The Toronto Sportsman Show 2010

I had a fantastic weekend and experience in general at the Sportsman Show. It was my first time officially working at a show – and I LOVED it!!! There’s so much to say, so I thought this post would be best in picture form with some captions to go along with each photo. Hope you enjoy!

I tried to get up there on Friday night so I could check out the show before 8pm. Traffic was bad on the way up, so I was unable to make it there in time before closing. Here is the view from my room, which was a great location only minutes away walking distance from the show.

Arrived Friday, checked in, had a great sleep, and then headed over to the show Saturday morning for my first day!! The show was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. I was at the Power Pro display booth. I am sure you fisher-folk are very familiar with the wonderful braided fishing line, fantastic stuff! Lots of great fishing stories and smiles Saturday morning.

This photo is very special to me. Meet Ty and Debbie (and daddy Ben took the photo). They approached me with their sweet little son holding the Bass-Man magazine asking for my autograph!!!! I could not believe it, I was unbelievably happy and will never forget that moment! I never expected this to happen to ME!

It was extremely busy on Saturday. Here is a view from the upper floor. My booth was located in the North Building.

Here is only some of the massive line up at the Shimano booth for Bob Izumi’s autograph session.

Myself with Big Jim McLaughlin. He is truly an ambassador for fishing, I feel very fortunate to have met him.

After being around hundreds of people, it was so nice to see a familiar face! The president of the Quinte Bassmasters and a friend of mine – Kevin Dorey!

The map of the event!

Myself with another legend in fishing – Bob Izumi!

I have been at a few different local events, and shows and had the opportunity to meet Erik Luzak. He is a young guy with lots of enthusiasm and he seems to know what he is doing when it comes to fishing! He has his own DVD series titled ‘That’s Fishing with Eric Luzak’ and I can’t wait to watch it! Really nice guy and I am always happy to talk with him.

The G Loomis booth was located right behind me.

The Casting Pond! This place was constantly lined with kids.

The Curado display, and if you look closely you can see Dave Mercer peaking haha.

A GIANT pack of Power Pro!

A reel hot reel I can’t wait to use  – AKA the Stradic CI4.

Talking knotty! I met so many interesting people this weekend with great stories. Every time someone new stopped by, it was so cool to hear about what they fish for, where, and lots of fish stories! True or not I will never know, but it’s nice to share a common passion with a complete stranger.

Part of the display.

I had the wonderful opportunity to work with some of Canada’s top anglers. What a great bunch of people, I am so thankful! I learned so much and can’t wait to do it again!!

I think I smiled more than ever this entire weekend!! What a great place to be with people from all walks of life enjoying the same sport – FISHING!

Thanks for reading,



  1. Hey Ash,

    Welcome to the team!!!! It was certainly great to have you participate this weekend. Keep in touch and we'll get together on the water sometime soon.

    Paul Shibata

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