Friedrichshafen – After three years of corona starry, movement is coming back into the standing waters of the aqua fish: From the 3rd to the 5th. March 2023, southern Germany’s largest trade fair for fishing, fly fishing and aquaristics opens its doors – and not only fish are raving: “After the long corona forced break, we are looking forward to the restart and offer the industry-awaited platform for personal exchange, information and shopping at the beginning of the new season. Around 100 exhibiting companies present their innovations in two halls. Lecture forums, demonstrations and various test pools invite you to participate,” describe trade fair boss Klaus Wellmann and project manager Petra Rathgeber. New this year is the start-up area with young companies and the screenings of the “RISE Fly Fishing Film Festival 2023” bring exciting adventures in fly fishing to the screen.
On the aqua fish you can see “sea”: The range of products ranges from equipment and clothing to throwing demonstrations and expert forums to baits and accessories. The international trade fair for fishing, fly fishing and aquariums offers a wide and high-quality product range as well as a varied supporting program. Experts demonstrate their skills with fishing rod and bait in various test pools. If you want to dive even deeper, you will find tips for choosing the right bait or inspiration for the next fishing trip in lectures. The first guest “RISE Fly Fishing Film Festival 2023” captures the fascination of fly fishing in spectacular nature shots and is considered the world’s largest film festival of its kind. For this purpose, the Berlin conference room turns into a cinema hall on Sunday from 3 p.m. on Sunday, admission is not included in the trade fair ticket price and costs 5 euros. The fly fishing school FLYRUS brings the festival to the exhibition center and also informs about learning fly fishing at its stand in hall A7.
On the hook: Participatory areas for newcomers and professionals
Practical tricks on fishing techniques can be obtained at the fly fishing pool at demonstrations of the European Fly Fishing Association (EFFA) and tried out directly on the fishing rod. Participation is also announced in the bait pool, which becomes a catch basin for spinners, flies and the like. As multifaceted as the possibilities are to recreate the fish in the water, so versatile is the range of techniques used in casting sports. Interested visitors become active themselves in the casting action area of Hall A7 and try their hand at the varied throwing techniques. In the safety of a show basin of the National Fisheries Association (LFV), the river perch makes its rounds. This widespread species was voted Fish of the Year 2023 and is intended to indicate the general danger to fish fauna, as the documentation of the occurrence provides important information on biodiversity change in rivers and still waters.
From fishing trips and areas: Experts reveal tips about fishing
On the podium of the fishing forum, professionals unpack their (secret) tips. Fishing newcomers as well as old (sea) rabbits alike pick up new knowledge about fishing techniques, fish species or bait choices. Experts such as Torsten Ahrens and Raubfischangler Uwe Pinnau will give exciting lectures on various topics on stage in Hall A7.
A paradise for scaly sea and sea creatures
The attraction for all aquarium and terrarium friends is Hall B5. Fin animals, corals and reptiles as well as food, lighting and plants for the right equipment can be discovered and bought here. The stock exchange of the Aquarium Association Multicolor offers the right fish for every aquarium. Fighting fish lovers can find out about the keeping at Betta Helvetia’s stand, shop and stock up on Bettas at an auction on Saturday and Sunday. If you want to learn more about the species-appropriate keeping of fish, you should make a note of the Aquaristik-Forum in cooperation with Dähne-Verlag. The Association of German Aquariums, the Guppyfreunde Deutschland, international shrimp farmers and aquarium associations from the region is also represented.
Actions for young fishing talent
Iridescent underwater world and the inhabitants of terrariums are also captivating children. In addition, the children’s pool in Hall B5 invites fishing newcomers to catch their first fish, where the children’s cinema also opens.
Opening hours and admission prices
The Aqua Fish 2023 is on Friday, 3. March, and Saturday, 4. March, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, 5. March from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The day ticket costs twelve euros online, 16 euros on site. Children and young people pay seven and ten euros respectively. The family ticket costs 29 euros online. Further information as well as the overview of the lecture program at www.aqua-fisch.de, www.facebook.com/aquafischfriedrichshafen and #aquafisch.