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Fred Hall fishing show opens today at Long Beach Convention Center

March 4, 2009 | 11:25 am

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Employers throughout Southern California take note: If you have workers who enjoy fishing and have called in sick today, chances are good you'll find them inside the Long Beach Convention Center after 2 p.m.

Today marks the opening of the 63rd Fred Hall's Fishing Tackle and Boat Show, and for anglers it's not to be missed.

The world's largest fishing show runs through Sunday and features more than 3,000 exhibits and nearly nonstop seminars.

For many, it's a place to choose and book their next big fishing vacation, as concessionaires from Alaska to Argentina, and points far beyond, will be on hand.

For others, it's a place to load up on the latest fishing supplies at a time when springlike weather is beginning to beckon them back onto the ocean and to their favorites mountain streams and lakes.

The Fred Hall show is definitely a place to mingle soak up the fishing atmosphere, and perhaps the lone drawback is that the only real fishing opportunity is for kids in the free trout pond.

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Well-represented are resorts in Baja California, the Eastern Sierra, Costa Rica, Belize and British Columbia, and just about any angling locale you can name. Marlin, bonefish, tarpon, halibut, bass, bluegill and trout destinations are under one roof for five long days, and their representatives will try to fill their booking sheets despite a troubled economy.

That'll be difficult, but the allure will be too great for some anglers to pass up; it always is, in good times and bad.

Hours are 2-9:30 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors and military, and free for children 15 and younger, if accompanied by an adult.

As I mentioned in a post earlier this week, hope to see you there.

— Pete Thomas

Photographs courtesy of the Fred Hall's Fishing Tackle and Boat Show

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