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Kenneth Kieser: National Fishing Expo Comes to Kansas City


Winter is the time to learn and dream about fishing.

I am in awe of the show that will be in Kansas City January 14-16. The National Fishing Exhibition will feature many top professionals from different types of fishing talking about their craft and these seminars are free except for a moderate entry fee. Numerous stands exhibiting their fishery products will be distributed throughout the building.

Here are examples of experts talking about their types of fishing (not all listed because of space):

• Brent Chapman is a professional bass fisherman based in Lenexa, Kansas, and fishes at the world’s highest level of bass fishing, including the Bass Pro Tour, Bassmaster Elite Series and Major League Fishing.

Chapman won the 2012 Bassmaster Angler of the Year, which most anglers consider the most difficult and prestigious title a professional angler can achieve. Brent qualified for 14 Bassmaster Classics and won four Bassmaster tournaments. He qualified for the Major League Fishing Championship and the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

• Dion Hibdon is one of the few anglers to have accomplished the incredible task of winning both a Forrest Wood Cup and a Bassmaster Classic. Hibdon, based in the Lake of the Ozarks, started fishing the FLW Tour in 1996 and has fished at all levels of competition with FLW.

Fishing is a family affair for the Hibdons, as Dion is the son of the legendary FLW Tour Guido Hibdon angler of Stover, Missouri who died in 2018. Dion’s favorite weapon on the water is a jig, and his only job was professional fishing. .

• Randy Blaukat is a nine-time Forrest Wood Cup qualifier and a three-time FLW Tour finalist. He is considered by his peers to be one of the best anglers on tour. Blaukat is a 25-year professional fishing veteran and has amassed over $ 1.4 million in career income in FLW and BASS competitions.

• Casey Scanlon, also based in Lake of the Ozarks, fished two years on the FLW Tour, five years on the Bassmaster Elite Series and two years on the Major League Fishing. Wood Cup qualified, three-time member of the BASS Federation State Team, qualified for the TBF National Championship and voted Best Lake Fishing Guide 2018.

• Chris Jones has been fishing for catfish since his youth. He became a Professional Catfish Guide in 2011 on the Lake of the Ozarks for Catfish Pursuit Guide Service. It mainly targets the trophy class blue catfish with a rod and reel. His personal best blue cat to date is a 93.2 pound pound that has been released and he’s chasing that elusive over 100 pounds.

• Tommy bench owns and operates Gasconade River Guide Service. He was born and raised on the Gasconade River and has specialized in smallmouth bass habits and trends since 2007. for the National Professional Fishing League.

• Paul Potter is a crappie fishing guide on Grand Lake, Oklahoma and avid fishing enthusiast on YouTube. Crappie fishing is a passion as well as an addiction that brings Paul to Grand Lake every week to catch fish. Paul posts numerous fishing videos, giving tips and explaining techniques that will help you catch more fish.

• David studebaker is passionate about multi-species fishing. His background is cat fishing in the Midwest. He led the Catfish Chasers Tournament Series, one of the nation’s most successful competitive fishing series for 18 years. He has helped cheer on many of the country’s top catfish anglers.

• Chris Zaldain won the Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship 2015, finished fourth overall at the Bassmaster Angler of the Year 2019 and placed 16th at the Bassmaster Classic 2020. His wife Zaldain trait finished fourth in his first major bass tournament and quickly progressed to the Opens Bassmaster Central and Eastern. Together, these two Yamaha Pros could soon become the first husband and wife team to compete as Bassmaster Elite anglers. His favorite technique is power fishing with smaller finesse lures.

• William “Billy” Smith, owner of Scenic Rivers Guide Service & Tours, is licensed within Ozark National Scenic Riverways to provide guided boat tours, eco-tours and fishing trips. Billy Smith has been running these rivers since he was 9 years old.

• J&J Fly Fishing Adventures was founded by two brothers with the intention of catching all species on the fly. Jeremy and Jacob Patterson grew up in Michigan and fished the Great Lakes and its tributaries at a young age. Fly fishing has become a passion and an obsession over the past seven years. They like to hunt all species of fish. They have won several Master Angler Awards from Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri and Kansas.

• Jack and Holly Linton are well known as “The Green Machine”. They have been fishing in crappie tournaments since 2014, traveling to many states and leaving their mark in the crappie world. This year, the Husband and Wife Team was the Truman Lake Series Angler of the Year, fishing against the best in the country. With many more top three rankings this year.

The show will open at the KCI Expo Center, 11730 N. Ambassador Drive, Kansas City, MO 64153. Hours are: 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday; and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission for adults is $ 12 and those aged 65 and over and veterans are $ 10. Tickets can be purchased online to avoid queues or at the door. The opening day offer is to bring a guest for free with the purchase of an adult ticket. They too will allow two children aged 17 and under to enter for free with each purchase of an adult ticket.

We will meet over there!

Kenneth Kieser, a seasoned outdoor writer and member of the Waterfowlers Hall of Fame and the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, writes a weekly column on the outdoors for The Examiner. Contact him at [email protected]