Big Game Room

 Welcome to the Big Game Room - Proudly sponsored by SIMRAD

NEW! Florida Sportsman Baits, Rigs & Tackle Room

Room B210 on the 2nd floor in the Big Game Room

We're "building" an interactive tackle shop on site! Nearly 50 years of How-To Seminars, ripped from the pages of Florida Sportsman magazine, as well as Vic Dunaway's legendary book Complete Book of Baits, Rigs and Tackle will come alive at the 2014 Miami International Boat Show.

If you want to learn how to rig the latest "O Ring" ballyhoo rig to catch dolphin, sailfish and more offshore, or the rigging basics for plastic jerkbaits inshore for snook, redfish or trout, you'll want to stop by the Florida Sportsman's Bait, Rigs & Tackle Room any of the five days of the Miami International Boat Show.  See you there!

For a complete list of seminars, including dates and times, go to

2014 Big Game Room Hall of Fame Award                                        

The 2014 Big Game Room Hall of Fame award will be presented postjumously to Dr. Russell Nelson of the Billfish Foundation.  All are welcome to attend on Friday, February 14th at 6 pm.

As many of you know, Dr. Russell Nelson passed away unexpectedly late last year.  This award is being presented posthumously to his wife and president of the Billfish Foundation, Dr. Ellen Peel. 

Russell Nelson held a doctorate in Marine Fisheries Ecology and  had over twenty-five years experience in marine fisheries research and management. He has served as a research biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service, Chief Scientist and Director of Marine Fisheries for the State of Florida, including fourteen years as a member of both the U.S. South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Councils and has served on U.S. delegations to both ICCAT and the IATTC. During his career he has participated in the development of management plans for over three hundred species of marine resources at the state, national and international levels.

Dr. Nelson will be greatly missed by family, friends and colleagues.  It is the Big Game Room's honor to present this award to Ellen Peel on his behalf. 

The Big Game Room Hall of Fame Reception is proudly sponsored by Simrad

Meet the men of OCEARCH Chris Fischer and Captain Brett McBride  

We look forward to bringing back Chris Fischer, Expedition Leader and Captain Brett McBride of OCEARCH and HISTORY/A&E's SHARK WRANGLERS.

Meet Chris & Brett and hear firsthand how they catch, tag, study and release great white sharks!  Chris & Brett  will be in the Big Game Room to speak on Friday, Feb. 14 at 5 p.m. and on 19th Street across from the Bar/Restaurant on Saturday at 5 p.m. to meet fans, take photos and sign autographs.

Click here for more information

    /lib/img/gallery/img131289345.jpg      Brett McBride   's "Titans of Sportfishing" round table discussion—Friday, February 14, 3:30pm–4:30pm

Join some of the biggest names in the sport from around the world for an informative question and answer session/discussion about offshore fishing and boating. Speakers include:

  • Captain Peter Bristow— Famous Australian skipper has caught more than fifty marlin weighing more than 1,000 pounds; ran a successful charter boat in Madeira for many years    
  • Captain Bouncer Smith - Bouncer is a Big Game Room favorite and an expert in fishing in South Florida.
  • Captain Brad Phillips—South African captain has won The Billfish Foundation's top captain award three times; voted one of Marlin magazine's top 10 captains

Together our speakers have more than 150 years of experience running boats, winning tournaments and setting records.  Make sure to attend this live event, bring your questions, and learn from the pros at Fishtrack's Titans of Big Game Fishing Roundtable.  This event is free but the knowledge you will take home is priceless. provides everything anglers need to find fish, including in-depth articles, Sea Surface Temperature changes, Chlorophyll charts and much more.

Special Guests! Meet stars of National Geographic Channel's Wicked Tuna 

Big Game Room stage— Saturday, February 15 from 1pm–4pm

Meet the crew, have your picture taken and questions answered about the show's upcoming season!

Wicked Tuna follows a group of salty fishermen from the nation's oldest seaport, Gloucester, Mass., as they make their living the way it's been done for centuries -- rod and reel fishing, one catch at a time -- all in pursuit of the bluefin tuna.  One "monstah" bluefin can be worth more than $20,000 and with that kind of money on the line, every captain is fighting to be the best in the fleet.  

You'll have the opportunity to win tickets to the season premier of the next season of Wicked Tuna taking place on Saturday night at the Colony Theater on South Beach right here in Miami Beach.  Captains in attendance **:

  • Captain Dave Marciana - Hard Merchandise                                          
  • Captain Dave Carraro -
  • Captain Paul Hebert - Wicked Pissah
  • Captain Tyler McLaughlin - Pin Wheel
  • Captain TJ Ott - Hot Tuna
  • Captain Bill Monte - Bounty Hunter
  • Captain Bill "Hollywood" Muniz - Lilly

Last year, a young captain from New Hampshire pulled an upset victory over the veteran fishermen.  Now, the stakes are higher than ever with two new captains joining the competition and after a shaky start to the fishing season, everyone is feeling the pressure.  Tensions rise and egos collide as Gloucester's top fishermen battle the bluefins -- and each other.  Some captains are out to make a name for themselves, some are seeking revenge and others are struggling to make ends meet.  But when the season ends and the totals are counted, which captain will come out on top?

** subject to change

Meet Captain Norm Isaacs on his return from Cabo Blanco, Peru. 

Cabo Blanco, Peru was once known as one of the best "big fish" fisheries in the world. While exploring for oil, Alfred C Glassell, discovered that large black marlin were there in decent numbers. He went on to catch the first 1000+ lb. black there in 1952. He caught the current world record 1560-lb black in 1953. 32 other granders were caught there in the fifties by such notables as Hemmingway, John Wayne, Ted Williams. and many others.   A government rebellion changed everything in the early 1960s; since then Cabo Blanco has been sparsley fished by sportfisherman. Capt Norm Isaacs has spent the last two months exploring the fishery and will report his findings in its present condition, complete with pictures and videos.


Also returning this year are Captain Dan Kipnis, Capt. Peter B. Wright, Capt. Bouncer Smith, Capt. Betty Bauman, Capt. Phil Thompson and Scott & Steve from Into the Blue TV.  For a complete seminar schedule, click here.


Miami Marlins Day—Sunday, February 16

Meet Marlin's players, pose with Billy the Marlin, catch a performance of the Marlins Energy Team and more!

The Miami Marlins street team will be on Convention Center Drive with their prize wheel and giveaways from 10am–8pm. Challenge your friends at the speed pitch or involve the kids with interative t-ball game. Billy the Marlin will also be there to pose for photos and give you a High-Five! The Marlin's Energy Team will perform on the Big Game Room Stage 

"Big Tuna" Photo Op

This one won't get away! Stop by and take your picture with a 10-ft tuna mount, courtesy of Pelagic. 

GAFF Magazine’s HUGE Prize Drawing in the Big Game Room

Last year GAFF filled the Big Game Room to capacity with excited patrons as they gave away a vast assortment of prizes from their sponsors, ranging from T-shirts to custom rods and fish replicas. This year they’ll take center stage again with even bigger and better prizes for boat show attendees, including rods, reels, tackle, art, jewelry, clothing and more! Check the boards for raffle times - 3 times daily -  for your chance to win!

Get your FREE raffle ticket at the GAFF Entertainment booth #2216 in the Big Game Room. GAFF will be giving away something to everyone who visits their booth!

Marlin Bar and Lounge

Meet your friends, relax, have a drink and share your favorite fish stories. During Happy Hour, 5–6 pm daily, show staff will give out special promotional items donated by our exhibitors and sponsors. You can also enjoy the special Big Game Room 10th Anniversary Mojito during Happy Hour!

Located in room B 214 near the Big Game Room Seminar Stage.

Chair Fighting Challenge

Watch as opponents take each other on for bragging rights and prizes. Exciting contests pits players in a fierce tug-of-war that brings the thrills of offshore fishing onshore!
Here's how it works: the first person to move the teaser lure from the center line to their side, within two minutes wins!  Stay tuned for the celebrity challenge schedule. 

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We want to thank our great Big Game Room Exhibitors who have donated prizes for the challenge winners.

  • Pelagic
  • Carey Chen
  • Pro Soft Lures
  • Hilton's Real Time Navigator
  • Anisa Stewart Jewelry
  • Marina Casa de Campo
  • Gaff Magazine
  • Island Glass
  • Tormenter Lures

Check back as more exhibitors donate prizes to the challenge.

Suddenly In Command USCG First Mates Class Returns for 2014

The Big Game Room welcomes back for the 3rd year, "Suddenly in Command" the popular First Mates class taught by USCG personel Joel Aberback, Mitch Adler and Tom James.  This class will be taught Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings from 11:30 to 12:30 at the Big Game Room seminar stage.  Space is sure to be limited so arrive early to go over topics such as boaters language, safety equipment, waterway marker system, basic navigation, basic radio and GPS, getting out of trouble, homeland security and environmental protection.