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.
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.
Some familiar faces I was happy to see!
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 hosted a few live videos on my Facebook page throughout the weekend including this one from the Alumacraft booth.
Hamilton Boat, Fishing & Outdoor Show
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/
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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