An all new Fishing Expo, presented by Fisherman’s Central, is being added to the boat show this year. It’s like two shows in one and now ranks the combined shows among the largest fishing and boating events in the nation. Major tackle and equipment displays from the likes of Fisherman’s Central, Holy Mackeral, Fisherman’s Warehouse and other retailers will keep shoppers busy getting equipped, at special show prices, for next season. But there lots more to this fishing show!

How about enjoying these new fishing features:

  • CATCH A FISH in the all-new Trout Fishing Pond featuring champion Jim Vitaro who will teach kids (and adults) angling techniques.
  • KAYAK FISHING is the hottest new angling trend and daily seminars by members of the Hobie Fishing Team will present daily seminars featuring a fully-rigged Hobie Pro Angler kayak on stage presented by Sun Valley.
  • CASTING LAGOON will challenge anglers to hit targets out in the 70-foot long lake. Periodically anglers will be encouraged to participate in various “Casting Challenges” set for both kids and adults.
  • BASS COLLEGE, presented by Boat Masters Marine, will feature the Berkley 5000-Gallon Bass Aquarium and boast daily speakers and demonstrations led by Ohio’s popular outdoor radio personality Dan Armitage. His passion is teaching youngsters to fish, but everyone will learn good techniques from Dan’s entertaining pointers.
  • ON THE FLY, is the theme of some periodic Fly Fishing opportunities at the Casting Lagoon. Hitting the targets will get you in a drawing for a prize package.
  • RIG IT RIGHT, presented by Ohio Sea Grant, is an opportunity for young and old to learn to make a great walleye lure. It’s a hands-on session with expert guidance and everyone gets to take their lure home, ready to try it out next spring.
  • FIGHT A SAILFISH, albeit on the Sportfishing Simulator, but the action feels real and if you don’t play the fish well you lose it.
  • BUCKEYE SPORTS FISHING STAGE will be the spot to learn from a team of fishing pros giving daily seminars on everything from walleye to bass chasing.
  • PLUS HUNDREDS of the latest fishing machines all ready for boarding in both the Fishing Expo and throughout the rest of the boat show . . . one-half million square feet of boating and fishing fun!

Check here in January for the full daily seminar schedule



David Dudley

Biography: Dudley is three-time winner of FLW’s coveted Angler of the Year trophy. Dudley’s dominating 2012 season included wins at Beaver Lake and Lake Champlain, followed by a third-place at the Potomac and a top-10 finish at the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Lanier (fifth). Dudley is FLW’s all-time leading money winner and the only angler with earnings surpassing the $3 million mark. In 2003, he won the FWC at the James River. Dudley and his wife Angela have five children.

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Fat Cat Newton

Biography: Fat Cat Newton was born on Sept. 1, 1978 in White Oak, Va., into a humble family of commercial fishermen. His dad and uncles harvested blue crabs and catfish from the Potomac River, and he says much of his childhood was spent with them on the water.

“When I was 5 or 6 years old, I’d go with Uncle ‘Froggy’ Newton, calling out crab pot numbers as he worked his line. In the evenings, I’d be back on the water with my pops catching catfish and white perch.”

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Julia “Juls” Davis

Biography: Captain Juls has enjoyed the sport of fishing since she was 4 years old.
She competed in the top Pro/Am walleye tournaments from 2001-2009
and after that, she followed the various top tournament walleye
circuits to do the tournament coverage of them for She became a licensed Lake Erie guide in 2011, and
since then, has been putting smiles on customer’s faces and helping
them learn to catch more fish with her “Trip Blogs” on her website at

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Julia’s Presentation: “There Are No Dumb Questions”
Julia will be entirely focusing her seminar on what the crowd wants to talk about. Questions are highly encouraged and as Julia says, there are no dumb questions!

Ali Shakoor

Biography: Ali is an avid outdoorsman and fisherman.  He holds a BS in Biology, an MS in Conservation Ecology from the School of Natural Resources at the University of Michigan and is currently a PhD candidate in Evolutionary and Organismal Biology with an emphasis on Aquatic Ecology at Wayne State University.   Also, he is a US Coast Guard Licensed Charter Captain and tournament fisherman.  Ali has 15 top-10 finishes and has qualified for the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit World Championships six times. His current research focuses on the effect of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) on walleye biology.  Recently, he has also worked on studies investigating the effect of Asian carp introduction on Great Lake food webs among other projects.  Ali enjoys talking about fish biology, ecology, and behavior, invasive species, food web disruptions, and other non-biological factors including the effect of wind, weather, and currents on fish locations.

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Ali’s Presentation: “Using Science to Catch More Walleye”
In this seminar, Ali will discuss using science to find, target, and catch more walleye.  He will talk about walleye biology, movements, and prey.  Ali will also discuss wind, currents, and how walleye relate to things like changing water temperatures and thermal stratification.  Examples from the Great Lakes will be highlighted, but the principles will be applicable to other of other bodies of water.

Lori Povisil and Beth Mills

Biography: Two of the top pros on the Ladies Bass Anglers Association circuit, Lori
Povisil and Beth Mills, share their tournament-tested techniques while
encouraging more youth and woman to experience the joys of fishing. Both
are teachers in the Worthington (OH) City School District, but when they’re
not in the classroom they are pro bass fishers. Mills learned to fish from her
father and Povisil started when she was 4 years old, but really got the bug
for bass fishing just a few years ago. Now the pair are professional anglers
competing in tourneys like the LBAA Kentucky Lake, the Ike Foundation
Celebrity Pro-Am, the LBAA CLASSIC on Arkansas’ Bull Shoals Lake, among others.

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Zak Jobes

Biography: I have been walleye fishing since the age of 5 years old and compete as a tournament angler on the Cabela’s National Walleye Tour. I have a passion for the sport and love educating others by helping them to put more fish in the boat. I have fished several lakes and rivers across the country but call Lake Erie my home water. My favorite techniques to put walleye in the boat include open water trolling and jigging. Current sponsors include: Offshore Tackle, Warrior Lures, Costa Sunglasses, Mercury Marine, Cisco Fishing Systems, Fisherman’s Central, and Stormr USA.

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Zak’s Presentations: “Spring Time Walleye Tactics” and “Catch more Walleye by being Efficient”

Ryan Buddie

Biography: Ryan Buddie is a top touring walleye pro with 7 top 10s in Major Tournaments on the National Walleye Tour and Masters Walleye Circuit.  He is a new member of the USA Predator fishing team and will be represent the USA on an international stage.  Beyond the tournament stage, Ryan has a career that has included being an Alaskan Fishing Guide, Ohio Steelhead Guide, and Lake Erie Walleye Charter Captain.  Father of 3 young girls, he loves getting them and as many kids he can come in contact with involved in fishing.  His patience and dedication to teaching is remarkable. 

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James Watson

Biography: James Watson otherwise known as JMFW Worldwide, began his fishing career in 2009 in the back of the boat as a co-angler. That same year he earned a trip to the Forrest Wood Cup fishing the FLW Tour.

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Randall Tharp

Biography:  The “Honey Badger” is one of only two anglers competing on the Bass Pro Tour with both a Forrest Wood Cup trophy and a Bassmaster Elite Series title to their credit. Tharp – the winner of the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup on the Red River in Louisiana – has collected 11 wins and 60 Top 10 finishes in his career.

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Drew Cook

Biography: Never underestimate Drew Cook’s desire to make his living as a Bassmaster Elite Series pro. Consider what the Florida resident overcame at the first Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Eastern Open of 2018 on Florida’s Kissimmee Chain.

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Ross Robertson

Biography: With a passion for fishing, Robertson’s travels have taken him from Western Europe to the Arctic Circle chasing fins and gills. Spending nearly two decades fishing all of the Great Lakes, particularly L. Erie, has allowed Robertson to become a well-versed angler. This is especially true with his trolling and open water arsenal. His fishing career has him wearing many hats; boat sales, guiding, TV and magazine, seminars and tournaments. This has allowed Robertson to amass a record with more than 75% of his finishes in the top ten. He has experience with circuits including: FLW, MWC, LEWT, NBAA, MWT, as well as numerous open events. He credits time on the water and mentoring from legendary anglers including, but not limited to, Dave Hanson, Gary Roach, and Jim Fofrich.

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