Sports Shows: The Cure For Cabin Fever
By Jarret Edwards
For most bass anglers the thought of winter time bass fishing consists of surfing BassResource.com and watching your favorite Bassmaster reruns. However, for the rest of us there are sports shows, the sure cure for winter blues, and cabin fever.
Have you ever dreamed about winning a new boat and motor package, or maybe even a free fishing trip to catch some lunker Mexico bass? Are you looking for hot deals on fishing tackle, or maybe you want to see some of America's top fishing professionals giving demonstrations at the local aquarium demonstration tank? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then your local sport show is perfect for you.
With hundreds of sports shows large and small throughout the country there is bound to be one close to you. Hunting equipment, fishing toys, tow vehicles, bass boats to belly boats, and camping equipment, your local show should have it all!
The excitement never ends at the shows, from booth to booth you get a hands-on look at the very latest in high-tech products. From testing new rods and reels to discovering the latest breakthroughs in underwater cameras, your favorite manufacturers are usually represented. Looking for a bass boat? How bout getting a free test-drive?
Sports shows offer a mini family vacation, and for any true fishing fanatic, a full day at the show might only seem like a couple of fun-filled hours!
In the past, women may have felt that attending sports shows was payback for all those shopping mall experiences their menfolk had endured over the years. Not any more! The new and successful shows have added more to attract women. Professional female anglers are now regulars on the sports show tour and have brought women bass angling into the limelight. These ladies are superb anglers and are always a threat in the tournaments they fish. You might be surprised at the fun you women can have at a good show.
For the youngsters, a day spent at the local outdoor show can be an ever-lasting memory. Most shows have youth fairs, demonstrating local wildlife and fish species and handing out plenty of free literature, coloring books and tackle provided by various manufacturers. However, for most youth, the greatest part of the show is always the thrill of catching trout from the stocked ponds.
The fun and excitement of sports shows are more than just looking at the newest gear, it's a great time to really get to know tackle manufacturers.
Competitive anglers of all levels seek local shows to meet top manufacturers rep groups in hopes of starting a relationship for possible sponsorships in the future.
How many times have you read an article from a top bass pro and would like to ask the expert some questions? Now, any angler at any skill level can listen to a professional's seminar and then talk face-to-face with the pro and ask any question. Many bass pros are willing to take whatever time needed to answer your questions, to make your next fishing trip a successful one.
From all the new high-tech outdoor gear to the exciting giveaways, sports shows are a great get-away for the entire family. So next time Mr. cabin fever starts cramping your style, take a trip to your local outdoors show, and see if that hits the spot. God Bless, and we'll see you at the show!
Reprinted with permission from Bass West Magazine