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Seminar Stage Headliners
PLEASE NOTE: The following information is from the 2019 Ultimate Sport Show. The 2020 Show details will be posted soon.
Marianne grew up in the resort community of Charlevoix, Michigan spending most of her time on the waters of Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix. Her first interest in fishing began at the young age of six while fishing for perch and salmon with her grandfather. In her early 20’s she began chasing walleyes thru the ice and on open water from the Detroit River to the waters of St. Mary’s River bordering Canada and Michigan. Catching walleye’s became Marianne’s favorite past time while learning everything she could about marine electronics. Marianne entered her first professional walleye tournament in 2009; three years later she won the AOY title in 2012. She has also competed in Europe representing the USA in the World Predator Tour in the year 2015. Marianne enjoys talking fishing and teaching other angler the importance and “how to” of marine electronics.
Mark Romanack, “the Outdoors Guy” is a life-long outdoorsman and one of the nation’s most active members of the outdoor media. A graduate of Northern Michigan University with a B.S. Degree in Conservation, Romanack has spent his entire career working to help others better understand and appreciate the outdoors. Romanackʼs outdoor career started in 1981 as an Environmental Educator. While working as a naturalist, he began to write outdoor articles. This part-time hobby grew into a full-fledged career with writing and photography credits in over 30 different local, regional and national magazines. Currently Romanack writes frequently, In-Fisherman, Gun Dog, Wildfowl, Delta Waterfowl, Nationʼs Best Sports, Cabelaʼs Outfitter Journal, Waterfowl Retriever, Fur-Fish-Game, Woods-N-Water News, Michigan Out of Doors, and publishes a weekly outdoor blog on Facebook. He has published 11 different books on fishing, including the widely popular Precision Trolling series, authored more than 3,000 feature articles and columns, sold hundreds of magazine covers and countless support photographs. In 2007 Romanack plunged into the TV world by hosting and field producing a TV series called Fishing 411, which is broadcast nationwide on the World Fishing Network. Romanack also hosts an outdoor radio broadcast on WTCM radio in Northern Michigan.
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 (PWT) 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 a tournament pro with Anglers Insight Marketing (AIM). 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 Maps Series 1 and 2, and multiple web-sites. 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 is an angler, author and entertainer. From competing at the highest levels of professional bass fishing to authoring the definitive account of life as a pro angler, to hosting today’s most popular television series focusing on bass fishing, there is a common thread that runs through Joe Thomas’ life. Joe grew up in southwestern Ohio with dreams of becoming a bass pro and continued on with a 30-year career that has made an impact on the sport.
Capt. Willis is the owner of Thunderduck Sportfishing Charters and the new Fish ON Bait & Tackle store. He is one of the most knowledgeable anglers on Lake Michigan. Willis spends countless hours on the big lake each season consistently providing solid results for his customers. His seminar will focus on the best proven tactics to boat your limit of Salmon, Steelhead and Trout trolling Lake Michigan. With decades of fishing experience this seminar will improve your catch next summer.
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 an got his own “captains” license. Captain Jake specializes in educational charters, seminars, YouTube videos and co-hosting TV productions as part of the family business Fishing 411 Productions.
Capt. Matt Firestein
Captain Matt “Catfish” owns and operates Whopper Stopper Muskie Charters and Guide Service on Lake St. Clair. He has fished muskies and has been successful from East of Montreal to Winnipeg. He specializes in casting, jigging and trolling big muskies on Lake St. Clair and has a unique outlook on tactics that will help any angler in the pursuit of giant fish.
Glen, of the Great Lakes Fly Fishing Company in Rockford, is one of the State’s most knowledgeable anglers. Glen will discuss the entire sport of fly fishing with great information for beginners as well as the most hardcore fly anglers.
Dan is a popular freelance outdoor writer, speaker and syndicated radio show host whose fishing articles appear in Great Lakes Angler, Michigan Game & Fish, Outdoor Life, BoatUS Angler, Lakeland Boating, MidWest Outdoors, Pontoon & Deck Boat, The Outdoor Hub and Cabela’s Outfitter Journal. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Ohio State University, is a licensed US Coast Guard Captain and travels the nation leading fishing and boating programs at boat and sport shows.
Richard is the owner of Sea Quest Lures in Portage, Indiana and is an avid fisherman with over 30 years of experience fishing the Great Lakes. Holm has done extensive research on lure colors and the effects of lighting at different depths.
Jim is one of Michigan’s foremost authorities on fishing Michigan Rivers with spinners and other lures. The retired toxicologist spends over 1,000 hours a year fishing Michigan Rivers and has written three books on the subject. Jim’s most recent book “Spinner Magic!” has been a huge hit with Michigan anglers. Jim will discuss how to pick the best local water and target the most active fish.
Hunting whitetails is Tim’s true passion and he will travel anywhere to pursue them. He has had the opportunity to hunt them in 20 states and 5 Canadian provinces. What started as a hobby has now turned into a part time job! Turning his passion into his profession, Tim has been able to grow within the outdoor industry with great companies such as Scent Lok, Ameristep Tree Stands and Muzzy Broadheads.
Denny is the Host of the Outdoor Adventures TV Show and will bring his hunting knowledge to the Sport Show. A well known book author, video producer and published outdoor writer, Geurink’s seminars are a must see. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from a pro! Denny will be presenting educational and entertaining seminars on the subject of hunting turkeys in Michigan. He is one of the top Turkey hunting experts in the nation and will help you bag your next gobbler.
Seth is a contest caller, seminar speaker, avid turkey hunter, and the owner of Bully’s Wild Turkey Calls. His presentation on turkey hunting and the life cycle of the wild turkey is informative and fun. Both a novice and experienced hunter will enjoy this seminar. Don’t miss this opportunity to come enjoy the presentation and plenty of time will be available for questions.
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 Outdoors 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. Jason’s advice and tactics are practical and apply to almost everyone.
Tom hails from Carson City, the heart of Michigan’s big buck country, and has stalked the woods and fields for over 40 years learning and honing his skills in the ways of whitetails, turkey and small game. As an accomplished professional game-caller and hunting guide, Tom attributes his success in the ability to get close to the animals he’s hunting by learning their language and becoming as invisible to the game as humanly possible. In his seminars, Tom not only teaches this many unique deer calling techniques, but also scent and sight control, learning the animals’ habits and weaknesses, developing and utilizing woodsman-ship skills to successfully blend into the forest, and becoming a part of his surroundings by vocally imitating the animal he’s hunting.
Dave and Hunter Engel
The Engel family has been making a living fishing for four generations. For Captain’s Dave and Hunter it’s not just their passion, it’s their way of life. Dave and Hunter have an ideal father son relationship. Together they have a combined 64 years of charter and tournament fishing. With Captain Dave leading the way, they have won over 65 tournaments and hundreds of top 3 finishes, are the number one money winner of all time on Lake Michigan, and to have won tournaments in all four Great Lakes states, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin.
Captain Hunter is well versed with today’s fishing technology and will show you how to get best out of your chart plotter’s, down riggers, and auto pilots. They will show you how to find the fish and land them, choose equipment and lures.
Together, Dave and Hunter have hosted many seminars demonstrating modern-day techniques and equipment. This year’s seminar will feature great footage from the back of their boat, their traditional hands on techniques, and information to catch salmon and trout in the ever changing Lake Michigan that is guaranteed to better your fishing experience.
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. Rose 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.
Chase is a Certified Spoonplugging Instructor from Buck Perry’s School of Fishing. His seminars will discuss the Grand River: why it has good fishing, how to learn the structure, and how to present lures, both trolling and casting. Tips on equipment and how to manage in a current situation will be covered.
Bill has been Fly Fishing since 1980, and has over 25 years experience operating a Drift Boat. After retiring as a Lieutenant from Law Enforcement with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, he was able to pursue his passion of Fly Fishing full-time! He is the owner/operator of Mangan’s Cast a Fly and is a Fly Fishers International Certified Fly Casting Instructor and Michigan DNR Certified Fly Fishing Guide. He is also a Pro Staffer for two Michigan Fly Shops, with whom he guides and teaches fly casting: Ron’s Fly Shop in Grayling and Ausable River Outfitters in Mio. Bill has written Fly Casting articles for the Woods-N-Water Magazine and has been featured on Michigan Out of Doors. He is also involved with Project Healing Waters. He is truly passionate in what he does, and loves to teach and bring people up in the sport of Fly-Fishing, especially the art of Fly Casting.