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Shimano North America Fishing Pro Staff Set To Present At Pacific Coast Sportfishing Show

Benny Ortiz and Benny Florentino to provide critical West Coast fishing insights

Charleston, SC – Shimano North America Fishing, a global leader in the fishing tackle industry, is proud to announce that two Pro Staff Members will be presenting at the upcoming Pacific Coast Sportfishing Show. Running from March 7-10, the show promises 217,000 square feet of fresh and saltwater fishing tackle along with a seminar series geared specifically for West Coast anglers.

“The West Coast offers dynamic fisheries with world-class angling opportunities,” says Blaine Anderson, Saltwater Marketing Manager for Shimano North America Fishing. “From casting hard baits to calico bass to jigging for bottom dwellers, Benny Florentino and Benny Ortiz are as knowledgeable as they come. We’re thrilled to support these two legendary saltwater anglers as they share key insights and knowledge with attendees to maximize time on the water.”

Island Calico Bass | Thursday, March 7 @ 1:30 PM

Benny Florentino, owner and operator of Coastal Charters, has long been a fixture in the West Coast inshore scene. Join Benny as he draws from a lifetime of on-water experience to bring anglers expert insight into the gear, locations, and presentations needed to maximize the spring calico bass season. 

Jigging 101: Slow Pitch to Speed | Friday, March 8 @ 1:30 PM

Over the last decade, slow-pitch jigging has seen rapid adoption in a variety of fishing applications. In this seminar, Benny Ortiz will cover basic to advanced slow-pitch tactics for anglers looking to gain knowledge in this evolving skill set. Ortiz is widely regarded as one of the most technical anglers in the industry and is a famed pioneer of the slow-pitch technique. 

For attendees ready to translate theory into practice, on-location tackle dealers will have full selections of quality Shimano tackle systems. After the seminar, attendees will be able to take advantage of show-only specials and savings. Purchase a Talica, Trinidad, Tranx 500, or Stella and get spooled for free with 500 yards of Maxcuatro. Purchase any other Shimano reel and get spooled with 300 yards of PowerPro.

During the show, Shimano, PowerPro, and G. Loomis can be found at booths #606-611. 

For more information on Shimano North America Fishing, the elite Pro Staff team, and the latest product news, contact Kade Gewanter at

About Shimano North America Fishing

Since 1970, Shimano has been a global manufacturer of industry-leading fishing tackle systems built for anglers compelled by experiences on the water. Shimano designs, manufactures, and markets a deep lineup of angling-specific products focused on promoting health and happiness through the enjoyment of nature and the world around us. The company proudly maintains a portfolio of four consumer-preferred brands: Shimano, G.Loomis, Jackall, and PowerPro. You can learn more at or follow on social @fish_shimano_north_america/, @fishgloomis, @jackall_usa, and @fishpowerpro.

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