Sunday, March 8, 2009

Northeast Wisconsin Sport Fishin' Show

By: John E. Durben

The Northeast Wisconsin Sport Fishin' Show was held in Green Bay, WI. on March 6 - 8 at Shopko Hall. Many of the regular vendors from previous years were set up at this event hoping to sell their products. There were a number of speakers providing seminars which included: Bob Mehsikomer, "Ranger Rick" Krueger, Tasmin Kaliska, Mike Mladenik, Lee Haasch, Andrea and Amy, and Jason Gaurke to name a few. As one who has attended or worked these Shows for a good number of years now, one could see that the current economy is taking its toll on these sporting events too. It appeared to me that the traffic was down some this year.

These two young ladies took a minute off from handing out free drink tickets for the Tilted Kilt in Green Bay so that I could snap this photo. It's the first time I've seen them here and I heard a lot of positive comments.

The Wisconsin DNR had their fish wagon set up as they normally do. In past years they collected fish from the Fox River by the Dam however they were unable to do that this year. I was told these fish came from the Hatchery in Wild Rose, WI.

The Green Bay Area Great Lakes Sport Fishermen (GBAGLSF) sponsors a Trout Fishing outing each year for Special Olympians in the surrounding Counties. The participants are bused to the National Guard Armory in Green Bay where they each catch a few nice Trout. GBAGLSF volunteers clean and bag up the fish and they are sent home with each individual ready for the frying pan. In addition to the fish, the Olympians are treated to a lunch and beverages also served by GBAGLSF volunteers. Pictured above is my wife Mona and I selling tickets at the Sport Show. Proceeds from the Raffle goes toward funding this worthy annual event.

GBAGLSF members Bob Gorecki and Robert Stark are pictured at the Show selling subscriptions for Great Lakes Angler Magazine. The Club was to receive a percentage of each subscription sold.
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