2015 Outdoorama has Plenty to Offer

Outdoorama 2015 has plenty to offer to anglers and outdoors persons

Outdoorama 2015 has plenty to offer to anglers and outdoors persons

Whether it’s hunting, fishing, boating, canoeing, hiking, mushroom hunting or bird watching, the 2015 Outdoorama has plenty to offer. Fishing tackle, boat dealers, the Outfitter’s Expo area along with major feature attractions like Big Buck Night, Wildlife Encounters and the Trout Pond provide the best place to book the trip of a lifetime or entertain the family. In addition, with a huge display of docks and lifts, and marine accessories, this show is the best place to shop for new boats and accessories. Outdoorama is a must-see for everyone who loves the outdoors.

The 42nd Annual Outdoorama, February 26 to March 1 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi, is one of Michigan’s most popular shows for hunters, anglers, campers, boaters, hikers, conservationists, canoeists and general outdoors enthusiasts. More than 150 booths of new outdoors-related products including fishing boats, pontoons, canoes, kayaks, deck boats and runabouts are in the show.

Ramsey Dowgiallo has been fishing through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for almost twenty years.

Ramsey Dowgiallo has been fishing through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for almost twenty years.

Outfitters from across North America and beyond will be present at Outdoorama’s Outfitter Expo so show patrons can get the early jump on booking a hunting, fishing or adventure trip. Over 50 free hunting and fishing seminars by national experts including recent Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame inductee Mark Martin, walleye expert Mark Romanack and habitat specialist Tony LaPratt are scheduled, along with special appearances by Michigan Out-of-Doors TV hosts Jimmy Gretzinger and Jenny Olson.

New to the show this year is the Marvelous Mutts Canine Spectacular, this is sure to entertain and amaze show patrons. Crowd favorites such as “Big Buck Night East,” deer processing demos, complimentary scoring by Commemorative Bucks of Michigan and a Trout Pond for kids are among many special features.

The show is held in conjunction with the 8th annual Cottage and Lakefront Living Show – Detroit, providing patrons with two major shows with free crossover admission to the Cottage and Lakefront Living Show.

Hours: Thursday, 3 to 9:30; Friday, noon to 9:30; Saturday, 10 to 9; Sunday, 10 to 5. Admission: $10 adults, $4 children 6 to 14, free for children 5 and under. Information: www.Outdoorama.com or 800-328-6550. Request a coupon good for $2 off Thursday or Friday only. See a floor plan for Outdoorama 2015.


Seminar Headliners

Mark Martin

There is no denying walleye are finicky fish and fishing pro Mark Martin is no stranger to teaching others on how to catch them. Martin has been giving seminars on the subject since his first tournament win in 1991, during the first-ever Professional Walleye Trail Championship, which coined him the title “The Original Champ.” A life-long resident of Michigan, Martin is currently an instructor with the Fishing Vacation / Schools as well as a tournament pro with Anglers Insight Marketing. Not to be missed, Martin will be giving seminars on catching walleye using modern-day, open-water techniques and giving up his secrets to catching these most fickle of fish through the ice.

Capt. Lance Valentine

As founder of Lance Valentine’s Walleye 101 and the “Fishing Education Center,” Lance has helped countless anglers catch more fish through seminars, workshops and educational charters. Over 20 years of walleye fishing experience has gained Lance the knowledge needed to become known as an expert on marine electronics. Catching more fish of all species begins with the ability to locate them and stay where they are, and Lance’s seminars will teach all you need to master your electronics.

Capt. Wayne Carpenter

Capt. Wayne has dedicated fifteen years of effort to bringing in fishing information and bait technology to anglers. The research done over that period resulted in the development of the Combat Fishing Weekly Newsletter, No Secrets on Lake St. Clair volumes 1 and 2 books, No Secrets On Lake St. Clair DVD, Marked Map Series 1 and 2, and multiple websites. Wayne has also developed a full line of tournament quality baits by Xtreme Bass Tackle. He has been recognized as the foremost bass fishing expert on Lake St. Clair through his participation in Michigan’s major fishing shows, TV and radio appearances and nationally known product development.

Mike Schultz

Owner of Schultz Outfitters, a fly fishing guide service specializing in South Eastern Michigan warm-water angling, instruction and destination travel. Over the past few steelhead seasons Mike has turned his attention to the Ohio Tributaries of Steelhead Alley. Mike guides these world class tributaries throughout the fall and spring runs through his partnership with Greg Senyo’s Steelhead Alley Outfitters.

Born and raised in the great State of Michigan, Mike has enjoyed the outdoors his entire life. He developed an interest in fly-fishing during his teenage years. After graduating with a business degree from Eastern Michigan University, he started guiding and working in the fly-fishing industry full time. His angling travels have taken him from Alaska to Patagonia and many places in between. Over the past 5 years Mike has expanded his fly-fishing travels to salt water destinations, making multiple trips to the Bahamas, Florida Keys, and Mexico in search of Bonefish, Tarpon, Roosterfish and the elusive Permit. Logging 200+ days a year on the water annually, Mike has developed a vast knowledge of Midwestern waters and beyond.

Mike is a member of the Scientific Anglers, Rainy’s Fly Company, Patagonia and Ross Reels National Pro Staffs’. In 2010 he became a member of the Simms Fishing Products Ambassador program.

Capt. Mike Pittiglio

Capt. Mike is a full time Muskie guide on the world renowned Lake St. Clair. With over 20 years of muskie fishing under his belt, he spends approximately 120 days per season on the lake fishing for muskies. His finest accomplishments were a 55 1/4?, which weighed 41.45 lbs, three muskies over 56? and 39 muskies boated in one day. Captain Mike will hold nothing back during his seminars. All the hottest lures, locations and set-ups will be covered. Capt. Mike’s seminars will cover the whole muskie season from the first Saturday of June through the middle of December.

Capt. Kevin Backus

Kevin began fishing on the waters of Lake St. Clair at an early age. His grandfather, the legendary muskie fisherman Homer LeBlanc, passed on the knowledge and skills required to be a legendary fisherman. Kevin has been around muskies and Lake St. Clair all his life, and now wants to pass this knowledge and love of fishing on to you. Expect to be entertained by the timeless tales of Homer LeBlanc, told by Kevin himself. Learning Homer’s proven and timeless tips and strategies of luring muskies into striking.

Seth McCullough

Seth is the owner and founder of Bully’s Wild Turkey Calls. He is a contest caller, seminar speaker and avid turkey hunter. His presentation on turkey hunting and the life cycle of the wild turkey is informative and fun. Both novice and experienced hunters will enjoy Seth’s seminars.

Jason Herbert

Outdoor writer, speaker, and Bear Archery Pro-staffer, Jason Herbert has enjoyed great success pursuing his passions in the outdoor industry. Jason is a nationally published writer with works in Outdoor Life, North American Whitetail, Deer and Deer Hunting, Petersen’s Bowhunting, and Bow and Arrow Hunting. He has also worked with several smaller, regional publications. Making his living by being a public school teacher, Jason has carved out his niche as a “regular guy” who lives and hunts in the real world. Jason’s advice and tactics are practical and apply to almost everyone.

Tim Andrus

Hunting whitetails is Tim’s true passion and he will travel anywhere to pursue them. To date he has had the opportunity to hunt them in 20 states and 5 Canadian provinces. What started as a hobby has turned into a part time job! Tim was placed on Realtree’s Pro Staff in 1996 and hasn’t looked back since. He has turned his passion into a profession and his pro staff positions have allowed him to grow within the outdoor industry, exceeding his greatest expectations with companies such as Scent Lok, Ameristep Tree Stands and Muzzy Broadhead’s. Tim has filmed many hunts and has had many appearances on various TV shows including Realtree Road Trips, Deer City USA, Outdoor America, Gene Pearcy’s On The Right Track, and currently hosts Rush Outdoors TV.

Ed Spinnazola

Food plot expert and author of Ultimate Deer Food Plots, Ed will be on hand daily to discuss all aspects of growing food plots for deer. Ed is passionate about educating others and helping them create a unique food plot on their own. With thousands of hours of experience Spinazzola has learned what to do and what not to do to guarantee year-round success. Ed will discuss the entire process from start to finish.

Dave Rose

What started out as an infatuation with catching fish as a child has turned out to be a career for Traverse City, MI resident David Rose. He has been writing books, articles, producing photos for publication and giving seminars for nearly two decades now, and enjoys teaching his passion for catching fish to his clients who guide with him on the inland lakes of Northwestern Lower Michigan. As a writer and photographer, Rose has been able to travel the country and Canada for a multitude of different fish species and loves sharing his experiences with all.

Ramsey Dowgiallo

Ramsey has been traveling through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for almost twenty years. His business manifested by his passion for the BWCA and is driven by his desire to share the experience with others. Ramsey grew up in Detroit, Michigan fishing with his father and grandfather since he was 5 years old. He has won Master Angler Awards in 3 States. When in the wilderness, Ramsey is in his element. He is a natural teacher and loves to share his knowledge with others.

Theresa Maybrier (Team Morel)

Team Morel LLC was created to promote everything about and for morel mushrooms. They are in the field picking morels twelve to fifteen weeks out of the year, using this experience to help bring you better morel finding information. They have hunted eighteen states and all the southern provinces of Canada.

The rest of the time they are creating new products, writing new material, testing new ideas, and studying morels. Theresa has been an outfitter since 1999, taking nearly a thousand people in the field and teaching them how to mushroom hunt. Thousands more have enthusiastically attended the many seminars Team Morel has given throughout the Midwest.

Mark Romanack

Fishing 411 television host, seminar leader, walleye fishing expert and the author of the acclaimed Precision Trolling depth guides will be on-hand throughout the Show. The Great Lakes are home to a host of outstanding walleye fishing destinations. Saginaw Bay, Lake Erie, Little Bay de Noc and other big water fisheries harbor amazing numbers of walleye. Catching the fish requires some specialized trolling presentations inclucing the use of diving planers, crank baits, spoons and spinners. This informative multi-media seminar is a must-see presentation for anyone who wants to learn more about targeting walleye in open water.

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About the Author: Dan Kimmel is an avid angler, outdoor photographer and outdoor writer who becomes a computer guy in his downtime running web sites like this one, GreatLakesBass.com and AnglerHosting.com among others.

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