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Multiple boats cruised the Central Texas Boat Show


Belton Journal


The Central Texas Boat Show had near record attendance Saturday. It was a buyer’s show with multiple boats sold that day. Some years they are just looking, this year there were buyers.

Over the past few years there have been a few additions included candles, insurance sales and some guides. There was bun-jee jumping for kids, fishing and a play area.  “Saturday was one of the better days we have had. People were serious about boat buying. Sunday was little off once the playoff games started. The exhibitors were pleased. One of them sold so much merchandise they weren’t sure they would be able to attend their next scheduled show,” said Rick Smith of Marine Outlet.

Belton Journal/David Tuma Multiple boat vendors were on display last weekend at the Central Texas Boat Show held at the Bell County Expo Center.

Belton Journal/David Tuma
Multiple boat vendors were on display last weekend at the Central Texas Boat Show held at the Bell County Expo Center.

Kayaks are one of the up and coming fishing vehicles with clubs popping up all over the country. There was one Predator kayak on displace that had a power pack and prop in the middle of the boat.

Of course there were boats, boats and boats. Pontoon boat lines of Regency, Bennington, Sun Tracker, Veranda were available in a wide variety. The staple bass boats were readily available in a wide variety of pricing. One deluxe pontoon boat was priced at $62,000.

There were a variety of discounted fishing poles and lures available. Some of the open face bass reals were starting at $12. Some top end fishing poles priced out at $250. For beginners or rigging up a kid with a pole the boat show is great place to attend.

Guides were available for hire and the Texas Parks and Wildlife brought their lunker display of giant bass that have been caught in the past. One was over 18-lbs and a must see for avid fishermen.

Several high school bass teams set up their booths. High school bass fishing on the competitive level has gone national.

It might surprise some folks but there were booths selling bathroom showers, jelly, candles window replacement, window screening, gutter protection and guided fishing trips.

In the kid fishing area those kids were catching fish. I watch two caught in a matter of a few minutes. It was catch and release and those fish were hungry. John boats have advanced in quality of the past few decades. There was a wide variety of welded aluminum 18 foot boats that are in the price range more than few could afford. Of course the bass boats on display were fantastic.

Ryan Warren and Frank Ellis took first place at the TuffMan Championship Bass Tournament with a total weight of 32.23.

Billy Freeman and Ed Cole took second place with a total weight of 31.98.

Thomas Martens and Dean Alexander took third with a total weight of 31.54.

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