Perth fishing show

I can't say too much as yet, but my company (which also runs exhibitions), has been approached by an international company about the possibility of staging a new fishing show in Perth.

We are a long way off putting together the final details - but I would imagine it would feature trade stands (ie tackle companies and shops), demonstrations, presentations, etc.

I wonder what everyone's feelings are about whether a show of that nature would be of interest to local fishermen.

What would be the best timing for such a show, etc.

All input, positive and negative, welcome.

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Absolutely!!

Wed, 2008-04-02 11:00


The one thing missing from the boat shows is any real tackle store presence.
Maybe fishwrecked should be given a stand on the sly Colin, if you can organise it (hehehe). Wink
I think timing should be in between the two major boat shows (ie Mandurah and Perth) with an undercover venue like the convention centre.

I'd go, and I think a big percentage of Perth's fishing public would. (What a great place to get "quality" fisheries research data from.) Maybe part of your entry form for a big prize includes the punter filling in a simple form that ticks the type of fishing they do

  • the style (offshore/estuary/river/lake/beach/rock)
  • the location (metro/southwest/Pilbara/Kimberley)
  • key species (Dhufish/Snapper/Breaksea/Baldchin/Sambos)
  • How many caught per year of each
  • How many days fishing a year do you do offshore?

5 simple questions, but a heap of info about the supposed 800,000 fishermen out there that both the tackle reps could utilise and also fisheries. I dare say the public attending the tackle show would be a fair representation of the general fishing public and would undoubtedly cover the hard core guys who fish regulary.

 

Publish the figures so the general public knows how much pressure is being put on the stocks. Obvioulsy you would want to be caraful that people with hidden agendas don't try to manipulate the data with wild exaggerations both understated and overstated depending on their stance. But I think 99% would be honest in their assessment of catch rate.

 

Essentially there would be no difference to the telephone polling data the fisheries guys collected to add to the pitiful boat ramp data collection that occurred in the metro area several years ago.

 

Just a thought.Wink 

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Colin they did the same

Wed, 2008-04-02 11:02

Colin they did the same thing in Melbourne and Sydney,went to both as was mentioned location was a big thing,somewhere where there is plenty of parking eg the royal show grounds would be good as there are plenty of pavillions that could be leased.Time during the warmer months would probably be better.Getting a lot of the smaller and larger companies to work together would be a good thing ,maybe think about combining it with something else the camping /boating thing has been done something else that would be different.
I for one would love to see something like that in Perth,I went to some of the shows in the states and they were massive had just about everything
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Yeah Colin i would be 100%

Wed, 2008-04-02 11:15

Yeah Colin i would be 100% keen on getting in there!!!

I think it would be good

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Many thanks guys

Wed, 2008-04-02 11:41

You're input is really appreciated.
From my own point of view I think that it is something that Perth needs. Personally I would love to go to a proper Perth fishing show - with the latest tackle on display, demonstrations on different techniques and ideas, etc.  I won't have any control over the stand prices, but I totally agree that they must be kept reasonable. I also agree on the locations and timing.
Andy, Don't worry I will be doing everything in my power to get some benefits for Fishwrecked.
I like the idea about the entry competition. We will also be considering events like a long distance casting competiton, an accurate casting competition, etc.
Any othger suggestions welcome.
Andrew, I will definately be pushing for the biggest, easiest to access, venue possible. I have a few ideas that will definately need a bit of room. And, from our experience from running various exhibitions, parking is critical.
David, I will make sure you are looked after.
I will keep you all informed as to what is happening and when. At this stage it is very early, and I don't expect any decisions to be made for a little while.
We have to hear back from the international participants, but my boss is very enthusiastic - his wife is a mad keen fisherperson and he doesn't mind dropping a line in.
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Does anyone

Wed, 2008-04-02 11:50

have any information on the fishing shows held over east?
What are the biggest ones called?
Are they straight fishing shows or are they combined with camping and 4wds?
I am trying to find out when they are on so I can have a look to see what they do wrong and right.

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Wed, 2008-04-02 13:25

colin depends on price per stand i know for all us small shops it is rather difficult to be there with the current stand prices at places like the perth boat dive and fishing show and the likes . so if the cost is kept down then i think you would find a very positve number of shops to attend.
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Parking

Wed, 2008-04-02 13:27

Plenty of  parking down here (in Mount Barker) Colin. Tongue out

Seriously though, a very good idea, and providing the timing is right and the entry cost for both those displaying and punters going, I could see it being a GREAT success.

Sorry, can't help you with the Eastern States info.

 

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Thanks guys

Wed, 2008-04-02 13:41

Hi Brendan. I know exactly what you mean. If I get my way over the bean counters I will be stressing to make sure that the costs are reasonable. I have seen so many expos where they think they can charge an arm and a leg to the exhibitors and the attendees and wonder why they don't get any support.

Mount Barker would be good Colin. Could make a wine and fishing show. I am sure that would be a hit.

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Wed, 2008-04-02 14:43

You wouldn't be short of corks (floats) Colin - though the changing trend to screw caps could be a problem. 

Though I've heard no one on this forum drinks much - me included Sealed Tongue out

 

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fantastic! went to one up

Wed, 2008-04-02 14:44

fantastic! went to one up nt, one of the biggest successes over the weekend was classes, teaching kids to cast, fly lessons, casting comps, there was a arcade game challenge where it was a game chair & rig setup fighting a marlin!

I wouldn't miss it, would even postpone my wedding to go!

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That's dedication Carassius

Wed, 2008-04-02 15:02

I like the idea of the game chair & rig set up.

Colin, Glad you're like me and don't enjoy a beer (much).

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that would be awesome

Wed, 2008-04-02 17:23

to have a fishing show over here in w.a....we as a state miss out on so much....apart from great fishing. but it would be good to be able to see the latest gear on the market. something of which i think we are the last to see..i also think that it would be greatly appreciated by the fishing public ....w.a is included!!!!!and the game chair sounds like a blast.....ive never caught a marlin...hehehehehe.....but i would love to see something like a fishing show over here......
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I've been to several of

Wed, 2008-04-02 18:30

I've been to several of these in the USA.  Would definitely be good to combine it with a boat show!

 I'd definitely be into it Colin!

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Thanks Vander and Eddie

Thu, 2008-04-03 08:46

It is great to see that people think it would be a good thing.
I will pass on the positives to the powers that be and hopefully I will know more fairly soon.
Thanks again, Colin

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Hi Ya, Wouldn't have a

Fri, 2008-04-04 13:49


Hi Ya,

Wouldn't have a problem with it.  But one thing I do object to is having to pay to look at someone elses advertisements.  For that reason I don't go to the boat show, or the caravan and camping show etc.

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Great idea indeed! we need a

Fri, 2008-04-04 14:48

Great idea indeed! we need a kick arse event with latest tackle and support! New things excit me and one visit to a show with great potential like that might even get me divorsed!Tongue out



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Hope not Spess (divorce)

Fri, 2008-04-04 15:04

Things are starting to look positive about this going ahead - and I will keep everyone posted.
While I won't be making the final decisions on the makeup of the show, I will have a fair bit of input.

My aim would be to make sure it is a show for fishing people - with a big concentration on new tackle and ideas.

I would appreciate any input of ideas from Fishwrecked members.

Ody, not sure what you mean by paying to see advertisements.

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Hi Ya,   Colin, simply

Sat, 2008-04-05 21:40


Hi Ya,

 

Colin, simply mean that most such shows, while certainly providing information, are really just a big advertisement for the companies that put on a display.  Usually they end up selling quite a bit of stuff so do quite well out.  I'm simply saying I don't like paying an entry fee so they can make a profit.  Entry should be free.  Some of the shows I mentioned cost a fortune to get into.

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Ill be more than happy to do

Fri, 2008-04-04 15:07

Ill be more than happy to do what ever it takes to get this happening and im not even in the tackle industry! But more than willing to help out with so of the sponsors with a little bit of knowledge ive got if required.



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Thanks mate

Fri, 2008-04-04 15:11

That is really appreciated. I will let you know a bit more when we get to the stage where I know that it is definately happening.
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Fri, 2008-04-04 17:58

couple of ideas colin.....

competion for knot tying and the strenghth of the knot

casting comp(distance and accuracy) could even put gift packs out at different lenghths and have to hook them to win them.... with better prizes further out or in tricky spots

maybe have a makeshift boat ramp and see who reverses up and off loads the boat the best and fastest...using an empty dinghy of course.

just a couple of thoughts

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Need volunteers??

Fri, 2008-04-04 19:19

If you need volunteers, pm me, love to help out, wherever I can

Agree with Boofhead bout the comps, as mentioned previously.

Don't forget basic lessons, especially for kids as it keeps kids entertained whilst dad/mum shop, excites kids bout fishin, which in turn gets more sales for vendors to get the kids started!

Found the marlin arcade machine I spoke about? That was a buzz, closest i've been to fighting a big black!

 

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Great ideas guys

Sat, 2008-04-05 11:37

I will put them on the list. Thanks for the offer Jon. I hope I will be able to get a more accurate pcfiture of what is happening soon and will let everyone know.
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Fri, 2008-05-16 00:00

hey colin.... anything exciting happening about this yet

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Still firming up

Fri, 2008-05-16 08:40

whether it is going ahead or not Boof. I think it should, but unfortunately the beancounters will have the final say.

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Sounds great

Fri, 2008-05-16 09:17

What a fantastic idea.  I think things that a good show needs are:

- Central location to encourage all to come.

- Good parking (preferably free)

- Lots of hands on stuff such as casting workshops, lessons, games, etc. that cater for all levels, beginners, kids, experts, young, old, etc.

- Lots of local stores to take part - not just the major distributors.  Also some charters, lodges, etc. would like to take part.

- A good buy-in by the local government with displays about future plans for fisheries, regulations, etc.

- I am sure that lots of other suppliers would jump on the band wagon - camping stores, 4wd stores, clothing, sunnies, accomodations, etc.

- Try to encourage the non-fishing public to attend which could either get people into the sport or even educate them about fishing, the impacts of it, etc.

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Those are the things we have to consider Gus

Fri, 2008-05-16 09:19

Hopefully it will come off.

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Another idea

Fri, 2008-05-16 09:21

At the show there should be someone there to show people the effects of picking up their rubbish and taking it with them rather than littering.  Some of the more popular fishing spots are a disgrace with the amount of rubbish there.  People have to learn to take out what they take in.

This point makes me very angry and I am sick and tired of walking out of a fishing spot with a bag full of rubbish that I never took in there.Yell

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Good point Gus

Fri, 2008-05-16 09:23

That may be an opportunity for Fisheries to also educate people about bag limits, etc.

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We would support it

Fri, 2008-05-16 09:57

From a boat building point of view, there is a real lack of being able to set up and display boat specifically for fishing and displaying custom options.

Fishing and trailer boating is a significant  interest in Western Australia and it is legitimate to suggest that we do some of the longest distance fishing in Australia. Assisting people to set up for boating and fishing for our conditions, again some of the toughest in Australia is very rewarding and specifically when we see forums such as this having respect and wanting to share information, it should be encouraged.

If a fishing show was developed, we would be more than happy to assist in input in regards to getting product and information right for the patrons coming along. As for venues we have found that the best venues are community minded venues when it comes to boat shows. The boat shows I refer to are Fremantle and the previous Hillarys show.

Appealing to the broader public and encouraging fishing as a family outing, to get kids mindful of sustainable fishing over the long term and also the appreciation of the environment will be incredibly beneficial from a long term perspective.

I could voice a lot more but if the show demonstrated the responsibilities that the governments want to force on the fishing communities, then the voice of the fishing community will carry more weight in management and policy issues.

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Many thanks Commodore

Fri, 2008-05-16 10:05

Really appreciate your input and offer. I will pass it on to the powers that be. Thanks again, Colin Hay

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