According to Show Manager, Andrew Pallotta, this year's Spring Fishing and Boat Show attracted just over 25,500 visitors and featured nearly 300 exhibitors. The event was held in mid February at the International Centre in Toronto, Ontario.
"We weren't far off from our previous year's numbers. We were pretty much right on target,' says Pallotta.
Last year, the show reported an attendance of 27,000. Despite the dip, Pallotta says sales were up for some exhibitors. "I was very pleased with the show,' says Andrew Pallotta, Show Manager. "We had a lot of kids this year – probably more than we've ever had. Along with our normal fishing exhibits, we had a lot of smaller fibreglass models and pontoons. One thing you'll see emphasized in the coming years is more of those smaller leisure boats, which will definitely benefit the show.'
The event featured an extensive lineup of professional anglers at the seminar stage and demo tank. There were also special themed fishing presentations for muskie, walleye and bass anglers.
"Out of all the shows I've worked this year, this was the strongest,' says Brian Lo, Manager of JB's Fishing Depot. "It's a captive audience. Everyone that comes to that building has a passion for boating and fishing. Nobody is there to see dogs or guns.'
Betty-Anne Maynard, Owner of Hastings Marine in Hastings, Ontario says her dealership had a good show. "We worked the Yamaha corporate booth and the Lund corporate booth,' she explains. "Sales were fine at the show. We got a lot of new leads. Andy works hard and it's a good show.'
The show is organized by Canadian Outdoor Sport Shows Inc., which also operates the upcoming Niagara Sportsmen Show, running from March 15 to 17 in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Next year's Spring Fishing and Boat Show will run from February 14 to 17 inclusive.