If you’re like me, you love to go to outdoor shows. It’s like going to Disneyland.
At the top of my list of "toy shows" is the Shooting, Hunting & Outdoors Trade Show and the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades show, both of which are in Las Vegas in 2005.
However, we have our own "Disneyland of the Outdoors" coming to Arizona this weekend. From fishing, hunting, archery and camping equipment to a Dutch oven cook-off, Jeep test tracks, elk-calling contests, hunting dog demonstrations, and kids’ fishing pond, the fifth annual International Sportsmen’s Exposition at the Arizona State Fairgrounds offers a snapshot of what’s available to the outdoor enthusiast during the coming year.
In addition to the huge displays of the cutting-edge gear, experts from local clubs will be on hand to provide information about fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, off-roading and all things outdoors. Make sure you visit the catch-and-release pond, livecritter display, fishing and shooting simulators, and hundreds of exhibitor booths.
ARIZONA BOAT SHOW
The 34th annual Arizona National Boat Show & Fishing Exposition ties up at the Phoenix Civic Plaza today through Sunday. The entrance has been moved closer to parking facilities located on the Fifth Street side between Washington and Jefferson streets, allowing easier access to the 250,000-square-foot exhibit featuring 350 watercraft.
Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for juniors (ages 7-12). Children 6 years and younger are free. Show hours are 5 to 10 p.m. today; 2 to 10 p.m. Thursday; noon to 10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (602) 230-7660.
FISHING HOT SPOT
Alamo Lake: It is starting to bust loose. Anglers have been catching some lunkers in the river area by flipping and pitching jigs or using spinnerbaits. Some bass were caught off beds. The leading edge of the spawn is under way, but only in one small area of shallow water and thick brush. Don’t expect to use delicate 6-pound test line. This is macho brush fishing with 30-pound-test line and flipping sticks. The parking lot above the main launch ramp near the ranger station is now at the lake’s edge. You can’t launch from the Cholla Ramp.