The Boat Show

    Duluth’s annual Boat, Sports and Travel Show opens in a week (Feb. 13) at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. I’ll be there opening night to check out the action and write a story for the following day’s paper. If you’re there, say hello.
     It’s almost surprising to me that in the era of the Internet, the boat show continues to draw great crowds and fill a niche for outdoors folks. It’s a great way to compare boats, campers, RVs, fishing gear, resorts and more under one roof. And to visit with people who know them best. And nothing gets you thinking about spring more than an evening surrounded by fishing gear and gleaming boats.
     The boat show does a great job of offering something for everyone. Live trout fishing and miniature boat racing for the kids, high-end electronics for serious anglers and boaters, and light entertainment for everyone. To say nothing of the mini-doughnuts.
     Check this Sunday’s Outdoors section in the News Tribune, or online at, for an interview with Tom Neustrom, the Grand Rapids fishing guide who will be giving fishing seminars at the show. I’ve fished with Tom, and he’s very knowledgeable about fishing for walleyes, northern pike, crappies, bass and other species. Plus, he’s a nice guy.
      I’ll be at the News Tribune’s booth at the show on from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 16). I’ll have my new book, "Moving Waters," there and I’d be happy to sign one for you.