Long Beach Fred Hall Show 2011

It's been a long few months of no fishing and lots of work but I was able to get out to the 2011 Fred Hall show at the Long Beach Convention Center on Thursday and brought my son Jonathan out to his first show.

It’s been a long few months of no fishing and lots of work but I was able to get out to the 2011 Fred Hall show at the Long Beach Convention Center on Thursday and brought my son Jonathan out to his first show. The past few shows I have worked a booth or the floor so I have not really got to just wander and have fun like we did this time.

Got to the show around 3:30pm and there were no lines and we got right in. Jonathan did some practice casting with the DFG and got a junior license.

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Here is Jonathan with his “new” license.

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Headed out to the rainbow trout fishing pond and got right in (there was not that many people around the whole night) and Jonathan got a nice sized trout that we took home.

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Jonathan also tried out his bow and arrow skills and hunting skills.

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I went down and tried out some of the new Avet reels and did some casting. I did much better than last year in the lagoon.

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We headed back in to the convention center and walked the rows of fun stuff and saw a bunch of old friends in the industry. Take a look at the slideshow at the beginning of the post to see all the photos.

Overall the show felt slow and did not have the energy like previous years. I know times are tough and the money is not being spent like it used to in the industry, but I also felt like not much had changed. The show was the same as last year, nothing really new or that stood out. It was the Thursday of the show, so that may have accounted for some of it but after talking with friends who did the show and also attended over the weekend none were really impressed by anything.

What was important is that Jonathan had a great time and got a whole bunch of goodies to bring home! I am starting to plan out my trips for the year, and I really hope that it will be a much better year fishing than last!

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About Sean Glumace

Sean loves to fish in Southern California and this site is his journal of his adventures in fishing. He started fishing when he was a little guy with his dad David, and has continued to this day with his family. In his day job, Sean has been a graphic designer for over 15 years, designing everything from in-store displays and signage for supermarkets to e-commerce auction sites for an online consumer electronics company. He was a web and graphic designer then later an art director for McMullen Argus Publishing (Primedia), building and working on sites for Lowrider Magazine and Super Chevy, plus 30 other automotive magazine sites. Sean seized the opportunity to teach other aspiring designers – a passion that took him first to Learning Tree University and then to Golden West College in Huntington Beach, CA, where he has been an integral part of the renowned digital arts department for more than ten years. Throughout his teaching career, Sean maintained a freelance business, designing for clients including the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards), Image Comics and many more. See his work at http://www.glumace.com.