HOUSTON FISHING SHOW
PRESS RELEASE 2018
43rd HOUSTON FISHING SHOW STOKES FISHING FEVER
Forget the flu. Fishing Fever is raging across
southeast Texas. The hopes of an early spring and the relief of
dodging two major freeze kills are fanning the flames of this
seasonal epidemic best treated by vigorous and repeated applications
with the nearest rod and reel.
As a plus for coastal bays and inland lakes,
the hard winter helped knock back excessive aquatic vegetation
clogging many areas. Also
worth note, massive storm runoffs last fall brought significant
rises to rejuvenate the reservoirs and estuaries.
Overall, the fishing outlook is good - maybe
The 43rd annual Houston Fishing Show is
well-timed to stoke this Fishing Fever. The angling extravaganza
opens Wednesday, Feb. 28, and runs through Sunday, March 4, in the
George R. Brown Convention Center. The show dates are about one week
earlier than last year, to get a better jump on spring.
The Fishing Show, billed as the largest
consumer exhibition of its type in the country, will fill the entire
200,000-square foot Exhibit Hall E (new venue this year) with more
than 200 fishing-related booths and exhibits.
The perimeter of the big floor will be rimmed
with specialized fishing boats, from blue-water rigs to
center-console bay boats, bass boats, flats skiffs and aluminum
hulls. Kayaks and paddleboards "tricked" for fishing will be on
Thousands of new rods, reels, lures, lines and
accessories will be on display, many backed by guides, pro-class
anglers and factory representatives. On-going fresh and saltwater
seminars will be conducted daily, and Saturday and Sunday will
feature the free Kids' Clinic with various prizes up for grabs (for
the complete daily seminar schedule, go to:
Major tackle retailers in the Houston area will
have large displays. Not the least of these is Fishing Tackle
Unlimited, the largest tackle retailer in the nation, and a big part
of the Fishing Show since its early years.
The big show typically boasts public unveilings
of new items, and this year's extravaganza is no exception. Tackle
from virtually all of the big-name manufacturers (as well as local
entrepreneurs) will be on parade and review, some for the first time
in the Houston market. Some exhibits will be offering "show special"
prices on select items, making the event a great place to pick up an
extra rod or reel. Or maybe two or three.
The brands of hard plugs and soft plastics are
too numerous to mention, but the kaleidoscope of "killer baits" up
and down the aisles runs the gamut of fresh and saltwater offerings
significant to this region. Suffice to say, if it has hooks and it
works on anything this side of a broadbill swordfish, the newest
version almost certainly will be at the show.
And a pro who knows an awful lot about it will
be able to "talk story" with you.
Not to be lost amid the "main stuff" are the
many exhibits of polarized sunglasses, specialized clothing and
footwear, wading gear, fishing tools, boating accessories, and other
add-ons aimed at improving the hours on the water.
Fly fishing is well-established in Texas, due
in no small part to the Houston-based Texas Fly Fishers. The club,
founded during the 1980s, has monthly meetings and organizes various
trip and events. TFF members will host a booth and offer fly tying
demonstrations and tips on local fresh and salt destinations.
If it's learning a no-nonsense double haul or
simply slapping a panfish popper over the lily pads, the club is a
fine place to start.
As a nod to the new wave of young anglers and
environmentalists, 17-year old Martin Dietz, United States Youth Fly
Fishing team member, and 16-year old Spencer McNamara of the Texas
Coastal Brigade will be in the booth (clinic scheduled for 12:45
Fly or plug or bait, a trip or two with a pro
is great way to fine-tune for new fishing season. Dozens of Gulf
Coast guides, both fresh and salt, will be manning booths and
providing tips. Some are featuring discounted trips, making the show
a solid launch pad for a productive outing. Being able to talk
face-to-face when lining up a specialized charter is a big plus.
Houston is a major market for fishing travel,
with non-stop flights to numerous far-flung angling destinations
(Southwest Airlines out of Hobby and United Airlines out of Bush now
competing for international business). Outfitters and lodges from
Alaska to South America will be represented. Again, deals for
package trips often are available.
Several regional fishing magazines will have
booths at the show. They include Texas Fish & Game, Texas Saltwater
Fishing, Texas Outdoor Journal, and Tide (Coastal Conservation
Association's publication). The show is a good opportunity to meet
some of the staff and writers that help bring the outdoors to life
Visitors to the CCA booth also might consider
joining the rich summer-long STAR Tournament. One of the
truck/boat/motor packages for catching a CCA-tagged redfish will be
Fortunately, the five-day run of Houston
Fishing Show allows ample time for a return visit. Put another way,
it might be difficult to cover the entire event during a single
tour. It is easy to spend an hour in a single aisle, maybe even in a
single booth, and lose track of time.
This is because the annual extravaganza is more
than an exhibition of new tackle; it is a rendezvous of anglers, new
and old, all ready for the coming of spring. And this year, once
again, Fishing Fever is running high.
FISHING SHOW FACTS
WHAT: 43RD ANNUAL HOUSTON FISHING SHOW.
WHERE: GEORGE R. BROWN CONVENTION CENTER,
EXHIBIT HALL E (NEW VENUE).
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, FEB. 28, THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH
SHOW HOURS: NOON TO 9 P.M., WEDNESDAY THROUGH
FRIDAY; 10 A.M. TO 7 P.M., SATURDAY; 10 A.M. TO 6 P.M., SUNDAY.
ADMISSION: ADULTS _ $12; CHILDREN (AGES 6-12) _
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