Matt Pezzetta, an accomplished tournament angler in Canada and the United States, will host the event. Photo courtesy of Peterborough Tackle Swap and Fishing Show.

The show has been around for eight years in Bowmanville, but has quickly outgrown the stage and is coming to Peterborough to expand.

Initially, they were set for 2020, but the COVID pandemic ended that before it could begin.

“It’s been two years in the making now,” said show organizer Kyle Carruthers. “It will be bigger and better than anything we’ve done in Bowmanville. We have more space, more experience and quality suppliers.

Carruthers, who works in the outdoor industry, says Peterborough is the perfect city to host the event, as the city is surrounded by beautiful lakes and rivers that are prime anglers.

Visitors to the show can expect to see used tackle and fishing gear being sold by vendors, from big name sellers like Shimano and local businesses like Musky maniacs, Lucky Strike Bait Works and Pro Tackle PTBO.

Admission is $10 (cash only) at the door and will get you entered into a draw to win a Garmin fish finder. Visitors are invited to bring a donation to the food bank, which will allow them to obtain a second entry in the draw.

Children under 12 will enter for free, as well as a free bait or lure courtesy of Lucky Strike and Berkley.

There will also be an opportunity to enter a raffle to support breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment at CHRP with the Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival.

“There will be a small town feel, we’re trying to support the community,” Carruthers said. “Fishermen and anglers respect the conservation side of the waters while giving back when we can.”

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