It’s that time of year again! Time to stock up on the latest fishing gear, finally purchase that boat you’ve always wanted, and time to attend a boating or fishing seminar so that when the warm weather rolls back around, you will be ready. We’ve highlighted a few upcoming shows so boaters and anglers can find one that fits their interests.
Bass & Saltwater Fishing Expo
Replenish your tackle box, meet some captains from the show Wicked Tuna, new boats on display, fishing seminars, youth anglers corner, tips from fishing pros.
Jan. 8-10: North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC
East Coast Commercial Fisherman’s & Aquaculture Trade Exposition
Aquaculture and commercial fishing seminars, cooking demonstrations, fishing gear, workboats, waterman of the year annual competition.
Jan. 15-17: Ocean City Convention Center, MD
MSSA Saltwater Fishing Expo
Charter captains, fishing supplies, custom rod builders, rod/reel repair, used fishing and boating supplies, tackle suppliers, boating/fishing licenses, kayak fishing seminars.
Jan. 16: Frederick County Fairgrounds, MD
Fredericksburg Boat Show
Discounts on a wide-range of boats from pontoons to jet-skis, boating gear for sale, safety courses, services, and more.
Jan. 22-24: Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center, VA
Kent Island Fishermen’s Fishing Flea Market
Fishing rods, reels, lures, boating accessories, crabbing supplies, fishing charters, great food, and more.
Jan. 23-24: Kent Island American Legion Post #278, Stevensville, MD
The nation’s best in-water display of cruising powerboats, featuring two-day seminars on topics like diesel engines and cruising to Cuba, plus rendezvous-style evening activities.
Jan. 26-31: Riviera Beach Marina, Riviera Beach, FL
Baltimore Boat Show Preview: January 28-31, 2016
Tickets: $14 for adults, Free for children 15 and under (when accompanied by an adult)
Hours: Thursday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m, Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Baltimore Convention Center
- PaddleFest Pool: Demo a kayak or stand-up-paddleboard or register online for a free SUP fitness class.
- Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center: Free, interactive DIY garage with experts teaching the art of boat maintenance and repair.
- Progressive Boat School: Test your boating IQ through interactive technologies from remote control docking and the boating simulator, to seminars teaching everything from knot tying to watersports safety.
- Crab Picking Contest: Saturday evening.
- Kid’s Corner: The boat show is not just for adults! Let little ones get creative by building and decorating their own toy boats, plus face painting and balloon fun.
Providence Boat Show
Explore the latest boats, meet vendors and marine services experts, find a boat yard, attend a boating or fishing seminar.
Feb. 4-7: Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI
Pasadena Sportfishing Annual Flea Market/Show
New and used boats, fishing tackle, boating and crabbing supplies, fishing licenses sold by DNR, charter boat captains, fishing clubs.
Feb. 13-14: Earleigh Heights Fire Hall, Severna Park, MD
CCA Tie Fest
Meet the country’s greatest fly tyers, shop for lures, and cast the latest rods.
Feb. 20: Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, Stevensville, MD
National Outdoor Show
Celebrating Dorchester County’s heritage with the Miss Outdoor pageant, oyster shucking competitions, children’s activities, and competitions for the international world championships of raccoon, muskrat, and nutria skinning.
Feb. 26-27: South Dorchester School, Church Creek, MD
New England Saltwater Fishing Show
The largest saltwater fishing show in the northeast featuring 60 free seminars, captains from the show Wicked Tuna, charter guides, and all the latest gear/tackle for sale.
Feb. 26-28: Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI
MSSA Saltwater Fishing Expo
Sponsored by PropTalk! Featuring seminars by expert anglers, charter captains, the latest gear offered at show discounts, flea market bargains, pit beef, oysters, and a full bar.
Feb. 27: Annapolis Elks Lodge #622, Edgewater, MD
MSSA Susquehanna Hanover Fishing and Hunting Show
60 tables staffed by vendors, retailers, and dealers of fresh and saltwater fishing tackle, hunting equipment, and outdoor gear, plus guest speakers.
March 5-6: Midway Emergency Services, Hanover, PA
The Fly Fishing Show
Featuring the International Fly Fishing Film Festival, free casting instruction, fly tiers, seminars, and more.
March 5-6: Lancaster County Convention Center, PA
Essex-Middle River Fishing Flea Market
“The biggest fishing flea market north of the Key Bridge,” put on by the Essex-Middle River Chapter of the MSSA. New and used fishing tackle, boats, and trailers, food/refreshments. $3.
March 19-20: Commodore Hall, Essex, MD
Some dates subject to change – please check event websites closer to show date.