I’m so grateful that I was invited back for the second year in a row as the Show Ambassador of the London & Hamilton Boat, Fishing & Outdoor Shows! This year’s shows have come and gone in what seems like a flash and that’s because it was so much fun! I’m thankful to connect with anglers all around the world through social media daily but I especially enjoy meeting in person and chatting fishing face-to-face. The fishing and outdoor community is truly special and it amazes me how easily conversations flow when we’re chatting about what we love.

My banner at the London Show entrance.

London Boat, Fishing & Outdoor Show

If you follow my social media pages, you likely saw a bunch of posts leading up to the shows. The first of the two shows was held in London (Ontario) at the Western Fair District. My primary role during this event was emceeing the seminar stage. We had quite a line-up of talented anglers covering a wide variety of seminar topics. Speakers included: Jason Barnucz of The Reel Angle, Dave Harris of Angling Sports, Captain Paul Powis, Cindy and Dean Franklin of the Tri-Bay Bass Association, Matt Sawrie of Torpedo Divers, and Kyle Moxon of Moxon’s Guide Service. We also held a panel each day of the show providing the audience an opportunity to ask questions making for a very interactive presentation.

The panel included: some of the seminar speakers mentioned above, staff from Angling Sports, along with members from the Forest City Fly Fishing Club and the Thames River Anglers Association.

Some familiar faces I was happy to see!

From left: Alicia Raytrowsky, myself, and Cindy Franklin. These two women are not only skilled anglers but they’re as genuine as they come.

Over the years it’s been inspiring to see not only the increase in women working at fishing/outdoor trade shows sharing their knowledge and passion, but also more women and families attending. Fishing is a sport without boundaries that we can all enjoy!

I had the chance to chat with these wonderful ladies from the Forest City Fly Fishing Club.

I hosted a few live videos on my Facebook page throughout the weekend including this one from the Alumacraft booth.

Hamilton Boat, Fishing & Outdoor Show

From left: Joe Rodriges, Matt Pezzetta, Heather Bochek, Brent Bochek, and myself.

It was great to be back in Hamilton especially with this crazy crew on the seminar stage! The speaker line-up included: Brent Bochek of FishNV, Matt Pezzetta, Richard Brouwer of Pure Fishing, Joe Rodrigues, and myself. My seminar included tips on targeting some of my favourite spring species: black crappie, pumpkinseed, bluegill, common carp, longnose gar, and freshwater drum. The laughs didn’t stop with this group and we had a great time making live Facebook videos all weekend. You can check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/ashleyraefishing/videos/

I had the opportunity to do a quick on-air interview with KX 94.7 live from the show floor.
My article inside the Show Guide.
Don’t tell my boat but…. the brand new Alumacraft XB 200 was on the floor and I just had to get behind the wheel!
Brent Bochek with a nice little largemouth! A cool feature at the Hamilton Show this year was the Fishing Friendzy live largemouth bass pond!

A huge thank you goes out to all that came by the shows to say hello! It wouldn’t have been such a fun experience without your company! And that’s a wrap on fishing trade shows for me this year! There are lots of exciting projects in the works for the year ahead and lots of fishy posts. Please subscribe below to stay updated.

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