Don't miss the seminars with these local and national pros at the show!
Mike “Ike” Iaconelli, from Pittsgrove, NJ is one of the most energetic and popular bass fisherman on the BASS trail and speaker circuit today. Ike is a self proclaimed “fishing addict” who has been fishing his entire life and is one of only 11 anglers who’ve won both the Angler of the Year and the Bassmaster Classic. He’s appeared in the Classic a staggering 15 times and won 8 B.A.S.S. tournaments since his first professional win on Lake Champlain in 1999. His latest win was on the Delaware River in downtown Philadelphia this past October. Mike enjoys developing knowledge on numerous lakes, reservoirs and rivers throughout the country and spends approximately 200 days a year on the water. He also guides part-time, writes fishing articles and has been involved in designing many lures, some that you may even have in your tackle box today. Mike also participates in numerous sport fishing shows and seminars throughout the country, has produced his own fishing TV shows, written fishing books, and is co-owner of Bass University. He lives by his famed motto “Never Give Up”.
Joe Bucher is a National Freshwater-Fish Hall Of Fame Legendary Angler and one of the most highly regarded multispecies authorities in the outdoor trade. He has been an on-camera talent for 25 years. While his specialty is arguably muskies, Joe is equally adept at catching bass, walleyes, and other gamefish and holds several line class world records for multiple freshwater gamefish.
Joe has also authored six books as well as being a regular contributing writer for many regional and national publications. His articles regularly appear in the pages of Outdoor News Publications as well as Musky Hunter Magazine, which he founded. He has been a writer and photographer for over 35 years with his first article appearing when he was just 19 years old!
Joe has pioneered many of the musky angling concepts that are-now considered mainstream techniques, and his big gamefish lure designs spawned an exciting surge in the overall focus on muskies as a featured sport fish across much of North America.
Joe Bucher is also one of the most highly sought after seminar orators for big gamefish in the country today drawing crowds of both fans as well as hard-core anglers anxious to learn more from one of the true masters of big fish.
The year 2017 marks the 27th season of Fishing With Joe Bucher.
Seth Feider of Bloomington, MN finished his 2nd year of professional fishing the Bassmaster Elite trail on absolute fire. At the Mississippi River tournament out of LaCrosse, WI Seth made a charge but finished in 2nd place 19 ounces behind winner Ott Defoe. In 69th place beforehand, the 2nd place finish catapulted him to 50th qualifying him for the Angler of the Year tournament on Mille Lacs Lake, MN. At this final 2016 season event Seth averaged over 25 lbs of smallmouth per day winning by a margin of almost 7 pounds. His favorite technique is dropshotting for offshore bass on rock structures. When Seth isn’t fishing, you can find him hunting.
When the discussion of top musky anglers comes into discussion Steve’s name invariably enters into the mix and the terms " legendary " and " innovator" are often brought up . With over 28 yrs. of experience guiding and instructing from northern WI's Vilas County to the Canadian Shield waters of famed Eagle Lake Steve brings a wealth of new knowledge, patterns, and presentations. "this seminar won’t be just an advertisement or entertainment but the real meat and potatoes overview of overlooked and sometimes contrary to many popular belief patterns and thoughts. There is also a preview of some new and exciting big fish patterns more recently developing and emerging by the ever changing environment and ecosystems especially on the Canadian Shield water of NW Ontario but applicable anywhere in musky country." From 1994 to date Steve and his clients have boated 43 muskies 40# - 50#+ on Eagle lake Ontario and in the prior 6 yrs. guiding in WI's Vilas County 2 times guided clients to the largest musky boated in the state for the year with weighed fish 55 1/2" 43# 6 oz in 1987 and 53" 47# 10 oz in 1992 along with numerous top ten releases. After a speaking hiatus due to previous work loads and now returning due to popular demand, Steve brings back to the stage a knowledge and passion that is unique and contagious. This is one you won’t want to miss!
Marianne grew up in the resort community of Charlevoix Michigan spending most of her time on the waters of Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix.
Her first interest in fishing began at the young age of six while fishing for perch and salmon with her grandfather.
In her early 20’s she began chasing walleyes thru the ice and on open water from the Detroit River to the waters of St. Mary’s River bordering Canada and Michigan.
Catching walleye’s became Marianne’s favorite past time while learning everything she could about marine electronics.
Marianne entered her first professional walleye tournament in 2009; three years later, in 2012, she won the AOY title.
She has also competed in Europe representing the USA in the World Predator Tour in the year 2015. Marianne enjoys talking fishing and teaching other angler the importance and “how to” of marine electronics.
Jim Saric is a Legendary Angler in the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. He is the Host and Executive Producer of The Musky Hunter television series, Editor and Publisher of Musky Hunter Magazine, and a seven-time musky tournament winner. He has a monthly column in Midwest Outdoors Magazine, and is a contributing writer for In-Fisherman, North American Fisherman and Fishing Facts magazines. He has produced ten highly acclaimed musky videos, co-authored the book “The Complete Guide to Musky Hunting” and just released his new book “Muskies My Way.” Jim conducts over 30 seminars annually, and teaches the University of Esox musky schools throughout the country. Jim has over thirty years’ experience fishing lakes, rivers, and reservoirs from Minnesota to New York and all across Canada.
Check out: www.muskyhunter.com
Bill Lowen is one of the upper Midwest’s more popular and successful bass anglers. He is one of only a handful from the Chicagoland area fishing the BASS elite trail. Growing up not far from here in Brookville, IN, he has made 8 Bassmaster Classic appearances and finished in the top ten 14 times during his 11 years of professional fishing. Bill is a shallow water fisherman who again returns to the Classic this year finishing 15th in the Angler of the Year points. He has made the top 50 cut 74 times, a staggering 70% of events.
After landing his first fish in utero, Kurt was destined to fish. While completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Physics, he found a love for computer programming. In 2010, he combined his passions of programming and fly fishing by programming a ‘web based, page turning’ app to display an online magazine called a Tight Loop Magazine. Today, Kurt is the Editor of a Tight Loop. As a Midwesterner through and through, Kurt believes the Midwest offers some of the best fishing in the world. The goal of a Tight Loop is to showcase the Midwest fishery. When not working to promote the region’s fisheries, you can find Kurt stomping, rowing or laughing on a local smallmouth stream or chasing fish in Lake Michigan on a fly.
Jen is the Editor-in-Chief of Dun Magazine and the Executive Editor of a Tight Loop Magazine. When not on the water, she spends her time empowering women in fly fishing by teaching fly tying and fly casting clinics, speaking nationwide on issues regarding women in fly fishing and devoting her time to conservation efforts through nonprofits. A sounding board for women in this currently male-dominated sport, Jen has created a home base for women worldwide to connect and engage in the art of fly fishing.
Dave has been the owner of Dave’s Bait, Tackle and Taxidermy in Crystal Lake, on Rte. 176 and 31 since 1989. Dave says: “ I have the best job in the world…I get to teach people about hunting and fishing.” Dave fishes bass tournaments on the Fox Chain of Lakes System and the Madison Chain of Lakes and many other bodies of water in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Dave will present multi-species seminars for local lake fishing.
Dustan Harley was born less than a mile from the Saint Joseph River and can’t remember a time when he wasn’t on the river fishing. He grew up fishing on the rivers of Indiana and Michigan and is lucky enough today to spend most days on those same rivers. He founded Ripple Guide Service in 1999 to give fishermen an unforgettable experience and is the only full-time fly fishing guide on the St. Joe system. He guides the rivers of Indiana, Michigan, and Montana for steelhead, salmon, trout, smallmouth bass, pike, and just about anything else that swims. Dustan has also spoken to fly fishing clubs from Tennessee to California. When not on the river, he can be found fishing with his children or designing new flies for the fish he loves to fool.
John started Bass fishing when he was 8 years old. His love for bass fishing grew over the years as did his hunger for more knowledge. John fished his first Bass tournament in 1989 with West Coast Bass as an amateur and he won first place. Since then John has been hooked on tournament bass fishing.
Over the years John has won Professional event titles with Won Bass, Two Angler of the year Pro titles with Won Bass, and many top ten finishes in Pro events. John also fishes team events, and has won many Angler of the year team titles. He has many team event wins with both American Bass and Won Bass.
John fishes the west coast of the U.S., his favorite lakes are Lake Mead, Lake Havasu, and Lake Mohave, these lakes are on the colorado river chain of lakes. This popular Pro bass fisherman has been doing Bass fishing seminars at local fishing shows, marine dealerships, and bass clubs for the last twenty years. John loves to share his knowledge of the sport of bass fishing while promoting catch and release fishing.
Capt. Ralph Steiger
Capt. Ralph Steiger grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan chasing salmon, trout, and smallmouth bass. His love for the fishery brought him to the next level by becoming a United States Coast Guard licensed master captain. He guides full-time on the south end of Lake Michigan fishing both Indiana and Illinois waters. He is a multi-species angler that primarily targets smallmouth bass, perch, salmon, and trout. He is revered as one of the top captains on Lake Michigan by his clients and anglers alike.
Denny Sands, a 2010 Inductee to the State of Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame and founding president of the Shabbona Lake Sportsman Club, has been owner of Shabbona Lakeside Bait, Tackle & Boat Rental for the last 16 years. A US Air Force trained cartographer, Denny made the topographical map of Shabbona Lake. Denny's accomplishments include: police officer (retired) with 25 years of service; local historian of Shabbona Lake, co-author of a book about the history of Shabbona Lake; and having fished Shabbona Lake consistently since opening day, January 1st, 1978. "He is the one the guides go to when fishing gets tough!" - a true Shabbona Lake "Local Fishing Expert".
As a long time guide, licensed charter captain, and tournament angler, Joe Henry has made fishing a part of his everyday life. Joe “cut his teeth” on MN lakes and rivers and has guided and fished walleyes throughout the nation. Joe’s home water is now Lake of the Woods, which he has fished for over 25 years.
Professionally, Joe has enjoyed a variety of executive leadership positions, is an outdoor communicator and a media member of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers. His professional background combined with his many fishing credentials lead him to his current role, Executive Director of Tourism for Lake of the Woods.
Joe works closely with 60 resorts, area guides, and a number of stakeholders in the outdoor industry. He is an active writer, appears in outdoor TV shows, produces outdoor videos, digital media and speaks about fishing and the outdoors across the Midwest.
Bill Schultz lives in New Berlin, WI. Since catching his first smallmouth bass in 1994, he has caught and released 20,000. Bill’s popular talks at sports shows and fishing events have turned hundreds onto the tremendous opportunities and excitement of kayak fishing for smallmouth bass on lakes and rivers throughout Wisconsin, including 300 days on the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan in Sturgeon Bay/Door County. Bill is also a contributing writer for a number of top web sites and magazines. After many years of fishing, Bill discovered kayak fishing in a big way 10 years ago. Sharing his excitement for kayak fishing and chasing smallmouth bass has become a passion for him. Bill is on the Pro Staffs for Jackson Kayak, Aqua-Bound/Bending Branches Paddles, St. Croix Rods, Malone Auto Racks, Crestliner Boats and Mercury Marine.
John Cleveland began launching flies into the wind at the age of 10, and was immediately hooked on the magic and challenge of temping fish with the use of hook, feathers and fur. John’s “day job” as Marketing Director of Eppinger Mfg. Co. (Makers of the famous Dardevle Spoons) has enabled him to travel to and experience some of North Americas prime fishing destinations including Alaska and much of northern Canada and the Arctic. He holds numerous fly fishing and conventional tackle catch and release line class world records for Norther Pike, Arctic Char, Sea Run Rainbow Trout and Lake Trout in the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.
He has a passion for both Spoon and fly fishing as they are two of the oldest, most traditional methods of presenting artificial lures to fish. Marketing the world famous Eppinger Dardevle spoons has provided many unique adventure travel opportunities and quite literally fed his family for the past 15 years. Fly fishing is his passion feeding his soul with its wonder, and mystique for over 50 years. Spoons and flies are simply favorites, and he believes the most effective delivery systems to the magic world of fishing, using both when pursuing large predatory fish.
Working in the fishing industry as a Marketing Director, outdoor writer and seminar speaker, John enjoys the opportunity of sharing the adventure, magic and camaraderie of a sport that takes him to some of the most beautiful places on earth.
Lake Michigan Tournament Angler with over 10 1st place finishes in the past 3 years. Bobby is a Master Brand Advocate for Shimano and G. Loomis, contributor at MidWest Outdoors, and a host on Stray Casts Outdoor Cartoon Television. Learn more about smallmouth fishing on Lake Michigan from Bobby B.
Host of Stray Casts "Outdoor Cartoon Television ", Bass Fishing Personality, Bass Buzzer and Extreme Bass Fisherman. Specialist at Bassin' in Lake Michigan's shallow water tributary rivers.
Ryan Whitacre is an avid tournament bass fisherman from Chicago IL, and co-owner of TightRope Fishing. He is a two time Wisconsin state Bass team qualifier, member of The Cast Crew, and co-host of StrayCasts Outdoor Cartoon Television. He's a master at shallow water and boat dock fishing, and is also an expert on Lake Michigan smallmouth fishing.
30 year old Jason Drewa has been been fishing since the time his dad encouraged Jason to climb in a boat. Drewa lives in the Milwaukee area travels the Midwest hunting down big fish on big water as well as smaller bodies of water.
Drewa is the 2016 Walleyes Unlimited Club Champion and a member of J.T’s Outdoor Products Pro Team. While walleyes are Jason’s favorite species he will fish for anything. Jason fishes 12 months of the year and chases nearly everything that swims in Freshwater 12 months of the year. From ice fishing giant panfish on the Mississippi, Trout and Salmon in Milwaukee to Walleye from Green bay to Lake Erie, Jason has you covered.
Recently, Jason was featured in In-Fisherman Magazine and Get-N-Bit Productions; he is a great fisherman and ambassador to the sport. He will be presenting his seminar on Fishing the Great Lakes & Inland Waters of the Midwes: A Multi-Specie Approach to Catching Big Fish. Drewa’s seminar is presented on behalf of Walleyes Unlimited USA. Stop by and visit the club at booth 906, Drewa will stop by the booth after his seminar if you want to learn more about his endeavors.
Captain Walt Koch
Captain Walt Koch resides in Lindenhurst, IL and is the owner/operator of Red Rock Guiding Service, LLC a multi-species fishing guide service. Walt has a lifelong love of fishing that began in childhood while growing up in Southern Illinois. He conducts custom guided fishing trips on local area lakes and rivers. He has focused on the Fox Chain O’ Lakes, Geneva Lake, and Lake Delavan for over 20 years. Children are the future of fishing and are always welcome in his boat.
Capt. Koch will present a seminar on fishing the Fox Chain O’ Lakes, focusing on walleye and crappie. Walt is a past president of Walleyes Unlimited USA Fishing Club. His sponsors include St. Croix Rods, Evinrude motors, Baitmate Fish Attractants, C. Haling Marina, Triangle Sports and Marine, CJ Smith Resort and Anglers International Resources. Walt’s website address is www.redrockguidingservice.com. Seminar presented on behalf of Walleyes Unlimited USA. Stop by and visit us in Booth 906.
Mark is an accomplished angler, guide, and marine electronics educator with years of on-the-water knowledge and fishing experience. As an Engineer by trade, his approach to fishing is more technical than most, but he also has the ability to translate that technology in a manner easy for one to understand. He presents numerous seminars and classes both on and off the water in the Midwest and Canada, with the concentration being how to use today’s technology to catch more fish.
The presentation will be Probing the Deep Structure on Lake Geneva for Big Fish. Mark fishes this deep clear water lake throughout the year. He will present a few of techniques he uses while scouting structure to locate and catch big fish throughout the seasons.
Mark’s sponsors include: Alumacraft, St. Croix, Cabela’s, Mercury, MotorGuide, Dr. Sonar, Lowrance, Navionics, P-Line, and Optima. Learn more about Mark at www.structure-fishing.com. O’Neill’s seminar is presented on behalf of Walleyes Unlimited USA and Lake Geneva Fishing Club. Stop by and visit the clubs at booth 906 and 901.