This year's show was held January 11 - 13 and seemed a bit stronger from overall representation of the past couple of years. There was a strong crowd in the exhibit halls early afternoon on Saturday the 12th, even with unseasonal January temperatures topping out around 70 degrees, which you would have thought would have had folks on the water or outdoors elsewhere. The crowds then increased as the afternoon wore on with a lot of very happy NC State fans trickling in after watching the Wolfpack basketball team beat (then) #1 Duke.
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There was even the opportunity to test-drive a bass boat at the show - OK, it was not a "real" boat, but rather a bass boat simulator sponsored by Chevy, but it was a fun activity for my son to enjoy - though I do not want him to get TOO comfortable with a bass boat. Where's the center console simulator?
Now, it is a law that you cannot attend such a show and not purchase something while there. As my "BIG" purchase was made back in 2010 at this show, this year's purchase was much more conservative, totalling around $8 and consisted of some split-rings & swivels to rig up some jig-heads I had back at the house to make sure I was topped off for the rest of the winter jigging season.
All in all, it was a fun way to spend an afternoon with my son, and to check out what was new and exciting in the world of fishing boats and tackle. Can't wait till next year.... wait a minute - I don't have too - the Greensboro show is February 22-24 and the Richmond Show is January 25-27 (check out www.ncboatshows.com for more info). See you there!