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January 11, 2016

Gulf Council to Hold Public Shrimp Fishery Hearing
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a series of public hearings to discuss and take comment on proposed Shrimp Amendment 17A. Shrimp Amendment 17A contains two actions. The first action addresses the expiration of the federal shrimp permit moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico. There is currently a moratorium on federal commercial shrimp permits, meaning no new permits are being issued. The shrimp permit moratorium is scheduled to expire October 26, 2016. The Council is considering whether to allow the moratorium to expire, extend the moratorium, or create a limited access permit. The Council established the shrimp permit moratorium to ensure that the fishery would remain profitable for the participants remaining in the fishery. When the moratorium was put into place there were 1,933 shrimp permits issued. Since then, 463 shrimp permits were not renewed within one year of their expiration or have been surrendered, and have been removed from the fishery. As of December 31, 2014, there were 1,470 shrimp permits remaining. The Council's current preferred alternative is to extend the shrimp permit moratorium for another ten years. The second action addresses the royal red shrimp endorsement that is required to commercially harvest royal red shrimp from the Gulf Exclusive Economic Zone. Established in 2006, the main purpose of the endorsement was to help inform data collectors about who is targeting royal red shrimp. Currently, there are a large number of endorsements but only a small number of active royal red shrimping vessels. It's unclear if the endorsement accomplishes its desired goal of enhancing data collection, so the Council is considering whether to continue to require a royal red shrimp endorsement to harvest royal red shrimp. Port of Palacios 1602 Main Street Palacios, Texas 361-972-5556 -

January 12, 2016

Gulf Council to Hold Public Shrimp Fishery Hearing
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a series of public hearings to discuss and take comment on proposed Shrimp Amendment 17A. Shrimp Amendment 17A contains two actions. The first action addresses the expiration of the federal shrimp permit moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico. There is currently a moratorium on federal commercial shrimp permits, meaning no new permits are being issued. The shrimp permit moratorium is scheduled to expire October 26, 2016. The Council is considering whether to allow the moratorium to expire, extend the moratorium, or create a limited access permit. The Council established the shrimp permit moratorium to ensure that the fishery would remain profitable for the participants remaining in the fishery. When the moratorium was put into place there were 1,933 shrimp permits issued. Since then, 463 shrimp permits were not renewed within one year of their expiration or have been surrendered, and have been removed from the fishery. As of December 31, 2014, there were 1,470 shrimp permits remaining. The Council's current preferred alternative is to extend the shrimp permit moratorium for another ten years. The second action addresses the royal red shrimp endorsement that is required to commercially harvest royal red shrimp from the Gulf Exclusive Economic Zone. Established in 2006, the main purpose of the endorsement was to help inform data collectors about who is targeting royal red shrimp. Currently, there are a large number of endorsements but only a small number of active royal red shrimping vessels. It's unclear if the endorsement accomplishes its desired goal of enhancing data collection, so the Council is considering whether to continue to require a royal red shrimp endorsement to harvest royal red shrimp. Courtyard by Marriott 3955 North Expressway Brownsville, Texas 956-350-4600

February 2, 2016

Lone Star Lionfish Symposium Tonight
CORPUS CHRISTI – The public will soon have a chance to ask the experts about the spiky, venomous fish invading Texas coastal waters. The Lone Star Lionfish Symposium will hold a public forum from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at the Texas State Aquarium, during which the public can ask the attending experts questions about lionfish threats and management. Doors to the forum open at 6 p.m. The symposium, co-sponsored by the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on Feb. 2 and 3, will host partners from around Texas and the Gulf of Mexico to develop a unified, proactive and multifaceted approach to managing Texas' lionfish invasion. Other sponsors include The Nature Conservancy, the Texas State Aquarium, the Coastal Conservation Association of Texas, Texas Sea Grant, the Saltwater-fisheries Enhancement Association, the Houston Advanced Research Center, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, REEF, and the Environmental Law Institute. Participants include private industry, universities, government agencies and various non-governmental groups. Lionfish have become a problem in recent years as they degrade coastal and marine ecosystems in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. With few natural predators, they have spread throughout the region, reducing the number of fish, shrimp and crab species and degrading reefs. In areas of high density, they are causing both ecological and economic damage. The public will also have the chance to engage in one-on-one discussions with experts in the audience. The Texas State Aquarium is located at 2710 N. Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi, Texas 78402. Guests will enter at the Aquarium's Wild Flight gate to the left of the building, and they will be directed to the Aquarium lobby where the forum will be held. About the Harte Research Institute: The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, an endowed research component of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is dedicated to advancing the long-term sustainable use and conservation of the Gulf of Mexico. HRI provides international leadership in generating and disseminating knowledge about the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and its critical role in the economies of the North American region.

February 7, 2016

Austin Boat & Travel Trailer Show
Annual event to exhibit latest boating and outdoor products, demos and more WHAT: The Austin Boat and Travel Trailer Show will kick off 2016 with its annual four-day event from January 7 through January 10, 2016. Attendees can demo outdoor products, tour travel trailers, learn the latest trends and more. The Austin Boat and Travel Trailer Show provides Central Texas with a large selection of boats, travel trailers and accessories. The premier outdoor lifestyle event draws more than 9,000 attendees who experience the latest trends and enjoy fun family entertainment. This year, guests will enjoy an indoor poker run and cash prizes Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. WHEN: Thursday, January 7, 2016 4:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2016 12:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. Saturday, January 9, 2016 10:00 a.m.– 9:00 p.m. Sunday, January 10, 2016 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. WHERE: Austin Convention Center 500 East Cesar Chavez Street Austin, Texas 78701 VISUAL: Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts shopping Outdoor product demos Boating and travel trailer trends

February 8, 2016

Austin Boat & Travel Trailer Show
Annual event to exhibit latest boating and outdoor products, demos and more WHAT: The Austin Boat and Travel Trailer Show will kick off 2016 with its annual four-day event from January 7 through January 10, 2016. Attendees can demo outdoor products, tour travel trailers, learn the latest trends and more. The Austin Boat and Travel Trailer Show provides Central Texas with a large selection of boats, travel trailers and accessories. The premier outdoor lifestyle event draws more than 9,000 attendees who experience the latest trends and enjoy fun family entertainment. This year, guests will enjoy an indoor poker run and cash prizes Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. WHEN: Thursday, January 7, 2016 4:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2016 12:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. Saturday, January 9, 2016 10:00 a.m.– 9:00 p.m. Sunday, January 10, 2016 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. WHERE: Austin Convention Center 500 East Cesar Chavez Street Austin, Texas 78701 VISUAL: Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts shopping Outdoor product demos Boating and travel trailer trends

February 9, 2016

Austin Boat & Travel Trailer Show
Annual event to exhibit latest boating and outdoor products, demos and more WHAT: The Austin Boat and Travel Trailer Show will kick off 2016 with its annual four-day event from January 7 through January 10, 2016. Attendees can demo outdoor products, tour travel trailers, learn the latest trends and more. The Austin Boat and Travel Trailer Show provides Central Texas with a large selection of boats, travel trailers and accessories. The premier outdoor lifestyle event draws more than 9,000 attendees who experience the latest trends and enjoy fun family entertainment. This year, guests will enjoy an indoor poker run and cash prizes Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. WHEN: Thursday, January 7, 2016 4:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2016 12:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. Saturday, January 9, 2016 10:00 a.m.– 9:00 p.m. Sunday, January 10, 2016 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. WHERE: Austin Convention Center 500 East Cesar Chavez Street Austin, Texas 78701 VISUAL: Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts shopping Outdoor product demos Boating and travel trailer trends

February 10, 2016

Austin Boat & Travel Trailer Show
Annual event to exhibit latest boating and outdoor products, demos and more WHAT: The Austin Boat and Travel Trailer Show will kick off 2016 with its annual four-day event from January 7 through January 10, 2016. Attendees can demo outdoor products, tour travel trailers, learn the latest trends and more. The Austin Boat and Travel Trailer Show provides Central Texas with a large selection of boats, travel trailers and accessories. The premier outdoor lifestyle event draws more than 9,000 attendees who experience the latest trends and enjoy fun family entertainment. This year, guests will enjoy an indoor poker run and cash prizes Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. WHEN: Thursday, January 7, 2016 4:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2016 12:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. Saturday, January 9, 2016 10:00 a.m.– 9:00 p.m. Sunday, January 10, 2016 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. WHERE: Austin Convention Center 500 East Cesar Chavez Street Austin, Texas 78701 VISUAL: Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts shopping Outdoor product demos Boating and travel trailer trends

February 13, 2016

Famed Fly Fishers Lefty Kreh, Ed Jaworowski Meet &
Dallas, Texas— The producers of The Complete Cast: Applying Principles to Fresh and Saltwater Fly Casting with Lefty Kreh and Ed Jaworowski, a 13-part video series, are hosting a special appearance with fly fishing pioneers Lefty Kreh and Ed Jaworowski. Dallas strategic marketing and advertising agency bloomfield knoble and rod manufacturer Temple Fork Outfitters co-produced the instructional video series featuring Kreh and Jaworowski. It is available for purchase as a DVD or instant download at www.tforods.com. The event will be held at Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company on Saturday, February 13 and will include fly casting demonstrations and DVD-signing/meet-and-greet with Lefty and Ed. The event is free and will take place from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at Tailwaters Fly Fishing Company, 1933 E. Levee St., Dallas, TX 75207.

February 16, 2016

Lake Fork "State of the Lake" Public Meeting
ATHENS—Anyone interested in Lake Fork is invited to attend a public meeting on the state of the lake on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. The Lake Fork Sportsman's Association and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will host the meeting, which will feature presentations by TPWD Inland Fisheries biologists, TPWD law enforcement personnel, and Sabine River Authority representatives. Topics will include, but are not limited to, the status of the giant salvinia infestation, law enforcement issues, and an update on the gamefish populations in the reservoir. A large portion of the meeting will be reserved for attendees to ask questions in a "town hall" format. All local business owners, lake homeowners, fishing guides, recreational anglers, and anyone else with an interest in the resources at Lake Fork are invited to attend. This meeting will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Emory City Center, 735 N. Texas Street, Emory TX 75440. For questions or additional information, please contact TPWD Inland Fisheries management personnel in Tyler at (903) 593-5077.

February 20, 2016

Texas Team Trail Presented by Cabela's Heads to T
Record payouts, exceptional fishing expected for second TXTT event of 2016 NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – The Texas Team Trail (TXTT) presented by Cabela's will host its second regular-season event of the 2016 tournament season on Saturday, Feb. 20, at Toledo Bend Reservoir. The fishery straddles the Texas/Louisiana border and is one of the world's premier bass fishing destinations. Registration for the event is already underway – anglers can secure an opportunity to pre-fish Friday, Feb. 19, by completing their registration online or via phone prior to midnight on Thursday, Feb. 18. Additionally, all anglers that pre-register online at www.texasteamtrail.com will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Cabela's gift card. The Toledo Bend event is the second regular-season event of four 2016 qualifying events that guarantee a fully rigged, 18-foot boat, motor, trailer package as first-place prize. The winning anglers at Toledo Bend will walk away with a brand-new Stratos 189 VLO powered by an Evinrude 150 HO, valued at $30,000. In addition to the payout, the event offers anglers an unprecedented opportunity in terms of sponsor bonuses and television coverage. The budget-friendly $250 entry fee, plus multiple contingency programs and a guaranteed, over-100% payback at every event provides tremendous value to the weekend angler. On-site registration is set for Friday, Feb. 19, from 4-6 p.m. at Cypress Bend Park (3462 Cypress Bend Dr., Many, LA 71449). At least one team member must attend, as boat numbers will be assigned during this time. The tournament will launch Saturday, Feb. 20, at safe light from Cypress Bend Park and weigh-in will begin at the same location at 3 p.m. Anglers with questions or anyone interested in more details on the event are encouraged to visit www.texasteamtrail.com or call 210-281-1752 or 210-788-4143. Texas Team Trail events are made possible through the sponsorship and continued support of these well-respected brands: Cabela's, Ranger Boats, Lucas Oil, Evinrude, RAM, Mercury, Minn Kota, Triton Boats, Power-Pole, Amphibia, Arctic Ice, Stratos Boats, Lowrance, Navionics, Protect the Harvest, BoatU.S., General Tire, SuperClean, Garmin, Valley Fashions, T-H Marine, Atlas, G-Juice, Powertex Group. 2016 TXTT Remaining Events: February 20 – Toledo Bend March 19 – Richland Chambers Reservoir April 16 – Lake Texoma Championship – May 14-15 – Ray Roberts Lake

February 22, 2016

Gulf Council Slates Meetings on Fishery Issues
Gulf Council Slates Meetings on Fishery Issues Around the Gulf of Mexico The Gulf Council will hold a series of public hearings around the Gulf of Mexico to collect public comments on two proposed actions: Coastal Migratory Pelagics (CMP) Amendment 26 Framework Action to Modify Commercial Gear Requirements for Yellowtail Snapper CMP Amendment 26 This amendment considers changes in allocations, stock boundaries, and sale provisions for Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic migratory groups of king mackerel. Public Hearing Schedule: Mon, February 22, 2016 Hilton Garden Inn 6717 S. Padre Island Drive Corpus Christi, TX 78412 Hilton Garden Inn 2703 Denny Avenue Pascagoula, MS 39567 Tues, February 23, 2016 Holiday Inn Express 2440 Gulf Freeway Texas City, TX 77591 Hilton Garden Inn 23092 Perdido Beach Blvd. Orange Beach, AL 36561 All in-person meetings begin at 6:00 pmlocal time and end no later than 9:00 pmlocal time. Webinars begin at 6:00 pmEastern Time. Wed, February 24, 2016 Hilton New Orleans Airport 901 Airline Drive Kenner, LA 70062 Destin Community Center 101 Stahlman Ave. Destin, FL 32541 Mon, February 29, 2016 Harvey Government Center 1200 Truman Avenue Key West, FL 33040 Wed, March 2, 2016 Holiday Inn Lakewood Ranch 6231 Osprey Drive Sarasota, FL 34240 Thurs, March 3, 2016 Webinar Click here to register! Yellowtail Snapper Framework Action This framework action will address inconsistencies between Gulf and South Atlantic Councils' circle hook requirements for yellowtail snapper commercial fishing in Gulf waters and increase the operational efficiency of the commercial yellowtail snapper fishery.

February 23, 2016

Gulf Council Slates Meetings on Fishery Issues
Gulf Council Slates Meetings on Fishery Issues Around the Gulf of Mexico The Gulf Council will hold a series of public hearings around the Gulf of Mexico to collect public comments on two proposed actions: Coastal Migratory Pelagics (CMP) Amendment 26 Framework Action to Modify Commercial Gear Requirements for Yellowtail Snapper CMP Amendment 26 This amendment considers changes in allocations, stock boundaries, and sale provisions for Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic migratory groups of king mackerel. Public Hearing Schedule: Mon, February 22, 2016 Hilton Garden Inn 6717 S. Padre Island Drive Corpus Christi, TX 78412 Hilton Garden Inn 2703 Denny Avenue Pascagoula, MS 39567 Tues, February 23, 2016 Holiday Inn Express 2440 Gulf Freeway Texas City, TX 77591 Hilton Garden Inn 23092 Perdido Beach Blvd. Orange Beach, AL 36561 All in-person meetings begin at 6:00 pmlocal time and end no later than 9:00 pmlocal time. Webinars begin at 6:00 pmEastern Time. Wed, February 24, 2016 Hilton New Orleans Airport 901 Airline Drive Kenner, LA 70062 Destin Community Center 101 Stahlman Ave. Destin, FL 32541 Mon, February 29, 2016 Harvey Government Center 1200 Truman Avenue Key West, FL 33040 Wed, March 2, 2016 Holiday Inn Lakewood Ranch 6231 Osprey Drive Sarasota, FL 34240 Yellowtail Snapper Framework Action This framework action will address inconsistencies between Gulf and South Atlantic Councils' circle hook requirements for yellowtail snapper commercial fishing in Gulf waters and increase the operational efficiency of the commercial yellowtail snapper fishery.

March 17, 2016

Southwest Show Returns to Clear Lake .....
The South West International Boat Show, the largest in-water show in the region, will hold its eighth annual event March 17-20 at South Shore Harbour Marina on Clear Lake in League City, Texas. Organizers said the show will be the first of two this year. The second event, also at South Shore Harbour Marina, will be held Sept. 23-25. The site is between Houston and the beaches of Galveston Island. "We are thrilled to give boating lovers not one, but two opportunities this year to see these incredible vessels up close and in their element," boat show president Peter Bryant said in a statement. "Being able to see how a yacht or sailboat performs in water allows buyers to learn so much more about the vessel than seeing it on a trailer or showroom floor can ever do." Organizers said both shows will feature boats ranging in size from 10 to more than 100 feet — freshwater and saltwater — ready for boarding and viewing. Pre-season specials and dealer incentives will be available on many models. On shore, live music will provide entertainment, children can participate in remote control boat races and more than 200 vendors will offer services and products for the boating and outdoor lifestyle. Show highlights include Discover Boating, with programs of one and three hours of hands-on, on-water workshops for all experience levels taught by Coast Guard-licensed captains who are professional certified instructors. Free hourly seminars for visitors will be offered during all four days of the March show. Topics range from visiting Mexico by private boat to digital communication technologies.

March 18, 2016

Southwest Show Returns to Clear Lake .....
The South West International Boat Show, the largest in-water show in the region, will hold its eighth annual event March 17-20 at South Shore Harbour Marina on Clear Lake in League City, Texas. Organizers said the show will be the first of two this year. The second event, also at South Shore Harbour Marina, will be held Sept. 23-25. The site is between Houston and the beaches of Galveston Island. "We are thrilled to give boating lovers not one, but two opportunities this year to see these incredible vessels up close and in their element," boat show president Peter Bryant said in a statement. "Being able to see how a yacht or sailboat performs in water allows buyers to learn so much more about the vessel than seeing it on a trailer or showroom floor can ever do." Organizers said both shows will feature boats ranging in size from 10 to more than 100 feet — freshwater and saltwater — ready for boarding and viewing. Pre-season specials and dealer incentives will be available on many models. On shore, live music will provide entertainment, children can participate in remote control boat races and more than 200 vendors will offer services and products for the boating and outdoor lifestyle. Show highlights include Discover Boating, with programs of one and three hours of hands-on, on-water workshops for all experience levels taught by Coast Guard-licensed captains who are professional certified instructors. Free hourly seminars for visitors will be offered during all four days of the March show. Topics range from visiting Mexico by private boat to digital communication technologies.

March 19, 2016

Southwest Show Returns to Clear Lake .....
The South West International Boat Show, the largest in-water show in the region, will hold its eighth annual event March 17-20 at South Shore Harbour Marina on Clear Lake in League City, Texas. Organizers said the show will be the first of two this year. The second event, also at South Shore Harbour Marina, will be held Sept. 23-25. The site is between Houston and the beaches of Galveston Island. "We are thrilled to give boating lovers not one, but two opportunities this year to see these incredible vessels up close and in their element," boat show president Peter Bryant said in a statement. "Being able to see how a yacht or sailboat performs in water allows buyers to learn so much more about the vessel than seeing it on a trailer or showroom floor can ever do." Organizers said both shows will feature boats ranging in size from 10 to more than 100 feet — freshwater and saltwater — ready for boarding and viewing. Pre-season specials and dealer incentives will be available on many models. On shore, live music will provide entertainment, children can participate in remote control boat races and more than 200 vendors will offer services and products for the boating and outdoor lifestyle. Show highlights include Discover Boating, with programs of one and three hours of hands-on, on-water workshops for all experience levels taught by Coast Guard-licensed captains who are professional certified instructors. Free hourly seminars for visitors will be offered during all four days of the March show. Topics range from visiting Mexico by private boat to digital communication technologies.
Texas High School State Championship on Rayburn
PONCA CITY, Okla. – The Bass Federation (TBF), with our "Partner in Fishing" at FLW, announces the 2016 Student Angler Federation (SAF) Texas High School State Championship on Saturday, March 19 at the Umphrey Pavilion near Jasper, TX. The state championship is a two person event for students in grades 9-12. Each team can have one member in 7th or 8th grade, if needed. All teams should pre-register online for high school events at HighSchoolFishing.org to avoid onsite late fees. Each team and their "coach," who provides the boat they compete in, will need to check in at 5pm-7pm CST on March 18 at the Jasper High School. A rules briefing will immediately follow. Take off is at 7am and the weigh-in will begin at 3pm. "TBF and our partners in fishing at FLW are the only organizations to offer a state championship in every state and Canada," TBF National Youth Director, Mark Gintert, stated. "There's no question our State Championship Series provides the foundation to make SAF the largest high school fishing organization in North America." The top 10% of each 2016 State Championship event advances to a FLW/TBF Conference Regional Championship. The top 10% from the Conference Regional events advance to the FLW/TBF High School National Championship to compete for the top team prize of a $10,000 scholarship. As an added bonus, national championship teams will compete out of new Ranger Boats provided for them, along with paid hotel accommodations and other perks. The final day weigh-in will take place on the FLW main stage in front of a live FLW Tour stop! Go to HighSchoolFishing.org for details on the Student Angler Federation and to sign up for events. If you're not a 2016 SAF member, annual cost is $25 year. Pay in advance or register for an event online and pay then. There are no entry fees as long as you enter your active/paid SAF membership number at the time of registration! SAF membership includes full TBF and FLW competitor membership benefits, FLW Magazine e- Edition, online training programs and full insurance coverage for clubs, officers and student members. In addition to State Championships, SAF National OPENs and other events held across the nation will advance the top 3 teams to their Conference Regional Championships. All SAF members automatically qualify to compete in the pinnacle of all high school events, the 2016 High School Fishing World Finals for thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes each year. The World Finals format allows anglers to test their skills against high school anglers from across the nation at a week-long family vacation event, which will be held in Florence, Alabama on Pickwick Reservoir, June 28-July 2. This no entry fee, come one, come all mega event gives every high school team a shot at the sports top prizes and honors. State Championship Event Details: Sign-up: Pre-register online at HighSchoolFishing.org or a $25 late registration fee can apply to those registering onsite. The best way is to pre-register online at highschoolfishing.org. Just enter your active SAF membership number during online SAF event registration. Mandatory Check-in: Friday, March 18 at

March 20, 2016

Southwest Show Returns to Clear Lake .....
The South West International Boat Show, the largest in-water show in the region, will hold its eighth annual event March 17-20 at South Shore Harbour Marina on Clear Lake in League City, Texas. Organizers said the show will be the first of two this year. The second event, also at South Shore Harbour Marina, will be held Sept. 23-25. The site is between Houston and the beaches of Galveston Island. "We are thrilled to give boating lovers not one, but two opportunities this year to see these incredible vessels up close and in their element," boat show president Peter Bryant said in a statement. "Being able to see how a yacht or sailboat performs in water allows buyers to learn so much more about the vessel than seeing it on a trailer or showroom floor can ever do." Organizers said both shows will feature boats ranging in size from 10 to more than 100 feet — freshwater and saltwater — ready for boarding and viewing. Pre-season specials and dealer incentives will be available on many models. On shore, live music will provide entertainment, children can participate in remote control boat races and more than 200 vendors will offer services and products for the boating and outdoor lifestyle. Show highlights include Discover Boating, with programs of one and three hours of hands-on, on-water workshops for all experience levels taught by Coast Guard-licensed captains who are professional certified instructors. Free hourly seminars for visitors will be offered during all four days of the March show. Topics range from visiting Mexico by private boat to digital communication technologies.