If you live up north, it usually means that winter has put a damper on your kayak fishing, giving you the wintertime blues. Instead of simply sitting around thinking about fishing, Charles Daugherty gives us something to do with our snow days. Check out these great outdoor shows to not only get you excited about fishing again, but learn about some great new gear!
Well, well, well, Mother Nature has finally laid the inevitable smack down on the east coast and winter is slowly sinking in. The wintertime blues have started to set in. The kayak is all locked up, the rods are in the garage, and all we can do is organize our tackle boxes. Yeah, I guess we could put the TV on and allow winter to suck the dream of the next cast from us as we wait for the big thaw. After all, there isn’t much to do, right? WRONG, cue in the Outdoor Show Season! Here’s a small list of some of the biggest shows on the east coast you might want to check out. Since you’re not on the water, you might as well gear up for 2016 and check out what’s new out there, in the fishing world, up close and personal.
January 28th – 31st is the Baltimore Boat show in Baltimore, MD. I know, I know, we’re kayak anglers and not “boaters” per say, but the show has quite
a bit to offer. With several local marinas and tackle shops attending, there will be a bunch of great deals and several new kayaks will be on display from local dealers! If all of that isn’t enough to peak your interest, nothing like eating some fresh Maryland crab cakes!
February 25th – 28th is The Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sports Show in Oaks, PA. Just a short drive from downtown Philadelphia, this show is a must go! With names like G. Loomis, Jackall, and Shimano, you should have plenty to walk around and see! Make sure you stop by the Kayak Anglers Southeastern Chapter booth and check out their tournament schedule.
February 6th – 14th is the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, PA. This isn’t just the east coast’s biggest show, this is the Worlds Largest Outdoor Show!! With 1,100 exhibitors and 650,000 square feet of exhibit hall to wander around, this is an all weekend affair! With plenty to see at the show, hotels close by, and plenty of great local restaurants, it’s well worth the trip. I’ll be at the Hobie booth for a few days, so stop by and say hi!
Ok, I know it’s not fishing, but at least it keeps the dream for the next cast seem like it’s getting closer! With so many different products out there, this gives us an opportunity to see them all under one roof. Don’t let the cold weather and wintertime blues get you down and keep you inside all winter!
Which shows do you love in your area? Which ones do you plan on checking out? Comment and let me know your favorites!
About the Author
Charles Daugherty is 35 and spends most of his time in freshwater fishing for large mouth bass. Charles has fished from Maine to Key West and in
between. He is a member of the Hobie Kayak Fishing Team (representing Sportsman’s Outpost in Williamstown, NJ) and a Coach/Event Coordinator for Heroes on the Water NJ Chapter.