Some indoor fun for outdoors enthusiasts this weekend
Well, the International Sportsmen’s Exposition lumbers into Cal Expo this weekend (it opened Thursday) and, in light of all the wacky weather we’ve had, the timing for a little outdoor-themed fun indoors seems about perfect.
For those of you who may have driven down to San Mateo to catch the show last weekend, be advised that the Sac version is an entirely different animal. While San Mateo used to be the “granddaddy of ‘em all,” it has fallen on hard times in recent years and has been lapped several times over by the Sacto show. These days, Sacramento is the largest show on the ISE’s Western Tour and there’s truly a lot to see and do.
Here’s an incomplete list of things to check out…
The marquee event of the entire show (in my own mind) is my Delta Striper seminar, which will be held in the California Sportsmen Theatre on Saturday at 3 p.m.. I’ll be covering how to catch Delta stripers on topwater plugs, swimbaits, jigs and other lures. This year, I’m making only this one appearance so stop by and say hi.
Ultimate Bass Demonstration Tank
Of course, the bass tank and its merry band of top pros will also be on hand to show you how to fish a variety of techniques for largemouth, smallies and spotts. Featured speakers throughout the weekend include the West’s all-time money winner Gary Dobyns along with Ish Monroe, Jimmy Reese, Kent Brown and a bunch of other who’s-who of the tournament trail.
Lowrance Sonar Learning Center
If you’re like most guys with a fishfinder on your boat, you know the basics of the unit and that’s about it. Well, these things are super powerful now days and here’s your chance to learn first-hand from top instructors on how to do more than turn the power on and off. Capt. Jack Findleton and Jeff Boyer are your teaching professionals.
Adventure Base 100
Hosted by the Boy Scouts of America, AB 100 is a 10,000-square-foot campus that features a ropes course, hands-on exhibits, a multi-sensory IMAX-like Go Scouting! Dome, and much, much more!
Youth Outdoor Sports Fair
Western Outdoor News’ energizer bunny, Bill Karr, hosts yet another year of activities for the kiddies at the Youth Outdoor Sports Fair which features tons of hands-on stuff for the kids to do like trout fishing, target shooting and more.
Dock Dogs Water Jumping Contest
Check out a bunch of gravity-defying hunting dogs take to the air… and then splash down.
Plus so much more!
Be sure to also check out the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Great Elk Tour and the Eastmans’ Hunting Journal Trophy Deer Display. If you’re pretty good with the long rod, maybe look into entering the Best-of-the-West Accuracy Fly-Casting Tournament or take in one of the many other seminars or fly tying demonstrations.
As always, there will also be fishing and hunting guides, lodges and outfitters from all over the globe exhibiting their trips, along with all the major tackle and hunting manufacturers and retail shops as well.
The show is open Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Admission is $15 for adults and kids 15-and-under are free. Parking is $10. On the ISE website, there is a list of places in town that have discount coupons for the show.
For more info, check out www.sportsexpos.com
Hope to see you all at 3 on Saturday for a little striper action!
J.D. Richey is a 1986 Placer High graduate whose outdoors pieces have been published nationally. Find him on the Web at www.fishwithjd.com.