Feb 252013
 

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Can you feel it?  Spring is right around the corner.  We are beginning to gear up for warmer weather and what better place to do it than at an outdoor show?

This years Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sportshow was awesome.

Remember when we reviewed this book?

Well guess what?  Dave Mercer, “Mr. emcee of the Bassmaster Classic and the Elite Series” himself was at the show!  Lucky for us he was also giving a seminar at the Bass tank!

Crankbaits are pretty

Crankbaits are pretty

During the seminar Dave was full of sage advice and humor…  My favorite point, “crankbaits are pretty, but most people miss out by leaving them in their tacklebox.”  (After chucking the crankbait above multiple times at some random dude’s head, he informed us that there were no hooks on the bait…  )

Working a cold room

Working a cold room

I gotta apologize to Dave for my fellow Pensyltucky brethren.  It was a pretty cold room.  At the start of the presentation I felt like I was the only fisherman in the audience with a sense of humor.  At one point I even thought he might get clobbered by a camo clad “local fishing pro” and his buddy.

A few from the Bass tank

A few from the Bass tank

At about the halfway point Dave had the crowd warmed up and ready to go.  They were laughing and learning.  In fact they didn’t even seem to mind that he was cherry picking the best Bass out of the lunker pool.

Wolves in Oaks PA

Wolves in Oaks PA

Another cool presentation was “Wolves Of The World”.  They had a live pack of wolves (behind a cage) in the middle of the convention center!  Sorry for the sub-par picture but this show was PACKED.  Kids and folks of all ages were lined up to watch these amazing animals.

Calmest bird ever

Calmest bird ever

Off to the side at the show were the falcons of Baywings Falconry.  These birds were AWESOME.  The one above kept its cool even though it was surrounded by screaming kids.  I was about a foot away and it stayed so calm…  almost craving my attention.  (perhaps it was luring me in to peck out my eyeballs)

Drop down and get your falcon on

Drop down and get your falcon on

Doesn’t this one almost look like he’s made of plastic?  It was surreal to be so close to these amazing animals!

All in all we had a great time at the Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sportshow.  While I would have liked to see more closed door fishing seminars, I was still happy to get out and enjoy all of the exhibits and vendors.

If you missed out on this show there are still two more on the east coast:

World Fishing & Outdoor Exposition: Suffern, NY
Feb. 28-Mar. 3, 2013

The Saltwater Fishing Expo: Somerset, NJ
Mar. 15-17, 2013

Did you go to the Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sportshow this year?  Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

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  • troutrageous1

    Sorry I missed you this year. I was there for maybe 3 hours on Sunday right at the end to help the SCA break down the booth. I did get to walk around the show a little bit though, it was a pretty good one, and seemed to have a good turnout.

    • We probably left on Sunday before you got there. Had to handle some Fishaholics biz at Cheeburger….

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