Winter is showtime for fishermen | SierraSun.com

Winter is showtime for fishermen

With the close of the general trout season last month, most anglers have put away their equipment for the season. While many anglers continue to fish throughout the winter months, most tend to wait for the season opener at the end of April.While winter fishing is available for the hearty angler, most prefer the warmth of a warm fire to the freezing temperatures on the water during this time of year. For those, January means showtime. Sports shows such as the highly popular International Sportsmens Expositions (ISE) begin with its first show in Los Angeles on Jan. 14-16. In our region, its Sacramento show runs Jan. 20-23.The ISE was established in 1975 and has been providing shows for sportsmen for 30 years now. The reason these shows are popular is that there is something for just about any type of sportsman.The show has educational seminars, a huge sportfishing boat selection, the worlds finest speakers and celebrities, tons of new tackle for sale, ATV & Offroad test tracks, hunting and shooting accessories for sale, a huge sporting-dog arena and seminars by top bass pros.The Sacramento show will be its 18th annual event. It is an event that is billed to cure your cabin fever. It will once again be held at Cal Expo. Show hours are: Thursday-Friday, noon until 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.Cost for the show will be $10 for adults with anyone 12 and under admitted free. In the past, discount coupons have been available at various locations, including Longs Drugs. There is a small discount available on the ISE Web site at http://www.sportsexpos.com.This huge event offers retail displays of reasonably-priced outdoor products, Northern Californias largest display of new sportfishing boats, hundreds of lodges, resorts, guides and outfitters from Alaska, Canada, South Africa, and the western U.S., plus hands-on features and special events for the entire family, including:

ISEs own Splash Dog Contest, hosted by dog-training expert Gary Davis. Heres where pets of all sizes, shapes, colors and ability launch themselves through the air into a 50-foot-long, water-filled pool. For more info, or to sign up, visit http://www.splashdogs.com The Wests largest Youth Fair, presented by Western Outdoor News. This giant building is packed with hands-on activities and learning stations for children. Plus, Wilderness Unlimiteds giant catch-and-release pond, with all gear and guides Project Childsafe, which offers free gunlocks and safety literature ATV Test Track try the newest, hottest models NEW: Rock-climbing wall for all ages and skill levels

Presentations at the California Sportsmen Theater by Northern Californias best guides, captains and authors, including theater hosts Sep Hendrickson, Kevin Brock, Steve Carson, Angelo and Abe Cuanang, Rick Kennedy, Greg Squires and more Northern Californias largest presentation and sale of bass and sportfishing boats Join bass pro Kent Brown at the giant aquarium demo tank, filled with live bass and site for hourly seminars by local experts. Plus, ISEs exclusive Saturday Roundtable, with four top bass pros 2005 Best-of-the-West (BOTW) distance-fly-casting qualifications NEW: Fly-Fishing Theater, with Jack Dennis, Cork Graham (newsteelhead Spey), Mike Lawson (newspring creeks), and Kevin Peterson (newBishop to Bridgeport) NEW: Fly-Casting pond, site for seminars, product try-outs and special Discover Fly Fishing program. Sign up for free lessons; gear and guide provided NEW: Fly-Tying Video Theater

Hunting Theater, with seminars by local expert Bill Mays (duck), world champion caller Sean Mann (newgoose), world champion elk caller Chad Schearer, Cork Graham (newwild boar), Jim Matthews (newupland birds), and western hunt authority Mike Eastman, host of Eastmans Hunting Journal TV Giant Sporting-Dog Arena, with multi-breed demos by the best local trainers, hosted by Western Outdoor News columnist Bill Mays NEW: Daily seminars by worldwide hunting authority Jim Shockey NEW: In the lagoon, decoy-placement, duck-boat-use, and in-water retrieving seminars NEW: Eastmans Hunting Journal all-new Record Deer Display NEW: ISE California Elk-Calling Contest, presented by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Cash and prizes awarded, plus chance to enter Western Championship.

These shows are a great way for the angler to get through the winter months. These shows allow me to see any new products that are on the market for the coming year and gives me a good chance to talk to people that know a new area that I may want to fish in the future. It is a great way to spend a day with your fishing partners and start the New Year out right.[Bruce Ajari, a Truckee resident, is a regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.]