Ultimate Sport Show Grand Rapids
March 16-19, 2017
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Mark Romanack

Mark Romanack

Mark Romanack, “the Outdoors Guy” is a life-long 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.  Romanackʼs outdoor career started in 1981 as an Environmental Educator. While working as a naturalist, he began to write outdoor articles. This part-time hobby grew into a full-fledged career with writing and photography credits in over 30 different local, regional and national magazines. Currently Romanack writes frequently, In-Fisherman, Gun Dog, Wildfowl, Delta Waterfowl, Nationʼs Best Sports, Cabelaʼs Outfitter Journal, Waterfowl Retriever, Fur-Fish-Game, Woods-N-Water News, Michigan Out of Doors, and publishes a weekly outdoor blog on Facebook. He has published 11 different books on fishing, including the widely popular Precision Trolling series, authored more than 3,000 feature articles and columns, sold hundreds of magazine covers and countless support photographs. In addition to writing and photography, Romanack has become a sought after public speaker on a variety of outdoor topics.  Considered one of the nationʼs leading authorities on walleye fishing and all things trolling, Romanack also speaks on other outdoor topics including dog training and wing shooting.  In 2007 Romanack plunged into the TV world by hosting and field producing a new TV series called Fishing 411, which is broadcast nationwide on the World Fishing Network. Romanack also hosts an outdoor radio broadcast on WTCM radio in Northern Michigan.

Mark Martin

Mark Martin

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 (PWT) 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 a tournament pro with Anglers Insight Marketing (AIM). 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

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 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 Maps Series 1 and 2, and multiple web-sites. 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.

Capt. Willis Kerridge

Capt. Willis is the owner of Thunderduck Sportfishing Charters and the new Fish ON Bait & Tackle store. He is one of the most knowledgeable anglers on Lake Michigan. Willis spends countless hours on the big lake each season consistently providing solid results for his customers.  His seminar will focus on the best proven tactics to boat your limit of Salmon, Steelhead and Trout trolling Lake Michigan. With decades of fishing experience this seminar will improve your catch next summer.

Richard Holm

Richard Holm

Richard is the owner of Sea Quest Lures in Portage, Indiana and is an avid fisherman with over 30 years of experience fishing the Great Lakes. Holm has done extensive research on lure colors and the effects of lighting at different depths.

Will Schultz

Will Schultz

More than 30 years ago, Michigan native, Will Shultz’s first muskie encounter started what would be best described as obsessive compulsive muskie disorder. This lead him to thousands of muskie encounters and more than 100 over 50″ in his boat. These days he gets as much enjoyment from helping others catch their first or largest muskie as he does from catching them himself. As a conservation leader in Michigan, Will has been deeply involved in muskie preservation, restoration and education as a member of MI-DNR committees as well as a past president of Muskies, Inc. Chapter 47.

Capt. Kevin Backus

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, now he wants to pass this knowledge and love of fishing onto 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.

Glen Blackwood

Glen Blackwood

Glen, of the Great Lakes Fly Fishing Company in Rockford, is one of the State’s most knowledgeable anglers. Glen will discuss the entire sport of fly fishing with great information for beginners as well as the most hardcore fly anglers.

Jake Romanack

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 an got his own “captains” license. Captain Jake specializes in educational charters, seminars, YouTube videos and co-hosting TV productions as part of the family business Fishing 411 Productions.

Dan Armitage

Dan Armitage

Dan is a popular freelance outdoor writer, speaker and syndicated radio show host whose fishing articles appear in Great Lakes Angler, Michigan Game & Fish, Outdoor Life, BoatUS Angler, Lakeland Boating, MidWest Outdoors, Pontoon & Deck Boat, The Outdoor Hub and Cabela’s Outfitter Journal. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Ohio State University, is a licensed US Coast Guard Captain and travels the nation leading fishing and boating programs at boat and sport shows.

Jim Bedford

Jim Bedford

Jim is one of Michigan’s foremost authorities on fishing Michigan Rivers with spinners and other lures. The retired toxicologist spends over 1,000 hours a year fishing Michigan Rivers and has written three books on the subject. Jim’s most recent book “Spinner Magic!” has been a huge hit with Michigan anglers. Jim will discuss how to pick the best local water and target the most active fish.

Denny Geurink

Denny Geurink

Denny is the Host of the Outdoor Adventures TV Show and will bring his hunting knowledge to the Sport Show. A well known book author, video producer and published outdoor writer, Geurink’s seminars are a must see. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from a pro! Denny will be presenting educational and entertaining seminars on the subject of hunting turkeys in Michigan. He is one of the top Turkey hunting experts in the nation and will help you bag your next gobbler.

Fred Abbas

Fred Abbas

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 (most taken with bow). You’ve read his articles and have seen his videos. Now you can learn first-hand, the specialized tactics that have made Fred Abbas, inventor of the Bowgrunter Plus (the world’s first and most effective “Social” deer call) the master deer hunter!

Tom Richardson

Tom Richardson

Tom hails from Carson City, the heart of Michigan’s big buck country, and has stalked the woods and fields for over 38 years learning and honing his skills in the ways of whitetails, turkey and small game. As an accomplished professional game-caller and hunting guide, Tom attributes his success in the ability to get close to the animals he’s hunting by learning their language and becoming as invisible to the game as humanly possible. In his seminars, Tom not only teaches this many unique deer calling techniques, but also scent and sight control, learning the animals’ habits and weaknesses, developing and utilizing woodsman-ship skills to successfully blend into the forest, and becoming a part of his surroundings by vocally imitating the animal he’s hunting.