The 7th Annual Michigan-Ohio Sportfishing Expo…THIS WEEKEND….

….February 8th and 9th!

With another snow storm about to hit tomorrow, you just cannot help but love this winter and all the ice fishing it has to offer!  BUT, it is the show season and despite the winter weather, it is not too early to start thinking about this upcoming open water fishing that our states have to offer. I love going to Novi for the Ultimate Fishing Show, lets face it, it has everything an angler could want. I must admit though, I like MI-OH Sportfishing expo even more!

The Expo, held in the MB&T Expo Center at the Monroe County Fairgrounds, has everything I want to see! From product to guest speakers and seminars, it’s all about fishing Michigan and Ohio waters….locally!  From the Saginaw Bay down to the Detroit River, and the waters of Lake Erie’s Western Basin…these are the waters that you and I fish all year-long!  Why not get the gear, lures and boats that match our style of fishing. I hope everyone comes out to support the local show, or we might not have one in the future, and it is a great resource right in our own backyard.  Lets face it, from Trenton to Jackson, from Monroe to Port Clinton, this show covers everything walleye, bass, and salmon that you would need to either get started, or improve your catch rates already.

The Huron Valley Sportfishing Club is proud to present the 2014 Mich-Ohio Sportfishing Expo, Feb. 8th & 9th in the MBT Expo Center at the Monroe County Fairgrounds

7th Annual Mich-Ohio Sportfishing Expo Presented by: Huron Valley Sportfishing Club

Feb 8th 9am-6pm & Feb 9th 9am-4pm @ MBT Expo Center, Monroe, MI $5.00 Admission

• Tackle deals from Local and Major vendors  • 2100 sq ft of boats  • Food and soft drinks available  • Professional Charter captains  • Crawler harness tying demos  • Over 100 tables ONE ON ONE SESSIONS WITH LOCAL BASS & WALLEYE PROS !!Fishing information at a family oriented fishing expo!!! Free Parking Free Fishing Seminars Kids 12 and under FREE Free Door Prizes—must be present to win Free Fishing Simulator Free Walleye Lure –to the first 100 paid admissions Sat. and Sun.


Capt. Dan Boileau- Detroit River Walleye

Jerome Dorlack and the Reel Naughty Team- Trophy Walleye All Season Long

Capt. Matt Sell- Trolling Crawler Harnesses

Matt Vermilyea- Bass Fishing Lake Erie

Capt. Brian Woodard- Trolling Crankbaits

Capt. Greg Warsow & Jerry Hinton- Perching the Detroit River and Lake Erie

SPONSORS Brest Bay Marina             Fisherman’s Cave Bait & Tackle

Don’t have a boat, no problem!  Some of the best charter captains for both the Detroit River and Lake Erie will be there!  These guys make their living on the river and lake, if they don’t catch fish, they go out of business, so they all keep on top of their game to give you the best trip/fishing experience possible! I just looked at the list of people coming, and I better add catfishing to the list of target species, these guys have everything at the show!

If you do have a boat, the product booths will be where you need to go.  This year they have everything to choose from, whether its cranks, spoons, blades, jig or tubes, bass, salmon or walleye, you can definitely add some goodies to your fishing arsenal!



ABC Seamless– Specializing in premium custom home improvements for over 30 years including seamless steel siding, premium metal roofing, retractable awnings, windows, and more.

American Legion Post #224

Amish Outfitters-Why Knot Charters– Manufacturers of the “Buggy Bag” – marketing trolling bags, drift socks, tackle bags and organizers and operating a charter service by Capt. Frank Kittrick.

Angler’s Quest Charters/Angler’s Quest Tackle – Owned and operated by Capt. Paul Doute. Offering educational charters on the Detroit River and Lake for  walleye and perch. Manufacturer of unique foam storage solutions for the fishing industry. Online retailer for Dutch Fork Custom Lures Ghost Blades,  and Custom Angler inline weights and spinner blades. Walleye101 Seminar  speaker. or

*Home of the Ghost Blades and a great captain!


Big Papa Sportfishing Products LLC – Offering trolling bags, tackle storage, rod holders, downriggers, spoon and harness blades in addition to other tackle items. Also offering custom embroidery, vinyl graphics, hats, shirts, banners and custom fishing shirts.

From cranks, blades, storage, and bags, Bob Bell from Big Papa Sportfishing has it! Plus stop by the booth and talk to Brian Woodward, a pro who uses it all!


Brest Bay MarinaA full service marina on Lake Erie near Newport, Michigan, offering dockage, rack and launch, winter storage, full service repair shop, gasoline, pump outs, parts and accessories, bait, tackle, ice and snacks.

Cabela’s  Sponsoring our popular “Ask Your Local Pro” promotion, with local bass and walleye pro anglers, and exhibiting some of their most popular fishing boats by Ranger and Alumacraft in addition to their line of the latest and greatest in electronics.

Catfish Andy’s Guide ServiceOperated by Andy Brennan, offering guided trips on the Maumee River for flathead catfish. Andy has been a catfish enthusiast for 25 years and has spent the last ten years pursuing flatheads on the mighty Maumee. Trips are available from late April to late October. Check out his website at

Cisco Fishing Systems – An internationally recognized brand name supplier of Premier Trolling Products and Accessories including downriggers, rod holders, planer board masts, electronics mounting systems, track and gimbal mounted systems from a first class company based in Cleveland, Ohio. They specialize in high quality, advanced techniques and top notch customer service. For more details, visit their website at

Dr Bugs Charters  -Offers perch and walleye fishing trips operating out of Wild Wings Marina April thru mid-Sept and then moves to the Huron Boat Basin until Nov 1. Capt. Dave has 21 years of charter experience and has fished the lake since the late 70′s. He is the 2013 recipient of the Lake Erie Charter Captain of the Year award for Ohio, and will be offering a special April rate for the walleye jig fishing season. Check him out at

Domka Outdoors – Quality handcrafted tackle manufacturer and creator of the original tight line rig. They carry walleye harnesses, spoons, spoon harnesses, jigs, and custom painted Husky Jerks.

You have to support local talent, and Dave Domka is one!  From custom cranks to blade baits, the booth will have it ready for your spring needs.


Downriver Walleye Federation– DWF was organized to unite walleye fishermen that ply the Detroit River and Lake Erie, for the purpose of exchanging ideas and information about perhaps the finest walleye fishing in the world.

Economical Bass Baits – Mizmo BaitsOwned and operated by local Bass Pro Matt Vermillyea, featuring spinners, jigs, terminal tackle, weights, hooks and a large selection of soft plastic baits, including the Mizmo Bait brand. Matt is one of the Mich-Ohio Sportfishing Expo’s featured “Ask Your Local Pro” participants that any attendee can approach for some one on one time with a real Local Professional Bass Fisherman.

Edgemaker Knives

Everdry Waterproofing With custom tailored solutions, innovative products and a one on one approach in dealing with homeowners, their basement waterproofing team will help you create a safe dry and liveable space in your basement.

Fish and Game Finder Magazine – One of the premier hunting and fishing publications serving Ohio and Southern Michigan. See our show advertisement on newstands and tackle shops or Contact them at 

Friends of the Detroit River – Their mission is to enhance the environmental, educational, economic, cultural and recreational opportunities associated with the Detroit River watershed through citizen involvement and community action.

Gale Force Tackle Gale Force Tackle is a Michigan family run business with over 25 years of fishing experience who supplies a complete line of custom painted spoons, harness blades and kits for walleye, salmon and steelhead.

Great Day Improvements/Patio Enclosures- Your one stop shop for all your home improvement needs and the exclusive manufacturer and installer of custom built Patio Enclosures brand sunrooms, screen rooms, and solariums. Newest to our line of products is Stanek vinyl windows- synonymous with quality and style. With over 100 years experience and a lifetime limited warranty on all products, every day can be a Great Day!

Great Lakes Art- A small Michigan based company. We hand pick all of our wood so it’s the best. Then, its turned on a lathe, by hand. Our finally project could be a lighthouse, a bowl, a tree, snowman or even a bouy or bobber. We look forward to bringing our lathe and talent to the Mich-Ohio sports fishing expo. Please feel free to stop by and say hi and watch a demonstration.

Happy Days Boating Company –  Authorized dealer for Sportcraft, Parker, Striper, Tidewater and Rinker boats, as well as Yamaha, Evinrude and Suzuki Outboard engines, and Mercruiser and Volvo I/O and Inboard Power systems,  located in Port Clinton, Ohio. The Happy Days team will have new boats on display, and will also have information and photos of their large selection of used and brokerage boats and accessories.

Hawghunter Baits – A local company that produces some of the finest custom soft plastics for bass,walleye, and pan fish. We offer expert color matching and excellent customer service. We have over 17 different baits in over 40 colors. We work with you the angler to give you what you want.

Hot Hooker Fishingis a fishing clothier. As a new player in the industry we can offer logo merchandise of any kind for you to show off your inner Hooker. We are currently carrying men’s and women’s t-shirts and can coozies, with the availability to order just about any item you desire. Grab Your Pole and show everyone you are a Hot Hooker.

The Huron River Fishing Association– A club group dedicated to fishing the Huron River out of Flat Rock, Mich., specializing in river fly fishing. Contact Ed McCarter at They will also be making and distributing a special “Dragon Fly” and soliciting donations for the Cancer Prevention Cause. The hand tied flies are made and given away and used to help raise spirits during weekly chemotherapy treatments.

If -N – When Charters / Captain Jay’s Blade Baits  – Operated by Capt. Jay Nieman, offering fishing charters specializing in springtime blade bait walleye fishing, but also any method throughout the year. They also offer a custom blade bait lure selection, worm harnesses and ice fishing lures.

You might not know Jay Nieman personally, but if you fish Lake Erie in the spring, you know his baits, simply referred to as Captain Jay’s, and these blade baits catch walleye:


Jar Head Salsa & Tortilla Chip Co. – Headquartered in Flint, MI, this premium salsa was created by Gunnery Sgt David Smith, USMC(Ret). Gunny Smith was responsible for feeding 3000 Marines a day for much of his 20 yr career, including 2 tours of Iraq. By purchasing his products you are helping to support Veterans, since Jar Head donates 10% of their gross revenue to the VFW! Common reaction to trying his product? “This is the best salsa I’ve ever tasted!”

Michigan DNR – Have questions about fishing laws or invasive species controls and programs? These are the folks to ask!

Michigan Outdoor News – is the #1 local Hunting & Fishing publication in the Great Lakes Region. Everything related to hunting, fishing, conservation and outdoor activities all in one publication. Our local Outdoor columnists and writers keep you up to date every two weeks, instead of once a month like most.

Monroe Art Studio

Ohio Division of Watercraft – The friendly staff of Ohio Conservation officers will be on hand to answer any of your questions regarding boating and fishing regulations. They are good people to know in case of problems on the water!

Ready 2 Tackle Charters – Operated by Capt. Todd Robbins,  one of our seminar speakers last year, with his custom line of walleye lures and baits. Capt. Todd also offers his special type of charter trips utilizing his 20+ years of experience.

Sit Means Sit Dog Training-   We provide basic & advanced obedience specializing in off leash control around severe distractions. We also address behavior issues including aggression. Contact us at 734-347-8228 for a FREE in-home demo/evaluation to discuss your training goals.

Slide Diver

Tackle Junky-  supplies a large variety of custom painted crank baits and Colorado blades. Now offering J.T Custom Tackle patterns on Husky Jerks sizes 6-14.  Most custom crank baits are available in deep and shallow dive versions, Shad Raps, and Visions. Whether trolling on Erie or bass fishing your favorite lake we have a bait to change your fate.

I know these guys, when I needed some special blades for a tourney once, if the painting took too long, they were ready to drive them down to me here in Monroe! I really can’t say much more than that, well I can actually…at the show there will be for the first time, fourteen new patterns on their cranks!


Tiger Quill Images  Providing vinyl graphics for boats and charter services, brag boards for dockside charters, full boat graphics and painting, stripe replacement and logo design since 1989. Jennie will be cutting vinyl graphics and MC numbers at the show, so bring your boat info!

Tight Line Tackle – Tight Line Charters – Operated by Capt. Dan Boileau, specializing in custom walleye tackle for the Detroit River and Lake Erie, and offering perch and walleye charters on the Detroit River and Lake Erie. Member of the Lockeman’s Boats and Evinrude E-TEC Pro Staff.

First met Captain Dan Boileau right at Sterling State Park one fall during one of the late November bites a few years back.  What a nice person and a wealth of knowledge about both the lake and the river.  His T-Rex  jigs are made for the Detroit River and he has all the worms and minnows you need to rig them with!




Tight Lines Jewelry – A quality line of unisex sterling silver jewelry that reflects the passion of the angler with emphasis in Fly Fishing. Renee Schatzley Gall has fished all her life and has blended her custom designing talent with her passion of fishing. There is something for every angler- pendants, rings, earrings, lapel pins, cuff links, even bracelets. Trout, bass, walleye, even the bluegill are represented along with fly reels.

Western Basin Charter Boat Association – An organization composed of United States Coast Guard approved charter captains whose goal is to educate the public on the benefits from natural resources that Lake Erie provides.

Wolverine Tackle – “The Silver Streak Family” – One of the most recognized names in the fishing products industry featuring spoons in multiple sizes, colors and patterns, custom designed and hand painted crawler harness blades and a new custom painted body bait line.

For what may be the largest tackle producer in Michigan, you will never meet a nicer or more soft-spoken owner than Chip Cartwright.  A couple of years back I picked up a #8 Indiana blade from the Silver Streak booth and first time out trolling that spring with spinner rigs, popped a 10 lber in Brest Bay.  You can see the proof on the wall behind the counter at Jeff’s Bait and Tackle!  Well naturally, I had to have more!



I cannot wait until Saturday, lil shopping for spring, and then back onto the ice to hold on to winter as long as I can!

Copyright, 2014

About Mason

Born off the Detroit River, raised in Ida and on Lake Erie. Anything fishing holds my interest from Walleye, Pike and Muskie to a 10 year run on the Ice Fishing Circuits around the MidWest.
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