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Sunday, 12 January 2014 20:02

It's Show Time!

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In this part of The US, early January brings the fishing and boat shows to town. With sub-zero temperatures and a couple of feet of snow on the ground, it will be nice to start thinking about getting on the water again. Whether you’re attending shows or working them, it is a great opportunity to see new equipment, or score some deals on equipment you might be looking for.

The first show of the year for me is the “Ultimate Fishing Show - Michigan's Biggest Pure Fishing Show” in Novi, running January 9-12. It is one of the area’s biggest shows, and because it’s the first one of the year probably draws the biggest crowds with many seminars and attractions. Thursday and Friday are the best days to go. Near the end on Sunday you can score even better deals from exhibitors who want to make last-minute transactions.


The Toronto Spring Fishing & Boat Show in Toronto, ON held Family Day Weekend, February 14-17, is my favourite show to attend. Some of the biggest names in the freshwater fishing industry attend this show, doing seminars in the Mega Tank. When they aren't doing a seminar, you can sometimes find them on the floor. They are frequently approachable to answer some of your questions.

Michigan Kayak Fishing

Both of these shows are good ones for kayak anglers to attend. At the Novi, MI show, kayak fishing is on display as a feature. The two Michigan-based community forums - Michigan Kayak Fishing, and Kayak Fish the Great Lakes - have booths set up in good locations where you can't miss them. You can learn about kayak fishing and events each forum will host in 2014. Several members will bring rigged kayaks for you to see different ways people are setting up their boats. You can also get information on how to join these forums and keep up on what is going on in the Great Lakes region. This year Hobie “Mirage Drive” kayaks will be on display at the Gull Lake Marine Booth, and they will have inventory for sale at the show. Fogh Marine will have the same display and product availability at the Toronto show.

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Richard Ofner

Richard Ofner started fishing in the fall of 2008 from a kayak, targeting all freshwater species. He has fished all over the Great Lakes Region from Lake Michigan, Lake Superior to the French River,  and Bay of Quinte in Eastern Ontario. Taking advantage of all the opportunities Southwestern Ontario has to offer, Richard seeks out trophy Muskie, Walleye and Bass which can all be caught minutes away from where he lives.  The last few years Richard has ventured into Kentucky, Louisiana, and Texas participating in several Kayak Fishing Tournaments.

He has organized the Border City Classic, in Windsor, Ontario which has grown to become one of  the Great Lakes Region’s largest Kayak Fishing Events. It is also one of the Hobie World Qualifiers since 2014. 

During the winter months where he can't get on the water he will do seminars, work fishing and boat shows, and write for blogs to help promote the areas vast resource of fishing opportunities and helping others to discover the sport of kayak fishing. Taking videos and pictures on the water of other people fishing in kayaks has also expanded into his kayak fishing experience.  
As a Hobie Fishing Team Member you may see Richard out in one of his Mirage Driven Kayaks mainly targeting Walleye, Bass, and Muskie, and will travel a few hours to target Salmon, Trout, and Sturgeon.


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