ALEXANDRIA, VA (March 3, 2008) – The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) today announced that its Take Me Fishing Center will be featured at the Fred Hall Fishing Tackle & Boat Show, being held March 5 – 9, 2008 at the Long Beach Convention Center in California. Designed to educate show attendees on boating, fishing and conservation, the Take Me Fishing Center will have something for everyone.
“Show attendees will get the basics on boating and fishing equipment and techniques, and learn about great resources for places to boat and fish and buy their fishing license,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. “Avid anglers will also be encouraged to sign up for our Anglers’ Legacy program and learn how they can help preserve the resource by sharing the sport with a newcomer.”
Professional anglers Hector and Diane DeLaGarza will be on hand to demonstrate and teach casting techniques and collect Pledges for Anglers’ Legacy. The Fred Hall Show is presented by Fred Hall & Associates and the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), who are delighted to have the exhibit at this year’s show.
"The Fred Hall Fishing Tackle & Boat Show hosts the world's finest fishing tackle manufacturers and boats, along with nearly 400 seminars and hundreds of destination fishing resorts. It is considered to be the premiere fishing show in the world," said Show Producer Bart Hall. "This is the only show in the world where 50 percent of the proceeds go directly to produce more fish, more anglers and a healthy industry, and we're happy to have RBFF on board."
The California Department of Fish & Game, who will be selling fishing licenses at the Show and distributing their Fishing Passport books, also plan to announce the winners of their Fishing Passport Fall Challenge and a new partnership with Anglers’ Legacy. On Sat., March 8 at 2 p.m. PT in the Sports Arena, internationally recognized freshwater and saltwater fishing expert and best-selling author Ronnie Kovach, will announce the 2008 California Fishing Passport Legacy Challenge. The Challenge will include special events and prize categories to encourage experienced anglers to team up with novice anglers in a friendly competition in search of the widest diversity of fish to be found in California waters.
“The California Department of Fish and Game wants to encourage more people to get out on the water and go fishing,” said California Fishing Passport Program Coordinator Carrie Wilson. “With that in mind, it makes perfect sense to team up with Anglers’ Legacy and challenge those who already participate to bring newcomers into the sport.”
If you’d like to set up a one-on-one meeting or interview at the Fred Hall Show, e-mail RBFF Communications Director Heather Sieber or call her at (703) 778-5160.
RBFF is a nonprofit organization established in 1998 to increase participation in recreational angling and boating. RBFF helps people discover, share and protect the legacy of boating and fishing through national outreach programs including the Take Me Fishing campaign and Anglers’ Legacy.