Outdoor Rendezvous Returns To Tackle Box

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Since the inception of the Outdoor Rendezvous in 2005, it has grown into a highly anticipated event that attracts thousands of participants, many from the Valley.

The popularity of it is threefold -- it annually features quality seminar presenters, the sidewalk sale is highlighted by great bargains and the daylong festivities are completely free of charge.

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The Outdoor Rendezvous at The Tackle Box in Tonto Basin is a popular attraction for those looking for bargains on gear.

The event is the brainchild of former Tackle Box co-owner Dennis Pirch, who preferred to call it "an extravaganza for anyone interested in fishing, hunting and the outdoors."

The 2008 edition of the Outdoor Rendezvous will continue the tradition of the previous three by featuring seminar presenters that include some of the state's most acclaimed hunters, anglers and outdoorsmen.

Also, it will host the highly popular sidewalk sale where outdoorsmen and women can buy, sale or trade all types of fishing, hunting, archery and camping gear.

"About anything you want to buy or sell can be found (at it)," Tackle Box manager and rendezvous host Norm Meyer said.

This year's event will be held 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Tackle Box located on Highway 188 in Tonto Basin.

Those interested in selling or trading outdoor equipment may do so by setting up display tables in the Tackle Box parking lot. Some have been known to hold their sidewalk sales on the tailgates of their trucks and sport utility vehicles.

In addition to visitors browsing through the sidewalk sale, displays of new and used bass boats and all-terrain vehicles will be set up.

Meyer and Tackle Box co-owner Mark Kile are in the process of scheduling a series of seven seminars to be held during the day.

Among those who have committed to participating are Art Chamberlin and Frank Powell.

Chamberlin, an acclaimed crappie and bass fishing guide at Roosevelt Lake, is no stranger to the Outdoor Rendezvous, having presented angling seminars at past events.

Powell owns Frank's Guide Service at Roosevelt Lake and is considered a teaching master in his chosen sport.

Kile, a three-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier and Classic Rookie of the Year, will also be on hand to share some of his tips.

Kile is recognized as a leading authority on bass fishing in Arizona.

Meyer also anticipates attracting presenters on a variety of other topics including hunting, archery and scouting.

Among those who have participated in the past are Tige Godac (Archery Hunting for Big Game Animals), Preston Mercer (High-Tech Preseason Scouting), Ty Goodman (Whitetail Hunting) and Brian Daniels and Gary Senft (Tournament Team Fishing).

"We'll be trying to get some of those (presenters) back," Meyer said.

In addition to the sidewalk sale and seminars, the rendezvous will feature awarding of door prizes throughout the day.

For more information, call The Tackle Box at (928) 479-2108.

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