The Giant Fred Hall Shows Come Home

Written By: FishSniffer Staff
February 12, 2015

The Fred Hall Shows are back where they belong.  Sixteen years ago the Fred Hall Shows formed a partnership with the American Sportfishing Association, the trade organization that represents the nation’s finest fishing tackle manufacturers.  That partnership was very productive.  But at the end of 2014 the Hall family, in conjunction with publisher and producer Duncan McIntosh, repurchased the Fred Hall Shows from the ASA.

The 2015 Fred Hall Shows, March 4-8 at the Long Beach Convention Center and March 26-29 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds promise to be the best shows ever in the 69-year-old history of the company.  The shows are sold out earlier than they have ever been before.  There will be more quality fishing tackle, boats, international travel companies and hunting displays than in any previous year.

This is the world’s largest consumer fishing show.  There is nothing else like it anywhere. Nowhere else can you see such a large display of marine electronics and marine optics.  Many major fishing tackle companies wait to introduce their new products at this giant consumer event.

At the Long Beach Show, the newly redesigned Sports Arena will be completely filled with boats of all kinds.  The Fred Hall Shows are now California’s largest boat shows.  Of course every major fishing boat used in the West will be on display, but this show will also feature cruisers, deck boats, pontoon boats, towboats, high performance boats, inflatable boats and kayaks.  It will have the largest displays of fishing kayaks seen anywhere.  Hobie Kayaks is a major show sponsor and patrons to the Long Beach Show can try out the new Hobie Pro angler kayaks and the patented Hobie Mirage Drive on the Hyatt lagoon, which is part of this enormous event.

There will be over 400 seminars in the five days of this show.  There is the Mammoth Lakes Seminar Theater, talking about fishing and hunting in the Eastern Sierra; The Hobie Kayak and Accurate Fishing Tackle Saltwater Tank; the Cousins Tackle main Saltwater Stage; the Savage Gear Bass Tank; The Costa Sporting Chef Café and the special “Gaffed” fish cooking competition, open to all attendees; Ram Trucks bring us the Ultimate Air Dogs; Mammoth Lakes and Shakespeare bring us the Kids Fish Free Trout Pond.

Progressive Insurance, the official insurance company of the Fred Hall Shows, the World Fishing Network and Okuma Fishing Tackle will provide a full day’s worth of family entertainment at this amazing event.  Don’t miss the amazing Fred Hall Shows.  March 4-8 and March 26-29.

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Nor Cal Trout Anglers Challenge 2015

Written By: FishSniffer Staff
December 22, 2014

Nor Cal Trout Anglers Challenge 2015

The NorCal Trout Anglers Challenge (NTAC) created quite a stir in the Norcal trout fishing scene last fall when lucky trout angler Kyle Burrows, fishing the Tournament of Champions event at Collins Lake took home an awesome Klamath Boat complete with motor. 

But a new season is on the horizon as this unique trout derby series begins anew in 2015 on Feb 14th  at San Pablo Dam, kicking of a five event season.

But before we get into dates and locations, we need to should speak a bit about the NorCal Trout Anglers Challenge for the folks out there that haven’t heard about it. 

The NTAC is what I’d call the “every man’s” or “every families” trout fishing event. Sure each event offers up a bunch of cash prizes, gear and other goodies, but the entry fees are low. If you pre register adults only pay $20 to participate and kids under 15 are free. If you wait until game day to register, it will still only cost an adult $25 and a junior angler $5.

As if those prizes weren’t exciting enough, the NTAC season will end with a Tournament of Champions shootout where the overall winner will take home a fully rigged Klamath Boat complete with motor and trailer!

The top 25 youth finishers and the top 50 adult finishers from each of the 5 regular season tournaments will be invited to participate in the end of season TOC for a shot at the boat and a bunch of other cash and prizes!

The folks at the NTAC recognize the financial challenges that many anglers face these days, especially those raising families, so they’ve worked hard to keep entry fees low enough such that anglers on a budget can still enjoy the thrill of competition.

Along these same lines the dates and destinations for all NTAC tournaments were given special consideration to insure that the time of the year and venue set the stage for a level playing field for both boaters and bank anglers. 

In other words, the tournaments are held at certain destinations at certain times of the year when bank bound dough slingers and float tube trollers have just as much chance of winning the tournament as a guy equipped with a 25 foot aluminum sled decked out with downriggers and the latest electronics. 

If you love trout fishing and love competition, come on out and enjoy one or more NTAC events in 2015. It won’t break the bank, you’ll have lots of fun and you might just take home a cool prize or a cool wad of cash!

Here are those dates: The tour kicks off on February 14 at San Pablo Dam Reservoir. Then it’s on to Lake New Melones on Feb 28th, Amador on March 14th , Collins Lake on April 4th, wrapping the season up with Lake Camanche on May 17th. The Tournament of Champions will be held later in the year with the temps cool down and the fishing heats up on Nov 14th and 15th at Collins Lake.

For more information or to register for any of the events go to or call (916) 768-0938.

See you there!

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