Current Conditions
46 ° Cloudy

Rod, Gun and Game: The Bass University returns to Western New York region

NIAGARA FALLS — Mike Iaconelli, Pete Gluszak and many other pro bass anglers are coming back to Western New York to share their expertise in seminar classes set for the Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls, that will run from Jan. 24-26, 2014.

During the expo, the special Bass University seminar event will run 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Jan. 25-26.

These professional anglers will teach attendees lure logic, hands-on touch and feel techniques. If you want to learn more about catching bass anywhere, especially in our incredible Lake Erie and Lake Ontario bass fisheries and inland lakes, The Bass University is offering a limited-time, 25 percent discount off the Niagara Falls class seminar registrations, but the promotion ends Sept. 30, and the event is limited to the first 175 students who enroll. The cost is $200 for the two-day event, $109 for one day. Early birds receive a $50 discount, so if it’s on your mind, register at or call Jared Kutil, program manager, at 770-823-6693.

The Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo promises to be one of the largest events of its kind, with more than 125 regional vendors from the United States and Canada, live fish, animal displays and larger outdoor retailers.

Each day, The Bass University will offer students unparalleled access to championship fishing information and strategies. There will be a hands-on, break-out session with the pros, as well as a question-and-answer, roundtable discussion, both of which are designed to provide the most information for locals. Saturday includes a dinner-with-the-pros contest and on Sunday, all of the youth anglers are invited to have pizza with the experts.

The greater Niagara region is home to one of the most diverse and spectacular freshwater sport fisheries on the planet, with the Niagara River carrying water from the Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. Our region is the lifeblood for a host of fish species, including salmon, trout, bass, muskie, walleye and more, but this seminar is all about Bass.

Pete Gluszek, co-founder of The Bass University, said, “We are extremely excited to bring The Bass University classes to Niagara Falls, New York, which is home to world-class smallmouth and largemouth fishing! We are also very much looking forward to working with the passionate Bass anglers that call this area home.”

The Bass University’s instructors feature many of the greatest professional anglers in the world. These include Mike Iaconelli, Brent Ehrler, Greg Hackney, Shaw Grigsby, David Dudley, Ish Monroe, Gerald Swindle, George Cochran, Jacob Wheeler, Davy Hite, Brandon Palaniuk and other big-time pros.

Iaconelli has just won the big Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open No. 3 Bass Tournament on Western Basin Lake Erie with dropshot gear, touting a 23-15 stringer on the first day and 24-09 on the second. It’s long story that Iaconelli will probably share during the seminar event. Specifics include his gear, a 6-foot-9-inch medium-light Abu Garcia Veritas spinning rod, Abu Premier 20 spinning reel, 15-pound Spider-Wire Fluoro-Braid, VMC swivel, 8-pound Berkley Trilene 100 percent fluorocarbon line, 1/0 VMC wacky hook, 5-inch Berkley Havoc Flat Dawg in green-pumpkin and watermelon silver red, 3/8- or 1/2-ounce and a VMC tungsten pencil weight.

He rigged the bait wacky style and mostly tossed the green-pumpkin version on day one, when it was cloudy, then switched to watermelon red lake when the skies brightened on day two. Likewise, he changed weights, depending on wind conditions. The drop-shot accounted for about 80 percent of his bites during the event. He put a couple drops of a minnow-scented Berkley Gulp.

The Bass University’s fishing tips are customized to fit each student’s needs. Iaconelli said, “Beginner to advanced, we will work with each student angler, to develop a program designed to move their fishing knowledge and skill set to the next level.”

New York early archery big game season opens

While summer temperatures seem to be with us well into late September and there are no complaints from sportsmen, the New York State Southern Tier early big game archery season will open Tuesday, Oct. 1. The forecast is for many deer and big deer, black bear too, with apple crops all across WNY in record session, that will supplement the excellent mast crop that is also about to drop.

Perch and walleye  seminar
Veteran Lake Erie walleye mentor Ted Malota is extending a special invitation to anglers trying to learn more about the hot Lake Erie perch and walleye fishing going on right now. He asked interested anglers to join at Evans Rod & Gun Club, Cain Road, Evans, to learn the “straight skinny on how to catch ’em,” Lake Erie basics, rigging lines, hook rigs, lures, hot colors and more. Attendees can learn hands-on advice with tackle, rods, reels and line choices, lure selection, use of scent, how-to rig bait and fishing logic. Several hours of insider fishing information, Sept. 28, at Evans Rod & Gun, Cain Road, Evans, starts at 1 p.m. Call 627-3763 for more info.

NHF Day this Saturday
Another great National Hunting and Fishing Day is planned for Elma Conservation Club, located at 600 Creek Road in Elma, next Saturday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., rain or shine, and it is free for all attendees. There are more than 20 learning stations for kids and adults to test their skills and learn new ones. Sponsored by the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen, in conjunction with the Elma Conservation Club and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, as well as many other local conservation organizations, the event celebrates the 42nd annual National Hunting and Fishing Day.

Western New Yorkers and outdoors enthusiasts of all ages are invited to attend this free event, to enhance your knowledge of the natural world around us, and how the sporting heritage protects and assures diverse wildlife and waterway treasures. Activities include learning Bass fishing tips, walleye tactics, learning about waterway protections, habitat/access programs, trap shooting, field dog demos, trapping and fur handling, waterfowl management, turkey calling, archery and crossbow shooting, air rifle range, the DEC and its role in conservation stewardship, dangers of invasive species and more. For more information, contact Rich Davenport at or 510-7952.

New Firearm Cleaning Tool
Firearm hunters and target shooters alike will love the new addition to the Otis Technology gun care product line, called the Ripcord™. The device offers a one-pass firearm bore cleaning tool that was among the hottest items of interest at the recent Outdoor Writers of America Conference, recently held in Lake Placid, N.Y.

The new device visually resembles a stubby, wrinkled, helix-shape camo rope, sized to match your bore diameter. Composed of heat-resistant Nomex fibers braided over a molded, rubberized core that is made strong by a stainless steel core running up the middle, the Ripcord™ offers the ability to clean firearms properly, from breech to muzzle, in one pass. The device is thermally rugged and can be used right off the firing line, with no waiting. The Nomex cover acts as both a brush to loosen, and a patch to capture fouling particles. They are sold at major sporting goods retailers and online at

Outdoor calendar
Sept. 28: SAFE Act informational meeting, Langford Fire Hall, 3901 Langford Road, North Collins, 10 a.m.-noon. Call 655-0951 for more information.

Sept. 28-29: Annual Hunting Exposition, Seneca Allegany Casino and Hotel, 777 Seneca Allegany Road, Salamanca, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 569-6810 or see

Oct. 1: New York State Opening Day of Southern Tier big game early archery season.

Email outdoor information to Forrest Fisher Column, 10 days in advance, to


You must be signed in to comment.

Click Here to create a Free Account

Click here to Sign in


Be the first to Comment