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Bradenton Boat Show reels 'em in

PALMETTO -- Whether looking to buy a boat or hoping to learn how to catch a big snook or redfish, visitors Saturday to the third annual Bradenton Boat Show were not disappointed.

A steady stream of people came to the show at the Bradenton Area Convention Center in Palmetto. Some brought the whole family as they perused the showroom to find the right boat to float everyone's wants and needs.

Kim Amorosi temporarily lost her husband in the sea of boats as they searched for their next boat.

"We had one in the past and are thinking about getting another, so we thought we'd come down and check it out," Amorosi said.

A family cruiser is the way to go, she said.

Some visitors to the show said they were looking for their first boat. J.D. Hynes said he was "thinking about it." It would definitely have to be a fishing boat, he added.

Visitors could climb aboard more than 50 boats from nine different vendors, according to organizer Jim

Scilligio.

It was the first time the show, put on in January and June each year, coincided with Father's Day weekend.

"We're looking forward to Father's Day and having some great turnout from some dads and some kids who are going to bring their dads out to learn a little more about fishing, perhaps picking up some lures, or maybe even look at a boat," Scilligio said.

The Bradenton Boat Show is more than just boats. Discount Tackle, for example, displayed the kayaks they carry.

"Kayaks are everywhere," said manager Scott Traylor. "This is a great area for kayaks. You have the river, Robinson's Preserve, the mangroves. There is just so many places to go."

Boat vendors said they were pleased with turnout.

"Today has been great for us," said Mark Terres of Scout Boats at Viage Group. "There has been a lot of turnout."

With summer officially beginning Sunday, many folks are anxious to get out on the water, the vendor said.

Sales this year are busier than last, Terres said. Buyers are looking for all kinds of boats, he added.

Another draw was the classes offered through Capt. Joe's Fishing School.

The show concludes Sunday with half of all ticket revenues going to Meals on Wheels.

Details: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Tickets: $5 for adults, children 12-under free.

Information: BradentonBoatShow.com.

Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.

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