I'm in Costa Mesa near the Fairgrounds so close and easy. Lot of vendors I've known over years.Hoping the new Bart Hall show is just like the ole fred hall - lots of vendors got burned a couple year back with the fred hall tabuckle and may not return or decide to only attend the PCS show.
Personally, I love the PCS show. Its close to home, parking is easy, OC fair grounds is a great venue, and its easy to get all my fishing friends together.
If it's gear for Central CA down to Cabo, PCS may be your best bet since that's what it caters to If PCS gets the big vendors. Otherwise the Hall show will have more diversity and possibly more large vendors.If you are only interested in salt water tackle is Fred Hall still the best option.?
Appreciate the kind words….with the entire OC Fairgrounds it’s like going to the Orange County fair but all the best fishing brands…..if there is any brand or shop you are curious if they will be there let me know….the list is hundreds long……we are not releasing it yet for obvious reasons……all the big brands, all the landings, every apparel brand, all the reel company’s, all the rods you would want, all the fluorocarbon brands, all the hook companies ….all the big retailers including 40X160 feet of Turners alone…Melton Tackle, Island Tackle, Fisherman’s Landing Tackle, Ketcham Tackle, Tackle Express , Fisherman’s Access…..there are more!!!! All the boats you would want to see including the West Coast debut of the Mag Bay 43…Parker, Grady White, Robalo…tons more….just ask.…..if you look on our social media we have been announcing 2 a day and we will never get through all of our vendors…….Why not just go to both?
Personally, if the PCS show can get the same level of salt water fishing vendors at previous Fred Hall, I'd prefer to go to PCS. Easier parking, cheaper tickets, and still some decent deals to be had. Last couple of Fred Hall shows, all I ended up getting were some t shirts since there wasn't anything I needed and not many deals worth splurging on.