2024 Wisconsin Musky Expo

Expo Sponsors Times: March 15th, Friday: 2pm - 8:00pm March 16th, Saturday: 9am - 6pm March 17th, Sunday: 9am - 3pm Admission: Daily Admission: $10.00 2 Day Pass: $15.00 3 Day Pass: $20.00 Children 12 and Under FREE

Seminars Friday, March 15th 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM 3:00 - 4:00 Taylor Flannery Taylor Flannery of “Musky Guarantee Guide Service LLC” is based out of Northern Wisconsin. Growing up near Pelican Lake, Wisconsin, I’ve fished the waters of Langlade, Oneida, Vilas, and Forest counties all my life. I enjoy adapting to changes while utilizing 40+ area lakes throughout a season. Understanding when and how to target a body of water is vital to success. Breaking down new water, and chasing timely patterns is how I consistently stay on fish.

4:30 - 5:30 Michael Hanson Michael Hanson has been chasing Muskies since the age of twelve. After a successful swimming and coaching career, he decided to move to Northwestern WI to pursue his goal of becoming a full time fishing guide. After five years, he has shown his desire to put in as much time as possible to pursue the biggest inland muskies that swim in Wisconsin. Michael will discuss his favorite tactics on how he put his clients in a position to boat Big Wisconsin Greenies.

6:00 - 7:00 Bryan Schaeffer & DAN GROPENGISER Bryan Schaeffer Bryan has 25+ years guiding and Tournament experience. His Professional Trophy Musky Guide Service provides guide services on Oneida, Vilas, Lincoln Counties in Wisconsin. Bryon Schaeffer is also a pro-staffer for Musky Mayhem Guide Service. Bryan will discuss tackle, tactics, presentation and will share with you his top 5 go to tackle baits. DAN GROPENGISER Dan "Grop" Gropengiser is out of Rhinelander Wisconsin. Living in Rhinelander his entire life has given Dan the chance to explore the lakes this great area has to offer. Dan's been fishing ever since his Dad could get him to sit still on a five gallon pail ice fishing. All of the great memories of fishing with family and friends sticks with him to this day. Dan began guiding in 2012 and believes fishing is all about learning and making memories that will last forever. Dan will take the time to teach you proper casting and retrieving of baits, boat control and handling wind conditions, lake map reading and usage of today's latest electronics. Seasonal fish movements is a big part of what you'll learn.

Saturday, March 16th 9 AM to 6:00 PM 10:00 - 11:00 Tom Harrison Tom is the owner of “Tom’s Custom Baits”. Like most Musky anglers, Tom is one of those persistently successful Musky anglers who do not have name notoriety. Tom has boated many 50+ inch Musky in Wisconsin waters. Tom will share with you his “formula” for his success on the water, in the hope that the knowledge he has accumulated over the years will provide you some insight for the coming Musky Season.

12:00 - 1:00 Rich Reinert Rich has been fishing for muskies for 54 years, guiding full-time for 17 years, and working in the tackle industry for over 40 years. Rich’s musky passion and influence is both well-known and farreaching. As the co-owner of two musky bait companies and product developer for several others, Rich will share a lifetime of experience and expertise in his seminar. Rich has been featured in In-Fisherman, Outdoor Life, and Midwest Outdoors. He has had over 2,000 Muskies in his boat over the years and, as a result of that success on the water, has had the opportunity to speak on many radio programs as well as at numerous sports shows.

Dave Burch – 2:00pm – 3:00pm He brought braided line to the fishing industry. April of this year will mark the thirtieth year Dave Burch, The Braidman, has been centrally involved in the development of modern Superline braids. Dave and his brother Lee had an extensive background in industrial braiding, both began summer jobs at 16 working for a braid manufacturer where 5 of their uncles worked. Dave continued to work at the braiding company whenever possible until graduating from college, after which he pursued other opportunities. Dave’s brother Lee continued to work at the Braid factory after college and became president of the company, and also a member of the YPO, a global leadership community of extraordinary chief executives. Another member of the YPO, Safariland CEO Scott O’Brien, became aware that the Spectra fibers used in producing Safariland’s ballistic vests could be used to create a new style of fishing line. Safariland showed their new Spiderwire for the first time at the Shot Show in 1993, where it was a great success. Safariland lacking braid production capability needed to find a reliable source for this new opportunity.

Lee had moved on from the braiding company and now had his own composites company, but Lee and Dave Burch with the help of a financial backer, and the guarantee of business from Safariland started BBS to be the sole producer of Spiderwire. Dave became the operating partner of this new enterprise and in 6 short months BBS was up and running with the production capability of 3 million plus yards of braid weekly. BBS had an advantage in that from the inception of the plant the goal was to produce small dimension braids utilizing multifilament UHMW (ultra-high molecular weight) fibers which are delicate yarns until braided. The advantage was that all the braiding and post braiding equipment was tailored to producing “clean” flawless raw braids. Over the last 3 decades BBS has developed numerous post-braiding systems to enhance the performance of it’s braided fishing line products. Dave has worked closely with many of the fishing industry’s leading companies, as BBS has provided over 30 turn-key OEM braids. Dave has had the opportunity to be on the inside planning of numerous brands and as such has garnered extensive knowledge of this segment of the industry. Dave was not an avid angler when he began his career at BBS and felt the need to understand firsthand from anglers what made a braid perform well in various fishing applications. Dave therefore has spent literally thousands of hours talking to anglers at consumer trade shows all over the US, from the Florida Keys to Alaska. FINS Braids is a natural extension of Dave’s experience. FINS offers the angler numerous styles of high-performance braids each possessing unique properties designed to fit different needs or preferences. Dave and his partners sold BBS in 2001 but Dave continues to work for the new owners, still very much involved in continuing to keep FINS on the cutting edge of fishing line technology.

4:00 - 5:00 Steve Jonesi Steve was introduced to the mighty muskie in the 1970’s while vacationing with family on Upper Post Lake in Northern Wisconsin. That introduction has fueled an obsession with a fish that has taken Steve all over the United States and Canada for the past 45 years. Steve released his first Wisconsin legal, 30” at the time, on September 25th, 1977. Thousands of muskies have visited Steve’s boat over the years. Through the years, Steve has introduced many to the sport of Muskie Fishing. The dream of owning/operating a professional guide service came to fruition after moving to Minnesota in the Fall of 2004, to begin working for the world famous Thorne Bros. Custom Rod and Tackle Shop. Lake Mille Lacs and her 132,000 acres became home base. On October 6, 2006, Steve’s client Jody Dahms caught a muskie that would have broken the Minnesota state record at the time if he had kept it. The incredible muskie was caught on Lake Millie Lacs and was 54” long and had a 30” girth. That fish gave Steve’s

professional career a real boost. The next few years were amazing! He spent time with clients catching big fish and making fabulous memories. Steve’s passion for teaching and sharing information can take your fishing to the next level. Never short on stories and laughs, a good time in the boat is guaranteed.

Sunday, March 17th 9 AM to 3:00 PM 10:00 - 11:00 Jeff Van Remortel Jeff Van Remortel is a full-time fishing and hunting guide on the waters of Northern Wisconsin and Green Bay. Jeff specializes in musky, walleye, steelhead and waterfowl 300+ days per year. He is also the owner of Musky Academy LLC. 12:00 - 1:00 MIKE KEYES No matter if you’re a Muskie or Pike angler, you’ve probably heard about Keyes Outdoors. For the past 18 years, Keyes Outdoors, LLC has grown to one of most watched, most viewed and respected musky fishing TV Series in the world. And for a good reason. Mike and his team put out an extremely high level of Musky fishing videos, and the way they have brought the water to the public eye of online media is just something truly special. Mike’s videos show you every technique of Muskie fishing you can possibly think of and will certainly help getting the most out of your time on the water!

Partial List Of Exhibitors Awaken Marine - Tuffy Boats The Alpha Project Beavers Baits Big Guy Baits Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce Bobbie Bait Burnin Eights™ Capital City Muskies Inc CC Lures Cabin Creations Chasin' 50's Tackle & Fly Chaos Tackle Chippewa Flowage Resort Ass./Indian Trail Resort Cody Sirny Sirny's Guide Service Conklyn Lures Cougar Baits CZ Lures Daiwa Dream Catcher Bucktails Elk River Rods Enticer Tackle Fins First Wisconsin Muskies Inc. Furniture By Jake Garett Shipman Geiss Meat Products Get The Net Guide Service & Bucktails Noah Binfeld Ghost Tails Graff USA Headwaters Muskies Inc Huntsy Tail Hybrid Addicts Indian Creek Bucktails Janies Custom Tackle JT'S Bait N Tackle

Lake X Lures Lasso Lures Lax Reproductions Leaders And Lures Mat's Reel Repair And Boca Bearings Mepps Mighty Shad Musky Baits Mistress Muskie Lures Muntz Angling Muskie Getter Musky Crates Musky Innovations Muskies Matter Musky Madness Musky Operations Guide Service Musky Safari Musky Water Baits Musky Club Of America Naze Baits Nimmer Swimmer Lures Northwood Marine Outdoor Grips Pandemonium Tackle Piscifun Preditor Topwater Reck N Rack Rhinelander Musky League Ridgeway Lures Rise And Grind Guide Service Rocky Point Tackle Ross's Sport Shop Rusty's Custom Lures SS Lures Spanky Baits Sparhawk Enterprises SprinyTackle Sterling King, King's Reel Time fishing Suick Lures

Sunrise Resort Tackle Enterprises Taps & Tackle Team Rhino Outdoors Tackle Industries Tackle Box Troubles Team Rhino Outdoors The Sportsman Title Town Muskies Inc. Tom's Custom Musky Baits T.R. Custom lures Toothtamer Rods Turtle River Tackle Vet Camp Of Wisconsin Wausau Muskies Inc. Whispering Winds Resort WI Outdoor News Wounded Warriors United Wisconsin Yogi Rods Z Leaders Zilla Custom Lures

Location Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center (Formerly The Patriot Center)10101 Market Street, Suite B40, Rothschild, WI 54474