SARASOTA, Fla. (March 30, 2023) For more than 40 years, the Suncoast Boat Show has taken place in water and on land at Marina Jack. The boat show returns to the luxurious waterfront April 21-23, 2023, presenting an extraordinary selection of sportfishing, power boats and motor yachts, as well as a fun and educational fishing experience for kids.
Free with parent’s admission to the boat show is a hands-on, interactive fishing clinic for kids ages 15 and under presented by Captain Don Dingman. The clinic takes place from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday of the boat show. Since 2005, Captain Don has hosted Kids Fishing Clinics at major boat shows and events across the Southeast, teaching thousands of families how to succeed in fishing while spending quality time in the outdoors with people you love.
Hook the Future begins with an educational discussion of fundamental fishing techniques, tackle, and safety. Captain Don will demonstrate various fishing techniques while showcasing a wide variety of fish species. Each kid will also get a free Hook the Future/Carolina Skiff custom rod & reel combo.
Clinic attendees will learn:
- How to choose the correct weights and baits based on the location of the fish you’re targeting.
- The difference between bottom feeders and those that chase bait at the top of the water.
- The importance of using circle hooks and de-hookers as a successful technique to ensure a healthy release.
- How to correctly dispose of fishing lines and the different types of litter that can cause environmental problems.
- The importance of water safety and fishing with a buddy.
- Being prepared with the right fishing apparel, including life vests and more.
To purchase tickets for the 2023 Suncoast Boat Show, please visit the website: www.suncoastboatshow.com. Tickets are $18 for adults and free for children ages 15 and under. Veterans and active-duty military are also free with proof of military service. The show runs Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23, 2023 at Marina Jack, #2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, Florida. Boat show hours are Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For more information about the 2023 Suncoast Boat Show, please visit the website: www.suncoastboatshow.com. Follow along on social media as details are updated: Facebook.com/SuncoastBoatShow; Instagram @suncoastboatshow; Twitter @suncoastboatshw.
About Informa Markets
The U.S. Boat Shows division of Informa Markets is the leading exhibitions organizer that owns and operates the world’s foremost international boat and yacht events. Shows include the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October; Palm Beach Boat Show in March, St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show in January and Miami International Boat Show in February, attracting record-setting audiences and boat sales throughout the State of Florida. For more information, please visit www.informamarkets.com.
About Captain Don Dingman:
Captain Don is a native of Jacksonville and his life always revolved around the ocean. He grew up fishing, surfing, and diving and has been a charter captain for many years, spending most of his life on the water. As host of the popular television show Hook the Future for the last 18 years, he shares his experience with the next generation. In Hook the Future, he takes kids fishing worldwide and enables them to experience world-class fishing at its finest while instilling our environment’s values of being good stewards.