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Old 01-19-2018, 09:59 AM
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Default the international sportsmen's expo, sacramento, ca - 2018

the international sportsmen's expo, sacramento, ca - 2018

the winter sports show season has just started on the west coast and the first one is the ISE in sacramento, california. *think of it as a primer for the fred hall show in long beach. *most of it is actually hunting, but one building is fishing. *i've seen it many times and it pretty much looks the same each year, but if you actually stop and talk to the guys, they have alot going on.

cost wise, it hasn't changed much at all. *parking is still $10, admission is still $15 but there are $3 off coupons everywhere, beer is $12, but after 5pm it's $5 for happy hour, and tri tip sandwiches (meat, bread roll and bbq sauce) with a coke is $18. *some aisles were packed, others not so bad.

on the fishing reel side, there was okuma, penn and daiwa. *notably, shimamo didn't even show up. *i had a chance to chat briefly with each to see what was going on. *meet okuma!

the world famous steve carson from penn!

and my old buddy, frank murata from daiwa!

rodwise, we had phenix, cousins and seeker. *we'll have to catch up with calstar and united composites at the fred hall show in march. *meet vince borges of phenix!

meet rick and ed, the owners of seeker!

cousins rods are very popular here in the bay area!

terminal tackle-wise, we have p-line here in the bay area. *they're actually only a half hour from the house and i've never been there. *gotta go visit sometime! *meet my buddy, thomas kanemoto!

and fisherman's warehouse has a no-tax sale going on at the show!

for electronics, the place in the bay area to go to is johnson-hicks in santa cruz. *meet darrel and joe! *i'll definitely get video next time. *these guys have all the best toys!

fishing publications were also well represented. *i was surprised to run into virginia at the western outdoor news booth. *i figured i'd better renew my subscription, especially since i had my photo in the last two issues! *

and will from bass angler magazine.

for local fishing, the yokomizu brothers are great guys to fish with!

there were plenty of destination resorts represented!

i've known mark for years!

meet jonathan from tail hunters! *

and for the guys looking to upgrade their reels a little, there were also some people to meet!

it's friday morning now. *the show opens at 11am today, and 10am on saturday and sunday. *check it out!
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