It’s Boat Show Season! – Captain’s Column (2.4.16)
By angelamontana

Posted: February 4, 2016

We finally made it into the month of February and even though there is plenty of ice fishing left to do spring open water fishing is right around the corner. The month that is known for Valentine’s Day is also the month that boat dealers around the state hold their annual boat shows. It seems like every major city on Montana has a boat show this time of the year. The shows are an event that is used to introduce new boat features and added incentives to make it even more attractive for you to own a new boat. Kalispell, Great Falls, Billings, Helena and Missoula all have boats shows in the next couple of weeks. With the exception of Missoula all of the other cities are holding their boat shows at a venue located at their respective fairgrounds.

Missoula does not have a venue to accommodate such a show so Bretz RV and Marine in Missoula decided to expand their showroom. The construction is complete and with the expansion it brings their indoor showroom to 20,000 square feet. That is more than enough room to showcase boats from six different manufacturers according to Mark Bretz, “We are really excited about this addition to our existing facility, it should benefit our customers by enabling them to browse our complete boat line up which we have also expanded over the past few years”. In addition to the larger showroom and more manufacturers being represented there will be two free fishing seminars offered during their eleven day boat show. “We are looking forward to bringing in Mike Howe along Kit and Trevor Johnson from Kits Tackle to give folks an opportunity to learn how to catch more fish”, added Matt Powell Marketing Manager for Bretz, “this is the first year we have offered this at our boat show and with the added room it just made sense because fishing and boats obviously go hand in hand”.

Mike Howe from A Able Charter out of Flathead Lake seminar will take place this Saturday February 6 at 10am.  Howe’s seminar offers tips on how to “Catch Trout at Ice Out”. Howe will discuss the many reasons why this is the best time of year to target trout, as well as discuss locations, tactics, and gear selection. “I work with tackle manufacturers all year long to help develop products and tactics that are designed to catch more fish and I love sharing then anglers”, said Howe.

Kit and Trevor Johnson from Kits Tackle in Helena will be at Bretz Saturday February 13 at 10am to talk about how to catch more fish on Holter Reservoir.  The famous father- son duo will be presenting their seminar based on a multi technique approach when fishing Holter. “Holter offers fantastic trout, walleye and perch fishing and we will be giving tips on how to have a unique multi-species day of fishing on one of the prettiest lakes in Montana”, added Trevor,” Learn how to jig up eater walleye and jumbo perch in the morning then chase big rainbows and the occasional brown trout in the afternoon with the fly rods”.

For more information, call 844-259-6093.

(Written by the Captain – aka Mark Ward)