The tackle show today was nothing short of awesome. Pretties (promo girls), discount gear, new concept gear and getting to meet friends both old and new was friggin’ fantastic!
Also, I’d like to recommend that if you wish to save money then don’t come to this event. You would most likely be drawn in by the sheer awesomeness of the whole event and be tempted to buy everything in sight!
Anyways here were some of the highlights from today:
It’s the age-old trick of “put a hot chick next to a product to make people want to buy it” technique and it seems to work quite well! Be it a cheap reel or an expensive boat, the stupidity of the male brain will lead the smart man to dangerously expensive paths more times than necessary! Hence, we in Thailand have pretties, beautiful women who are paid to promote products at trade shows like this one and boy are they nice to look at!
Remember that little trip I went to a while back for sailfish in Kuala Rompin? Some geniuses have figured a way to turn the whole thing into a live-action video game with reel and rod! Basically this simulator was there to push the sales of the rods and the reels but the thing was surprisingly accurate in portraying a sailfish. It definitely gave me a great workout. But is it cheaper than a flight to Malaysia? I asked the sales staff about the machine’s price and he replied, “it’s around B100,000 baht”. Oh… Okay…
Like a motorshow, the TFTMA Tackle Show had a bunch of things that aren’t on sale yet. Rods and reels set to be released by 2012 were set out on displays for everyone to drool over.
Meeting Hajime Murata
This was by far the best part about the day’s visit. Getting to meet Shimano’s sponsored celebrity fisherman and seeing him demonstrate his ability was severely epic. In the show, he’d ask someone from the audience to stand up and stick out a finger to the side. Mr Murata would then, with ridiculous accuracy, perform an underhand cast sending and then wrapping the lure around the man’s finger. After watching his fishing shows on youtube for all these years, it was amazing to finally meet him.
Buying a crapload of gear!
Like I said, any fisherman at the event would easily get tantalised by all the great deals and end up burning all his earnings. Oh well, at least I’m very happy (but poor) now!