2017 Central Texas Boat and Outdoor Show

Bell County Expo Center

News Release

For Immediate Release

Recently during one of those “warm” Central Texas Winter days a friend said, “Let’s go fishing.  I haven’t been since I was a kid.”  I said, “what do you want to fish for?”  He said, “You mean we can know what we are fishing for?”

Time and technology make today’s fishing trip just about as detailed as you want.  Today in Central Texas people go fishing for Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Striped Bass, White Bass, Hybrid Bass, Crappie, Blue and Channel Catfish, Yellow Catfish, Sun Perch, and even Rainbow Trout!  They fish with Cane Poles, Casting Rods, Spinning Rods, Fly Rods, and all kinds of Specialty Rods and Reels made for various applications.

Not everyone has their own personal private pond where they catch fish every cast, but within less than an hour’s drive from the Bell County Seat there are lakes and opportunities galore!  During certain times of the year you may get lucky in catching fish from the bank; however, those that know are most successful when fishing from a boat on the water.

If it has been awhile since you attended a boat show, you really need to come see the latest technology for boating fun.  You will find it during the annual Central Texas Boat & Outdoor Show, January 20th – 22nd at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton.  If your idea of fun is flying over the fish while someone else is trying to coax a bite, then this show is for you.  Ski Boats, Wake Boats, Tubing Boats, Wave Boats, Personal Watercraft will all be on display.  They are safe for the family and have enough power to pin your cheeks to your ears in a stiff breeze.  Coming to the boat show is kind of like going on a cruise, you’re the Captain and there is a buffet of beautiful watercraft waiting for you to take the helm.

Hours, days and weekends spent together on the water makes lasting memories that get better with time.  If you are looking for an investment that brings you close as a family, consider outdoor boating fun.  Central Texas Boat & Outdoor Show dates are Friday, January 20th, Saturday, January 21st, and Sunday, January 22nd.  Hours are Friday 2PM – 8PM, Saturday, 10AM – 8PM, and Sunday, 10AM – 5PM.   Adult Admission is $7.00; kids 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.  Military I.D. and Youth 13 – 18 are admitted for $5.00 each.  An individual may purchase a pass for only $10.00 and attend all three days!

During the 2017 Central Texas Boat and Outdoor Show you will be able to view and lay hands on numerous categories of watercraft including Aluminum fishing boats, Pontoon Boats, Bass Boats, Kayaks, Center Console Boats, Surf & Ski Boats, Wakeboard Boats, Deck Boats, and Personal Watercraft.  Each year during the show local marine dealers and boating manufacturers offer super savings on new and existing models.  This is the best time to lock in on the best boat prices of the year.  Loan Officers will be on hand for those interested in financing their fun!

Marine Exhibitors include Marine Outlet, Campbell Wooden Boats, Temple Kayak, TightLines Premium Fishing Tackle, Uncle Gus’ Lodge, Waco Motor Sports, and Yowell’s Boat Yard.  Name brands include Bennington Pontoons, Bass Cat, Bryant, Eagle Bass Boats, G3, Gator Tuff Duck Boats, Gekko, Hurricane and Starcraft Deck Boats, Larson Runabouts and Family Boats, Nitro Bass Boats, Ocean Kayak, Old Town Kayak, Roundabouts, SeaDoo Personal Watercraft, Skeeter, Sportsman by G3, Suncatcher, Sun Tracker, Tahoe, Tracker, Veranda, Yamaha Waverunner Personal Watercraft, and Xpress.  Many of the boating packages include motors from Mercury and Yamaha Outboards including the latest in fuel saving 4-stroke technology.

Fishing Tackle for sale at enormous discounts!  During the boat show do some early Christmas shopping or stock up on Anniversary and Birthday gifts for the fishermen on your list. Wooded Acres Tackle is back for 2017! Chose from tubs and tubs of artificial hard lures, soft plastic lures, racks of rods and tables of casting and spinning reels at deeply discounted prices.  Keep digging. . .You may find that bait they don’t make any longer.  You know; the one everyone quit fishing with that really works now.  “We’re not kidding!”  

Fishing Seminars

Tommy Tidwell Saturday 12Noon & 5PM and Sunday at 12Noon

Tommy is a well-known Crappie guide and will be talking about Crappie fishing in Central Texas including the best techniques, strategies, and proper gear.

Keith CombsSaturday and Sunday during the show.

Elite Bass Angler Keith Combs, three time winner of the Toyota Texas Bass Classic will be the co-emcee for the 17th Annual TuffMan Bass Tournament Championship on Saturday and Sunday.  Keith will be speaking and giving tips on Winter and Spring bass fishing.  He will also be available for autographs, and photo opportunities.  Be sure and visit his booth during the show and see the newest Power Tackle rods for 2017!  Your boat show admission gets you into his seminars!

Bob Maindelle Saturday 1PM

Holding the Line Guide Service uses scientific methods to successfully catch Hybrids and White Bass.  During his seminar he will be sharing his method for setting up and reading the new electronic fish finders & GPS units for best results.

Bob Pohlman – Under Texas Skies – Saturday 11AM and Sunday at 11AM

Bob will share tips for the beginner and novice fly fisherman including useful techniques and gear selection.

Two Days of Fishing for the TuffMan Bass Tournament Championship!

Once again, this year’s TuffMan Bass Championship is a two day event.  Weigh Masters will be Keith Combs, three time winner of the Toyota Bass Classic, and Terry Ickes, General Manager of G3 Yamaha.  The first days’ action will take place Saturday, January 21st on Lake Stillhouse Hollow with weigh-in under the Expo Dome beginning at 3:30pm.  Day two, Sunday, January 22nd, moves to Lake Belton, with the final weigh-in beginning at 2:30pm.  Both days catch will be totaled to determine the winning team! Sixty qualifying teams and last year’s winning team for a total of 61 teams will compete for over $20,000 dollars in cash and prizes!  Each team will pull by the weigh-in trailer and remove their catch from an aerated live well in their boat.  The fish are weighed on a digital scale and then placed in a holding tank containing Catch N’ Release additive.  This helps to calm the fish.  Once the weigh-in is complete the fish are released alive back into the lake.  If you have never experienced a live weigh-in of a major bass tournament this is your opportunity!  Elite B.A.S.S. Angler, Keith Combs will be present as co-emcee both days.   Because the TuffMan weigh-in is conducted under the Expo Dome there’s not a bad seat in the house! The winning team will receive $10,000.00 in cash!  Legend Boats, Triton Boats and Skeeter Boats contingency money could add up to an additional $10,000.

Fun for the Kids in the Kid ZoneJ   (a small fee may apply)

Kids Bow Fishing Demonstration – Kids get to shoot a bow at a “fish” from a boat for FREE!  Donated by Gar Quest!

Kids Catfishing will be available all three days of the show!  Kids of all ages will enjoy trying their fishing skills on a tank full of Channel Catfish.  It’s like catching fish in a barrel; except this is a really big barrel and there will be some whopper size catfish waiting to be caught!

Kids Inflatable Fun in the Jump House!


Anthony Medical Chiropractic, Anything Fiberglass, Campbell Wooden Boats, CenTex Bass Anglers, CenTex Bass Hunters – Youth, CenTex Bass Hunters – Adult, Ellison High School Bass Team, Gar Quest – Archery Practice for Children, Heart of Texas Bass Anglers, Hogs for A Cause, Holding the Line Guide Service Seminars, Jack Hilliard Distributing, Kid’s Fish 2, Lake Belton Yacht Club, Marine Outlet, Morgan’s Point Dive Team & Volunteer Fire department, Nikken / Hooked on Health, Operation Game thief Wall of Shame & Boat, Power Tackle, Scentsy, Temple Kayak, Temple Tackle, Texas Youth Hunting Program, TightLines Premium Fishing Tackle, Tommy Tidwell Guide Service, Texas Partners Federal Credit Union, Uncle Gus’ Lodge, Under Texas Skies Guides, University of Texas Bass Team, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, Waco Motor Sports, Wooded Acres Tackle, Yowell’s Boat Yard.

The Central Texas Boat Show is held at the Bell County Expo Center; located off Interstate 35 in Belton.  Take Exit 292 North or South and look for the big silver dome on Loop 121 and come enjoy Central Texas largest boat show!

FOR INFORMATION CALL:  Rick Smith, President of the Central Texas Marine Dealers Association 254-773-9931    Email:  rick@marineoutlet.com     website:  www.centraltexasboatshow.com