The hottest spot for fishing this weekend will be at the South Padre Island Convention Centre.
That’s where anglers will be catching some great deals during the second annual SPI Fishing Days Expo on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21.
“It’s a fishing consumer show,” event director Angie Juarez told the Coastal Current Weekly. “We’re trying to provide an opportunity to shop for all your fishing gear under one roof.”
The show will be inside the convention center and will feature more than 40 vendors. Event organizers promise a great selection of many popular fishing brands.
“We will have vendors providing items such as gear, fishing apparel and more,” Juarez said. “And the vendors are both regional and local. There will be a few other things going on [here], so it’s an opportunity to go shopping and be entertained. We hear a lot of people telling fishing stories.”
Part of the purpose of this South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau-sponsored event is to illustrate how the Laguna Madre area is a year-round fishing destination, whether fishing along the surf, jetties, pier or boat.
Along with shopping, the event will include seminars from various fishing guides and experts, such as Brian Barrera of DOA Lures. Local guide and photographer Danno Wise will speak on Topwater Tactics for Trophy Trout, for example.
Sponsor boat dealers include The Sportsman, Dargel Boats and Bayside Marine. Boggus Lincoln will be showcasing the latest Lincoln Navigator.
There will be a Cornhole tournament, a raffle, and a Kids Zone for the children to play.
“We want people to know that even though this weekend’s weather is not ideal for fishing, it’s ideal for fishing shopping,” Juarez said.
The expo is open Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5, though military and first responders will be charged $3. Children 12 and younger are admitted for free. Paid admission includes a wrist-band, which can be used to return Sunday if it’s still intact on the wrist, Juarez said.
For more information, log on to www.SPIFishingDays.com. On social media, look for @SPIFishingDays on Facebook and Instagram.