Well, last weekend, Ken J, 2 of my boys and I attended the “Ultimate Fishing Show” at the Novi Showplace Collection. Brother Karl and his boy, Zach also spent a day there.
It was a nice learning venue for all with some very good seminars put on by fishing pros who specialize in trolling for salmon, steel head and trout, fishing for walleye in various ways and fishing for bass with tubes, spinner baits and crank-baits.
All of this was interspersed with where and when to use what kind of lines, how to read your sonar, both traditional and the newer technology – down-scan and side-scan. Also the best rods and reels to use for each application and fishing style. As much as I’ve used sonar units, I still learned from these professionals and I’m sure will make my fishing more productive. Walleye fishing pro Lance Valentine also had seminars on how to use your GPS to mark fish so you know what time of day you caught them, the water temperature, and other pertinent data in order to be more successful every time you fish, no matter what kind of fish you go after from your boat.
For those who don’t want to, or don’t have the time or money to get into fishing on their own, the show is a good place to shop for fishing resorts, guides and captains who will set you up and/or take you to the fish. By the way, I’ll have a booth at the Minneapolis Sport and Rec in March. Here is the website for that: http://www.northwestsportshow.com/
Now that we have some colder weather (it’s 7 degrees outside as I type this) I plan to get out ice fishing with my new tent from Northwoods Sporting Goods. I bought a new Shappell ice fishing tent, so we’ll probably try in Copper Harbor for Splake and maybe late on (next week or so) Chassell for pike, then Keweenaw Bay for perch, herring and coho salmon. If the ice develops far enough out, maybe we’ll fish for lake trout too. Andy has the ice tent on his back here, then we set it up in the living room to give set-up lessons.
I mentioned before that we are planning a trip to Detroit again in February for the big boat show at Cobo Hall. We’re trying to round up some guys to make the trip, so let me know if you are interested.
There is also a big boat show in Milwaukee this weekend, but I don’t think I’ll make that one… unless I can convince Margie to go with me on a mini honeymoon. 😉