We have put together another great lineup for a full weekend of seminars, tips & tricks, and hawg trough demonstrations! Back by popular demand is the Musky Panel at 2:45pm on Saturday! The panel includes Pete Maina, Spence Petros, Ranger Rick Krueger, Mike Caldarazzo, and Chris Taurisano. Ask the pro’s anything you want!
Pete Maina is internationally known for his prowess with muskie, northern pike, and many other big toothy fish! He is an entrepreneur, an accomplished author, photographer and TV personality. Pete has authored books, countless articles, and educational videos – as well as being a very popular speaker and “personality” at fishing events and sport shows throughout North America. Pete Maina was named as one of the “Top 20 Anglers on the Planet” by Outdoor Life Magazine (June/2011).
Pete works on product development and promotion with the top companies in the fishing industry, specializing in large-predator tackle and associated products. Conservation and “fisheries health” are extremely important; ultimately most important! (As well as having fun, so Pete’s goal is combining great how-to information/education with FUN, asking “Who Says Fishing Ain’t Cool?”) Realizing this, Pete has been a leader in educating and promoting catch and release, selective harvest, proper (most fish-friendly) handling – and simply getting folks excited about putting “Fisheries First” for decades.
Don’t miss Pete on Saturday! He will be doing a Hawg Trough demo, a seminar, and sitting in on the musky panel!
Spence Petros is one of North America’s most versatile and well-respected anglers. Author, fishing educator, tournament angler, tackle designer, and veteran of over 125 television shows, including three years on ESPN’s national show “the Outdoor Writers”. In 1989 Petros was inducted into the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, and is listed among the “Living Legends of American Sportfishing,” a book authored by Larry Colombo profiling 100 of the top people in the sportfishing industry. Spence was editor of Fishing Facts magazine for 22 years and now writes regularly for some of the top fishing magazines in North America which include North American Fisherman, Midwest Outdoors, Fishing Facts, Bassin’, Crappie Magazine, and Musky Hunter. He also appears regularly on TV with Babe Winkelman and Joe Bucher, along with being a regular on Midwest Outdoors TV shows. Spence’s career has been dedicated to “teaching fishermen to catch more fish”.
Jim Crowley father stated him fishing when he was 3 years old. He has fished in 6 different countries and on numerous bodies of both fresh and salt water. A multi species angler, Jim is sought after for his informative and entertaining seminars. He has been a member of the Rapala team for over 13 years! Dan Quinn, Promotions Manager for Rapala stated, “Jim has one of the best seminars I have ever seen!” Jim also founded Hook & Hunt TV. You can see him Saturday and Sunday giving seminars and demonstrations on the hawg trough!
“Ranger” Rick Krueger is widely considered one of the top musky guides in northern Wisconsin. He was one of the original editors of Musky Hunter Magazine and is a 37 year Wisconsin musky fishing guide and legend. Rick owns and operates Guides Choice Pro Shop and Guides Choice Fishing School. If it is big musky you are after his seminar and the musky panel is a can’t miss for you!
Ted Peck was born and raised in Carroll County, Illinois where incomparable natural resources enabled him to begin the lifelong work of sharing the outdoors experience, starting as a fishing guide on the Mississippi over 38 years ago. He has been communicating the outdoors experience for nearly that long, with at least one outdoor column or broadcast published/aired every week since 1973. Peck currently writes a weekly column in the Janesville Gazette—for which he was named Wisconsin Outdoor Writer of the Year in 1999. Over the years Peck has penned numerous articles for In-Fisherman, Catfish In-Sider, Woods & Waters, Fins & Feathers, Wildfowl and several other magazines.
Ted has worked with eight different TV production companies on various hunting and fishing segments– appearing on ESPN’s Anglin’ USA, Midwest Outdoors TV Magazine, Northland Adventures, Babe Winkelman’s Good Fishing, and Discover Wisconsin. Prior to moving to Iowa in 2006 Peck had weekly radio fishing shows on WJVL-Janesville, Wi. and WYHY Rockford, Il. for 15 years.
Chris Taurisano has been guiding full time for 8 years. He spends 325 of what he calls the best days of the year on the water. At an early age Chris attended Al Lindner’s Camp Fish and has been hooked ever since. Chris’s T-Bone guide service has quickly become one of Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin’s best! Don’t miss your chance to hear from this local water expert!
Mike Caldarazzo is a National Freshwater Fishing Hall Of Fame angler with over 30-years of muskie/pike fishing experience. While his specialty is arguably muskies, Mike is equally adept at catching northern pike and other gamefish. Mike is a fishing educator and pro-staff member for Guides Choice Pro Shop based in Eagle River, WI. Mike is a frequent guest speaker at seminars, sport shows, and muskie banquets. He has captured well-over 2500 muskies…, including dozens of trophy-sized fish.
Mike’s passion lies in helping anglers catch either their first musky, or the fish of their dreams. Mikes knowledge can greatly improve encounters with trophy-class fish. Mike has been featured in Midwest Outdoors Magazine, Saskatchewan Trivia Challenge and he competes in the Professional Muskie Tournament Trail.
On July 18, 2000 – while fishing Lake Athabasca in Saskatchewan Canada, Mike was fortunate enough to capture an extremely large Northern Pike which measured 54” in length. There were 6 witnesses to his catch, including 2 local Guides. After a thorough confirmation process with the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, Mike was inducted as the (All-Tackle) World Record holder (Catch & Release Division).
Trout Pond-Bring the whole family to fish in the trout pond and see how many fish you can catch! The trout pond is a ton of fun for all ages and the best part is it is FREE for kids!!!
Kids Casting-Kids can practice their casting, learn new casting techniques, and enter the casting contest! All of these are FREE for kids all weekend long!
Minnow Races-Kids of all ages love stopping by and racing the minnows! Free to play and prizes for all winners!