Features at a Glance

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Casting Class - Hosted by Joey Monteleone

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Learn about fly fishing, bait casting and casting accuracy. Hands-on instruction offers tips and techniques for everyone beginners to advance.

  • Thursday 4pm–5pm
  • Friday & Saturday 2pm–3pm and 6pm–7pm
  • Sunday 1pm–2pm

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FishLipz Party Cove

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Take a break and meet up with your friends for drinks and tasty treats. 

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Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center

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If you’re interested in learning what it takes to maintain, repair or upgrade your boat or engine, head to Fred’s Shed for practical, professional advice. Free seminars cover a variety of topics, include demonstrations of techniques and tools on boat and motor cutaways, and end with question/answer sessions. Come with your questions and projects to discuss, and leave with the know-how, confidence and inspiration to do it yourself.

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Kids’ Trout Pond - FREE fishing for kids 12 and younger

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There's no limit to the fun! Catch-and-release fishing pond is a great way to introduce youngsters to the sport of fishing and the fun to be had outdoors. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the moment when your little angler reels in a "big one".

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Miss GEICO Offshore Racing Boat

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The fourth-generation Miss GEICO is a 50-ft. Victory catamaran made of carbon/Kevlar. Powered by 3,300-hp 1650 RACE Mercury Racing sterndrive engines, the world-champion offshore racing boat can reach speeds in excess of 200 mph!

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Progressive® Insurance Flo-Motion

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If you’ve dreamed of sharing your love of the water with Progressive’s always happy-to-help sales clerk, Flo, you can do just that at this year’s show. Stop by to climb aboard a boat set—complete with plenty of fun props— and snap a photo with a virtual Flo to share with your friends and family.

You can also:

  • Kick back, relax and give your feet a rest in the Progressive Lounge
  • Play games and win fun prizes
  • Reel in a “big one” on the fishing simulator
  • Get answers to your insurance questions and chat with Progressive Insurance experts

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Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA)

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You’re one-stop shop for schedules, rules and regulations you’ll need for the 2016 boating, fishing and hunting season.

TWRA Wear It Tennessee
Advances in technology and design have changed life jackets from big and bulky to sleek, comfortable and easy to wear. Stop by and discover the many different styles of life jackets now available.

Floating in Fashion: Did you know there are different life jackets (PFDs) for different activities? Do you know how to determine what size life jacket you need? Have you ever tried on an inflatable life jacket? Get all the information you need to choose the correct life jacket for your favorite boating or on-water activities.

FREE Boating Safety Course:Saturday, January 21, 8:00 am–11:30 pm

Get your Boating Safety Education Certificate! The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) will administer a free responsible boating course on Saturday, January 21 in Show Office Hall C.

  • There is no charge for the class however, you MUST purchase a Type 600 Boat Safety Exam Permit and bring it to class with you.
  • Permits can be purchased anywhere hunting and fishing licenses are sold
  • Register online — enter passcode; NBS
  • Registration available at the TWRA Booth #503 through Friday, January 20. Upon completion of class and exam, show admission is FREE!


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United States Power Squadrons® Boating Skills Virtual Trainer - Boating Simulator

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Take the helm of a virtual boat to practice basic boating maneuvers and improve your boating skills—without leaving dry land. The United States Power Squadrons® Boating Skills Virtual Trainer® makes learning fun and easy! It features a steering wheel and a real Mercury throttle you use to “drive” a 20-ft. console boat on a lake with other powerboats, sailboats, navigation aids and a full marina.

Training options include close quarters maneuvering, docking and more. Instructors can adjust current and wind direction and velocity, and day/night settings to vary the degree of difficulty and challenge you whatever your skill level.


Progressive Insurance Boat School Fred's Shed Discover Boating NMMA-Certification