BOB MAINDELLE: Boat show features three events under one roof
On Friday, the 2019 Central Texas Boat and Outdoor Show will open its doors for a three-day run in the Bell County Expo Center.
Show organizers strive each year to include events of interest to outdoor, boating and angling enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels.
To that end, this year’s show will include three unique events — the boat show with numerous demonstrations and seminars, the championship round and weigh-in for the TuffMan bass fishing tournament series, and an invitational youth bass fishing tournament and weigh-in for qualifying participants in the Central Texas High School Tournament Trail (CTHSTT).
THE BOAT SHOW
The backbone of the boat show is several of the area’s boat dealerships, including Marine Outlet in Temple, Bingham Marine on the south shore of Belton Lake, Tightlines Premium Fishing Tackle in Killeen, and Waco Motorsports.
These dealerships will represent a number of boat and motor manufacturers including Falcon, Larson, Starcraft, G3, Lowe, Seadoo, Tracker, Suncatcher, NUCanoe, Can Am, Nitro, Yamaha, Mercury, Bass Cat, Tidewater and others. Hence, the environment is an ideal one in which to compare features and prices across a number of brands, and in which to speak with sales, service and finance personnel.
In addition, a number of vendors and seminar speakers will also contribute to the show’s variety.
Exhibitors include GarQuest Adventures bowfishing (with hands-on bow shooting for kids), Kid Fish (with a chance to catch live catfish), Holding the Line Guide Service (with fishing trips and locally developed fishing lures for sale), Wooded Acres (with all manner of discounted fishing tackle for sale), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (with Operations Game Thief, Wall of Shame, and ShareLunker displays), the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and many others.
Seminars run throughout the show’s duration. On Friday, Bob Pohlman speaks on beginner-level fly fishing at 5:30 p.m….Full Story