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3 Events to Catch If You're Reel Serious About Fishing or Sailing

A boatload of sailorly fun is on the way to Houston this month.

By Katharine Shilcutt February 20, 2017 Published in the March 2017 issue of Houstonia Magazine

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Houston Fishing Show

The Biggest: Consumer fishing show in the U.S.
The Big Draw: Daily clinics and seminars on topics ranging from Saltwater Fly Fishing Secrets to Everything You Need to Know About Fishing Galveston
Where: George R. Brown Convention Center
When: March 8-12
How Much: $9 for adults, $2 for children 12 and under
Founded: 1975
Chances of Getting Wet: One out of five sailboats
Recommended Attire: The cozy Cabela's Guidewear Hookset 1/2-zip long-sleeved shirt, basically the yoga pants of tops

GEICO Bassmaster Classic

The Biggest: Pro bass fishing competition in the U.S. (and the most prestigious)
The Big Draw: The pros angling for $1 million in prize money in a battle that attracts more than 100,000 spectators
Where: Fishing competition at Lake Conroe; weigh-ins at Minute Maid Park
When: March 24-26
How Much: Free
Founded: 1971
Chances of Getting Wet: Three out of five sailboats
Recommended Attire: The multi-pocket Columbia Bonehead short-sleeve shirt with a mesh back to keep you cool in the heat of the day

Southwest International Boat Show

The Biggest: In-water boat show in the Gulf of Mexico
The Big Draw: The opportunity to demo the fancy-pants boat of your dreams by taking it for a spin on Clear Lake
Where: South Shore Harbour Marina in League City
When: April 6-9
How Much: $10 for adults, free for children 15 and under
Founded: 2009
Chances of Getting Wet: Five out of five sailboats
Recommended Attire: The very business-casual-looking Simms Ebbtide long-sleeve shirt, to send the message that you can totally afford that very expensive boat

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