4 Reasons to Visit 2017 Winter Boat Shows

Winter can be a frustrating time for boaters and anglers. During winter in the north, beautiful lakes with waves lapping along the shores slowly transform into frozen parking lots and campgrounds. Ice fishermen are the ultimate “lemonade makers” because they have found a way to make the most of this frozen winter stuff that to many, sours boating and fishing recreation. If, like me, you are still thawing from your last ice fishing trip, consider visiting a winter boat show.

Reasons to visit winter boat shows:

Probably closer than you think.  A quick internet search will help you locate boat shows nearby. In winter months of January and February there are boat shows in Dallas, Denver, Atlanta, Nashville, and St. Louis, just to name a few around the country.

Shop. If you are considering buying a new fishing boat, you can compare not just prices but features and options. There are many types and sizes of boats and winter boat shows are a great place to see a variety to help decide what boat may be right for you and your family. Hop on that display model, sit behind the wheel, and fantasize about the wind in your remaining hair.

Learn. You will find a variety of experts at a winter boat show to answer all your questions on boat mechanics, technology, and regulation, registration information.  Some shows like the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel, and Outdoor Expo also will have fishing seminars from a variety of fishing experts.  And winter boat shows often include booths staffed by state fish and wildlife department officials.

Kid Stuff.  Many boat shows are family friendly and commonly include activities for the kiddos like a casting pond, fishing simulator game, or tackle giveaways. My kids enjoy a few minutes casting for trout at our yearly visit to the Allegheny Outdoor Show.  Visit the exhibitors list of a boat show online and you may find other booths and activities that will be fun and educational for your kids.

If you need a break from breaking the ice, visit a boat show. Search our nationwide database for a wide variety of boating and fishing events.

 

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Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb is a columnist, outdoor humorist, and stressed-out Dad. He says there are “people who fish”… and there are “fishermen”.  One of the few things he knows is that he is a “fisherman”...  To the point it could be classified as borderline illness.  Sharing this obsession is rewarding, therapeutic. He likes to encourage people to “stop and smell the crappie."  Enjoys catching fish, but gets a greater thrill out of helping someone else hook up.
Born in Florida, but raised on the banks of Oklahoma farm ponds. Now relocated to western Pennsylvania. He has fished, worked, lived all around the US.  He has a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State as well...
And he met his wife while electrofishing. He has been contributing weekly to www.takemefishing.org since 2011.