Returning to the Midwest this month, the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo, is taking over the Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Dr., January 25-28. Perfect for both the novice and experienced angler or anyone interested in the outdoors, the annual “Sportfishing Spectacular” offers the latest in fishing, outdoor gear, a large selection of outdoor sports travel opportunities, and hands on family activities. An extensive lineup of seminars with top-notch local and national fishing professionals are also offered throughout the weekend, including:
- Brandon Palaniuk – Bassmaster Angler of the Year 2017: Palaniuk will present seminars, sign autographs and meet fans Friday, January 26.
- Joe Bucher – Hall of Fame Angler: Bucher will present seminars on musky fishing Friday, January 26.
- Ish Monroe – Professional BASS Angler: Monroe will present seminars, and meet with showgoers Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28.
- Seth Feider – Professional BASS Angler from Minnesota: Seth will present seminars, and meet with showgoers Thursday, January 25 through Sunday, January 28.
Photo by: Seigo Saito Monroe, who recorded 39-00 over the first two rounds, wrote off his loss to the cloud of bad luck that’s hung over him all season. He had several things go against him at Mille Lacs, but things seemed to be turning around at Pokegama until today.
“There is no description for it,” he said. “It’s just a continuation of everything that’s happened to me this year. Everything went perfect until today and the last two hours. When you lose three good ones and you haven’t lost any … I changed jig heads and put fresh ones on. Nothing changed. Yesterday, every smallmouth made it in the boat. Today, I lose three, so it’s just numbness.”
He was concerned about the effect the storms would have, especially on the smallmouth.
“I was worried because the storms were so severe with thunder and lightning – everything that make smallmouth not want to bite,” he said. “There were times it got flat calm and they didn’t want to bite. Then the wind picked up and they’d bite.” Read more
During the semifinal round of the Bassmaster Classic Bracket held on the Pokegama Lake out of Grand Rapids, Minn., Ish Monroe defeated Michael Iaconelli and Jacob Powroznik defeated Dave Lefebre to advance to the championship match on Friday. The weights will go back to zero and both anglers will fish six hours, from 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. CT.