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Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center

FREE DIY seminars cover boat and motor maintenance, repair and upgrades.

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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NEW! Queen of the Show

A 2016 Regal 42 Sport Coupe has been crowned Queen of the Progressive® Insurance Nashville Boat & Sportshow®. You can see her “holding court” at the Drakes Creek Marina exhibit (Space 140).
As befits royalty, the all-new 42 Sport Coupe is in a class by herself. As the only yacht in her class that offers a full beam retractable hardtop with windshield walk-thru, opening side windows and sliding glass doors, she embraces outdoor living and entertaining. With two private staterooms, and two bathrooms the 42 Sport Coupe also graciously accommodates four to six passengers.

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NEW! Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) Booth

Get set for all your outdoor adventures!

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

TWRA 65th Anniversary Display Trailer

Don’t miss this fascinating multi-media display celebrating TWRA’s 65 years of wildlife management in Tennessee. Step inside this time capsule filled with artifacts and memorabilia and learn how the TWRA has worked to preserve, conserve and enhance Tennessee’s fish and wildlife since its founding in 1949. Replicas of the state record largemouth bass recently caught at Chickamauga Reservoir and the world record smallmouth caught in 1955 at Dale Hollow are also on display.

TWRA Archery Range

Would you like to try archery? Here’s your chance! With a few simple instructions you’ll be ready to step up to the line, draw back a bow and try this popular sport. Featuring soft-tipped arrows and universal draw bows, the range is open to would-be archers of all ages.
Learn more about the National Archery in The Schools Program and how quickly it’s catching on in schools across Tennessee.

FREE Boating Safety Course: Saturday, January 9, 8:30am–11:30am

Free responsible boating course offered by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) 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.

Upon completion of class and exam, show admission is FREE!
Space is limited! Call 615-781-6682 to register and reserve your place in class.

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Fishermen & Boater's Education

FREE daily seminars offer instruction, inspiration and entertainment!

Fishing Seminars (Space 513): Don’t let these get away! Expert anglers will share tips and tricks to help you improve you catch. Speakers include:

  • TWRA Officer Allen Herald—Boating Skills, Rules & Regulations and Safety On-The-Water
  • TWRA Fisheries Division Chief Frank Fiss—Florida Strain Bass
  • Joey Monteleone—Big Bass, Kayak Fishing, and Tackle
  • Susan Thrasher—Fly Fishing and Trout Fishing
  • Bill Medley—Catfishing
  • Lady Bass Angler Association—Tournament Fishing

Casting Class (Space 513): Learn about for fly fishing, bait casting and casting accuracy. Hands-on instruction offers tips and techniques for everyone beginners to advanced.
Friday: 4:30 pm Saturday: 3:00 pm

Fly Tying (Booth 602): Learn to tie your own flies with hands-on instruction from Susan Thrasher, owner/operator of Southern Brookies Fly Fishing.
Thursday at 5:00 pm Friday at 4:00 pm Saturday at 3:30 pm


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NEW! Test Your Boating Skills—United States Power Squadrons® Boating Skills Virtual Trainer

Boating is fun. So is learning to boat on the United States Power Squadrons® (USPS) new Boating Skills Virtual Trainer (BSVT).

Take the helm and set out on a simulated ”boat trip” to practice boating skills such as docking, pivot turns, stopping and more. The BSVT is equipped with a steering wheel and real Mercury throttle to give you hands-on experience as you pilot your virtual boat on a lake with other powerboats, sailboats, navigation aids and a marina

Lessons include departing the dock, fairways, pivot turns, moorings, docking, slalom, crossing/overtaking/meeting and emergency stops. Current and wind direction and velocity, and day/night settings can be adjusted to vary the degree of difficulty and challenge you whatever your skill level.

Click here for more information



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Wake Zone—Wakeboard Trampoline Wall

Come watch pro riders defy gravity as the demonstrate tricks—grabs, spins, flips—and other tweaked out stunts. Between demos, get pointers on technique from the riders and jump up on the trampoline to work on your skills.

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Kids Trout Pond—FREE fishing for kids 12 and younger

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



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Create-A-Crankbait—Kids' Crafting

Young anglers will love the chance to build and decorate their own crankbait, using balsa wood bodies and stick-on lure eyes.



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