Hi gang, Rick here again from Used Pontoon Boats with a boat show update. Stretching into a fourth building at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds, or “Big E”, promoters of the popular Springfield Sportsmen’s Show have added an expansive boat show to the annual President’s vacation week show.
The 250,000-square-foot Mallary Complex boat show will offer special deals from major dealers in the Northeast on everything from pleasure cruisers and bass boats to kayaks and fly-fishing pontoon boats. The show also offers an additional 500,000 square feet of booths, exhibits, special displays, seminars and action areas to appeal to hunters, fisherman and outdoors lovers.
The show opens at 3 p.m. Thursday and runs through to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Billed as the largest “pure” hunting and fishing show in the Northeast by producers Outdoor Sports Expo Group, Inc. of Granby, the show spotlights local and national sportsmen in an effort to expose the public to the newest techniques and products, as well as the tried and true methods that take trophy fish and game.
For example, Ludlow’state record holder Roger Pyzocha will cover techniques that will help you land trophy northern pike, tiger muskie, catfish, walleyes, carp, perch and bass from your favorite lake, as well as from the water bodies he regularly fishes such as the Quabbin Reservoir, Lake Quinsigamond and the Swift River. Popular Central/Western Massachusetts fly fishing guide and author Marla Blair will demonstrate fly-casting techniques and suggest the best flies for local hot spots such as the Westfield and Deerfield rivers, as well as for catching silver salmon in Alaska and trophy trout in Patagonia.
Meanwhile, Capt. Bill Brown, who has fished everything from the Gulf of Mexico to the Caribbean and Cuba, will lead a seminar of catching tuna fish and big sharks, and Carroll Ware of Fins and Furs Adventures will talk about hunting whitetail deer in Anticosta and Caribou on the Leaf River.
Among the attractions that make the show unique is a giant aquarium stocked with fish of the Northeast such as trout, bass and salmon. Nearby, a fishing simulator will be available for free interactive battles with those species.
The Massachusetts Bow Hunters Association will sponsor the Northeast Indoor 3-D Championship, IBO World Qualifier. All levels of archers will be able to shoot; 30 targets will be set up. There will also be a turkey-calling championship at 1 p.m. Saturday; those interested can sign up at the Northeast Wild Turkey Federation booth.
There will be a dog pond with performances by the working water dogs of Jennifer Broome from Quinebaug Kennels, and two trout ponds will be stocked daily for fishing.
The Northeast Big Buck Club will conduct the fifth annual “Big Buck Classic” on Sunday during which awards and prizes are given to those who submit deer mounts during the show. The club’s show display also includes the largest deer rack/mount display in the Northeast, incorporating several from the most recent season.
Show hours: 3-9 p.m. Thursday, noon-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults, $4 for children age 6-12, and free admission for children age 5 and under. You can get a $2 discount if you bring the show’s advertisement from the sports section of Sunday’s Telegram.
For more information, visit www.ossegshows.com or call (413) 467-2171.
Saltwater fishing shows
Although the opening of the Springfield show signals a wind-down of the annual sportsman’s show series, two of the area’s better saltwater expositions are yet to run.
First up is one of my favorites, the Massachusetts Striped Bass Assoc. annual Sport Fishing Expo, which is more than 50 years old. This year the show will be held 10 a.m.-7p.m. on March 1 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 2 in the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex at Stonehill College in Easton.
More than 100 exhibitors will be on hand with the latest gear to catch just about anything that swims in saltwater. National and local fishing experts, charter captains and television personalities will be leading a variety of seminars and how-to forums. The show also features a number of custom plug builders who offer their lures for sale and provide information on how to build your own plugs.
Tucked in among the usual fishing show stuff is the MSBA’s own display, which is really a touring historical museum of saltwater fishing history in Massachusetts. The old photos, lures and mounts take you back in time to the days of 60-pound stripers and beach buggies; the display is a treat for any saltwater angler.
For more information: visit www.msba.net/expo
The 2008 show season closes out with the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers Assoc. show April 4-6 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence.
A larger show with 500 exhibitor booths and hourly fishing seminars, the association is offering free admission on Sunday to all women and children. Regular admission is $10; children age 12 and younger are admitted free throughout the show. The anglers association is also offering a free weekend give-away for two at Foxwoods or a Block Island Fishing Charter.
For more information: visit www.nesaltwatershow.com.
Nipmuc breakfast, game feed
The Nipmuc Rod & Gun Club will sponsor a pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. Sunday at the clubhouse on Fiske Mill Road in Upton. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children.
The club is also sponsoring a Game Feed at 2 p.m. March 1. Tickets are $20.
Both events are open to the public; tickets are available at the clubhouse. For more information: visit www.nipmucrodandgun.com or call (508) 473-9778.
Saltwater fly-fishing seminar
Ed Lombardo, founder of a fly-fishing school at the University of Rhode Island and a veteran fly fisherman and guide, will present a free seminar and slide show about fishing for albacore and striped bass at noon, March 1 at Lower Forty Outfitters on Madison Street in Worcester.
The 60-minute presentation will give a step-by-step explanation of the equipment and flies needed to catch these sought-after game fish, as well as information about where to find trophy specimens. For more information, call Jim Bender at (508) 752-4004. Thanks to the Worcester Telegram for this.
Used Pontoon Boats, By Rick Ostler
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