Many experts at World Fishing Expo

Last weekend was the annual Northeast Hunting and Fishing Show in Hartford. It snowed again!

As a result, many outdoor fans failed. Well, there’s another opportunity next weekend.

The 37th Annual World Fishing and Outdoor Expo, known to fans as “The Suffern Show”, is your chance to meet the masters of fishing and hunting.

This year’s show will take place Thursday, February 27 through Sunday, March 2 at Rockland Community College Field House in Suffern, NY. An exceptional line-up of speakers is featured. Each offering invaluable advice on the techniques and strategies that have made them the best in their field.

For 37 years, the World Fishing & Outdoor Exposition has hosted one of the largest and most popular sporting fairs east of the Mississippi. More than 1.5 million hunters, anglers and their families flocked to this outdoor extravaganza, and part of the reason was the chance to learn from top talent.

Among those offering seminars are Bassmaster Elite Pro Mike “Ike” Iaconelli, winner of the BassMaster Classic, and Bassmaster Elite Angler John Crews.

Iaconelli is a lifelong fisherman who spends around 200 days a year on the water, improving his knowledge of the many lakes, rivers and reservoirs across the country. One of the most popular anglers in the country, Ike is the former host of City Limits and is currently working on a new TV show, “Going Ike”.

He also writes fishing articles and designs lures. An experienced speaker, Iaconelli is in demand as a seminar presenter at sports shows across the country.

Crews has been fishing professionally for 13 years and is the owner of Missile Baits. He’s qualified for the Bassmaster Classic eight of the last 10 years (an incredible 80%!) and won the 2010 Elite Series event on the California Delta. He is known for his versatility in fishing and is a great ambassador for the sport.

Next is Captain Greg Dubrule, who has been in the fishing industry for almost 40 years, having started at the age of 18. Dubrule has extensive inshore and offshore fishing experience, and has caught everything from giant tuna and marlin to striped bass and snappers. .

He ran the famous “Seaweed Too” charter boat out of Noank, CT for 20 years and now operates the Black Hawk.

Renowned author, speaker and tournament champion David Schunke is still popular on the sportscasting circuit. Schunke fishes more than 15 major tournaments each year from Florida to Massachusetts and is also an expert in deep canyon fishing.

Captain Matt Baryshyan will also share his love of deep canyon fishing and provide a short canyon fishing boat guide that will give fellow anglers a safe and comprehensive roadmap for their own canyon fishing expeditions.

Baryshyan has been fishing offshore since 1975 and his adventures have taken him from the Azores to Costa Rica.

Maybe no one loves strippers more than Captain Matthew DeBacco. He fished stripers on the Connecticut River in Hartford for 14 years and is a certified Coast Guard Captain. He practices catch and release when striper fishing, supporting this essential fishery.

Rounding out the talent for Angler is Bill Carson, currently Field Marketing Manager for Johnson Outdoors Hummingbird Marine Electronics. Carson is also a former Tournament Director (Striped Bass Tour), Promotions Manager for Bass Pro Shop and Super Prostaffer for Navico, Minn Kota, Fitec, Aftco, Offshore, Yamaha, Navionics and Gamakatsu.

It primarily targets striped bass in both freshwater and saltwater, but fishes all over the United States. As an electronics expert, Carson enjoys teaching others how to use electronics to enhance their fishing experience.

Joining the fishing presenters are acclaimed hunters Pat and Tony Salerno whose success in pocketing the biggest bucks has elevated them to legendary status in the Adirondacks. The Salerno brothers have been hunting since they were “knee high” and practice the art of “hit hunting” taught to them by their father, Pat. They attribute their phenomenal success to this unique approach.

Also on the role is Peter Fiduccia, the “Deer Doctor”. A highly recognized authority on white-tailed deer hunting, Fiduccia’s accomplishments are too numerous to mention.

He has produced numerous award-winning television and video programs, including his own national series “Woods `N Water”. Known as one of the top white tail gurus in the country, he is the author of “White Tail Strategies”.

Keeping him in the family is Kate Fiduccia, co-host of the TV show “Woods `N Water” and host of the “Cooking Wild in Kate’s Kitchen” segment. An author of popular cookbooks and magazines, Kate has appeared on CBS Evening News and MSNBC’s News with Brian Williams.

An accomplished hunter, she has been featured in both The New York Times and Newsday for her hunting skills. Kate is a graduate of Cornell University Hotel School. She will highlight various game cooking tips during her presentation.

Hunters won’t want to miss Whitetail Super Day on Sunday, March 2, which features ongoing seminars by some of America’s top hunters.

Create leads for the “Suffern Show” – the world’s angling and outdoor expo, Feb. 27-March 2 at Rockland Community College Field House in Suffern, NY.

Opening hours are Thursday (2 p.m. to 8 p.m.), Friday (1 p.m. to 8 p.m.), Saturday (9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Sunday (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Admission is $13.00 for adults, $3.00 for children under 12, with children under five admitted free. (Ticketing is cash only. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.sportshows.com.

The Suffern Show just a quick hop over the Tappan Zee Bridge. It is located off I-87, New York Thruway, Exit 14B, Airmont Road, then follow signs for Suffern Community College Field House at 145 College Road. For GPS directions and more information, visit www.sportshows.com.

The World Fishing & Outdoor Exposition is presented by Stihl and sponsored by World Fishing Network, Costa Sunglasses, Zancudo Lodge, Nikon and Keep America Fishing. A portion of all proceeds from the show are donated to the Keep America Fishing Initiative.

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Not much to report on the fishing scene this week. Rick Mola of Fisherman’s World says there are still plenty of herring around but the problem is getting to where the fish are through the ice.

Ron Merly always braves the cold and the snow. Last week he posted a photo showing one of three Atlantic salmon he caught while fishing the Naugatuck River last week.

Chris Miller caught smelt at the West Branch Reservoir in New York. Last week, he also caught a few small perch there. Chris uses big heads to catch these fish.

Martin Armstrong is a member of the Fisheries Advisory Council, a life member of Trout Unlimited and a member of the Outdoor Writers Association.

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