Sunshine Ace Hardware has announced its eighth annual Reel in the Sunshine fishing expo, a free family-friendly event being held Feb. 10 in Bonita Springs, will highlight the growing popularity of recreational fishing in Southwest Florida.
Reel in the Sunshine features vendor-led demonstrations, product giveaways and exclusive discounts on a wide range of fishing and lifestyle gear, including fishing apparel, rods, reels, lures, hats, sunglasses and other accessories.
The expo will feature a pair of local fishing guides and boat captains, Capt. Barry Cuda Nicholls and Capt. Chris Turner, who will share stories and expertise with attendees during keynote addresses. For those new to fishing, Nicholls will lead a “Fishing 101 for Beginners” seminar, offering valuable tips to get started, selecting waterways and choosing the right gear for a successful fishing experience. Turner, a third-generation Naples native and seasoned tournament angler, will delve into “Inshore Fishing Tactics,” exploring opportunities to increase your experience on the water.
“Florida is often called the ‘fishing capital of the world,’ and the lakes, rivers and bays of Southwest Florida are among the best places for beginners to cast a line,” said Michael Wynn, president of Sunshine Ace Hardware. “It can be intimidating to head out fishing for the first time, and that’s part of the reason we created Reel in the Sunshine. Once you feel confident and ‘look the part,’ you’re hooked.”
Reel in the Sunshine will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Sunshine Ace Hardware in Bonita Springs, 9100 Bonita Beach Road SE. Admission is free, but guests can participate in a giveaway and charity luncheon to support Captains for Clean Water, a nonprofit with a mission to restore and protect aquatic ecosystems for the use and enjoyment by all.
• 8 a.m.: Gates open
• 9:30 a.m.: ‘Fishing 101 for Beginners’ seminar with Capt. Barry Cuda Nicholls
• 10:30 a.m.: ‘Inshore Fishing’ discussion with Capt. Chris Turner
• 11:30 a.m.: Charity luncheon to support Captains for Clean Water
• Noon: Giveaways items announced
About Sunshine Ace Hardware
Family-owned and operated since 1958, Sunshine Ace Hardware is one of Florida’s largest family-owned home improvement retailers. The Naples-based company operates 10 locations in Collier, Lee, Charlotte and Pinellas counties, as well as Sunshine Commercial Paint & More in Collier County, two Crowder Bros. Ace Hardware stores in Manatee County and two Crowder’s Gifts & Gadgets stores in Manatee County. Each store is staffed by friendly, knowledgeable associates known for going the extra mile to help commercial and residential customers find the right tools for their jobs. Sunshine Ace is the region’s go-to source for power equipment, paint, hardware, fishing gear, plumbing products, electrical supplies, gifts and home improvement products, including name brands like Benjamin Moore, STIHL, Milwaukee, Scotts, Weber, Big Green Egg, Penn and Shimano. Through its Helpful Hub, Sunshine Ace provides services like screen repair, key cutting and color matching, as well as delivery and assembly for grills, power tools and more. Sunshine Ace offers three convenient options to shop: in-store, curbside pickup and online with home delivery. Sunshine Ace also brings its helpful service to your home through its Ace Handyman repair services. For additional information such as operating hours, handyman services and locations, please visit SunshineAce.com.