The first of every January brings new marine products, boats, and gear to the market. And there is no better place to check them all out than at one of the Mid-Atlantic’s January boat shows. Two doozies are the annual Bass & Saltwater Fishing Expo (at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, NC) and the annual Baltimore Boat Show (which, no doubt, is located in Baltimore).
In addition to new products, this year’s show in Raleigh, which runs the weekend
of January 12-14, features fishing seminars galore. Three different rooms will be set up to offer seminars simultaneously and will be offered every hour of the show. Many of the pros fish North Carolina coastal waters every day that’s possible, so if you’re looking
to land a 10-pound flounder or a 1,000-pound bluefin tuna, they’ll share their secrets to put you on some trophy fish. Yes, I said 1,000 pounds, like the 1,045-pound bluefin
that was caught off the North Carolina coast by some Morehead City anglers last January.
Baltimore’s boat show runs January 25-28, packed with nautical know-how, boats, marine service information, and accessories. To stay fueled up for the show, the food at the Convention Center has improved and there’s still the option of feasting at the many nearby restaurants including those at the Inner Harbor.
By Chris Knauss, Southern Boating January 2017
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