February 23-26, 2023
Seminar Stage Headliners
PLEASE NOTE: The following information is from the 2022 show. The 2023 seminar details will be posted later this year.
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 including 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.
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. Jake Romanack
Jake is both one of the youngest and most experienced charter captains on the Great Lakes. The son of outdoor writer and TV host Mark Romanack, Jake has been fishing since he was old enough to hold up a rod/reel combo. He spent three years acting as a first mate on a dozen different charter boats before he stepped up and got his own captains license. These days Jake specializes in educational charters, seminars, YouTube videos and co-hosting TV productions as part of the family buisness Fishing 411 Productions.
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.
Joe first made his mark on the outdoor industry as a professional bass angler competing on the Bassmaster Elite Series Tour. Today, Thomas hosts two popular fishing shows on the Outdoor Channel – Pelican’s Ultimate Match Fishing and STIHL’s Reel in the Outdoors. His passion for bow hunting led him to prominence in the hunting world as host of several Outdoor Channel hunting series over the past 12 years. He hosted both High Places and Ultimate Hunting for several seasons, which led to his position today as co-host of the iconic bow hunting series American Archer. Joe recently completed a documentary series titled “The 29” for My Outdoor TV, Outdoor Channel’s streaming service. This 10-part series chronicles his quest for and completion of the Super Slam by taking all 29 big game species in North America, an accomplishment that has only been achieved by a handful of hunters. Joe also has 17 entries in the Pope & Young archery record book.
Tom has successfully called in and killed big bucks for 40 years. His secret is learning their unique language, not only vocalizations and what they mean, but scent and sight communication as well. In his seminar Tom will cover basic calling and blending in with natural surroundings, only with a twist, hunting the rut through the eyes of a doe. Not only will you learn how to successfully “talk” to and call deer, but you will also learn to call in a deer with a squirrel call, turkey call and with nothing more than a handful of stones. His unique, proven techniques and old-school ways of bagging game, combined with his sense of humor will make for a very enjoyable learning experience for both new hunters and veterans alike.
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.
Tony has hunted and harvested 42 Trophy Class Whitetails consistently for 26 years, by utilizing his “Unique Hunting and Ultimate Land Technology.” Tony has created over 1,000 land management properties ranging from 5 acres to 6,000 acres in 25 states, which adds up to over 300,000 acres. His seminars are a must-see for any serious whitetail hunter.
Capt. Joel Piatek
A Lund and Mercury pro staffer, Joel has grown up on Lake St. Clair and has spent over 35 years fishing and hunting this world class lake system. From fishing to waterfowl hunting, he has dedicated a tremendous amount of time to fully understand the Lake St. Clair fishery as well as the waterfowl migration patterns. His passion for the outdoors has led him to operate Fish Headz Outfitter, a full-time charter fishing and waterfowl hunting operation on Lake St. Clair. Capt. Joel fully understands seasonal patterns of all fish species and knows what the hot bite is and where to find it. He will be presenting seminars on catching multi gamefish species of Lake St. Clair and waterfowl hunting best practices.
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 Outdoors, Realtree Road Trips, and the Realtree Monster Buck DVD Series. He currently hosts two TV shows: Rush Outdoors and World of Rush Outdoors.