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Seminar Stage Headliners
PLEASE NOTE: The following information is from the 2018 Outdoorama. The 2019 Show details will be posted soon…
Fishing 411 television host, seminar leader, walleye fishing expert and the author of the acclaimed Precision Trolling depth guides will be on-hand throughout the Show. The Great Lakes are home to a host of outstanding walleye fishing destinations. Saginaw Bay, Lake Erie, Little Bay de Noc and other big water fisheries harbor amazing numbers of walleye. Catching the fish requires some specialized trolling presentations inclucing the use of diving planers, crank baits, spoons and spinners. This informative multi-media seminar is a must-see presentation for anyone who wants to learn more about targeting walleye in open water.
There is no denying walleye are finicky fish and fishing pro Mark Martin is no stranger to teaching others on how to catch them. Martin has been giving seminars on the subject since his first tournament win in 1991, during the first-ever Professional Walleye Trail Championship, which coined him the title “The Original Champ.” A life-long resident of Michigan, Martin is currently an instructor with the Fishing Vacation / Schools as well as a tournament pro with Anglers Insight Marketing. Not to be missed, Martin will be giving seminars on catching walleye using modern-day, open-water techniques and giving up his secrets to catching these most fickle of fish through the ice.
Capt. Lance Valentine
As founder of Lance Valentine’s Walleye 101 and the “Fishing Education Center,” Lance has helped countless anglers catch more fish through seminars, workshops and educational charters. Over 20 years of walleye fishing experience has gained Lance the knowledge needed to become known as an expert on marine electronics. Catching more fish of all species begins with the ability to locate them and stay where they are, and Lance’s seminars will teach all you need to master your electronics.
Capt. Wayne Carpenter
Capt. Wayne has dedicated fifteen years of effort to bringing in fishing information and bait technology to anglers. The research done over that period resulted in the development of the Combat Fishing Weekly Newsletter, No Secrets on Lake St. Clair volumes 1 and 2 books, No Secrets On Lake St. Clair DVD, Marked Map Series 1 and 2, and multiple websites. Wayne has also developed a full line of tournament quality baits by Xtreme Bass Tackle. He has been recognized as the foremost bass fishing expert on Lake St. Clair through his participation in Michigan’s major fishing shows, TV and radio appearances and nationally known product development.
A Lund and Mercury pro staffer, Joel has grown up on Lake St. Clair and has spent over 35 years fishing and hunting this world class lake system. From fishing to waterfowl hunting, he has dedicated a tremendous amount of time to fully understand the Lake St. Clair fishery as well as the waterfowl migration patterns. His passion for the outdoors has led him to operate Fish Headz Outfitter, a full-time charter fishing and waterfowl hunting operation on Lake St. Clair. Capt. Joel fully understands seasonal patterns of all fish species and knows what the hot bite is and where to find it. He will be presenting seminars on catching multi gamefish species of Lake St. Clair and waterfowl hunting best practices.
Capt. Mike Pittiglio
Capt. Mike is a full time Muskie guide on the world renowned Lake St. Clair. With over 20 years of muskie fishing under his belt, he spends approximately 120 days per season on the lake fishing for muskies. His finest accomplishments were a 55 1/4″, which weighed 41.45 lbs, three muskies over 56″ and 39 muskies boated in one day. Captain Mike will hold nothing back during his seminars. All the hottest lures, locations and set-ups will be covered. Capt. Mike’s seminars will cover the whole muskie season from the first Saturday of June through the middle of December.
Capt. Kevin Backus
Kevin began fishing on the waters of Lake St. Clair at an early age. His grandfather, the legendary muskie fisherman Homer LeBlanc, passed on the knowledge and skills required to be a legendary fisherman. Kevin has been around muskies and Lake St. Clair all his life, and now wants to pass this knowledge and love of fishing on to you. Expect to be entertained by the timeless tales of Homer LeBlanc, told by Kevin himself. Learning Homer’s proven and timeless tips and strategies of luring muskies into striking.
Capt. Jake Romanack
Jake 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 rod/reel combo. He 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 Jake specializes in educational charters, seminars, YouTube videos and co-hosting TV productions as part of the family buisness Fishing 411 Productions.
Seth is the owner and founder of Bully’s Wild Turkey Calls. He is a contest caller, seminar speaker and avid turkey hunter. His presentation on turkey hunting and the life cycle of the wild turkey is informative and fun. Both novice and experienced hunters will enjoy Seth’s seminars.
Tom has successfully called in and killed big bucks for 40 years. His secret is learning their unique language, not only vocalizations and what they mean, but scent and sight communication as well. In his seminar Tom will cover basic calling and blending in with natural surroundings, only with a twist, hunting the rut through the eyes of a doe. Not only will you learn how to successfully “talk” to and call deer, but you will also learn to call in a deer with a squirrel call, turkey call and with nothing more than a handful of stones. His unique, proven techniques and old-school ways of bagging game, combined with his sense of humor will make for a very enjoyable learning experience for both new hutners and veterans alike.
Food plot expert and author of Ultimate Deer Food Plots, Ed will be on hand daily to discuss all aspects of growing food plots for deer. Ed is passionate about educating others and helping them create a unique food plot on their own. With thousands of hours of experience Spinazzola has learned what to do and what not to do to guarantee year-round success. Ed will discuss the entire process from start to finish.
Tony has hunted and harvested 42 Trophy Class Whitetails consistently for 26 years, by utilizing his “Unique Hunting and Ultimate Land Technology.” Tony has created over 1,000 land management properties ranging from 5 acres to 6,000 acres in 25 states, which adds up to over 300,000 acres. His seminars are a must-see for any serious whitetail hunter.
Outdoor writer, speaker, and Bear Archery Pro-staffer, Jason Herbert has enjoyed great success pursuing his passions in the outdoor industry. Jason is a nationally published writer with works in Outdoor Life, North American Whitetail, Deer and Deer Hunting, Petersen’s Bowhunting, and Bow and Arrow Hunting. He has also worked with several smaller, regional publications. Making his living by being a public school teacher, Jason has carved out his niche as a “regular guy” who lives and hunts in the real world. Jason’s advice and tactics are practical and apply to almost everyone.
Known for his humble personality, Fred shares the innovative tactics that have made him truly one of the top trophy whitetail hunters to ever come out of Michigan. He ranks #1 all time in the State for trophy buck entries (no small feat when you consider there are nearly 1 million whitetail hunters in Michigan). He is the only Michigan hunter to have officially entered 4 record book whitetails in one season – 1990 – the last year with a 4 buck limit. For this accomplishment and others, Fred was honored as the “Hunter of the Decade” by Commemorative Bucks of Michigan. Abbas has entries in the record books of P&Y, CBM, Buck Masters, and Long Hunter Society. You have read his articles and have seen his videos. Now you can learn first-hand the specialized tactics that have made Fred, owner of Bowgrunter Plus, the master deer hunter!