Tampa's Outdoors Expo Celebrates 20 Years

The Tampa Tribune Outdoors Expo & Boat Show hosted by Frank Sargeant, Florida's largest outdoors expo, celebrates a very special milestone Friday, March 4 through Sunday, March 6, 2011. For the twentieth consecutive year, the Expo will feature continuous hands-on, how-to entertainment, presentations from a variety of outdoors experts, a shopping extravaganza and boat show in a family-friendly country-fair atmosphere.


The Expo boasts 140,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space plus outdoor display areas and several lakes. This year's Expo will include dozens of boat dealers and more than 150 exhibitors. Whether your passion is boating, saltwater or freshwater fishing, cast netting, fly fishing, hunting, dog training or kayaking, the Tampa Tribune Outdoors Expo is the place for you.

Hosted by Frank Sargeant

Tampa Tribune outdoors correspondent Frank Sargeant once again serves as the Expo's official host. A past president of the Florida Outdoors Association and author of more than a dozen books, Sargeant is one of Florida's most popular and respected outdoors gurus.

"The Expo has something for everyone," says Sargeant. "From the smallest angler, to teens, to Mom and Dad, we'll have an amazing selection of seminars, outdoors activities and merchandise."


Special Guests and New Wrinkles

Fly fishing legend Lefty Kreh returns this year for his third Expo appearance. One of the world's foremost authorities on fly fishing and fly casting, the affable Kreh will speak twice on Saturday, March 5 and once on Sunday, March 6.

Captain J.W. Moreno, who fishes the FLW and B.A.S.S. tournament series, will be making his first Expo appearance, speaking all three days.

Many of Tampa Bay's best known TV and radio anglers will also be appearing, including Captains Mike Anderson and Billy Nobles of the "Reel Animals," Captain Bill Miller of "Hooked on Fishing" and Glen Pla of "Average Angler Adventures." Four dozen seminars on every fishing subject imaginable are scheduled for our four stages.


Among the new additions this year will be "The Archery Experience" presented by The Archery Shop. Experienced hunters will get a chance to "test drive" the newest bows, and children will have the opportunity to handle age appropriate bows and arrows.

The Devore Labradors Kennel returns with demonstrations on pointing and retrieving as well as a variety of dog training tips on all three days of the show. Cast net demonstrations, rock climbing and a number of special giveaways are also on the agenda. On Saturday and Sunday, kids can participate in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Kids Fishing Derbies staged by "Get Reel."

Admission and Hours

Admission to the Expo is FREE FOR ALL AGES on Friday, March 4. Admission for ages 13-and-up is only $8.00 on Saturday and Sunday. Parking at the Fairgrounds is five dollars.

Show hours are 1:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Saturday; and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday. The State Fairgrounds are located east of Tampa near the junction of I-4 and I-75.

Vendors

Vendors from across North America will offer great deals on boats, fishing tackle, hunting gear, resorts and lodges, canoes and kayaks and other outdoors-related items. In addition to the special discounts, Expo visitors will get their first look at many new products.

Non-profit fishing, hunting and conservation groups - including the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Coastal Conservation Association, and the Florida Guides Association will be on hand. Whether your favorite pastime is fishing for bass, kings, grouper, snook or redfish; or hunting turkey, deer, or ducks, you'll find the right club or organization with experienced members and volunteers eager to share their expertise with you.

Sponsors

Presenting sponsors include The Tampa Tribune, WFLA News Channel 8, TBO.com (Florida Communications Group).Participating sponsors include The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Native Outfitters, and Bright House Sports Network.

SPEAKER/SEMINAR SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, March 4th - (Show Hours 1:00 - 8:00 p.m.)

Native Outfitters STAGE

  • 2:00 - Captain Rodney Martin on "Tarpon at the Bridge and at the Beach...Depending on the Tide."
  • 3:00 - Captain Bill Miller of Hooked on Fishing on "Fish Smart - Catch More!"
  • 4:00 - Captain Dave Pomerleau , "The Mad Snooker" on "Advanced Snook Tactics"
  • 5:00 - Captain Will Shook and Capt. Ric Liles on "Tarpon Fishing in Tampa Bay"
  • 6:00 - Captain Joe Hebert on "Using Artificial Bait to Catch Inshore Species"

Bright House Sports Network CASTING POND

  • 1:30 - Captain Mark Nichols of DOA Lures on "Inshore Fishing with Artificials"
  • 2:30 - Captain Sergio Atanes on "Secrets of the Flats"
  • 3:30 - Captain Glen Pla on "Kayak Fishing"
  • 4:30 - Captain Rick Grassett on "Saltwater Fly Rodding"
  • 5:30 - Captain Chris Myers on "Fly Fishing for Redfish"
  • 6:30 - Joe Mahler on "Two-Handed Fly Rods: Switch and Spey for Florida Waters"

BASS TUB

  • 2:00 - J.W. Moreno on "Late Winter Bassing"
  • 3:00 - J.W. Moreno on "Crank Baits with Results"
  • 4:00 - J.W. Moreno on "Swim Baits with Results"
  • 6:00 - J.W. Moreno on "Fishing with Spawn"

Wear It Florida Safe Boating STAGE

  • 2:30 -- Captain Billy Nobles & Captain Mike Anderson of Reel Animals on "Saltwater Inshore Tactics"
  • 3:30 - Captain John Griffith on "Spring Time Snook Fishing in Tampa Bay"
  • 4:30 -- Captain Billy Miller on "Family Fun Fishing"
  • 5:30 - Captain Dave Markett on "How to Catch Fish When the Flats are Crowded with Other Fishermen"

AT THE LAKES

  • 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Devore Labradors "Retriever & Pointer Demonstrations/Dog Training Tips"

SATURDAY, March 5 - (Show Hours 10:00 am. - 7:00 p.m.)

Native Outfitters STAGE

  • 11:00 - Captain William Toney on "Nature Coast Fishing 101"
  • 12:00 - Captain C.A. Richardson on "How to be More Proficient with Artificial Lures"
  • 1:00 - Captain Billy Miller on "Family Fun Fishing"
  • 2:00 - Captain Neil Taylor on "Kayak Fishing 101"
  • 3:00 - Captain Bill Miller of Hooked on Fishing on "Fish Smart - Catch More!"
  • 4:00 - Captain Billy Nobles and Captain Mike Anderson of "Reel Animals" on "Saltwater Inshore Tactics"
  • 5:00 - Captain Sergio Atanes on "Secrets of the Flats"

Bright House Sports Network CASTING POND

  • 10:30 - Captain Brad Lowman on "Saltwater Fly Fishing: Problem Solving"
  • 11:30 - Lefty Kreh on "Fly Casting with Lefty"
  • 12:30 - Captain Dave Pomerleau, "The Mad Snooker" on "Advanced Snook Tactics"
  • 1:30 - Captain Mark Nichols of DOA Lures on "Inshore Fishing with Artificials"
  • 2:30 - Lefty Kreh on "Fly Casting with Lefty"
  • 3:30 - Captain Glen Pla on "Kayak Fishing"
  • 4:30 - Captain Joe Hebert on "Using Artificial Bait to Catch Inshore Species"

BASS TUB

  • 11:00 - J.W. Moreno on "Late Winter Bassing"
  • 1:00 - J.W. Moreno on "Crank Baits with Results"
  • 3:00 - J.W. Moreno on "Swim Baits with Results"
  • 5:00 - J.W. Moreno on "Fishing with Spawn"

Wear It Florida Safe Boating STAGE

  • 10:30 - Captain Dave Markett on "How to Catch Fish When the Flats are Crowded with Other Fishermen"
  • 11:30 - Captain Ray Markham of Florida Sportsman Radio on "Choosing the Right Artificial Lure"
  • 12:30 - Captain Rodney Martin on "Tarpon at the Bridge and at the Beach...Depending on the Tide."
  • 1:30 -- Captain John Griffith on "Snook Fishing Tactics"
  • 2:30 - Captain Van Hubbard on "Pompano and the Benefits of Circle Hooks on Live Bait Fishing"
  • 3:30 - Captain Randy Rochelle on "Offshore Grouper Fishing"
  • 4:30 - Captain Jason Prieto and Capt. Danny Guarino on "Redfishing in Lower Tampa Bay"

AT THE LAKES

  • 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Devore Labradors "Retriever & Pointer Demonstrations/Dog Training Tips"
  • 10:30 a.m., Noon, 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m. - Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Fishing Derbies conducted by "Get Reel."

SUNDAY, MARCH 6 - (Show Hours 10:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.)

Native Outfitters STAGE

  • 11:00 - Captain Sergio Atanes on "Secrets of the Flats"
  • 12:00 - Captain Ray Markham of Florida Sportsman Radio on "Choosing the Right Artificial Lure"
  • 1:00 - Captain Bill Miller of Hooked on Fishing on "Fish Smart - Catch More!"
  • 2:00 - Captain Billy Nobles and Captain Mike Anderson of Reel Animals on "Saltwater Inshore Tactics"
  • 3:00 - Captain Neil Taylor on "Learning Your Waters and Targeting New Locations"

Bright House Sports Network CASTING POND

  • 11:30 - Lefty Kreh on "Fly Casting with Lefty"
  • 12:30 - Captain Glen Pla on "Kayak Fishing"
  • 1:30 - Captain Mark Nichols of DOA Lures on "Inshore Fishing with Artificials"
  • 2:30 - Captain Brad Lowman on "Saltwater Fly Fishing: Problem Solving"

BASS TUB

  • 11:00 - J.W. Moreno on "Late Winter Bassing"
  • 1:00 - J.W. Moreno on "Crank Baits with Results"
  • 3:00 - J.W. Moreno on "Swim Baits with Results"

Wear It Florida Safe Boating STAGE

  • 11:30 - Captain C.A. Richardson on "How to be More Proficient with Artificial Lures"
  • 12:30 - Captain Dave Pomerleau, "The Mad Snooker" on "Advanced Snook Tactics"
  • 1:30 - Captain Rick Grassett, "Fly Fishing for Tarpon"
  • 2:30 - Captain Jason Prieto and Capt. Ric Liles on "Trout Fishing in Tampa Bay"

AT THE LAKES

  • 11:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Devore Labradors "Retriever & Pointer Demonstrations/Dog Training Tips"
  • 10:30 a.m., Noon, 1:30 p.m., 3:00 pm. - Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Fishing Derbies conduced by "Get Reel."

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