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February 7-9,2020 OHIO EXPO CENTER

2020 Featured Speakers Updated Soon!

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Jordan Lee

From the moment Jordan Lee emerged onto the professional stage, hard on the heels of an ultra-successful career as a collegiate angler, it was obvious that he was destined for greatness. The Auburn University graduate showed versatility and maturity well beyond his years, and the proof was in the results – consecutive Bassmaster Classic victories at Lake Conroe in 2017 and Lake Hartwell in 2018.


Ish Monroe

Hughson, California angler, Ish Monroe is no stranger to tournament fishing. Competing in the B.AS.S. Elite Series, Major League Fishing and the FLW tour, Monroe has earned a reputation as being one of the fiercest competitors on tour. Tallying over 20 top 10 finishes in B.A.S.S sanctioned events, Monroe has also qualified for the Bassmaster Classic 9 times. Whether in a tournament or for fun, when Monroe is on the water, he fishes hard and with intensity. “I’m always fishing and I like to fish for anything, bass, carp, bluegill it doesn’t matter — as long as I’m fishing, I’m happy.”​

Jared Litner

As you might expect, California pro, Jared Lintner has more than a few swimbait strategies and finesse secrets up his extra-long sleeves, but he’s far more versatile than that, as his exceptional track record at B.A.S.S. shows. The Tackle Warehouse poster boy has demonstrated staying power and a will to win that makes him a threat any time he hits the water from coast to coast.


Mike McClelland

McClelland has competed in 171 Bassmaster tournaments and has been on the Bassmaster Elite Series since the tour's inception in 2006.

As a Bassmaster competitor, McClelland has amassed $1,247,536 in career earnings by finishing in the money in 95 of his 171 entries. In those tournaments, McClelland has finished in the top ten 22 times, including six victories — three of them on the Bassmaster Elite Series level.

JT Kenney

Originally from Maryland, JT grew up hunting and fishing there. Cutting his outdoor teeth fishing deep creek lake and hunting dans mountain. From a young man, he knew he was going to make his living with a fishing pole in his hand. The very first tournament he entered at the age of 22 he finished 2nd and won $600. That was that and from there on out a professional bass fisherman was born. That was a long time ago but that fire still burns just as bright. Now with over a million dollars in winnings and nearing the 50 mark in top tens its been a great ride with many more to come. Living in FL full time since 2004 JT has broadened his horizons to include saltwater and plying the depths for her bounty. Cobia, grouper, mahi or on the flats redfish, snook, or flounder. Also learning some new game and hunting styles along the way in the sunshine state. Basically a well seasoned all-around outdoorsman with a passion for taking and teaching others.

Pete Gluszek

Professional Angler, Guide and Bass University Instructor. Pete is a USCG Captain that provides guide trips on The Chesapeake Bay,
Delaware River, and Lake Champlain.

Mike Delvisco

With over 30 years of bass fishing experience, Texas Roadhouse pro, Mike DelVisco, a full-time time professional angler has competed on the Bassmaster, FLW and PAA Tours, currently competes on the Bassmaster Open Tour and is a 2007 and 2008 Grand Slam and 2009 Bassmaster Series National Championship qualifier, multiple time Regional Championship qualifier and recently finished 4that the inaugural Ultimate Match Fishing Invitational and won the FLW BFL Super Tournament on Old Hickory Lake.  In addition to competing, Mike conducts seminars around the country at many popular sports shows and is a former Bassmaster University instructor. Mike writes for a number of online and print publications and hosts a number of video tip segments on the web and broadcast outlets.

Russ Bailey

Host of the popular Brushpile Fishing television show, 14 time national qualifier Russ Bailey has established himself as the leading expert in Crappie fishing.

Brushpile Fishing airs weekly on Fox Sportstime Ohio and nationally on Pursuit Channel.

Joe Bucher

Joe Bucher is a National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame Legendary Angler, book author, magazine writer, fishing tackle designer and host of the popular TV series "Fishing With Joe Bucher" which recently celebrated its 30th season on-the-air in 2018.


While Joe is most well known today as one of the true pioneers of modern Musky fishing, he was originally known as a teenage bass fishing wiz in the 1960s, and eventually became one of the most sought-after multi-species fishing guides in the '70s, 80s, and 90s. Joe is equally adept at catching walleyes, bass, lake trout, panfish, and muskies.


Fishing with Joe Buch broadcasts on Fox Sports Net and The World Fishing Network as well as across the world on YouTube. It is also available on demand on MOTV.com

Carl Morris

Carl Morris J.R., of Johnstown, Ohio is owner of Big Kat Bait Company, Proud member of Fatboy Custom Rod and Monster Rod Holders pro staff. He has been one of the most consistent teams in tournament catfishing in the recent past. He has won the 2012 National Championship and the 2016 Northern National Championship making him a 2 time National Champion for Cabela’s.  Carl has also been 4 time Cabela’s Angler of the Year 2012-2015, as well as finishing his 2016 season with 8 top 10 finishes in nationally recognized trails throughout the mid-west.

Troy "Fish Slim" Becker

An avid local multi-species angler who's first love is chasing the elusive Saugeye.  Through decades of experience, Troy has gained a deep knowledge of central Ohio lakes and rivers, and the unique techniques and timing needed to consistently catch Saugeye year round.  Some would call him a local legend but he would say he just loves to fish!

Dan Armitage

Dan Armitage, host of Buckeye Sportsman, is one of the state’s best-known outdoor writers, with articles appearing in numerous outdoor magazines, including Outdoor Life, In-Fisherman and Field & Stream as well as in various statewide periodicals including Ohio Game & Fish, Ohio’s Country Journaland AAA’s Home & Away magazines.

Brian Flechsig

Brian Flechsig tied his first fly and caught his first fish on a fly rod when he was seven years old. Today, from his fly shop in Columbus, Ohio,which he founded in 1994, Brian outfits sportsmen, teaches classes and guides groups on fishing trips to some of the world’s best places to fish. He has been in the fly fishing business for most of his adult life. Brian is one of America’s new generation of fly fishing personalities and has been featured in a series of fly fishing instructional videos from Mad River Media, including the famous title, Carpin’ with good friend Dave Whitlock. Regular guest appearances on the popular television show “The Walker’s Cay Chronicles” with Flip Pallot, have made Brian one of the most recognized names and faces in mid-western fly fishing arena.

Mike Defibaugh

Winner of the 2017 Cabela's National Walleye Tour Tournament at Huron on Lake Erie and 3rd place finisher of the 2016 Cabela's National Team Championship Mike is having a fantastic year. A three time Cabela's All American Angler he holds 23 1st place finishes, 16 2nd place finishes and over 70 top 5 finishes as well at 7 Team of the Year Awards.

Mark Blauvelt

Mark has been fishing catfish tournaments for the last 10 years and is a lifelong multi species angler who spends most of his time plying the waters of southern Ohio looking for trophy cats.


He will bring years of "dragging" experience with him as he shortens the learning curve for anyone who wants to learn how to use this year round technique.

Lori Povisill & Beth Mills

An all female professional bass fishing team with a passion for getting women and kids hooked on the sport of fishing. Co-Directors of the Bass Pro Shop Ohio Tournament Trail and presenters of "Women in Fishing".

Remington Barkley

Remington is a young angler who really enjoys the puzzle of figuring out what fish want and demonstrating the techniques in person, on a seminar stage or on camera. Remington is a Four Time Michigan Jr State Champion, Regional Champion, Six-Time National and World Championships Qualifier, Videographer for the "Climb Series". Remington is a national seminar speaker and has fast become an industry influencer. Remington is just 14years old. 

Elmer Heyob

Elmer's recognition as a successful fisherman, especially structure fishing has led to invitations to present fishing seminars in Illinois, Wisconsin, Kentucky, West Virginia and Ohio. His favorite target fish are muskies and he has landed over 1,000 'skis' with the help of family and friends out of his boat. He joined the Ohio Huskie Muskie Club soon after graduating college and was president of the Buckeye Muskie Hunters from 1980-83. He joined Muskies, Inc. in the early 1990's and currently holds the positions of Program Director, Youth Director, Magazine Reporter and PR Director for his local chapter of Muskies, Inc.  He has written fishing articles for In-Fisherman, Muskie Hunter, Walleye In-Sider and Muskies, Inc. He is still very actively involved with the State of Ohio's Muskie Program and currently coordinates the Ohio 'Muskie Minnow Fund'.