Outdoors enthusiasts will fill the Long Beach Convention Center, March 6-10, for the latest in fishing and boating.
LONG BEACH—The Long Beach Arena and neighboring Convention Center will become a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, March 6-10, as the Fred Hall Shows returns for 2019 with its flagship event in Southeast Los Angeles County.
Anglers, boaters and hunters alike will be filling the floors of the arena and convention center in search of the latest offerings on fishing tackle, boats and other gear, products and services.
Also on tap at the Long Beach show will be the largest marine accessory display in all of California, hundreds of fishing tackle booths, acres of boats, casting ponds, kayak demonstrations, and more than 400 seminars.
The Log and FishRap will be giving away daily prizes at the Long Beach and Del Mar shows. Daily prizes include rod and reel combos, lures, jigs, shirts, Duffy boat rentals, tow memberships and tackle boxes. Contestants can enter their names for prizes at The Log/FishRap booth at both shows.
Attendees at the Fred Hall Shows at Long Beach and Del Mar are eligible to enter for this year’s grand prize: a Riviera Paddlesurf Standup Paddleboard.
Those attending the Long Beach show can also attend seminars, including one on surf fishing along the California and Baja coasts and another on Eastern Sierra Trout Fishing Techniques.
Sponsors of this year’s show include Progressive, 805 Beer, Costa, Hobie Fishing and Mammoth Lakes.
The complete schedule of seminars and other information about the Long Beach show can be found online at fredhall.com/long-beach/.
Bakersfield picks up almost immediately where Long Beach will leave off, as Central California hosts the second of three Fred Hall Show events in March. Doors for the Bakersfield show open March 15; the show will continue through March 17. The exposition is officially known as the Fred Hall Central Valley Sports Show.
Fred Hall’s Central Valley Sports Show has also been around for about 40-some years – but is a relatively new addition to the Fred Hall lineup.
Del Mar will host the final Fred Hall Show of 2019, with anglers, boaters and other outdoor enthusiasts expected to pack the local fairgrounds between March 28 and 31.
The Long Beach and Del Mar shows will feature a Costa Sporting chef café, Accurate Saltwater Aquarium seminars, Mammoth Lakes seminar stage, kids fish free trout pond, Hobie Kayak test rides on the Hyatt Lagoon, Ram Truck ultimate air dogs, Great American duck races, a kids casting contest presented by Department of Fish and Wildlife, Daiwa Bass Bin, Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show and archery range.
All three Fred Hall Shows are hailed as the “ultimate outdoor experience.” The Long Beach iteration is the “granddaddy of them all,” celebrating its 73rd year come March 6. Del Mar’s show, which will be held at Del Mar Fairgrounds just north of San Diego, is celebrating its 43rd year.
Hundreds of free seminars, geared to anglers and outdoors enthusiasts of all experience levels, will be featured at all three shows.
Show hours are 1-9 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Regular admission is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors age 62 and up, $13 for Military with ID and free for children 15 and younger with a paid adult.
The Fred Hall Show, which is presented by Progressive Insurance, is the largest consumer fishing show in the world – showcasing more boats, more shooting sports gear and more travel and vacation opportunities than you are likely to see anywhere else.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at fredhall.com or in person at the door. For details, visit fredhall.com.
The Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center is located at 300 E. Ocean Boulevard in Downtown Long Beach.
Fred Hall Show celebrates its 73rd year in 2019; shows have previously been held at Chicago’s old convention center downtown, the Cow Palace in San Francisco, a parking lot at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, Los Angeles Sports Arena, Los Angeles Convention Center, Pan Pacific Auditorium, Los Angeles’ Gilmore Stadium, Great Western Exhibit Center, San Diego’s Golden Hall and the fairgrounds in Del Mar.