For the 24th year, Florida Sportsman Magazine will host the Florida Sportsman Expo at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, October 8th and 9th. At the show you’ll find the popular series of informational seminars on how to improve your fishing and hunting, including top-notch technical, hands-on instruction on inshore and offshore fishing, plus you’ll find new seminars and seminar speakers covering the most popular trends in the Florida outdoors.
As always, the FS EXPO will be a great place to meet and speak with some of the celebrities and personalities of the Florida fishing and hunting world, such as George Gozdz, host of the Reel Time with Florida Sportsman TV show and bowfishing sensation Brooke Thomas.
You’ll also get the opportunity to meet some of the makers of outdoor gear and equipment, both large companies like Daiwa and smaller, Florida-based companies like D.O.A. lures. Ask your questions and find out what’s new to their product lineup.
Previous attendees to the Florida Sportsman Expo will find many changes, as well as exciting additions to the show:
New to the Florida Sportsman Expo will be a seminar stage for Ladies in the Outdoors, featuring top names from around the state, including: Brittney Novalsky; Capt. Alissa Vinoski; World Record Holder and Diver, Cheyenne Lee; Female Bowfishing sensation, Brooke Thomas; Chasten Whitfield; Pam Wirth; Christina Weber; Meli Brock; Sydney Sewell and more.
Back on the list of activities is the popular “Riggin’ it Right Academy” presented by SeaTow with room for up to 60 anglers at a time while Florida Sportsman staff give hands-on instruction on properly rigging baits and lures. For those interested in Fly Fishing, free fly casting and fly-tying instruction will be presented on a stocked pond.
Celebrities and guides, such as Reel Time’s Capt. George Gozdz and Florida Sportsman’s Rick Ryals from Best Boat, will take the stage to offer tips on trophy fish and game. Enjoy seminars from Capt. Chris O’Neill, Capt. Sergio Atanes, Larry “Fishman” Finch, Trophy Taker Outdoors’ Lee Cepero and Pete Petriw, D.O.A’s, Capt. Mark Nichols and more great speakers.
You’ll also find at the FS EXPO:
– Concealed Carry Permits for $39.95 in advance and $49.95 at the door. Register in advance at TampaCarry.com
– The DEMA “Be a Diver” pool will be at the show. Attendees may try out SCUBA diving with certified instructors. Participants must bring their own swim suits, but dressing rooms, towels and all the newest diving equipment (including wetsuits and fins) are provided. Guests can try out diving for Free.
– National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) style Tournament for school age students
– Free kids’ Fishing Derby with the FWC
– Indoor Mobile Archery Range and Inflatable BB Gun Range
Guns will also be available to buy, sell, or trade. Attendees can learn how to effectively throw a cast net or fish from a kayak or spend time with manufacturers like Shimano, Fin-Nor, Daiwa, Temple Fork, Quantum, and others and learn what new products and features to expect in 2017 on the New Manufacturer’s stage. 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 saltwater aquarium. Kids will be kept busy and can win free prizes with the FWC’s “Fish ID” contest.
Tickets at the Florida State Fairgrounds box office are $8 for adults. Kids 12 and under with a parent are free. Show hours run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8th and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9th. For a discount coupon and more details visit www.FloridaSportsman.com/Expo.
For questions about the show or queries from exhibitors, call Dawn Cepero at 863-512-5190.
A look at a previous Florida Sportsman Expo, in Fort Pierce.