It’s the big show, all week, in Long Beach
Boats, tackle, travel, seminar areas, even duck races! There's also DFW panel discussion, special surffishing seminar, drawings at WON events booth, and much much more as this show sold out months ago for exhibitors; Be sure to grab a copy of the WON Costa-Sponsored show program as you walk in for special deals throughout the 5-day day Fred Hall show
It all happens this week, the great 5-day indoor experience in Long Beach that starts this Wednesday (tomorrow) through this Sunday that fuels our outdoor wish lists in the dead of winter, although this isn’t a usual SoCal winter, not by a long shot.
It’s not just the show. The Early Trout Opener in Southern Inyo County is coming up Saturday the 7th as well, then there will be the March 14 Blake Jones Blind Bogey in Bishop, a week off then we go at it again in the 4-day Del Mar Hall show Thursday through Sunday the 26th to the 29th. Somewhere in there I plan on sacking some rockfish now that the season for groundfish has reopened, and gaff a few more yellows here or down in Ensenada and put out the annual White Seabass supplement promoting the May 16-17 tourney at Catalina I direct each year (details at wonews.com). It’s a busy time of year for everyone.
This past two weeks we’ve put out the four-section, 144-page Hall Preview and a 96-page Official Show Supplement. The Hall LB preview was up by 20 pages from 2014, and the show program, available at the door of the show in Long Beach, was 16 pages larger – or heavier. Good sign, I would think. It goes along with what Barty Hall, show producer said, that it was a good saltwater fishing season, the economy is growing, boats are starting to sell, as well as tackle.
Of course, WON is a big part of the show and 2015 looks string for us. In addition to the publication itself, we have 30 local salt sportboat charters from Puerto Vallarta to Morro Bay, and a dozen tournaments, plus major travel trips to La Paz and Alaska. Among those tournaments are the largest white seabass, tuna, striped bass tournaments anywhere, and there’s also the two biggest pro bass fishing opens in the West we host at Clear Lake and Lake Mead, the lake the site of the huge U.S. Open. At our events booth at 414-418 we’ll be talking about those events, trips and charters, and staff will be in the booth. There will be twice-a-day trip drawings see graphic) , so stop by and sign up for WON at the subscription booth and then come to the events booth and enter for the prizes.
So be sure to drop by and see us at the WON booth, where great subscription and renewal rates, free giveaways, and the chance to win daily sportfishing trips in two daily drawings each day of the event await — all with having a shot at a 16-foot Klamath boat and Mercury motor in January, 2016, just for subscribing! The boat is on display just outside our main subscription booth. Check it out.
Editorially, Blake Warren will be there Wednesday, I will be there Friday and Thursday and likely Sunday until closing. Mike Stevens is slated for Friday and on Saturday from 10 to 2 Bob Semerau will be chatting people up and having people sign up for our drawings. You have to subscribe and then drop your name in at the box at the booth. My good friend Dennis Yamamoto will be in the booth here and there as he’s hosting several of our sportfishing charters, and our Baja columnists Gary Graham will be all over the show, but more likely around the IGFA booth 9042A, and Jonathan Roldan will be at his palapa-style Tailhunters booth, 838.
And, of course, If you are planning on going, the best way to get the most out of your Hall Show experience is to make sure you grab WON’s 96-page official show program at the door. It has seminar schedules and maps to hot deals and cash-saving coupons.
The show runs from Wednesday to Sunday, March 4-8. Doors open at 1 p.m., March 4-6, and the show runs until 9 p.m. on those three days. Over the weekend, it will be from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the final day of the event.
More details, exhibitor list, seminars and more, go to www.frehall.com
Fish and Wildlife Panel at 2 p.m. Saturday
For the second year in a row the Director of the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, along with four of his associates, will be appearing at both of the Fred Hall Shows in 2015. Director Charlton H. Bonham, Deputy Director of Wildlife and Fisheries Dan Yparraguirre, Chief of Law Enforcement David Bess, Chief of Fisheries Stafford Lehr and Marine Region Manager Craig Shuman will answer questions from the public on a variety of fish and wildlife related topics as part of a panel discussion at 2 p.m. on the Saturdays of each Fred Hall Show.
Pete Gray, host of Let’s Talk Hook-Up, Southern California’s premiere fishing radio show, will moderate the panels. These panel discussions will take place in the Mammoth Lakes Seminar Area at both shows.
Kingfisher Charters in 24th year; WON trip Aug. 5-29
For the 24th consecutive year, Sitka’s Kingfisher Charters will have a booth at the Fred Hall show in Long Beach. Owner Seth Bone, manager Robert Suarez, and Captain Klinton Chambers will be on hand to answer questions and book trips.
The fishing forecast for the 2015 season is strong across the board for both salmon and halibut. The middle of May through late June is the peak of the king salmon run, and you can count on catching plenty of kings during that time. The peak time for silvers is mid-July through early September. July is a good cross-over month, when you can usually do well on both king and silver salmon, and of course halibut. The halibut fishing is strong throughout the season, and both the lingcod and yelloweye rockfish action is good all summer long. One of the many group trips is the WON adventure Aug. 25-29.
Kingfisher Charters offers a first class all-inclusive Alaska fishing trip for a reasonable price, and they are currently offering a show special on certain prime dates.
For more information, including the scoop on their Fred Hall Show Special, stop by the Kingfisher Charters booth, call (800) 727-6136, or go to kingfishercharters.com.
FANSTASTIC FOOD, especially dinners, are among the calling cards for Kingfisher lodge.
PACIFIC HALIBUT were in the right spots on the WON 2014 trip. Plan now for your dream trip with WON, Aug. 25-29. Pictured left to right are: Dave Hayes, WON Editor and host Pat McDonell, Tom Csenar, Paul Robinson, and Chris Wheaton.
Special Surffishing seminar Thursday
If you want to learn more about surf fishing, WON’s Bill Varney heads up a great seminar on the subject, Thursday, March 5 11 to 1 p.m. called “Light Tackle Surf Fishing.”
If you live anywhere near the Southern California coast then you know who Varney is, the undisputed “guru” of light tackle surf fishing in this region. His book, “Surf Fishing…the Light Line Revolution” is now in its third printing.
Joining Bill on the dais will be legendary French angler and lure designer Patrick Sebile. His company, Sebile Innovative Fishing, was founded in 2006. Sebille ran his own sportfishing lodge in Africa for 15 years. He has written seven books, hundreds of articles and graced the covers of over 150 magazines. Throughout his career Sebile has held over 300 IGFA, European and French National fishing records.
“It is a rare treat to have Sebile at this event,” said show producer Bart Hall.
Rounding out the Penn and Cousins Tackle Light Tackle Pre-Show seminar is local surf fishing enthusiast Ruben Ortiz, a member of the SCsurfishing.com group since 1995. As a three-year Phenix Rods pro-staff” angler, Ortiz has conducted many surf fishing seminars.
“I’ve lived in SoCal most of my life since I was 9 years old and have always loved to fish,” said Ortiz. “I got interested in Light Line surf fishing about 12 years ago and got hooked on the excitement and variety of fish I can catch in the surf. It's a very inexpensive and very simple form of fishing that anyone can do. Along with a couple of other SCSF friends, we have delivered many surf fishing seminars at local tackle shops and for several fishing groups since 2009. I enjoy teaching people to fish the surf with the hope that they too will grow to love this sport as much as I do.”
The cost of this seminar is $25 and includes admission to the show by a special show entrance reserved for pre-show seminar attendees. Tickets can only be purchased on-line at www.fredhall.com. The seminar is limited to the first 125 people who buy tickets. Water, iced tea and coffee will be served.
WON’s Bill Rice to be honored Thursday
Bill Rice, who served as Editor of WON for 16 years and later returned at the WON BASS Editor for several years before retiring to Oregon, has been inducted into the National Freshwater Hall of Fame. His induction will be recognized at the Long Beach Fred Hall show on Thursday, March 5 at 4 p.m. at the Anglers Marine area.
George Kramer of Lake Elsinore, who served as a staffer at WON under Rice for many years and is inductee himself, will emcee the proceedings on behalf of the Hall of Fame
ice was Instrumental in helping the fishing industry grow by promoting it on the west coast through writing and nationally televised exposure. He spent nearly 50 years in the fishing industry.
Rice, a graduate of UCLA, was editor of Western Outdoor News and editor of Western Bass newspaper and magazine. Through his writing skills he created strong recognition for bass fishing in the western region of the United States.
In 1973 he was instrumental in establishing Western Bass as a monthly supplement to Western Outdoor News and establishing a weekly television show that aired on The Nashville Network from 1984 through 1990. He traveled throughout North America from Mexico to Alaska filming outdoor adventures to promote fishing through that television show.
In 1988, Rice returned to Western Outdoor News and their newest bass tournament arm (now called WON BASS). He continued to work for them until 2003, when he retired to southern Oregon with his wife, Anne, but he still does occasional writing for WON.
“He was a fellow member of the Saddleback Bassmasters club in Orange County in the 1970s and my mentor and first boss in the outdoor writing world at Western Outdoor News (WON), beginning in 1977,” wrote Kramer in a recent blog. “And now he is a member of the class of 2015, inducted into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.
“While you may not know he was the fastest copy editor to ever hit a newsroom, or that he actually wrote a book on tennis, among his many accomplishments, Bill was a ride-along Press Angler (observer) in the first two Bassmasters Classics, the first of those at Lake Mead in 1971.
“When you toss in his days as editor of Western Bass, U.S. BASS and later WON BASS magazines it’s pretty clear, anything I ever did in the outdoor writing business, it was by following in Bill’s impressive footsteps.”