(West Palm Beach, Sept. 9, 2013) – For the 21st year, Florida Sportsman magazine will be hosting the popular Florida Sportsman Expo at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach throughout the weekend of Oct. 12-13, 2013.
Visitors will be treated to a huge indoor “three-ring circus” of events for anglers, boaters and lovers of the outdoors. Each day brings fishing seminars from the region’s best experts along with a 100-foot indoor cast pond, a kids’ casting pond and free prizes, hands-on rigging tables set up for 80 people at a time, free fly- and net-casting lessons, and the newest lineup of tackle, gear and boats for 2014.
“It’s a great chance for everyone from beginners to experts to pick up added skills and take advantage of show specials on boats, tackle, gear, gadgets and accessories,” says Expo Director Doug Kelly.
An added attraction each day is a free drawing for all attendees for a 42-inch flat screen TV donated by The Sportsman Channel. Editors from Florida Sportsman will also be on hand to greet visitors along with many Treasure Coast TV, newspaper and radio personalities.
“We anticipate a jam-packed hall again this year with rows and rows of goodies,” Kelly says. “It’s the perfect opportunity to save big on Christmas presents.”
One of the displays will be a super-charged swamp buggy that’s sure to get the phone cameras clicking. Inshore and offshore boats of all sizes will be available at show prizes. Four seminar stages will be going on simultaneously, with presentations on the Rhodan Inshore Stage and the Cortland Offshore Stage by Capt. Dave Justice, Capt. Mark King, Capt. Mark Nichols, Capt. Terry LaCoss, Capt. Stan Jarusinski, Capt. Eden White, Capt. Danny Barrow, Darryl Miele, Mike Dixon, Betty Bauman and Dr. Ray Waldner.
A partial list of the Inshore and Offshore stage seminar topics include:
- How To Slow-Troll Live Baits
- Rigging for Smoker Kingfish
- Tricks With Downriggers
- Offshore Fish-Fighting Techniques
- New Techniques with GPS & Fish Finders
- Targeting Trophy Snook
- Best Tactics for Fishing Plastic Lures
- Bass Fishing Basics
- Top Methods to Fish Bridges & Piers
- The ABCs of Kayak Fishing
- Advanced Kite Fishing
- Latest Local Hot Spots
A favorite show attraction is the Riggin’ it Right Academy sponsored by Fins Tackle. Groups of up to 80 anglers at a time take turns sitting at tables with all supplies and tackle provided for free. Florida Sportsman experts Capt. Rick Ryals, Capt. Johnny Cassara, Capt. Tony Bozzella and Capt. Matt Davis give individualized hands-on instruction on properly rigging the baits and lures that work best in the region.
In only minutes even a novice can learn how to effectively throw a cast net in the cast-net pit with Capt. Terry Sturgeon. Those curious about fly fishing will receive free casting and fly-tying instruction at a 100-foot indoor pond. All the ABCs of kayak fishing are discussed and demonstrated with renowned authority Peter Hinck. Capt. Larry Finch discloses little-known tricks to better fish piers, bridges, jetties and beaches. Kids have their own events at a hookless spin-cast pond hosted by Carol and Bob Moran with free prizes provided by Zebco. There’s even a free kids’ face-painting booth by Tony Ryals, the famed quadriplegic artist who paints using just his mouth.
The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will display exhibits of interest to boaters and hunters as well as displaying the Florida Sportsman Grand Slam Tank, a 500-gallon mobile saltwater aquarium. Kids will be kept busy and win more free prizes with the FWC’s “Fish ID” contest.
“Everything’s included in the admission price,” notes Kelly. "It's going to be an entertaining and educational day on both Saturday and Sunday for everyone from Ft. Pierce to Ft. Lauderdale to Lake Okeechobee who loves the outdoors.”
Tickets at the South Florida Fairgrounds box office are $8 for adults and kids 12 and under with parents free. Show hours run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13. For a discount coupon and more details see the current issue of Florida Sportsman or visit www.FloridaSportsman.com/Expo.
Press Contact & Interviews:
Doug Kelly, 727-724-4949