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1/28/06-Longview

Longview Boat Show Draws Big Crowds

For those that love fishing and the outdoors, this weekend in Longview is the World Series and Super Bowl all wrapped into one. Not even a driving rain could stop big crowds from turning out to Maude Cobb Activity Center to hunt for something they've always wanted.

"Well, we were kind of interested in looking at motor homes, looking at retirement in the future and we'd like to have a motor home and travel," said Carthage visitor Larry Crawford.

Jamming the isles, many come looking each year for something different. One of the new innovations this year is security for fishing boats, an actual electronic burglar alarm. Skeeter Boats has introduced a state of the art burglar alarm for protecting expensive equipment as well as the craft.  "A lot of people don't realize we may have 15 or 20 rod and reels in the boat valued at $300 to $600 a piece and they're a target for a lot of thievery," said outdoor guide Barry Hansen.

Another hot item is a power upgrade micro-tuner system for off-roading or hauling: superchip micro tuners. "What they do is reprogram the factory setting on your truck. What it'll do eventually is you'll see better fuel economy and more power to the truck," said vendor John Hendricks of East Texas Truck Equipment.

The show's final day is Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children and free for kids under six years of age.

Bob Hallmark reporting, bhallmark@kltv.com

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