Gerald Almy: Fishing show coming soon
If you have the urge to learn more about the sport of angling, you’ll want to mark your calendar and attend the biggest show in the Mid-Atlantic aimed specifically at fishermen.
This event will take place at the Farm Bureau Center at Meadow Event Park, 15 miles north of Richmond. This is located at the Doswell, King’s Dominion Exit (98) off Interstate 95. The event is called the 2018 Richmond Fishing Expo.
This year’s show hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 19, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20,and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan 21.
Boats are important for many types of angling, and if you want to look over the latest models in all varieties of fishing craft, this is the place to go. A huge selection will be on display at this event, which is put on by North Carolina Boat Shows.
Every type of craft from kayaks to canoes, johnboats to offshore cruisers will be available to look at and step aboard. If you’re ready to buy, most of these boats will also be for sale at special show prices. Boat prices will range from less than $500 to $100,000 for ocean-going models.
Fishing tackle will be a highlight of the show. Hundreds of displays will showcase the latest rods, reels, lines, tackle boxes and lures. Just having the chance to look at and handle all this gear is enough to draw many people to the show. Over 60 retail and specialty tackle shops will have displays.
A Reel Kids Casting Competition will be conducted for various age groups of youngsters. Those who can cast their lure on target with most consistency will win awards and go on to higher levels of national competition.
For anglers young and old alike, a Mountain Trout Pond will be filled with hundreds of healthytrout up to three pounds that you can try to catch. You can either keep up to two trout to take home for dinner or release the fish you catch. These fish will range from one-half to three pounds.
Fishing experts and area guides will give presentations on a wide variety of topics, from crappies to largemouths, flounder to red drum.
Bass Pros Ott Defoe and Jocob Powroznik will be at the event talking to visitors and giving seminars about the tactics they use on largemouths.
Chris McCotter, an expert angler who focuses on Lake Anna, will give several presentations at the show. He’ll talk about tricks for this nearby lake’s bass, crappies and stripers. I’ve fished with Chris many times and can vouch for his deep knowledge of bass and striper fishing on Lake Anna.
Outdoor writer Bruce Ingram will give a talk on smallmouth bass. He’s well known in the state for his deer hunting articles and smallmouth fishing expertise.
Captain Rick Bennett will give a talk on inshore light tackle fishing. He’ll cover red drum, black drum, flounder and trout, as well as Bonita, king mackerel and cobia.
Captain Jimmy Price will reveal his secrets on how to catch giant flounder along the East Coast. Other fishing experts include John Crews, Dave Tilley, Max King, Buster Seabolt, Dr. Julie Ball, and Monk Wilson.
Tournament fishing pros including Chase Devereaux will give live tactic demonstrations using the Oklahoma Bass Tub with large bass swimming in it.
This is by no means a full run-down on the speakers or events, but clearly there will be something for just about every type of angler at the Richmond Fishing Show this year. All told, the event covers 110,000 square feet, encompassing four separate buildings.
Visit richmondfishingexpo.com for more details or special lodging offerings. There are numerous motels very close to the show site. It’s about a 2 ½ hour drive from the Shenandoah Valley, just a short ways north of Richmond.
Award-winning outdoors writer Gerald Almy is a Maurertown resident.