COSTA MESA — Two boat shows will combine to kick off the summer sport fishing and boating season at a two-day event hosted by Pacific Coast Sportfishing Magazine and the Southern California Marina Assn.
The Newport Beach based-Pacific Coast Sportfishing Magazine held its first Saltwater Sportfishing Festival in June at the Orange County Fairgrounds. On May 21 and 22, the festival will merge with the Orange County Boat Show, at the fairgrounds.
The boat show, now in its 40th year, is returning to Costa Mesa after a stretch in Anaheim.
"It made sense, fishing and boats go hand-in-hand," said Drew Lawler, the magazine's president and editorial director. "To the extent that theirs is a family-oriented show and ours is too, it really brought together the experience that a family could come to check out latest in sportfishing, attend the seminars and also be treated to an expanded venue of boats. It's a win-win situation."