Celebrate the passion
See the 148-page digital preview of the Long Beach Show
Can it be this time of year again? Fred Hall Show time? It is, March 2-6, and the five days constitute more than a show, it is the unveiling of new tackle products, and for many of the retailers and manufacturers, it is the beginning of the fishing season.
For those in the booths and the boat displays, it’s a place to reconnect. And, there’s the seminars, hundreds of them, that sharpen the learning curve. It all happens at the Long Beach Convention Center, and it’s not so much a show but a 5-day celebration of our passion for diverse outdoor adventure.
By this time, if you are a subscriber or buy it from a retailer, you have the four-section, 148-page preview edition in your possession. A friend of mine Don Southard of Huntington Beach just texted me: “Thanks for the hernia, Pat. I just went to the mailbox.” For special issues, we sometimes offer non subscribers a look at the digital versions you can get with annual subscriptions. This is one of them. It really is easy to use.
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To sustain that passion, you need to plan trips, buy a boat, snap up new tackle and learn from the experts. They are going to be at Long Beach. Every company worth its salt and fresh water is going to be exhibiting. If they are not, they simply aren’t serious about being in the outdoor business.
“There are hundreds of boats and thousands of booths at the Fred Hall Shows,” says show producer Bart Hall. “We have the largest marine electronics section of any shows in the West, more international fishing and hunting travel than any event in Southern California, and more celebration of the shooting sports than any show in our region.”
Hall learned from his father Fred some great methods to get people to the show and keep people in the aisles.
“My father’s vision back in 1948 was that we would provide a full day’s worth of family fun activities at a Fred Hall Show,” says Bart. “Each year we try to make the shows bigger and better. The problem is that there are so many things that people like about our shows that it is hard to get rid of anything so, generally speaking, we just keep adding things. Finding enough space for all of the fishing, boating, international travel, hunting displays and family fun activities that want to participate is really a problem. We just don’t have enough space and this year we will fill up all of the indoor and outdoor areas available to us.”
BART HALL, and his mother and father Lois and Fred Hall who started it all 70 years ago. In the photo below, Bart, just 9 years old, poses with Roy Rogers who came to promote on of the Halls' earliest shows.
Hall said that while fishing and boating have always been their mainstays, they have expanded significantly over the last several years by adding hunting, camping, diving, archery, water sports, off-road vehicles, and one of the show’s biggest attractions, international travel.
Then, there are seminars. A place to rest, and learn.
“Over the course of the nine days of the two shows, we will present more than 600 seminars and workshops,” said Hall. You can hop on a Hobie kayak on the Hyatt Lagoon, attend a kayak seminar in the Hobie Seminar Room, learn to fly cast at either show, attend a quality seminar on the Cousins Stage or the Mammoth Lakes seminar area or the Okuma and Savage Gear freshwater mobile aquarium, or at the Accurate Saltwater tank.”
SEMINARS are everywhere that the show! Hundreds of the top pros offer free instruction. Check the 10-page official show program at the door for the show times and locations.
But there’s entertainment too — all free.
At both Long Beach and Del Mar shows, you can be entertained by the Kids Fish Free Trout Pond or Great American Duck Races. You can relax and watch the Dodge/Ram Ultimate Air Dogs, try your hand at archery, and kids can learn to cast from the good folks at Fishing in the City. In Long Beach, you will be astounded by Frank Addington Jr., The Aspirin Buster Archer; and in Del Mar, you have to take in the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack show. Clothing is big at the shows, and for 2016 the Halls, with the help of AFTCO, are bringing back the popular Fashion Show that Pat Raitt of Bongos Sportfishing started and organized.
“Pat has passed away now but we hope her spirit will live on as we bring back the fashion show that she created,” said Hall. “It was wildly popular then and we believe it will be wildly popular now.”
Lon Beach Show hours March 2-6 are 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $16 for adults, $15 for seniors, and free for 15 and under kids and active military. And, of course, the kids fish for free at the Mammoth Lakes Pond.
Check out the complete seminar and workshop schedule at www.fredhall.com or the Western Outdoor News official 100-page show program at the door. That program has two pages of special coupons on pages 3 and 4. And, also be aware, that if you join the sportsman’s group, CCA, before the show, you get in free.
The exhibitor list can found on the website, and will be in the official Show Program at the door that will also contain a map with numbered booths.
WESTERN OUTDOOR NEWS specials are a fixture at the show at two huge booths, featuring amazing rates on subscriptions and your choice of free gifts, plus the newspaper will offer some fantastic events to participate in, such as two trips to Alaska, Cedros Island, The Cabo Tuna Jackpot, two pro WON BASS events at Clear Lake and Lake Mead, Lake Havasu Striper Derby, Big Bear TroutfesT and three super fun one-day sportboat tournaments in San Diego and Ventura. We also have a dozen sportboat charters.
A few tips: Saturday DFW Panel Discussion, two special Pre-Show seminars slated; Pete Gray Let’s Talk Hookup radio show at Hayatt lobby Saturday AND Sunday
PRE SHOW SEMINARS! In addition to the over 400 seminars and workshops, the Fred Hall Show presents two more comprehensive 90-minute seminars before the show starts on Thursday and Friday. Tickets to these special presentations can only be purchased online at www.fredhall.com. These special tickets include entry into the show and all attendees at these special presentations will get prizes from the presenting manufacturers. Both seminars take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year on Thursday, March 3, Cousins Tackle will be presenting Surf Fishing Guru Bill Varney; and on Friday, March 4, Berkley will sponsor ”Eastern Sierra Trout Fishing Techniques,” featuring legendary trout anglers Marlon Meade and Bob Halal.
-- One special event of note is on Saturday, March 5. It is the 3rd annual California Department of Fish and Wildlife Panel discussion featuring many of the leaders of the various parts of the DFW. Feature panelists will be Director Charlton “Chuck” Bonham, Chief of Law Enforcement David Bess, Acting Deputy Director for the Wildlife and Fisheries Division Stafford Lehr and Marine Regional Manger Craig Shuman. All will be assisted by Deputy Director of Communications Jordan Traverso. Also, Chief Bess will also give a special seminar at noon on that day talking about the partnership between DFW enforcement and ethical anglers and hunters. These are the hunters and anglers that are, after all, the “active conservationists.”
JOIN LET’S TALK HOOKUP, live Saturday and Sunday, hosted by producer Pete Gray and Rockcod Rick Maxa.
--Pete Gray and Rockcod Rick will be back with live broadcast Saturday and also Sunday at the Hyatt Hotel lobby from 7 to 9 a.m. both days. Listen in or join in, usually there’s some coffee pastries. Relax and listen or ask a question. If you can't get 1090-AM , use the free Mighty 1090 ap on your phone. You can listen anywhere. It's is super easy. It's how I listen to the show every week.
Again, here’s that link to the digital edition of WON. It’s super easy to use, and has ALL the seminar lists.
For the official show website...Click