The anticipation for the show this year was intense. The chatter on social media, the talk in the tackle
shops and on fishing trips was building like a swell on the Cortes Bank. The expectation of an amazing
show was definitely looming throughout the industry. And then the wave broke!
I am extremely proud to say that the show was absolutely astounding this year. When we said the show
would blow your minds, we meant it; and it was a pleasure to walk amongst the attendees and listen to
the excited conversations.
As you can imagine, putting together a show of this magnitude takes a village and a ton of work hours.
The dedication of my team was superb and together our commitment produced one of the best fishing
shows that Southern California has ever seen. It took everyone to invite and accommodate all the right
vendors, from boats to tackle retailers, from travel to manufacturers and everything in between without
Additionally, one of our largest goals was to make it fun for the family and welcoming and inclusive to
those new to the fishing community. Seeing the giant groups of kids enjoying the free trout pond was a
kick, For many of them it was their first opportunity to catch a fish–truly the frosting on the cake. The
live music and entertainment drawing families together was heartwarming as well.
A huge drawing card of the PCS Show is its focus on expert seminars keyed to helping anglers improve
their skills and plot their future trips and gear needs. Again, this year we had standing room only as the
top authorities in our industry fed the real deal information. These contained “upper division” info and
we saw so many taking notes for improving their abilities to enjoy our coastal and inshore resources.
Together, we were also able to raise $65,000 for War Heroes on Water at our silent auction and
program on the Friday night of the show. That will go down as one of our proudest achievements in
lifting our show to the next level. And, of course, funds will go to help wounded vets heal from their
time defending our country and our rights to freedom. This organization does so much to help these
amazing heroes and we are very proud to be working with them.
CCA sold lots of their package deals to new members as well as signing up 14 new Lifetime members to
the organization. That is the most lifetime memberships that the CCA of California has ever sold at any
event. This is critical as the fight against the new 30X30 specter now headed to the SoCal area. There has
never been a better time to join CCA of California and help join the team to make sure the opportunity is
still available for our kids and grandkids to enjoy the resource that we have.
Thank you to all the attendees, vendors, manufacturers, seminar speakers and everyone else that was
involved in making the 2023 PCS Show such a success. We could not have accomplished such amazing
growth without all of you being involved. We stand with you and look forward to seeing you in 2024.
Please save the dates March 7-10, 2024 for the PCS Show at the OC Fair and Event Center.