Hibdon is one of the few anglers who have accomplished the incredible task of winning both a Forrest Wood Cup and a Bassmaster Classic. Hibdon began fishing the FLW Tour in 1996 and has fished at every level of competition with FLW.
Fishing is a family affair for the Hidbons as Dion is the son of legendary FLW Tour angler Guido Hibdon. But Guido isn’t the only one in Dion’s family to fish – Dion’s son Payden also fishes on the Tour. Hibdon’s favorite weapon on the water is a jig, and he says he’s never had a job except for professional fishing. When Hibdon is not competing out on the water, he enjoys hunting and spending time with family.
Dion will be part of the Ask the Pros – Tournament Champions and will be appearing on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2pm and 5pm and on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 1pm.
One of the most successful veterans in all of bass fishing, David Fritts has been professionally fishing for over 20 years. Fritts is known as the crankbait master and he has used this bait almost exclusively to notch his numerous victories and top-10 finishes with both FLW and BASS tournament circuits.
Fritts is one of the few anglers to win both a Forrest Wood Cup Championship and a Bassmaster Classic. His most recent win came in 2009 at Lake Guntersville. Fritts cites Lake Eufaula as his favorite place to fish because of it’s abundance of structure.
David will be part of the Ask the Pros – Tournament Champions and will be appearing on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2pm and 5pm and on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 1pm.
Cochran tied a career-high finish in the 2010 FLW TouAngler of the Year race by finishing 16th. He has earned more than $2 million in the sport of professional bass fishing and is one of only five anglers in history to win both the Forrest Wood Cup and the Bassmaster Classic. He has fished the FLW Tour since it was formed in 1996 and has made nine championship appearances including his win in front of his hometown crowd in Hot Springs, Ark.
Cochran is married and has three children. He loves fishing shallow water with spinner baits and crankbaits.
George will be part of the Ask the Pros – Tournament Champions and will be appearing on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 2pm and 5pm and on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 1pm.
Kyle is a full time crappie guide in Southern Illinois and tournament pro. He guides full time on Rend Lake, Kinkaid Lake, and Lake of Egypt. Sponsors are B’n'M, Road Runner, Tru Turn Hooks, Lowrance, Titelok, Midsouth Tackle, and Engels Coolers. Some of Kyle’s tournament highlights include:
-Top 3 at the Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters National Championship 2010 – 2012
-Top 10 in 5 out of 6 National Championships since 2010
-2012 Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters Alabama State Champions
-2011 SICA Classic Champion
-6 – 1st place finishes
-23 - Top 3 finishes
-Top 5 in overall points in the 2012 Crappie Masters Trail
Kyle will be part of the Ask the Pros – Crappie Superstars on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2pm and 5pm and on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2pm.
Ronnie Capps, an outdoorsman from northwest Tennessee resides near the shore of the famous “Earthquake Lake”, Reelfoot Lake where he has resided since childhood. His family’s businesses were related commercially to the lake so commercial hunting, fishing and trapping and businesses such as restaurants, hotels, and convenience stores owned by his family at Reelfoot were where all of his early experiences began. He credits his late grandfather, Jodie Randall Parker, a retired U.S. Navy Veteran for playing a large part in his love of the outdoors. Growing up, he and his grandfather were involved with hunting, fishing or trapping in some way on a daily basis. Catching Crappie was always one of their favorite things to do.
He is a graduate of Murray State University where he received degrees in Wildlife Biology & Fisheries Management. He also had a successful scholarship sports career playing college football as a decorated offensive lineman for Murray.
Being inspired by a professional friend from his childhood, Mr. Tarrant Wright, a Tennessee Game Warden, he became a Tennessee Wildlife Officer just after his college graduation. He now has over 20 years of experience as an enforcement officer dealing with wildlife, fish, and boating law. Other parts of his job include educating over 4,000 youth in outdoor knowledge and safety.
He has captured eight National Crappie Tournament Championships along with more than 100 single day competition crappie tournament events in various states throughout the US. This paved the road to his most cherished accomplishment, being inducted into the Legends in the Outdoors Hall of Fame in 2011.
Ronnie will be part of the Ask the Pros – Crappie Superstars on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2pm and 5pm and on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2pm.
Todd lives in Central Indiana and is a full-time bass professional on the FLW Tour. He recently completed his 2nd season on the FLW Tour. His Tour stats include 3Top-20 finishes, highlighted by a 7th Place finish at Kentucky Lake. Todd has also appeared multiple times on television on the Outdoor Channel and NBC Sports Channel. In 2014, he will be the exclusive host for a new show on the World Fishing Network called the “Bass Dr.”
Todd’s fishing resume includes a BFL Regional Championship, 2-time BFL All- American, 8 top-10′s, and 6th and 7th place points finishes in the 2011 and 2013 Everstart Central Division. He has won multiple local, regional, and national team trail events – including the 2007 Midwest Sportsman National Championship, 2010 & 2012 Anglers Dream National Championships.
Todd is sponsored by Red Gold Tomatoes, River Rat Tackle, Vicious Fishing, Daiichi Hooks, Reaction Strike, Castaic Swimbaits, Solar Bat Sunglasses, Power Pole, Elite Rod Sleeves, Bulldawg Rods, Yukon ColdLocker, Optima Batteries, and the Red Dirt Bait Company.
Todd’s Topics will include:
What’s in Your Water? How to Catch More Bass By Identifying Their Forage
Developing Winning Tournament Strategies for Bass
Joe Thomas, a 30-year Tournament veteran and Outdoor Channel TV Host will teach and entertain you with this Multi-Media Bass Fishing Seminar! Thomas will share his expertise on various techniques while allowing you to actually watch it happen on the big screen by utilizing some of his most exciting video segments from his fan favorite Show, “Stihl’s Reel in the Outdoors”. He will also share some of his funniest and sometimes embarrassing moments on the water. This presentation is sure to have something for every angler!
Joe will also teach you modern Bass techniques from the Tournament trail. This Seminar is geared towards helping you catch more fish on your local waters!
Mike Hulbert is a full time musky guide and travels all across the midwest chasing the fish of 10,000 casts. He has been guiding for 12 years and spends over 200 days a year on the water. Mike is a full time writer and Field Editor for Musky Hunter Magazine, films several shows a year with Jim Saric for Musky Hunter TV,and travels during the winter months giving seminars across the Mid-west. Mike guides in Indiana in the spring and fall and travels to northern Minnesota during the warmer summer months. You can find out more about Mike through his website http://www.mikehulbert.com
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Musky Mistakes and Mind Games
How to Tackle Indiana Muskies Successfully
Outdoor writer and radio show host Dan Armitage will conduct his entertaining seminars on the Hawg Trough at this year’s sport show. Dan’s articles appear in “Outdoor Life”, “Sports Afield”, “In-Fisherman”, “Trailer BOATS”, “Bass & Walleye BOATS”, “Camping Life” and several regional outdoor magazines, and he works with the national “Hooked On Fishing,
Not On Drugs” program to conduct educational fishing seminars for youths across North America. His weekly outdoor radio program is broadcast on more than a dozen Midwest stations each Saturday.
Dan’s popular “Kids Fishing Fun” seminar is an entertaining, educational show involving the children in the audience.
In addition to his individual seminars, Dan will be Moderator of the Ask the Pros Seminar Series on both weekends.
Phil Rambo received the honor of the Bass Pro Shops/Crappie Masters Sportsman of the Year Award in 2008. He has filmed TV shows for Crappie University and Raghorn News Outdoors and has been co-host of local radio show “Outdoors Today” for 6 years.
With his wife Eva, he has fished competitively for 12 years and has qualified for 9 Crappie USA Classics, 2 C.A.S.T. Classics and 5 consecutive Crappie Master Classics. He finished 3rd in National Points in Bass Pro Shops/ Crappie Masters Tournament Trail ’08 and ’09.
Phil has been featured in Crappie Masters Magazine in ’06, ’07, ’08 and ’09 and has received recognition in articles in the Crappie Journal, Wagoner Tribune, Game and Fish Magazine and Raghorn News.
In addition to his individual seminars, Phil will be part of the Ask the Pros – Crappie Superstars on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2pm and 5pm and on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2pm.
Chae Dolsen started musky fishing in 1994 and has been hooked ever since. A licensed guide, and founder of the Webster Lake Guide Service and Tippy River Tackle, Chae enjoys holding seminars and fishing in as many tournaments as possible. He is a member of Muskies Inc, as well as President of WLMC Chapter #49. Chae is also on the pro staff at Tippecanoe Boat Co, Lumd, Mercury, Pure Fishing, Salmo International, Beckmann/Lindy tackle and Shack Attack Lures Dunwrite tackle.
Chae’s accomplishments include placing in the top 15 in the Hoosier Classic, the top 5 WLMC cash tourneys and winner of the “Big Fish” award at the Classic in 2007.
Gilbert Huxley has been fishing for carp for 33 years. He has placed in the top 10 of the ”Westside Bait/Hoosier Carpers Tournament Trail” for the past 5 out of 6 years of the trail. Hoosier Carpers was started 10 years ago with 7 guys getting together and fishing together for just the fun of catching one of the most powerful fresh water fish in the US. Over the years they have grown to over 200 members making Indiana the largest membership base for Carp Anglers Group.
Member of Carp Anglers Group for over 20 years
Member of the American Carp Society
Founder of Hoosier Carpers
Founder of Hoosercarpbait.com
Josh Lantz grew up on Lake Wawasee in Kosciusko County, Indiana. He is the owner of Sand Creek Media, specializing in video, print and electronic media public relations services for the outdoors industry; Editor-in-Chief, Indiana Outdoor News, Indiana’s largest outdoor news magazine, since 2000; Chief writer and post-production editor, Angling the Great Lakes Television. Executive Director, Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW). Board Chairman, Hoosier Outdoor Writers (HOW). Owner, World Class Fly Fishing with Josh Lantz, fly fishing and light tackle angling for steelhead, salmon, bass and muskie in Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan, since 1999.
Seminar 1: Fly Fishing for Warmwater Species
Once held by pursits as fly fishing’s “dirty little secret”, fly fishing for bass and other warmwater species is the fastest growing component of the fly fishing industry. This has nothing to do with any decline in the quality of America’s trout fishing. Rather, it has everything to do with the growth of fly fishing’s overall popularity and an associated demand for more fly fishing opportunities.
Join Josh as he covers all aspects of the exhilarating and addictive sport of fly fishing for Indiana’s readily available warmwater gamefish, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, muskie, pike and hybrid striped bass.
Seminar 2: Fly Fishing for Steelhead and Salmon
The State of Indiana pioneered the summer steelhead fishery on the Great Lakes in the late 1980′s. Thousands of these fish-along with thousands more winter-run steelhead stocked by adjacent states-enter Indiana’s Lake Michigan tributary streams each year. Additionally, lake-run brown trout and Chinook and Coho salmon are available to stream anglers each fall. There are many ways to catch Indiana’s migratory salmonids, but fly fishing is certainly the most fun. And many anglers are surprised to learn how effective it really is.
Join Josh as he covers the basics of what you need to do to hook up with a steelhead or salmon on the fly within a two-and-a-half-hour drive of Indianapolis.
After many years of pleasure fishing since childhood, Jay discovered walleye fishing in Indiana in 2007. He began to explore more of the Walleye fishing in the lakes and reservoirs of Indiana. Not till after joining the Hoosier Walleye Association did Jay truly begin to focus on Walleye fishing and Tournament Fishing. After a few years of coaching from some of the best sticks in Indiana he was able to secure several club wins, Big Fish titles and the Hoosier Walleye Championship. He has qualified for the Cabelas National Team Challenge 3 years straight. He joined the Masters Walleye Circuit in 2011 and become a member of National Professional Anglers Association in 2013. Jay strives to share the knowledge he has gained and tips and tricks he has learned over the past few years to better enable others to enjoy the great sport of Walleye Fishing.
His seminars will include:
Walleye Fishing – The Water and the Bait
This will cover fishing for Walleye in Indiana waters as well as in other areas, and the bait tricks and techniques to create a good presentation for each area.
The Equipment of Walleye Fishing – How to Set Up for Success
This includes everything from the bait line reel and rod to the electronics trolling motors and everything in between. Boat control is paramount in fishing for walleye and goes hand in hand with the proper presentation and handling of the baits with the proper equipment.
Billy has been fishing since the ripe old age of 5 at his grandparent’s farm in Tennessee. Fishing ponds grew to fishing lakes and along the way tournament fishing began to grow and the competition interested him. He experienced success in several tournament circuits at local and national levels.
Sponsors: Toyota, Lucas Oil, Ranger Boats, Yamaha, B-Mac Baits, Bass Edge, Gamma, Tru-Tungsten, Garmin, The Outdoorsman Sports Shop, Kistler Rods, Ardent Outdoors, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Ted’s Aqua Marine
Are you a catfish lover? Well, this is your seminar! The Indiana Catfish Association is a series of fishing tournaments for channel, blue and flathead catfish. They fish both rivers and reservoirs in Indiana, and they will be sharing their knowledge at this years show!
Some of the topics that will be discussed in this seminar are:
Choosing the right tackle
Bait and what’s right at the right time
Controlled drifting for big blue catfish
Cast netting for bait
Where to fish locally
Daytime vs. Nighttime
Modern electronics for catfishing
Conservation for big cats
Be sure to attend to learn this an more from experts including Scott Wiseman, Hector Carillo, Ron Streeter, Richard Nungester and Stanley Thompson, Casey Tutorow.
We will see you there!