Bonita Springs Boat Show: March 6-9, 2014

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Bonita Springs Boat Show

March 6-9, 2014

The Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association has relocated its 25th Annual Spring Boat Show, to the Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track in Bonita Springs. The Greyhound Track is located on Bonita Beach Road between I-75 and U.S. 41. The site offers all the space needed for boat and accessory displays in one area and there is more than ample on-site parking.

It is expected that all the area’s major dealers will be on hand with more than 300 boats on display. The show will feature a wide variety of booth displays with all kinds of marine accessories, and services. Port Charlotte’s “Fishin’ Frank” and his crew of experienced and entertaining guides will conduct fishing seminars all four days of the show. Frank’s new fishing simulator will give show visitors a chance to experience the excitement of fighting everything from bass to billfish.

  • The oldest and largest springtime show in Southwest Florida
  • Hundreds of boats from all the area’s major dealers
  • A wide variety of marine accessories and services
  • Fishing seminars and loads of how-to boating info

Event Details

Event: Bonita Springs Boat Show

Dates: March 6th – 9th, 2014

Times:  Thursday-Saturday: 10AM-6PM, Sunday: 10AM-5PM

Admission: $8.00 per person, per day. Under 16 Free with Paid Adult Admission. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Parking: Free on-site parking.

Venue: Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track

Address: 10601 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs, FL 34135, United States

Phone: 239-656-7083

Directions: The Greyhound Track is located on Bonita Beach Road between I-75 and U.S. 41.

Show Layout

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Fishing Seminars

BONITA SPRINGS BOAT SHOW
March 6-9, 2014 – Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track

The Fishing Seminar Tent is sponsored by “Fishin’ Franks” of Port Charlotte.  Frank and his crew are simply the best and most entertaining group of fishermen you will find in Southwest Florida.  They love to talk Fishin’.  Also on hand is Capt. Terry Fisher, a well-known guide on Pine Island and a great teacher. Beyond the regularly scheduled seminars, the tent will be staffed with guides and tackle experts happy to answer all your fishing questions.

THE FISHIN’ SIMULATOR –  Want to catch a redfish? A  snook?  A tarpon?  How about a big sailfish?   No problem with the new Fishin’ Frank Fishin’ Simulator.  Stop by and see Frank and his crew.  They will set you up with a true-to-life fishing experience.

Thursday 
11:00 Monster Fish from the beach
12:30 Lures fishing for Snook & Red fish
2:00 Fishing the near shore reefs
3:30 Fishing the tides, where to find fish

Friday 

11:00 Fishing the back water with lures
12:30 Big Fish from the beach
2:00 Fishing The gulf reefs
3:30 Best ways to catch Sea Trout

Saturday

11:00 Lure fishing in the back water
12:30 Monster Fish from the beach
2:00 Fishing the gulf of Mexico
3:30 How to fish Cobia

Sunday

11:00 Fishing the passes
12:30 Lure fishing,
2:00 Flats Fishing for big Reds
3:30  Fishing Snook & Red fish

 

FISHING GUIDES & EXPERTS SCHEDULED:

Fishin’ Frank
Capt. Greg
Monster Fish Mallory
Capt. Karl Butigan – K.B. back country Charters
Capt. Cayle -  Bad fish Charters
Capt. Matt Hagg
Capt. Terry Fisher – Fish Face Charters

The Bonita Springs  Boat Show is owned by the S.W. Florida Marine Industries Association.  For complete information visit www.goboatingflorida.com

Frequently Asked Questions

WHERE IS THE BOAT SHOW?
After more than 20 years at the Lee Civic Center, the show has moved to Bonita Springs at the Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track.  It is on Bonita Beach Road between I-75 and U.S. 41.  At the intersection of Bonita Beach Road and Old U.S. 41.  10601 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs, FL  34135

WHAT ARE THE DATES AND HOURS? 
THURSDAY, MARCH 6TH  10AM – 6PM
FRIDAY, MARCH 7TH 10AM – 6PM
SATURDAY, MARCH 8TH 10AM – 6PM
SUNDAY, MARCH 9TH 10AM – 5PM

WHERE DO I PARK?
There is loads of free parking on site.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Admission is $8.00 per person (Kids under 16 are free with a paid Adult).  There are no advanced ticket sales.

 WHAT KIND OF BOATS WILL I FIND?
With nearly all of the area’s major dealers on hand, there is a wide range of makes and models of boats up to about 35’.  Fishing boats, flats and bay boats, deck boats, pontoon boats, cruising boats, personal watercraft and more.

WHAT IF ALREADY OWN A BOAT?
This is more than just a display of boats.  There are loads of accessory displays with electronic equipment, motors, fishing equipment, boat lifts, and more.  Plus you will find a wide variety of service companies, insurance, marine financing and educational information to help you get the most out of your time on the water.

FISHING SEMINARS
Do you want to get some “down home” information about fishing in Southwest Florida.  You don’t want to miss “Fishin” Frank and his crew of guides.  They will be on hand everyday with all the information you need.  Capt. Terry Fisher will join Frank with ongoing seminars.  The seminar tent is located on the east end of the 200”s adjacent to the Food area.

DO YOU HAVE FOOD AND DRINKS?
Stop by the Caloosa Café, our own pub and food area.  And, of course, the track is open with a full range of quality food items.

IS THE GREYHOUND TRACK OPEN DURING THE SHOW?
Yes, the track is open throughout the show offering greyhound racing, thoroughbred Simulcast Wagering, Poker Room, and great food.

WHAT ABOUT PETS?
We’re all pet lovers, but insurance regulations do not allow pets in the show.  Sorry!

WHO PUTS ON THIS SHOW?
The Bonita Springs Boat Show is owned by the Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association, whose membership includes virtually every boat dealer and marine related company in Southwest Florida. The association has promoted boating and the marine industry and protected the rights of boaters in Southwest Florida for more than 40 years. The association also owns the FORT MYERS BOAT SHOW, held in downtown Fort Myers in November and the CHARLOTTE COUNTY BOAT SHOW, held at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds in January.

 

For more information visit www.goboatingflorida.com.

Additional Information

Our 25th Annual Spring Boat Show has a new home at the Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track. WHY? Bonita Springs is in the heart of S.W. Florida’s Boating Community. Easy to reach from both Fort Myers and Naples. The Greyhound Track, is located on Bonita Beach Road, 5 minutes from U.S. 41 & I-75. The site offers a huge Exhibit area and plenty of on-site Parking.

The Bonita Springs Boat Show is owned by the Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association.  The association, whose membership includes virtually every boat dealer and marine related company in Southwest Florida, has protected the rights of boaters and promoted boating and the marine industry in Southwest Florida for more than 40 years. The association also owns the FORT MYERS BOAT SHOW, held at Harborside Convention Center and City of Fort Myers Yacht Basin in November and the CHARLOTTE COUNTY BOAT SHOW, held at the Charlotte County Fairgrounds in January. The Bonita Springs Boat Show is managed by: Good Event Management, (954) 570-7785,

john@goodeventmanagement.com