Attendees can learn from Bass University and other pros
The Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo, to be held Jan. 24-26 inside The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St., is providing attendees the opportunity to learn from the pros as Mike Iaconelli and Pete Gluszek, co-founders of Bass University, head two panel discussions throughout the weekend. The Bass University pro angler panel discussions will be featured on the main stage and are free with expo admission.
Saturday's Bass University pro angler panel includes (subject to change):
•Iaconelli - Co-founder of Bass University, and one of the most successful and dynamic pros in the business. He has won the Bassmaster's Classic and the Angler of the Year. He is pure energy on the water and gives exciting and informative seminars.
•Bernie Schultz - One of Florida's most accomplished anglers, his achievements include two Canadian and two U.S. titles, while qualifying for eight Bassmasters Classics and five FLW Championships.
•John Murray - The only professional angler to win a fully rigged bass boat on every major western waterway from New Mexico to Washington, totaling 31. He has qualified for the Bassmaster Classic six times and is a two-time U.S. Open champion.
Sunday's Bass University pro angler panel includes (subject to change):
•Gluszek - Co-founder of Bass University, Gluszek has been competing on the highest professional levels for more than 10 years as he has qualified for the Bassmaster Classic three times and the FLW Outdoors Championship. Gluszek won the Bassmaster Northern Open on Cayuga Lake in 2012. He currently has the record for the heaviest winning margin in the history of the FLW Stren Series, finishing almost 18 pounds in front of second place. He is a river specialist and has won on both the Bassmaster and FLW Outdoors tournament trails. Gluszek is recognized as one of the most informative and entertaining seminar speakers in the business.
•Chris Zaldain - An accomplished young angler and proud to be competing amongst 99 of the top fishermen in the world on the Bassmaster Elite Series, he has worked his way up the professional fishing ladder since he won his first bass boat as a co-angler in 2005. In just four years with FLW, Zaldain has recorded five top-10 finishes in the National Guard Western Series and was the only western pro to qualify for the Forrest Wood Cup four years in a row through the same series.
•Ott DeFoe - DeFoe has been fishing professionally for six years now, with the first four being on the FLW Tour. 2011 was his rookie season. He finished in fourth place in the Bassmaster Elite Series.
For more information on each angler, or to register for Bass University's more extensive training that weekend, visit www.thebassuniveristy.com.
For hunting enthusiasts, the Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo features one of the nation's most instinctive archers in Frank "The Aspirin Buster" Addington Jr., who has been shooting a bow and arrow since the age of 4 and appearing on stage since he was 18, performing what some in the media have dubbed "an amazing array of bow and arrow razzle dazzle."
Addington's exhibitions feature several one-of-a-kind shots, which hit aerial targets as small as baby aspirin shot from mid air from behind his back.
Addington is believed to be the first archer in the world to hit a baby aspirin from mid-air from behind his back. In 2007, he hit three flying baby aspirin with three arrows, and he can also hit a flying mustard seed from mid air. His latest shot is an 81 mg tablet from mid air - with his bow behind his back. This tablet is about one-third the size of a baby aspirin.
For more information, visit www.frankaddingtonjr.com.
Other weekend speakers and topics include:
The Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo is partnering with the Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Association to present a meet-and-greet session with this year's "Salmon School" instructors: Dan Keating, a 30-year charter captain, tournament angler and author; and Dave Mull, an award-winning journalist, photographer and contributor to Great Lakes Angler Magazine. The meet-and-greet session will be held inside the "Man Cave" featured on the expo's main floor Friday evening. The "Man Cave" also features comfort food and beverage concessions for purchase, as well as sporting events shown on a giant screen throughout the weekend.
Throughout the weekend, LOTSA is featuring the following classes, which are free with expo admission.
The expo also features interactive children's programming throughout the weekend in its Kids' Zone, complete with a live trout pond where children can learn to catch fish; adventure area; face painter; and other activities. Aquarium of Niagara staff will be on hand for those wanting to know more about activities planned at their facility.
Saturday and Sunday will also feature special cooking demonstrations on the main stage by The Conference & Event Center's own chef Kate Elliott. She will prepare specialty dishes using wild game, salmon and other fish.
The Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo times are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Advance tickets are available at www.ticketfly.com. Tickets will be available at the door at $8 per person or $24 for a family of four.
The Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo is presented by "Today's Country" 106.5 WYRK and Townsquare Media, and sponsored by Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel and Busch Beer.
Vending opportunities are still available. Contact Chris at 716-278-2123 or [email protected]. Additional information can be found at www.niagarafishingexpo.com or at www.facebook.com/niagarafishingexpo.