Bassmaster Elite Pro Mark Menendez of Paducah, Kentucky, will join an impressive cast of speakers at the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo to be held Jan. 20-22 at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls. Menendez, a regular on the Bassmaster Tournament trail for 26 years, is slated to be a competitor in the Elite Series in 2017 once again.
His statistics are impressive. Menendez has fished in 214 Bassmaster tournaments to date - placing in the money nearly 50 percent of the time. He's captured first place three times; second place once; third place twice; and placed in the top 10 and top 20 22 and 44 times respectively. Menendez has won more than $1.25 million in career earnings.
The 52-year-old angler is a graduate of Murray State, where he earned a degree in fisheries biology. He is familiar with the local waters of Western New York, and his seminars will be "Great Lakes Power Fishing Tactics" and "Finesse Fishing for Great Lakes Smallmouth." His presentations will be at noon on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday.
"The combination of Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, associated with the majestic Niagara River, creates the most dynamic fishery in the United States," said Menendez, a Bassmaster champion. "The smorgasbord of game fish found here can fill anyone's bucket list! And the waters in and around the Buffalo area hold more giant smallmouth than anyplace in the world!"
In addition to his two seminars, he will be giving product demonstration seminars for Rapid Fishing Solutions, one of his valued sponsors, on a regular basis Saturday and Sunday. Menendez is one of the hardest-working promoters and educators on tour and, in that role, he routinely averages more than 100 days a year working with the fans of the sport on behalf of his sponsors.
Menendez isn't the only bass fishing expert sharing his intimate knowledge at the expo. Buffalo-area Bass Pro Brad Brodnicki of Amherst will be in the spotlight all weekend, too, along with other members of WNY Bassmasters. They will all be providing bass seminars targeting all levels of proficiency. Whether one fishes from a boat or on shore, likes to cast or bottom-bounce, uses artificial baits or live bait, there will be relevant seminars to attend.
In addition, there will many manufacturers on hand to share insight and point one in the right direction to make purchases of equipment. Rods, reels, lures, electronics and other fishing gear will be available for purchase - even boats!
Bass is only one species that anglers can enjoy at the show. In addition, there will also be seminars on salmon, trout, walleye, perch and musky; seminars on electronics and boat rigging; expert talks on kayak fishing and tributary fishing. Nearly 130 seminars can be found during the three days. Check out the complete list at www.niagarafishingexpo.com. The website offers a wealth of information, including parking options and a $5 coupon for parking.
The Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls is located at 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls. Admission is $10 each day, or $20 for a weekend pass.