Targeting Lake Ontario's King Salmon Clinic

Friday, January 19th – 4pm – 5:30pm | Ballroom B

Jake Romanack of Fishing 411 TV has years of experience running the back of a Great Lakes salmon boat. This 90 minute seminar includes short video vignettes followed by a question and answer period aimed at helping anglers better understand modern salmon trolling tactics. Topics of interest include Fishing Sinking Segmented Lines, The Importance of Sub-Surface Speed/Temperature Probes, Using Cut Bait Rigs, Creating a Productive Scent Stream and Embracing Wobbling Plugs.

Combining Lead Core & Copper Trolling Spreads for Lake Erie Walleye Clinic

Friday, January 19th – 4pm – 5:30pm | Ballroom A

Captain Don Ruppert and 1st mate Scott Wind own and operate WaveTamer Sportfishing and have Charter and Tournament fished for over 20 years. Their fishing regions are expansive but 80% of their focus is on walleye fishing throughout Lake Erie. The team has been working with many key manufacturing groups for many years within the sport fishing industry to further develop products and techniques to increase the success rates of catching walleyes. These include Okuma, Offshore Trolling Products, Raymarine, Mustad, Yaleye Lures and several others. These efforts provide successful charter trips every year and consistent tournament finishes year after year.
Captain Don will offer a deep dive into the details about some new techniques on how to integrate Lead Core and Copper lines with Custom Downrigger spreads for Trophy Lake Erie walleye. His presentation will include underwater footage showing Walleye reacting to different presentations. He will also go thru how he successfully incorporate light weight plastic harnesses into a crankbait spread along details specific of lures choices and what position they are placed within the spread.

Open Water Walleye Clinic

Friday, January 19th – 6pm – 8 pm | $20 Fee | Ballroom A

A ticket is required and can be purchased online thru this site or in person at the Show ticket Booth at the entrance.

Productive walleye trolling is so much more than driving around with lures behind the boat! Join Captain Lance Valentine and Captain Dean Cushman of Walleye101.com for an in-depth clinic covering everything you need to know to become a more productive open water troller. Lance and Dean will cover using electronics, basic equipment and rigging, setting a proper trolling spread, using Off-Shore Inline planer boards, boat rigging, speed and depth control, how to pick the best presentation, how to work a pattern and more. This will be a “high-speed” class, so bring a notebook and your questions. Little things make a big difference when trolling, so join Captain Lance and Dean as they share their 4 decades of trolling experience on Lake Erie!

Great Lakes Super Bass Clinic

Saturday, January 20th – 9am -11am | $20 Fee | Ball Room A

A ticket is required and can be purchased online thru this site or in person at the Show ticket Booth at the entrance.

This clinic is given by well know Western New York charter-boat captain Joe Fonzi who depends on catching fish every day. Captain Joe has been fishing the waters of Lake Erie since he was a child and has been guiding on the Western New York waters of Lake Erie for 17 years. He is a respected pro staffer for Cabelas and Ranger Boats among others. He has qualified for two FLW Costa championships and has three FLW top ten finishes, all of them second place. Captain Joe has also fared extremely well in several Canadian Bass Circuits with 16 top ten finishes and 4 wins. With his education in fisheries management and 40 plus years fishing experience, this is a “can’t miss” clinic for the avid Bass angler.

In this Clinic, Captain Joe will provide the details that he uses to catch Smallmouth Bass in Lakes Erie and Ontario throughout the Bass season. Joe will cover the impact that weather, water temperature, currents, structure and bait have on consistently catching Bass each day. Captain Joe needs to produce fish for his clients throughout the season and his arsenal of methods is quite varied. He will cover all his most successful techniques that a successful Bass angler will need to know to be consistently successful throughout the season. These will include fine details of his Boat set up, how he uses his Electronics, and his favorite tubing, swimbait, and dropshotting techniques that fit the conditions. Much of Joe’s success he attributes to using his Electronics. He has spent a significant amount of time this year capturing screen shots from his Sonar that will be used throughout the Clinic to help attendees better interpret what they are seeing and how he uses it to target where / how to fish for Bass.

This is a unique opportunity to learn the details from one of the best Bass fishermen in WNY that will help attendees to make the best of their time spent on the water chasing Bass! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from one of the best anglers in WNY. Sign-up early, seating is limited.

Ultimate Marine Electronics Clinic

Saturday, January 20th – 11:30am -1:30 pm | $20 Fee | Bass Room

A ticket is required and can be purchased online thru this site or in person at the Show ticket Booth at the entrance.

You can’t fish if you aren’t fishing where they are! Join Captain Lance Valentine and Captain Dean Cushman of Walleye101.com for an in-depth clinic designed to help Anglers catch more fish by fully utilizing the features / functions available on their Sonar and GPS units. As the sophistication of these units continue to increase and the prices continue to drop, most serious Anglers have both Sonar and GPS units on their boat. However, Angler education on how to most effectively use them has basically occurred thru word of mouth and trial an error. This two-hour class is targeted to fill this education void and teach Anglers how to make their units the most valuable tool on their fishing boat. Lance and Dean spend thousands of hours on the water each season both using and teaching Sonar/GPS usage and excel at teaching the basics and advanced features of today’s sophisticated electronics units. Topics covered include basic unit setup, Sonar Interpretation, Side/Down Scan, Advanced GPS usage, Waypoint management and custom mapping. Even though Captains Lance and Dean are experts in Lowrance HDS units the clinic is taught so that it is relevant for all anglers, no matter what brand units they own or type of fish they fish for. Be sure to bring a notebook!

Finessing Techniques with Plastics Clinic

Saturday, January 20th – 1:30 –3:30 | $20 Fee | Walleye Trolling Room

Tickets can be purchased online thru this site or in person at the Show ticket Booth at the entrance.

Plastics are Fantastic, whether thru the ice or in open water including Lake Erie Perch.

"Matching the Hatch" is a phrase often kicked around in the fishing world, the expression comes from the fisherman's attempt to imitate natural insects with artificial imitations in order to fool fish. Fish often ignore all other bait offerings and get lock jaw during major hatches- getting familiar with the bugs, insects, larvae and nymphs that are present in a lake is quite simply a process that is not hard to master, and is a necessary skill for the serious angler. During this class we will examine lake biology, insect hatch timeline, baits and delivery tools and matching the right rod and reel to increase your catch all year long.

Scott Brauer of Gasport is the Brain child behind Makiplastic Bait, an aquatic insect nerd and national award winning educator. He will lead participants through questions from the class and add in lessons from fish including underwater video of how fish react to what we are doing above. There will be giveaways from all of his sponsors throughout this in-depth look at how to fish plastics and how to fool even lockjaw fish!

Tournament Winning Techniques for Big Water Walleye Clinic

Saturday, January 20th – 2:30pm-4pm | Ball Room A

Free Tickets to the first 100 who sign up at the Blood Run booth # 44

Join the 2017 Cabela's National Team Champions Sam Cappelli and Erick Williams as they share their tournament winning tactics that will help you catch more walleye. Combined, the two have over 25 years of experience fishing walleye tournaments in numerous states and different bodies of water including small inland lakes, large lakes, large bays, reservoirs and rivers. Topics discussed are tackle Preparation including Line Selection and reel calibration, How they use their sonar Electronics to identify key structure points holding big fish, Lure Selection, Boat Control and How to Read the Water to find big walleyes. Attention to very small details and subtle rigging techniques are the difference between the rest of the field and the winners circle. This Clinic is presented by Blood Run Tackle Company and giveaways/raffle prizes will be part of the presentation.

Those signing up for the clinic on Friday at the Show will be given a complimentary re-admission pass to enter the Show on Saturday for the clinic.

Lower Niagara River Fall/Winter Trout Clinic

Saturday, January 20th – 5 – 7 pm | $20 Fee | Ball Room A

A ticket is required and can be purchased online thru this site or in person at the Show ticket Booth at the entrance.

As the seasons begin to change in Western New York, there are captains like Frank Campbell who get excited about the Lower Niagara River trout fishery every fall and winter. Capt. Frank, with Niagara Region Charters, has been plying these waters for over 25 years – fine tuning has approach for one of the premier fall and winter trout fisheries in the country. For this particular Clinic, Campbell will share his insight through this special classroom setting. Of course, you can also take it a step further and reinforce your learning with some special on-water classroom instruction Jan. 18-22 with Campbell or any one of the other professional captains who will be assisting in this effort. Canadian anglers will also be able to benefit, using this same information in their own waters.

Utilizing one of the Conference and Event Center’s seminar rooms, Campbell will give in-depth details and instructions that will help make you more successful on the water. At the same time, it will afford you the opportunity to ask those questions you have always wondered about. Some of Campbell’s focus will be on:

• The type of terminal tackle needed under the varying conditions.
• Learn about the right rods, reels and lines to use (and buy) in relation to the fish and bait.
• Not all eggs are created equal. Find out why. • How and why to cure your eggs.
• Artificial eggs (beads, yarn flies, etc.).
• Using live bait and how to tweak it to catch more fish.
• The three-way rig.
• Plugs – different types and best color combinations for conditions.
• What areas of the river you need to choose under certain weather conditions.
• What are the best steelhead drifts? Where are the best areas for monster browns? Is Artpark the only area to pursue lake trout?
• Newest tips and tactics that are working right now.
• Learn what we were catching along with how and why during the Expo trips being offered.
• Safety precautions for anyone fishing in the lower river.

Attendees of the Clinic will also receive samples of some of the products being talked about. You do not have to participate in the on-water educational trip to attend the Clinic. If you are seeking knowledge on lower river fishing, this is one session you won’t want to miss. It will help you extend your fishing season every year, too.

Eastern Lake Erie Super Walleye Clinic

Sunday, January 21st – 9:30am – 11:30am | $20 Fee | Bass Room

A ticket is required and can be purchased online thru this site or in person at the Show ticket Booth at the entrance.

This clinic is given by well know Western New York charter-boat captain Joe Fonzi who depends on catching fish every day. Captain Joe has been fishing the waters of Lake Erie since he was a child and has been guiding on Lake Erie for 17 years. He is a respected pro staffer for Cabelas, Ranger Boats, Traxstech, Warrior Lures, and Mack Lures. Captain Joe has top 10 finishes in both National bass and walleye tournament circuits. With his education in fisheries management and 40 plus years fishing experience, it makes his clinic one you don’t want to miss.

In this clinic, Captain Joe will provide the details that he uses to catch walleye consistently from Buffalo to Barcelona from the May walleye opener thru November. Joe will cover the impact that weather, water temperature, currents, structure and bait have on locating and catching walleye every day. Captain Joe needs to produce fish for his clients throughout the season and his arsenal of methods is quite varied. He will cover all his most successful techniques for each set of conditions Lake Erie throws at him. These will include fine details of his boat set up and how he uses his electronics; he will cover jigging, bottom bouncing and trolling and when to apply them; he will cover his “go to” baits, along with how he fishes structure in the different locations. Much of Joe’s success can be attributed to properly using his electronics. He has spent a significant amount of time this year capturing screen shots from his sonar that will be used throughout the clinic to help attendees better interpret what they are seeing and how he uses it to target where and how to fish for walleye.

This is a unique opportunity to learn the details from one of the best walleye fishermen in WNY. It will help attendees to make the best of their time spent on the water chasing walleyes!

Salmon Tournament & Derby Winning Tactics Clinic

Sunday, January 21st – 10am – 11:30 am | Ball Room B

Free Tickets to the first 100 who sign up at the Anglers Avenue booth #146

Captain Mark McClutchey owns and operates Diabolical Sportfishing, a Great Lakes fishing charter service based in Northern Michigan. Captain Mark and his Diabolical teammates are fresh off of winning the biggest Great Lakes Salmon Tournament payout ever, $70,000 for the King of Kings Tournament this past July out of Toronto. They have won numerous other salmon tournaments across the Great Lakes, including the Salmon Showdown TV series, Lake Michigan’s Tournament Trail, and back-to-back winners of Lake Ontario’s Wilson Harbor Salmon Slam. Captain Mark, along with Diabolical teammate Captain Dan Lasky, represented the USA at Trollmaster Bornholm 2017, one of the world’s largest international salmon tournaments held each year in the Baltic Sea. Captain Mark also manufactures tournament grade cut bait rigs through his company Diabolical Custom Tackle.

Captain Mark specializes in fishing cut bait rigs for Salmon. He will share the techniques he utilizes to fish cut bait rigs in Lake Ontario that has allowed him to be so quickly successful in a new lake to him. He will go thru in depth the key details of his program including how he tunes his bait (with underwater video). Russell Gahagan, another excellent tournament fishermen, owner of Anglers Avenue Pro Shop and sponsor of this Clinic will be assisting Mark. Russell is know throughout the Trout & Salmon community as an innovator due to the custom color combinations that he has come up with over the years that become the hot baits year after year. Russell will review what he expects will be some of the hottest combinations for 2018. If you are a Lake Ontario Angler who wants to be more productive catching big Kings on in 2018, you will want to make sure you get a ticket for a seat in this clinic.

Those signing up for the clinic on Friday or Saturday at the Show will be given a complimentary re-admission pass to enter the Show on Sunday for the clinic.

Fishing Deep for Tournament Winning Kings Clinic

Sunday, January 21st – 12pm – 1:30pm | Walleye Trolling Room

Free Tickets to the first 100 who sign up at the Magnum Metalz booth #49

Most big water anglers are intimidated by the thought of heading offshore and targeting deep water for trophy kings. But Kings often make horizontal movements out to deep water. Dan Keating has been chartering since 1983 and has pioneered many of the techniques used to catch deep cruising fish. Learn to recognize what seasonal conditions and weather patterns drive kings deep and how to locate deep, open water fish.

Success begins by using the right tackle and this seminar we will examine cutting edge high-speed downriggers and the newest weights required to effectively troll deep. While downriggers are the tool of choice for probing the depths, we will look at how to add copper and Torpedoes off side planers. Dan will also teach you practical methods to deploy gear and minimize tangles. Learn which lures, bait and attractors will draw maximum attention and trigger strikes in the dark depths of the water column.

Captain Keating will discuss the impact of currents on fish locations and how wave action and subsurface currents impact a deep spread and lure speeds. Dan will also address how to weave multi-species rigs for steelhead and coho into the upper layers of the water column without interfering with your deep king spread.

Learning how to locate and target deep kings will turn many slow days into a huge success and you may just win a pile of cash next summer in one of Lake O’s tournaments! This Clinic is presented by Magnum Metalz.

Those signing up for the clinic on Friday or Saturday at the Show will be given a complimentary re-admission pass to enter the Show on Sunday for the clinic.

Ultimate Walleye Clinic

Sunday, January 21st – 1pm – 3pm | Ballroom A

Free Tickets to the first 100 who sign up at the Fishing 411 booth #64

Mark and Jake Romanack the hosts of Fishing 411 TV join forces in this intense two hour long course aimed at the serious walleye angler who’s interested in refining skills and maximizing their time on the water. Short video vignettes followed by a question and answer period are used to help anglers better understand modern walleye fishing presentations. Topics of interest include Spinner Trolling, Bottom Bouncer Basics and Beyond, Precision Trolling Crankbaits, Mastering the Jig and Structure Fishing Alternatives. Door prizes provided by Mark and Jake’s sponsors will be provided and a collection taken will go toward purchasing lifetime Fishing Licenses for Kids.

Those signing up for the clinic on Friday or Saturday at the Show will be given a complimentary re-admission pass to enter the Show on Sunday for the clinic.

Center Pin Float Fishing Techniques Clinic

Sunday, January 21st – 1pm-3pm | Ball Room A

Free Tickets to the first 100 who sign up at the Blood Run booth # 44

Dan Colville, owner and designer of Colville Precision Reels in Buffalo NY shares his decades of experience on Center Pin float fishing for steelhead and salmon. Center Pin float fishing for tributary steelhead and salmon is quickly becoming the most effective method of covering water and finding active fish. Small details and subtle techniques can spell the difference between a so-so and lights-out days, and Dan Colville will cover all aspects of this exciting and productive style of fishing. From reading water currents, breaks, coloration to matching with floats, lines, leaders, rods, hooks and bait presentations...everything will be covered. Be prepared to ask questions, take notes and receive some free terminal tackle and promotional giveaways from Blood Run Tackle, the leader in float fishing gear.

Those signing up for the clinic on Friday or Saturday at the Show will be given a complimentary re-admission pass to enter the Show on Saturday for the clinic.