Teaching Fishing

Teaching Fishing



"Teaching Fishing" is what this show was built around and what makes it unique from other events of this kind. The show facility - the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls - provides a unique blend of being able to offer a spacious Exhibitor Event Center, as well as a multitude of seminar rooms all utilizing "State of the Art" technology. The show utilizes these rooms plus the Hawg Trough to deliver up to 18 classes run concurrently, each targeting different topics/levels of expertise. The classes are taught by local and regional experts very knowledgeable in fishing our WNY waterways. Each class is developed for a specific level of expertise including:
1. Beginner / Casual Level - The angler who is just starting out or who has limited knowledge on the topic. Attending these classes will dramatically shorten the learning curve and provide the opportunity for attendees to save some "Tackle $$" by purchasing what is needed to get started.
2. Experienced Level - The angler with some experience on the topic who is looking to pick up additional knowledge from more experienced anglers that will enable them to make tweaks to their program to increase their success.
3. Expert / Tournament Angler - The "diehard" angler who is looking to increase their knowledge and skills on the topic by taking "advanced" classes taught by some of the best of the best anglers on the water.

The 2020 show offered attendees the opportunity to attend over 200 free classes over the 3 days of the show with the average attendee taking advantage of the opportunity to increase their fishing knowledge by attending over 7 classes during the duration of the Expo. The core belief of the show is that it is making a difference toward the effort to grow the sport of fishing by providing a vast amount of fishing education to our attendees. By providing this education, this show will recruit new anglers, including the next generation, to the sport as well as providing existing anglers the fishing knowledge to increase their enjoyment of the time they spend on the water by being more successful. The education also allows anglers to diversify to include other species and tactics if they so desire.
The 2021 curriculum of all free classes is guaranteed to improve your skills. The curriculum includes classes on the following:
1. Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon
2. Lake Erie & Inland Lake Walleye
3. Lake Erie, Ontario & Inland Lakes Bass
4. Lake Ontario & Erie Tributary Trout
5. Lake Erie & Inland Lakes Perch
6. Marine Electronics & Boat Rigging
7. Kayak Fishing
8. Fly Fishing
9. Casting Techniques
10. Youth Fishing
11. Fisheries Management / General Fishing

Beginner Fishing Schools

Beginner Fishing Schools


The Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo is partnering with Clubs / Exhibitors at the show who are aligned with the show's goal of "Teaching Fishing" to the Beginner angler to help recruitment them into a particular component of the Fishery (i.e. Fly Fishing, Walleye Fishing, Kayak Fishing, etc.). The Beginner School will have a curriculum of a logical series of topics that will provide attendees with the basic knowledge they will need to be successful during the upcoming season. These topics will be taught at a beginner level by multiple instructors who provide their subject matter expertise during the 4+ hour School. These schools are for everyone, women, me and young adults 12 years and older. The number of attendees will be kept to a maximum of 30 to insure the best learning experience for all attendees.

The attendees will learn the basics from the "ground floor up" including:

1.The gear necessary including rods, reels, line, casting, boat set up, knots, baits, etc.
2.The fish and their behaviors
3.The techniques to use starting out
4.The "where" locations and "when" timing to be successful
5.Personal safety and conservation of the resource

We feel that these dedicated Schools will provide a much more effective learning experience and increase the overall quality of the show's education offerings. They also require much more work to put on so there will be a limited number of them. Pre-registration thru the Show web site will be required. There is a nominal fee that will include at least a 3-day pass for the show among other possible offerings from our Exhibitors and insures that those that sign up are committed to attending.
The Schools currently scheduled to be offered at the 2021 Show are as follows:

Beginner Fly Fishing School - Saturday January 16, 2021 from 8:30 am - 1pm
Sponsored by the Lake Erie Chapter of Fly Fishers International (LEC-FFI)
Click here for more detail on the School
Signup available in September

Beginner Open Lake Trout & Salmon Fishing School - Saturday January 16, 2021 from 8:30 am - 1pm OR Sunday January 17, 2021 from 8:30am to 1 pm.
Sponsored by the Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Association (LOTSA)
More detail on the School COMING SOON!
Signup available in September

Beginner Bass Fishing School - Saturday January 16, 2021 from 1:30 pm to 6 pm
Sponsored by the WNY Bassmasters
More detail on the School COMING SOON!
Signup available in September

LOTSA 202 Salmon School

LOTSA 2021 Salmon School


Attention Great Lakes Salmon Fishermen! The Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Association (LOTSA) is proud to (once again) host its well-known in-depth Salmon School on Saturday, January 16, 2021. This highly acclaimed school, now in its 13th year, has become the premier Salmon School anywhere in the Great Lakes. What started out as a local event 13 years ago now sees many diehard salmon anglers from across the Great Lakes and Canada attending. The School, coupled with all of the trout and salmon exhibitors at the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo (January 15 - 17), makes this a "must attend" three-day winter event for many.

Each year the class is enhanced based upon the input from those that attended the previous School. Based upon that input, Capt. Vince Pierleoni (Lake Ontario west end and north shore), Capt. Russell Gahagan (Lake Michigan) and Capt. Brian Garrett (Lake Ontario east end) have been selected to be the main instructors for the 2021 School. The School again will be targeted for the experienced Lake Ontario Salmon Fisherman as Vince, Russell and Brian will do a "deep dive" into the specific tools and techniques they utilize to make them consistently successful chasing Kings. The focus will be on the 3 main (open lake) Lake Ontario Salmon fishing periods (May, July and August) and dive into the more technical aspects for each of these months relating to location, the "right" water, deepwater King tactics, locating and catching offshore Kings and on fishing "meat" among many other tactics. This instruction will include some detailed video footage taken during the 2020 season which should help the learning process. Based upon the success of "guest instructors" for the 2020 school, we will build on that for 2021 by bringing Mark McClutchey (Diabolical Rigs) and Lance Valentine (Teachin Fishin) in to provide focused detailed instruction on their area of expertise. Mark, a well-known, highly successful, Salmon tournament fisherman on both Lake Michigan and on Lake Ontario, will do a "deep dive" into cut bait fishing which is his expertise. Lance Valentine is a Marine Electronics guru who will build on his 2020 Salmon School presentation on maximizing the use of your Sonar/GPS to put more kings in the boat. For those desiring a deeper detailed presentation on catching Kings, you will want to be with us in 2021.

Salmon School Details

The School consists of six hours of detailed Salmon catching instruction. The registration price of $85 includes free admission to the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo for all 3 days, your 2021 LOTSA Membership, a hot buffet lunch (or alternative for dietary needs) on Saturday with beverages available throughout the class and a "goodie" bag consisting of the "go to" baits of the instructors. Also included is a Friday night "Meet & Greet" with the instructors that includes free drinks and snacks along with a Sunday morning Q&A session with the instructors.
The class (and Expo) is held at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls in a "state of the art" conference room with a large screen, stage, good seating with tables and a good sound system that all make for a comfortable venue throughout the day for everyone attending. Given the quality of what you will be taught, coupled with the lunch, "goodie bag" and free admissions, it is a terrific value and a great way to start your 2021 season. Doors open at 7 a.m. for check in and the class runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Additional time will be available at 9 a.m. Sunday morning with the instructors for any questions that you have that were not answered during the class.
The Salmon School is not meant for novices to the Lake Ontario fishery. It is a "hard core" salmon class targeted toward providing the "experienced weekend warrior" with additional insights and details to improve their catch in the limited time they have on the water. As the Great Lakes continue to change and become a much more challenging fishery, knowledge is often the difference between having a couple of bites or having steady bites throughout the day.
This is a custom class built from the input from the attendees on what is most important to them to cover. It is not an "off the shelf" class for the masses. Each attendee will have the opportunity to submit their most important questions/topics that they want covered in the class. The instructors will then use this input to customize the curriculum to cover these particular areas. This will allow the instructors to limit the questions during the School and make sure that they cover all of the details that they have prepared.
The instructors have a huge amount of on-the-water experience trolling for trout and salmon along with a proven tournament track record of high placement in the most prestigious tournaments over many years. They are a much diversified set of instructors and will provide a class full of insights and details that no one single instructor would be able to provide. They are all skilled communicators and very well known for sharing their fishing knowledge and daily fishing trips with anglers to help them to be more successful fishing the lake. Each brings their own unique set of trolling skills, techniques and knowledge to the class. Given the depth of the knowledge base of these instructors and their proven ability to educate anglers, we expect this school to be another high quality, comprehensive, in-depth, information-packed event that our attendees have come to expect from this annual day-long instruction.
The School sells out every year as many of the attendees come back year after year - which is the ultimate testimony to the value of attending the school. Sign-ups will be available through the LOTSA web site (www.LOTSA1.Org) beginning in September. Early signups are encouraged to give the instructors enough time to build the curriculum for the desired topics.

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Captain Vince Pierleoni

Captain Vince Pierleoni

Capt. Vince Pierleoni owns and operates THRILLSEEKER Sportfishing and Team THRILLSEEKER. In addition to a full time charter boat operation, Capt. Vince and Team THRILLSEEKER fish all major tournaments on Lake Ontario. Capt. Vince is a Pro Staffer for Cannon, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Dreamweaver, Fish Hawk, Costa, HUK, Okuma, A-TOM-MIK, Live Target, Slide Diver, Gambler Rigs and Bay Rat.
Vince grew up in Greece, NY and has never lived more than 8 miles from Lake Ontario. While biking to Lake Ontario ponds and bays in the 70's for Pike and Bass, Vince lived the emergence of Salmon on the scene, and the subsequent transformation of Lake Ontario.

Vince played a role in developing a lot of the tactics and strategies commonly used today. In 1983 NY Sea Grant conducted several organized "Summer Salmon Searches" as it was believed that Lake Ontario Salmon could only be found and caught in Spring and Fall. Vince was the only angler who found and caught Salmon, landing a King and Coho in July. Capt. Vince started his Charter business in 1984.

Capt. Vince has been dedicated to Lake Ontario fisheries and has volunteered his time since the mid-80s sitting on various boards and panels. In the past he has served on the Orleans County tourism board, and the NYSDEC Lake Ontario Fishery Congress. Currently Vince serves on NYSDEC Lake Ontario Sportfishing Task Group, the Lake Ontario Bi-National Discussion Panel, and the Niagara County Fishery Development board. In 2017 Vince was given the "Pinky Robinson Memorial" award by the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs for dedication to Great Lakes Fisheries.

Capt. Vince has refined his tactics and approach to Lake Ontario Salmon and Trout fishing over the years. He feels that by participating in all major Tournaments, he understands what it takes to quickly locate Kings and then put the right program together to consistently catch them. This is one of the skills that he is looking forward teaching to the Salmon School attendees. Capt. Vince, his clients, and Team THRILLSEEKER have hundreds of placings in derbies and tournaments. Here are just some of them:

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1988- 1st place, Niagara Pro-Am
1991-1st place, Niagara Pro-Am
1995- 1st place Rochester Pro-Am
1995- Champions, Lake Ontario Challenge Cup Series
1998-1st place Niagara Pro-Am
1998-Champions, Lake Ontario Challenge Cup Series
1999-1st place, Niagara Pro- Am
2000- 1st place, Oswego Pro-Am
2000- Champions, Lake Ontario Challenge Cup Series
2001-1st place, Niagara Pro-Am
2003-1st place, Oswego Pro-Am
2003-Champions, Lake Ontario Challenge Cup Series
2005-1st place, Oswego Pro-Am

2006-Champions, Lake Ontario Challenge Cup Series
2008-1st place, Spring KOTL, St. Catharines, Ontario
2008-1st place, Tightline Shootout, Bluffers Park, Ontario
2009-1st place, Niagara Pro-Am
2012-Grand Prize Salmon, Summer LOC
2012-Grand Champion, Redbone Niagara Challenge
2013-1st place, A-TOM-MIK Invitational
2014-Guide to Grand Champion Angler, Redbone Niagara Challenge
2015-1st place, Niagara Pro Am
2016-Champions, Lake Ontario Challenge Cup Series
2016-Champions, Canadian KING OF THE LAKE series
2016-Champions, Canadian KINGS CUP

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Along the way Capt. Vince and Team THRILLSEEKER have set Tournament records for 1 day point totals in 3 different formats. 5 Salmon-Whitby, Ontario 2010, 6 Salmon-Oswego A-TOM-MIK Invitational 2013, and 12 Fish-Oswego Pro-Am 2013.

Captain Russell Gahagan

Captain Russell Gahagan

Russell is one of Lake Michigan's winningest tournament fisherman on the Tournament Trail. Russell manages The Reel Shot in Sheboygan, WI. He has specialized for years in helping educate fellow fisherman on what is the new and hot tactics and tackle on the market. Russell's experience in fishing goes beyond tournaments with over 1,000 charter fishing trips under his belt and 4 years of walleye tournament experience. Russell's passion for the industry makes him one of the best tools a fisherman can use to put themselves in a position to catch more fish.

Captain Brian Garrett

Captain Brian Garrett

Capt. Brian Garrett has been fishing Lake Ontario's southern shore since he was 10 years old. With that passion for fishing, he attended college majoring in Aquaculture and Aquatic Science. For the last 16 years he has been operating Tall Tails Sportfishing Charters out of the Eastern Basin. Oswego Harbor has been Brian's home port for the last 9 years with time spent each spring fishing the waters off Niagara County. Brian balances a career in environmental engineering and his charter business. Given this, he is able to understand the challenges of the recreational/weekend fisherman in finding and locating fish for a successful day on the water. Brian focuses his time on the water fishing for Salmon and Trout.
When Brian isn't chartering, he and his Tall Tails Team are competing in Tournaments and Derby's along the south shore. They have won the Oswego Pro Am twice in the last 6 seasons. Along with that, they have earned many top 10 placings in many other events stretching from Henderson Harbor to Wilson.
Brian is also very involved in the fishery away from the water. He is the President of the Eastern Lake Ontario Salmon and Trout Association. He also sits on the DEC Lake Ontario Focus Group and the DEC Bi-National Committee.

Brian represents these companies on his boat: Scotty Downriggers, A-TOM-MIK Trolling Flies, Blood Run Tackle, ENGEL Coolers, and Tactacam.

So, signup early so that you are guaranteed a seat to avoid being left out in the cold. If you love to fish the Great Lakes for Kings, this is a great way to "Kick Off" your 2021 Season. Where else would you want to be in the Great Lakes on a Saturday in January than learning how to increase your catch from 3 expert Captains, sitting in a comfortable venue talking salmon fishing with a room full of individuals with the same common interest that you have? Tickets are pre-sale only and have sold out every year (mid-November sellout for the 2020 School). Signups will open in early September 2020.

2021 Walleye School

Walleye, Walleye, Walleye


One of the most popular features of the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo is the Walleye education. Eastern Lake Erie walleye anglers are experiencing once-in-a-generation fishing says Dr. Jason Robinson, Lake Erie Unit Leader for the DEC. These are the "good old days". Walleye fishing quality in New York waters has been at record levels for the past 3 years with unpresented success in 2018 and 2019. In 2019, New York anglers harvested 174,000 walleyes, the highest recorded harvest in the 32-year history of the creel census.

With the population of age 2 and older Walleye in Lake Erie estimated at 116 million as a result of unprecedented level of lake wide spawning success and the population projected to be 151 million in 2021, we are going to see incredible fishing for years to come. Many, many anglers want to get in on this incredible fishery thus the demand for quality Walleye Education is at an all-time high. Walleye are by far the most popular fish to target in Western New York and these seminars were created to help meet the needs of the Walleye angling community.

The Show will offer three days of Intense Walleye Information consisting of over 50 Free Class offerings for Walleye Anglers who fish Eastern Lake Erie, Chautauqua Lake, Niagara River and other NYS waters, with separate classes specifically targeted for the type of techniques they use and the areas that they fish. To view the full lineup of classes, select the "2021 Education" from the main menu and then select "Walleye Series".
If you are a Walleye angler just starting out, be sure to check out the separate Beginner Walleye Schools to "fast track" the learning process.

Well known national Walleye Educators Mark Romanack, Jake Romanack and Lance Valentine headline a very experienced group of instructors with a wide range of expertise in different Walleye fishing techniques along with Boat Rigging and Marine Electronics.

All classes are free, no registration required, seats available on a first come first serve basis.

2021 Walleye School

Watch Eastern Lake Erie Walleye Video

Hawg Trough

The Hawg Trough - a Primary Learning Vehicle to "Teach Fishing"


The Hawg Trough based upon the many positive comments from our attendees will be back on the main Event Center floor. The Hawg Trough is a mobile 5,000-gallon fish tank loaded with Bass and equipped with a speaker platform.

The saying "A picture is worth 1000 words" is really true when it comes to the Hawg Trough. Being able to do seminars on it to show how different baits are worked in the water and how fish react to the different presentations will enhance the learning experience. The seminars are delivered by experts in these techniques or with the particular baits. Seminars are not just limited to Bass but cover other areas (Walleye, Lure Tuning, Float Fishing, etc.) where "seeing it" is an effective learning technique. This setting also allows the attendees to interact throughout with the seminar presenter to maximize the learning for each attendee making this an excellent alternative to the traditional education in the classroom. Some seminars actually combine both settings providing attendees with the opportunity to learn in the classroom setting and then go out to the main floor to reinforce the learning by seeing it demonstrated in a fishing environment in the Hawg Trough!

Teaching Fishing to our youth is a big goal of the show. The Hawg Trough plays a big part in this as we feel that using this combined with classroom instruction is the most effective way to deliver this education and furthers our show goal of introducing future generations of anglers to the sport of fishing.
To see the full list of Hawg Trough sessions planned select the "Education" tab on the main menu. During the show, the schedule for the day will be posted in the Hawg Trough area.

Carson Swierski - High School NYS Bass Tounament Angler

Carson Swierski - High School NYS Bass Tounament Angler "Teaching Fishing on the Hawg Trough

Roger Hinchcliff

Roger Hinchcliff

Roger Hinchcliff


As a way of sharing his knowledge, Roger is a featured speaker, a popular blogger, rod designer for Lamiglas and the successful author of many published magazine articles. Roger also has several instructional videos on his YouTube Channel, Steelhead Manifesto.
Considered an authority on steelhead fishing, Roger loves to share his expertise with other anglers. He speaks more than 20 times per year, to crowds of 60-400 people, at fishing clubs and retail events. He is also a pro staffer and consultant for many fishing companies
He does more seminars on salmon and steelhead fishing than any other angler in the country. He has had many requests over the years to come to do Steelhead Seminars in Western New York and we are happy to have him delivering Steelhead seminars throughout the 3 days of our show. He is a great Educator and his presentations promise to provide some great information for all skill levels for everyone to enjoy.
Roger now spends every weekend-10 months each year-chasing and catching steelhead in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Alaska, the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, and Michigan.
Roger's Facebook pages, of the same name, are very popular. His entertainment page-with memes and fish photos-draws around 300,000 visitors each month and has 30,000 followers. His forum page-which is a place to discuss tips, tricks, and tactics, among other topics-has over 27,000 members. His newest Instagram account now has over 21,000 followers.
Roger likes to give back to the sport by volunteering his time to various river cleanups and conservation projects. He is a Michigan Salmon Ambassador for the Michigan Sea Grant Initiative, developed in coordination with the DNRs of Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Roger also serves on the Michigan Coldwater Resources Steering Committee, which provides input, advice, and recommendations to the Fisheries Division on issues related to the state's coldwater resources-as well as strategies and goals for managing those resources.
Roger is also a member of Metro-West Steelheaders, serving on its board of directors. In addition, he is a State Director on the M.S.S.F.A Board and a member of Trout Unlimited, Grand Rapids Steelheaders, Traverse City Area Steelheaders, Michigan Fly Fishing Club, Huron River Fishing Association, and the Steelhead Society of British Columbia. He won River Angler of the Year in 2013.

Lance Valentine

Lance Valentine

Lance Valentine

The founder of TeachinFishin and creator of "The 8 Steps to Catching More Fish", Lance Valentine has turned a life-long passion for fishing and teaching into one of the foremost fishing education programs in the country. Started in 1998, TeachinFishin combines Lance's years of experience fishing national tournaments (PWT, RCL) and thousands of hours of guiding into seminars, programming, workshops, Fishing Education Weekends, DVDs, and Live events covering all aspects of walleye fishing and marine electronics. Lance and the TeachinFishin staff are experts at making the tough fishing questions easy to understand with information any angler can quickly use to catch more fish regardless of species or location. Recognized as an expert in marine electronics, Valentine's Sonar/GPS seminars and training DVDs are considered "must sees" by both beginner and professional anglers. Entering his third decade as a full time walleye guide and seminar speaker, Lance's friendly demeanor and high energy speaking style have made him a favorite of show goers throughout the Midwest.

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Lowrance Electronics Pro-Staffer Lance Valentine will be giving some expert instruction on the use of marine electronics. Bring your Lowrance Touch Screen unit to the show and swing by the TeachinFishin booth for FREE software updates and setup information! You are guaranteed to learn something new when you listen to Valentine on using this important fishing tool.

Mark Romanack: Fishing 411

Mark Romanack: Fishing 411

Mark Romanack, "the Outdoors Guy" is a lifelong outdoorsman and one of the nation's most active members of the outdoor media. A graduate of Northern Michigan University with a B.S. Degree in Conservation, Romanack has spent his entire career working to help others better understand and appreciate the outdoors. Romanack's outdoor career started in 1981 as an Environmental Educator. While working as a naturalist, he began to write outdoor articles for hunting and fishing magazines to supplement his income. His first article was published by Michigan Out of Doors Magazine (the nation's largest independent conservation organization). This part time hobby quickly grew into a full-fledged career with to date more than 3,000 writing credits in over 60 different local, regional and national magazines. Currently Romanack writes frequently for host of magazines and also produces a weekly outdoor blog on Facebook and the https://www.fishing411.net/ site.

Romanack made the move to outdoor writing full time in 1986. Since that time, he has published 13 different printed books on fishing, including the widely popular Precision Trolling Troller's Bible series of depth guides. Romanack has also released a growing number of Kindle e-books including Spinner Fishing Secrets, Walleye Jigging Tactics and Walleye Crankbait Trolling Strategies. In addition to writing and photography, Romanack has become a sought-after public speaker on a variety of freshwater fishing topics. Considered one of the nation's leading authorities on walleye fishing and all things trolling, Romanack conducts more than 40 multimedia seminars annually on a variety of fishing topics. In 2007 Romanack plunged into the television world by hosting and field producing a new TV series called Fishing 411 broadcast nationwide on World Fishing Network. Currently filming season 10, Fishing 411 has grown rapidly both in distribution and popularity reaching millions of homes on Dish Network and a host of cable TV providers. The Romanack family is also very active on the popular social networking venues. In addition to maintaining two Facebook accounts with over 20,000 followers, the Fishing 411 team provides social networking content in the form of video, photography and written communications for all of their sponsors.

Jake Romanack: Fishing 411

Jake Romanack: Fishing 411

Jake Romanack: Fishing 411


Captain Jake Romanack is both one of the youngest and most experienced charter captains on the Great Lakes.

The son of outdoor writer and TV host Mark Romanack, Jake has been fishing since he was old enough to hold up a trolling combo. "Jake grew up on the Great Lakes mastering both the fundamentals and the finer points of trout and salmon trolling," says Mark Romanack. Jake spent three years acting as a first mate on a dozen different charter boats before he stepped up and got his own captains license.

These days Captain Jake specializes in educational charters, seminars, YouTube videos and co-hosting TV productions as part of the family business Fishing 411 Productions."

Captain Jake Romanack lives in Northern Michigan, but travels frequently to target trout, salmon, walleye and other species around the Great Lakes region.

Rick Kustich

Rick Kustich

Rick Kustich


Rick Kustich is a fly-fishing author, photographer, and instructor who began fly-fishing over forty years ago on the lakes and streams of upstate New York. Rick's work has appeared in numerous national and regional publications, including Fly Fisherman and American Angler. He is the author of Hunting Musky with a Fly and Advanced Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead as well as four other fly fishing titles and is featured in the DVDs Tube Flies for Steelhead and Spey Daze. He has also spent time as a guide, fly-shop owner, travel host, and fly-fishing book publisher. He lives in Western New York.

Joe Fonzi

Joe Fonzi

Joe Fonzi


Born and raised in Western New York along the Niagara Escarpment, Joe Fonzi has spent most of his life in the outdoors: fishing, hunting, and trapping. Joe began his outdoor adventures as soon as he was old enough to keep up with his dad and grandfathers, who did it all from fly fishing to trapping. He still owes much of his success to the lessons and ethics that were set forth by these early mentors.

Joe is a graduate of both, New York State school of Environmental Science and Forestry (BSF); and SUNY Brockport, where all of his emphasis was placed on environmental studies. His graduate work was in fisheries management with importance placed on freshwater ecosystems; he participated in a 2 year fisheries inventory study of the New York canal system from Lake Erie to the Hudson River. For the past 16 years Joe has held a US Coast Guard license he's used turned his passion for fishing into a successful fishing charter business. Captain Joe, charters fishing trips on lakes Erie and Ontario, spending almost two hundred days a year in his Ranger boat, targeting smallmouth bass, perch, and walleyes.

When Joe isn't guiding, he tries to fit in as many fishing tournaments as possible. With finishes in the top 5 of both the National Bass and Walleye circuits Joe has accomplished something that most anglers don't even attempt. Other tournament accomplishments include: 3 top ten finishes in the FLW and qualifying for the FLW Costa championship both years he completed the circuit. Joe has also had success north of the border with several wins and top 10 finishes in both the Canadian Sport Fishing League (CSFL) and the Renegade Bass Circuits.

Joe holds pro-staff positions with several outdoor equipment companies including Mack's Lures, Warrior Lures, and most notably Ranger Boats (for the past 8 years.) Joe is entering his second year as a Cabela's pro staffer, he often participates in the Cabela's day's events at the Cheektowaga location. Joe also does several seminars each year for local sportsmen's clubs and outdoors shows in both the US and Canada, talking on a wide range of subjects from fishing ethics to tournament-winning strategies.
FREE UPDATES ON HDS LOWRANCE UNITS

Lowrance Electronics Pro-Staffer Lance Valentine will be giving some expert instruction on the use of marine electronics. And if you actually own a HDS Lowrance Unit, bring it to the show and receive a free update from Valentine at his booth. You are guaranteed to learn something new when you listen to Valentine on using this important fishing tool.

Frank Campbell

Frank Campbell

Frank Campbell


Capt. Frank Campbell of Niagara Falls with Niagara Region Charter Service is a full time guide with over .20 years of guiding experience on Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and the Niagara River. Spending an average of 200 days a year on the water has enabled Capt. Frank to be one of the most knowledgeable skippers in Western New York. He has been featured on numerous television shows including In-Fisherman, Keith Warren Outdoors, O'Neil's Outside, Bob Redfern Outdoors, Mid-West Outdoors, and Angling the Great Lakes along with the CBS Morning Show. He has also been featured in media print for many magazines including In-Fisherman, Outdoor Life, Fishing Facts, Salmon Trout & Steelheader, Great Lakes Angler, New York Outdoor News, Lake Ontario Outdoors, as well as in ESPN Outdoors.com. Campbell also gets involved to give back, serving as the chairman of the Niagara County Fisheries Development Board for over 10 years and also served as chairman of the Board of Directors for Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation. His seminars are extremely informative, whether you are someone just starting out or a long time veteran on the water.

Zak Jobes

Zak Jobes

Zak Jobes


Zak Jobes is a competitive walleye angler on the National Walleye Tour. He has a passion for chasing giant great lakes walleye and loves sharing his knowledge with fellow anglers. He calls Lake Erie his home water, where he spends much of his time during the open water season. Zak has been fishing since the age of five and fishing competitively the past 10 years. His sponsors include; Warrior Lures, Fishermans Central, Costa, Vics Sports Center, Mercury Marine, Lowrance, Offshore Tackle, and Cisco Fishing Systems.

Win a Lifetime Fishing License

Win a Lifetime Fishing License!

Win a Lifetime Fishing License!

New York State has a long angling heritage when it comes to sportfishing. Its angling resources abound, especially right here in Western New York. In an effort to help pass this outdoor opportunity on to the next generation, the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo will be having a drawing at the end of the show that will give every youngster 16 years of age an younger the chance to win a lifetime fishing license! This only applies to kids who are New York State residents, but the best thing about a lifetime license is that it even applies if the holder moves out of the state later in life. The number of licenses given away will be determined at the end of the show. Simply fill out an entry form when you arrive and then keep your fingers crossed. It will also be a great time to take advantage of youth fishing education abailable throughout the show. Good luck!

*Attendees at the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo will be permitted to submit One Entry Per Day Per Person, into the Drawing Barrel which will be located in the Grand Foyer