The Fred Hall Fishing Tackle and Boat Show finished its great run at Long Beach and now heads to the Del Mar Faigrounds for it’s annual San Diego show, which runs from Thursday, March 17 through Sunday, March 20. The show is a great place to bring the family -- as always, children 15 and under get in free -- to check out one of the largest consumer fishing and boating shows in the world.
The Fred Hall Show puts a huge emphasis on kayak fishing and major kayak retailers will combine this year to provide an amazing selection of fishing kayaks and SUPs.
Expect to see a lot of new models that have been beefed up and designed with fishing and the angler in mind, with everything from bait wells to fish storage taken into consideration and details down to action camera mounts and dedicated transducer scuppers included.
Stable hulls that can handle big water and big fishermen are a major selling point, while the Hobie Mirage foot-pedal propulsion system and the Native Watercraft backward-and-forward propeller pedal system can be compared to the many new kayaks that feature integrated electrical motor systems, like Wilderness Systems’ new Helix drive.
Jim Sammons of Jackson Kayak and the Kayak Fishing Show will be hangin out at the OEX booth from time to time when he’s not wandering around the show looking for new fishing destinations and great tackle dealslatest models on the Hyatt Lagoon. This is a good chance for kayakers to get their first look at the new inflatable Hobie kayak/SUP that features the Mirage drive.