry Sturgeon, How to Throw A Cast Net
Captains Tony Bozzella, Larry Miniard and Johnny Cassara with Rick Ryals at the Riggin’ It Right tables
Also featured are free lessons at a 100-foot indoor fly-casting pond, a separate Zebco kids’ casting pond with free prizes and face painting, and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission’s 500-gallon saltwater tank.
Visitors will see the newest lineup of boats in all sizes plus rows and rows of booths with the latest tackle, gear, electronics and gadgets. Fishing greats Mark Sosin and Al Pflueger will be on hand as well as Florida Sportsman Editor Jeff and other staffers.
“It’s a great show for all ages and especially families,” said Expo director Doug Kelly, who pointed out that kids 12 and under with parents are free. “The variety of things to do and see is better than a three-ring circus for every angler, hunter and boater.”
Another favorite show attraction is the Riggin’ it Right Academy. Anglers take turns sitting at learning stations with all supplies, tackle and baits provided for free while Florida Sportsman experts offer hands-on instruction on properly rigging baits and lures that work best from Charlotte Harbor to Chokoloskee.
A tricked-out swamp buggy and airboat at the Hunting Pavilion will keep the camera phones clicking. Hunting pros describe how to rattle up a buck or call a turkey.
In just five minutes anyone can learn how to throw a cast net at the cast net pit. The kayak stage features rigged kayaks and instruction on the many advantages of quiet, stealthy, non-combustion fishing.
“All the instruction, seminars, demonstrations, contests, free drawings and boat and tackle displays are included in the admission price,” said Kelly.
Tickets at the Lee County Civic Center are $8 for adults and kids 12 and under with parents free. Show hours run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3. For more details and a discount coupon, visit www.FloridaSportsman.com/Expo. For press contact or interviews, contact Doug Kelly at 727-724-4949 or Doug@FloridaSportsman.com.
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