Thursday, January 12, 2012

Florida Sportsman Expo Speaker's Schedule

Next month's Florida Sportsman Expo at the Lee County Civic Center is shaping up to be a great event.  It takes place on the weekend of February 4th and 5th starting at 10AM.  I'll be there at the Aeon/Beavertail display with my new side console BT3.  You'll be able to see this boat right next to a fully rigged Vengeance skiff.  Aeon will also have their brand new 24XP bay boat and one their popular 23 inshore/offshore boats on hand.

The real star of the show will be Stu Apte and his BT3 Signature Series skiff which will debut at the Expo.  Stu will also be giving two presentations each day at the indoor casting pond, along with several other notable anglers.  Here's the schedule and hope to see you there.

Inshore Fishing Stage:
11 a.m. – Capt. Kevin Merritt, Dirty Little Redfish Secrets
12 p.m. – Stu Apte, Advanced Fish-Fighting Techniques
1 p.m. – Capt. Rick Grassett, Best Lures & Flies for Spring
2 p.m. – Capt. Mark Nichols, Targeting Trophy Trout
3 p.m. – Stu Apte, Fast-Cast Sight-Fishing Technique
4 p.m. – Capt. Norm Zeigler, Big Snook on Fly

Offshore Fishing Stage:
11 a.m. – Capt. Hank Williams, Less Effort, More Fish
1 p.m. – Capt. Rob Modys, The Latest Tarpon Tactics
2 p.m. – Capt. Alex Suescun, Fishing Around Shrimp Boats
4 p.m. – Capt. Ralph Allen, Optimizing Electronics for Bottom Fishing (Sat. only)

Rigging It Right Table:
Offshore classroom with Capt. Rick Ryals and Capt. Denny Young:
11 a.m. – Thirty-second Kingfish Rig — Tie a better wire leader in just 30 seconds.
12 p.m. – Bottom Fishing — Catch more snapper and grouper with these bottom rigs.
1:30 p.m. – Caring for your Catch — Proper fillet technique will improve table performance.
2:30 p.m. – Rod Building 101 – Learn how to construct your own fishing rod.
3:30 p.m. – Thirty-second Kingfish Rig — Tie a better wire leader in just 30 seconds.
Inshore classroom with Capt. Tony Bozzella and Capt. Larry Miniard:
11 a.m. – Rigging Basics — Rigging plastic baits, jerkbaits and paddle-tail jigs.
12 p.m. – Live Baiting — Learn tricks on how to rig shrimp, mullet, mud minnows and crabs.
1:30 p.m. – Leader to braid or mono — Learn two fast-and-easy methods of knot tying.
2:30 p.m – Sliding Float Rig — How to fish structure and grass without getting hung up.
3:30 p.m. Double-line tying — Learn the Spider Hitch, an easy way to double your line.

Kayak Stage with Peter Hinck:
12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Hunting Stage with Capt. Tony Bozzella:
10:15 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. on Saturday
10:15 a.m. on Sunday

Angler on Foot Stage with Capt. Larry Finch:
10:45 a.m. – Beach Fishing in Southwest Florida
12 p.m. – Effective Bridge & Pier Fishing
1:30 p.m. – Request Hour
3 p.m. – Beach Fishing in Southwest Florida
4 p.m. – Effective Bridge & Pier Fishing

Cast-Net Pit with Capt. Terry Sturgeon:
All day Saturday and Sunday