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Rod, Gun and Game: Outdoor fishing flea markets and expos starting early

POSED WITH THE PRO — Bass Pro Mike Iaconelli (right) took a moment for a photo with fishing fan Jeff Liebler, during the 2009 fishing competition. Iaconelli will teach at next week’s fishing school, in Niagara Falls.

SPRINGVILLE — The time is right, starting this weekend, to replenish stocks of lures, sinkers, lines, rods, reels and other fishing equipment, for this upcoming year. The Southtowns Walleye Association is holding its second annual Outdoor Flea Market, this Saturday, Jan. 18, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at their club facility, located at 5895 Southwestern Blvd. in Hamburg. Event chairman Sam Schrecengost said, “The event is an honest, old-time flea market with sportsmen bringing their goodies to sell or trade at the event, and you never know what you might find, from some of these old and young sportsmen folks.

“There will be old and new lures, handmade lures too, rods, reels, lines, anchors, boat lights, life preservers, oars, paddles, outboard and electric motors – you never know, and lots of good stories to share at each table, and maybe some fishing secrets to absorb, too, I’m sure,” added Schrecengost, charter captain of “Sam-I-Am” Lake Erie fishing charters. To rent a table or for more information, call Schrecengost at 465-6100.

Next weekend, from Jan. 24-Jan. 26, the first annual Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoors Expo will take place at the Niagara Falls Conference and Event Center, located at 101 Old Falls St. in downtown Niagara Falls.

Some 130 exhibitors will offer fishing, camping, archery, hunting, camping, outdoor apparel, food and cooking gear and more, including expert archer, Frank “The Aspirin Buster” Addington Jr., as well as other highlights, throughout the weekend. The Expo also features a separate, two-day feature presentation of “The Bass University,” an educational fishing program with classroom-style presentations by BASS Pro Mike Iaconelli and five other bass professional anglers, including Pete Gluszek, available to attendees who wish to register for the program.

The Bass University program is not included in the $8 ticket entry to the show, but is a separate registration fee of $199, for the two-day feature fishing school. The Bass University emphasis will be on teaching patterns and techniques that are winning on the professional tournament trails. The Bass University’s instructors feature many of the greatest professional anglers in the world. Students are offered unparalleled access to championship information and strategies. Each day, there will be a hands-on breakout session with the pros, as well as a question and answer round-table discussion, both of which are designed to provide the most information to Bass University students.

The Saturday Bass University program will feature Iaconelli, co-founder of Bass University and one of the most successful, colorful and dynamic fishing professionals on tour. Iaconelli has won the Bassmaster’s Classic and the Angler of the Year honors and, as most of us know, he is pure energy on the water. I suspect he might also provide exciting and informative seminars, too. Iaconelli will assist fishing experts Bernie Schultz and John Murray through the 8-hour session.

Bass University students will learn about bass patterns, bait casting and spinning gear, flourocarbon, monofilament and braided fishing line, cranking, flipping, pitching, swim baits, drop-shot, power and finesse fishing, as well as lure presentation and boat positioning. Students will also gain insight into the local waters, highlighting specific areas, baits and techniques.

The Sunday Bass University program will feature Pete Gluszek, the other co-founder of Bass University, who has been competing on the highest professional levels for more than 10 years and has qualified for the Bassmaster Classic three times, as well as the Forrest L. Woods Outdoors Championship. Gluszek won the Bassmaster Northern Open on Cayuga Lake in 2012 and he currently has the record for the heaviest winning margin, in the history of the FLW Stren Series, finishing almost 18 pounds in front of second place. He is a river specialist and is recognized as one of the most informative and entertaining seminar speakers in the business. Gluszek will assist fishing pros Chris Zaldain and Ott DeFoe, through that session.

To register for Bass University at the Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo in Niagara Falls, visit

The general expo show will also feature Addington, an instinctive archer who has been shooting a bow and arrow since the age of four and has been on stage since he was 18 years old, performing what some in the media have dubbed “an amazing array of bow and arrow razzle dazzle.” Addington’s exhibitions feature several one-of-a-kind shots, which hit aerial targets as small as baby aspirin, shot from mid-air, and behind his back, which is how he earned his nickname. His latest shot is an 81-milligram aspirin tablet, which is about 1/3 the size of a regular aspirin. Visit to learn more about this archery trickster.

This expo is partnering with the Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Association to present free “Learn to Fish Lake Ontario” and “Kids Learn to Fish” classes. For these sessions, “Salmon School” will be held on Jan. 25, with instructors Dan Keating, a 30-year charter captain, tournament angler and author, and Dave Mull, an award-winning journalist, photographer and contributor to Great Lakes Angler Magazine. The LOTSA Marketplace, with more than 50 vendors, will be featured on Sunday. Admission to the LOTSA Marketplace is free to anyone attending the Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo. For more information, visit

LOTSA spokesperson Joe Yeager said, “The LOTSA Marketplace is targeted at trout, salmon and walleye fishermen and features various gear for sale, at bargain prices.”

Other features include “The Man Cave” filled with leisure sporting activities, children’s workshops and live trout pound, cooking demonstrations, giveaways and special guests.

Expo show times are 5-9 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets will be available at the door. Vending opportunities are available by calling 278-2123 or emailing Additional information can be found at

Noon firearm shot echoes

In case you wondered what all the shooting noise was about Jan. 11, at the noon hour, tens of thousands of shots were safely discharged all around New York state, in response to Springville Field and Stream Conservation Club’s requesting lawful citizens and sportsmen to sound off with one symbolic “freedom shot.”

At East Aurora Fish and Game, members shot at safe target backstops, including one small cannon powder shot. At Alden Rod and Gun Club, Paul Stoos reported that firearms of various sizes were discharged by members for about 20 minutes. Sportsmen’s organizations all around the state noted that from dozens to hundreds of members were on hand to “sound off” with their volley of safe gunfire.

The shots were fired in peaceful protest to the first anniversary of the overnight passage of Governor Cuomo’s New York SAFE Act. The Springville Field and Stream Club sponsored the statewide event, in support of the Second Amendment and the United States Constitution. For more information, contact Richard Kazmark at or visit Springville Field and Stream on Facebook.

Outdoor calendar

Jan. 18: Southtowns Walleye Fishing & Hunting Flea Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., free parking, free admission, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. For more information, call Sam Schrecengost at 465-6100.

Jan. 18: Hunting Annual Awards Banquet, $25 dinner ticket, Delevan Fireman Training Center, 1001 North Main St., Delevan, N.Y. For more information, visit

Jan. 18-19: Niagara Frontier Gun Show, J. W. Jones Hall, 354 Leicester St., Caledonia, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit

Jan. 19: WNY Winter 3-D League Shoot, Evans Rod & Gun, 854 Cain Road, Evans, open to the public. For more information, call Mike Matala at 337-0126 or visit

Jan. 24-26: Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoors Expo, Conference & Event Center, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls. For more information, visit

Jan. 25-26: BASS University with Mike Iaconelli and many other BASS PRO TV stars, 7 a.m.-5 p.m., $199 registration fee, full sessions, visit to register, or for more information.

Jan. 25-26: Greater Olean Outdoor & Recreational Sport Show, Good Times Olean Events Center. For more information, visit

Feb. 7-9: Coyote Hunt Contest, Seventh Annual, White Sulphur Springs Firehouse, Sullivan County, $2,000 grand prize for heaviest coyote, women’s and youth division, $40 entry. For more information, call 845-482-4987 or visit and click on news.

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