For the 25th year, Florida Sportsman Magazine will host the Florida Sportsman Expo at the Florida State Fairgrounds on October 7th and 8th. Attendees to the Florida Sportsman Expo will find an array of new exhibitors, new fishing and hunting seminar speakers and other exciting new features, including the Best Boat Super Showcase featuring 15 models from the upcoming Best Boat Magazine and TV show. Show host Capt. Rick Ryals will be on hand to discuss the keys to buying your ideal fishing boat.
Six seminar stages will run continuous seminars by local guides and experts on inshore and offshore fishing, hunting, fly fishing, kayak fishing and fishing afoot on the beach, bridges and piers. Visit the Captain’s Corner Booth to talk fishing, and book charters with our guide speakers.
Try out the latest bows at the Arrowhead Archery Indoor Mobile Archery Range, and visit the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) 500-gallon mobile saltwater aquarium. FWC will also host the Kids Fishing Derby outside on on the Fairground lakes, and inside kids will win prizes for participating in the FWC’s “Fish ID” contest.
Also new to the Florida Sportsman Expo is the Fly Fishing seminar stage, featuring local fly fishing guides from the Tampa area. Get fly casting tips at the Fly Casting Pond hosted by Suncoast Flyfishers and Tampa Bay Fly Fishing Club. Visit the clubs’ booth to get hands-on fly-tying lessons and watch the pros at work.
Tampa’s Arrowhead Archery and Prime Bows will host our hunting stage and the Expo’s first Iron Buck Archery Tournament. There will be three divisions with cash and prizes for the winners. For hunters, new exhibitors are on hand to show bows and archery accessories, hunting blinds, hunting scents, and more. The Big & Wild Outdoors show will broadcast live Saturday morning from 7 am to 10 am. For more information on the Iron Buck Archery Tournament, contact Jonathan Swindle at Arrowhead Archery Shop (813) 621-4279.
The popular “Riggin’ it Right Academy” has room for up to 60 anglers at at time where you will receive hands-on instruction on rigging live baits, lures and knot-tying as well as sharpening hooks to catch more fish and proper fillet techniques.
Attendees can learn how to throw a cast net at the Ahi Cast Net Pit. Meet manufacturers’ representatives showing the latest from Tsunami, Salt Life, Ahi, Shimano, G.Loomis, PowerPro and more.
“We’re excited to have a new slate of Tampa area fishing guides and hunting experts on our seminar stages this year,” said Mike Conner, show director. “Timely topics will be of great interest to anglers and hunters ready to hit the water and woods for a variety of fish and game.”
Tickets at the Florida State Fairgrounds box office are $8 for adults. Kids 12 and under get in free if accompanied by an adult. Active military and First Responders with I.D. will receive a 50% discount on admission. New show hours for Saturday 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm.
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Tampa, October 7 & 8, 2017, Florida State Fairgrounds
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