Angler’s Marine Bass-A-Thon

Written By: Wes Ward October 29, 2014

Angler’s Marine Bass-A-Thon

Anglers Marine has announced the addition of 3-time US Open Champion Clifford Pirch to their lineup of featured main stage speakers at the 2014 Bass-A-Thon November 22-23.

Pirch will join an already strong lineup that includes Randy Howell, Randall Tharp, and Bryan Thrift. All three are among the best national touring pros in the world. Howell is the 2014 Bassmaster Classic Champion, Tharp the 2013 FLW Cup Champion and Thrift the 2010 FLW Tour Angler of the Year. Those are three of the biggest titles in bass fishing, but neither has a US Open Championship.

Pirch has 3, including the 2014 title that he won just a couple months ago, joining Aaron Martens and Mike Folkestad as the only anglers to have won the event 3 times.

In addition to the main stage speakers, the Bass-A-Thon will also feature workshops by Delta Pro Bobby Barrack, Western Pro Derek Yamamoto, and Southern California Calico Bass Expert Evan Salvey.

For more information on the Bass-A-Thon visit

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New Features For the 68 Year Old Fred Hall Show

Written By: Wes Ward February 5, 2014

New Features For the 68 Year Old Fred Hall Show

When Fred Hall began his shows in 1946 he didn’t foresee the difficulty of coming up with something new each year for the next 68 years.  But that was his goal and part of his successful business plan.  All of us in the Fred Hall organization work very hard to make the shows “new” each year.  It’s difficult because we have to keep so many things each year that have become popular.

For 2014 there are several new wrinkles to the Fred Hall Show…The Ultimate Outdoor Experience, March 5-9, at the Long Beach Convention Center.  First is the new Optics Alley, where quality optics companies will have their own row, anchored by the optics retailer Optics for Birding.  Attendees at the Fred Hall Show can compete in the Fred Hall Snipe Hunt.  Any attendee can use optics from any of the factories on Optics Alley and look for the snipe decoys in the rafters.  If you spot one you can enter to win a $500.00 optics gift certificate.  There are other optics dealers in the show but you can only enter the Fred Hall Snipe Hunt from Optics Alley.

The Costa Sporting Chef Café will be going through some big changes.  Scott Leysath, TV’s own Sporting Chef from the Sportsman’s Channel, is the host of two TV Shows.  One is called The Sporting Chef and the other is called Dead Meat.  Both are wildly popular.  As host of the Sporting Chef Café, Scott and his co-host, singer/songwriter Gary Schiebler will preside over two new events.  In the new “Gaffed” segment, two contestants from the audience will come to the stage and try to cook a meal using the secret basket of ingredients prepared by the Sporting Chef.  The other new segment will be the Sporting Chef Challenge where chefs from the long-range fleet will challenge Sporting Chef Leysath with a secret ingredient selected by Tommy Gomes, from Uni Goop and Catalina Offshore Products.  With Scott Leysath, Gary Schiebler and Tommy Gomes on hand each segment should be very entertaining.

There will be over 400 seminars in the five days of the Fred Hall Show at the Long Beach Convention Center Presented by Progressive Insurance and by Hobie Kayaks.  Many of those seminars will be panel discussions.  There are five main seminar venues.  There is the Mammoth Lakes Ultimate Eastern Sierra Experience, the Cousins Tackle Ultimate Saltwater Experience, the Typhoon Ultimate Bass Fishing Experience, The Accurate Saltwater Tank and the fly-fishing seminar area and casting ponds.  While there will be panel discussions at every venue there are two notable panels in 2014.  The first is the Wicked Tuna Panel with Paul Hebert, Captain of the boat Wicked Pissah!, Dave Marciano, Captain of the boat The Hard Merchandise and Tyler McLaughlin, Captain of The Pinwheel, from the famous National Geographic TV show.  These famous blue fin tuna fishermen will take part in a blue fin panel discussion hosted by Maui Jim Sunglasses and Accurate Fishing Products.  BD Outdoors owner Ali Hussaini will moderate this discussion and be joined on the stage by Ben Seacrest and Mike Battistoni.

The second unique seminar will be presented by the California Department of fish and Wildlife.  In attendance will be Director Chuck Bonham, Deputy Director of Fish & Wildlife Dan Yparraguirre, Chief of Law Enforcement Mike Carion, Fisheries Branch Chief Stafford Lehr and Marine Region Manager Craig Shuman.  This unique panel with its open access to all Southern California sportsmen will take place on Saturday March 8, 2014.  Let’s Talk Hook-Up radio show host Pete Gray will moderate this high-end panel.  The state officials will take questions from the audience.  The questions must be written down first and asked by the moderator.  This is a great opportunity for sportsmen and sportswomen to ask the Fish and Wildlife leaders any questions they want.

With thousand of displayed products, hundreds of boats, over 400 seminars plus the Mammoth Lakes Kids Fish Free Trout Pond, the Ram Trucks Ultimate Air Dogs, the Great American Duck Races, the Toyota Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, air gun ranges, archery, laser shot, lagoon casting and fly casting, the Fred Hall Show…The Ultimate Outdoor Experience is a show not to be missed.  March 5-9 at the Long Beach Convention Center. Details at

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Fred Hall Shows Are Approaching Seven Decades

Written By: Wes Ward December 29, 2013

Fred Hall Shows Are Approaching Seven Decades

The Fred Hall Shows…The Ultimate Outdoor Experience will come to Southern California again this year for the 68th year in a row. These shows began in 1946 in West Los Angeles near the world famous Farmers Market.  For decades The Long Beach Show, March 5-9, at the Long Beach Convention Center and the San Diego Show, March 27-30, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, have been known as the world’s premiere consumer fishing tackle shows.  “There is nothing else like these shows on the planet”, says Bart Hall, Producer of the Fred Hall Shows.  “My father developed a formula that celebrates and showcases sportfishing in a way that cannot be matched by any other events.  We have taken that formula and pushed it to its maximum fulfillment.  The 2014 shows will be very special”.

Over the last five years the shows have undergone some dramatic changes and that is why they are now called “The Ultimate Outdoor Experience”.  Mike Lum, General Manager of the Fred Hall Shows says, “The Fred Hall Show in Long Beach has never had the cross section of outdoor activities that will be featured in 2014.  More fresh and saltwater fishing from trout to billfish and everything in between.  Premium optics from companies like Zeiss, Swarovski, Vanguard, Celestron and others will be featured in Optics Alley.  There will be an expanded marine electronics section and a greatly expanded fly-fishing area where anyone can learn how easy it is to add a fly rod to their fishing arsenal.  The hunting and shooting portion of the show has been growing every year but 2014 will show the biggest growth ever!”

The Fred Hall Shows are great fun for men, women and children of all ages.  There are over 600 seminars in the 9 days of the two shows, hours of family fun activities everyday, tens of thousands of products on display, hundreds of boats, Trucks, SUV’s, cool cars, kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboards, and so much more.  Mike Lum says,” It is truly the Ultimate Outdoor Experience.  Great fun for kids of all ages! I can’t wait for this year’s shows!”

People come from all over the world to attend these events.  Calls come into the Fred Hall Show offices in December and January from all over the world, Germany, Australia, Canada, and South America…all asking about the seminar schedules because they want to organize their flight schedules with the seminars they want to see.

The Fred Hall Shows are also California’s largest boat shows with more boats on display, of every kind, than any other boat show.  Fred Hall Shows used to just concentrate on fishing boats, but when the recession decimated both the boating industry and the boat show industry the Fred Hall Shows began to take on boats of all kinds.  They now feature all of the fishing boats sold in California but also, pontoon boats, deck boats, high performance boats, tow-boats and cruisers.  The Fred Hall Shows display and show more kayaks than any other shows in the nation.

Don’t miss the Fred Hall Shows March 5-9, at the Long Beach Convention Center and March 27-30 at the Del mar Fairgrounds.  Details can be found at

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NorCal Trout Anglers Challenge Announces Tournament Tour Dates For 2014!

Written By: Wes Ward December 3, 2013

NorCal Trout Anglers Challenge Announces Tournament Tour Dates For 2014!

The NorCal Trout Anglers Challenge (NTAC) created quite a stir in the Norcal trout fishing scene this fall when a lucky trout angler fishing the NTAC event at San Pablo Reservoir took home an awesome Klamath Boat complete with motor. Now they’ve made an even bigger splash with the announcement of a unique and expanded trout fishing tournament tour for 2014!
Before we get into dates and locations, I 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 $15 to participate and kids under 15 are free. If you wait until game day to register, it will still only cost an adult $20 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 2014. 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 15 at San Pablo Dam Reservoir. Then it’s on to Lake Amador on March 15, Collins Lake on April 5, Lake Del Valle on May 10 and the regular season wraps up on May 31 at Lake Camanche. The Tournament of Champions will be held on October 11 & 12 at Collins Lake.
For more information or to register for any of the events go to or call (916) 768-0938.

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