Boat show weekend one of my favourites

As a youngster, one of my favourite weekends of the entire winter was when my parents would take me to Winnipeg for the annual Mid-Canada Boat Show, which has taken place over the first weekend in March for years.
I used to save up as much money as I could to spend on fishing tackle at the show, where I could find some good deals on the newest rods, reels, and lures.
Over the years, the fishing aspect of the show declined somewhat but things are growing again in that area. Lake of the Woods Sports Headquarters, for instance, is heading up with a booth for the show this year and promising some great deals on fishing gear and electronics.
During my years of attending university in Winnipeg, I started working at the show—helping out some of my fishing sponsors like Shimano in the different retail booths.
Eventually I got my feet wet on the seminar stage. My first experience was getting to jump up there with Dave Mercer, now the emcee of the Bassmaster Elite Series and long-time host of his TV program, “Facts of Fishing.”
Dave invited me up on stage with him and made it very easy for me to get a little bit of experience speaking to a large crowd of people. He is one of the best speakers I’ve ever met and I certainly learned a lot from him.
The show is going to be extra exciting this year because it is going to be the first consumer show in the newly-renovated and expanded Winnipeg Convention Centre.
For the first time ever, the show is going to be held entirely over one floor, where folks can check out hundreds of new boats and boating equipment, as well as cottage accessories and fishing equipment.
There are activities for the whole family at the show this year, including a full slate of seminar speakers talking fishing over a 5,000-gallon tank, where they will be showing off the latest fishing lures and techniques.
There also will be live music on Thursday evening and Saturday, a kids’ scavenger hunt, and a display of classic boats, as well as a celebrity cook-off.
Of course, there will be all types and brands of boats on display, but the one I’m most excited about is the new Lund Pro-V 1875 Bass boat.
I was able to spend a day fishing out of this new boat last fall and was impressed with it. It is a real fishing machine, with huge casting decks and tons of storage to go along with a bunch of functional new features.
The show also is bringing in some great speakers to do fishing seminars, including walleye pro Ted Takasaki and Canadian fishing icons Gord Pyzer and Bob Izumi.
I’m on the speaking roster, as well, with seminars on Friday and Saturday. My topic for the weekend is “Multi-species tips and tricks,” in which I will be discussing hot tactics for several species of fish we have available across Sunset Country.
You can check out the Mid-Canada Boat Show website for a full list of speakers and times, as well as a listing of all the other activities going on this weekend.
The show opens tomorrow (March 3) at 3 p.m. and runs through Sunday (March 6). Thursday is “Ladies’ Day” so all women get free admission.
There is plenty to see and do at this show so if you’re looking for a weekend road trip, it will be a fun one in Winnipeg.
And if you see me at the show, be sure to stop and say hi!

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