The 2017 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Sports Show is almost here, and we are excited about this year’s seminars. Sports Show stages will have experts in numerous fields discussing the topics that you’ll want to hear about. View the full speaker schedule!
Here’s who you’ll be able to see at Sports Show:
Jeff Anderson – The Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s mission is to market the state as the Midwest’s premier travel destination for fun.
By executing industry-leading marketing program, providing reliable travel information and establishing strategic partnerships, we play a significant role in delivering exceptional customer service and generating greater impact and jobs for Wisconsin.
Starla Batzko – Cook and huntress, Starla Batzko of Starla’s Seasonings, Dips & Mixes, combines her seasonings with wild game for truly unique flavors.
She shows us how to cook amazing cuisine of domestic and wild game fare from the air, land and sea. Starla loves to educate and demonstrate how simple and rewarding it can be to prepare great-tasting dishes with ease.
Starla’s culinary skills were honed teaching nutrition classes as an Extension Agent for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, located at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. It was there she began sharing cooking tips that have grown from the classroom to venues with live audiences at Sport, Fishing, Garden, and RV & Camping shows and as a spice chef for “Wild Things Show, Cooking Wild Game” cooking series.
He has been an avid fisherman his whole life, even spending 6 years as a first mate on a lake Michigan charter boat during the 1980’s. Since is early teenage years, Jeff has been primarily focusing on Walleye fishing leading up to his present guide service. You can also read Jeff’s fishing articles on the Bay of Green Bay published in Badger Sportsman’s Magazine.
Jeff’s guide service and tackle company is Team-Outdoors LLC, where he has designed his own unique fishing products. He is the founder and President of a non-profit kids fishing tournament Tomorrows Anglers, and a member of the esteemed Sheboygan Walleye Club.
Jeff’s sponsors include: Mercury Marine, Starcraft, SkipperBuds, Humminbird, Minn Kota, and Churches Tackle Co.
Tyler Chisholm started first mating on charter boats at the age of 14. Then he received his captain license and started guiding hunting and fishing all over Wisconsin. He currently works fulltime for Wolfpack Adventures guiding Salmon fishing, walleye fishing, and waterfowl hunts.
Captain Mike Corblies is a world class teacher and videographer of the sport he has lived for over 50 years.
As the International Director of American Fly Fishing Schools he heads an organization of some of the best casting instructors, fly fishing guides and member lodges throughout North America and the Caribbean.
Mike works with several sporting goods manufacturers as a consultant in product development, testing and sales. Mike also conducts classes and offers guide services from his fly shops located in Island Heights, New Jersey and Palm Bay, Florida. He is a featured speaker and casting instructor at many sports events across America every year.
Captain Mike still fishes and teaches from his kayaks, flats boats and his 26′ Dusky for any fish that can be caught on a fly. Learn more about him at americanflyfshingschools.com
Jeff Engel is a nationally known Outdoor Television personality and seminar speaker. Jeff is also an Amazon Best Selling Author as well as an award winning nature and wildlife photographer.
He has travelled the world mastering the art of Nature photography and promoting conservation.
He has appeared on television networks such as ABC, CBS, PBS and FOX. Jeff was the host and executive producer for his own outdoor adventure television series, which aired nationally for seven consecutive years, entitled “Engel’s Outdoor Experience.”
As host of this exciting outdoor television series, Jeff has filmed as far North as the Arctic Circle, as far South as South America, as far West as New Zealand and as far East as Africa.
Additionally, Jeff co-ordinates and leads amazing photographic and cultural experiences through his annual African Photo Safaris.
Marty Forman A.K.A. “Junkman” fishes 12-15 Musky tournaments each year including the entire Professional Musky Tournament Trail where he again qualified for the 2016 championship allowing only the top 35 teams nationwide.
He’s a regular feature writer for Musky Hunter Magazine and the gamut of other musky publications. He’s a popular seminar speaker at many boat shows, dealer events and fishing clubs around the musky range. He fishes on the pro-staff for Mercury Outboards, Ranger Boats, MW Marine and St Croix Rods.
Pat Harrison has been fishing for 45 plus years and is an experience USCG Captain in IL. Pat is a fishing educator and does seminars at clubs, and several large Outdoor Mega Stores and enjoys teaching others about fishing and enjoying the outdoors.
Pat is a board member for many clubs keeping his love for fishing alive and spread to many in the outdoor world. Pat also is an experienced Guide on the Chicago River and is an expert on catching smallmouth bass with specific tactics he will share at the Chicago Outdoor Sports Show. Pat is a Pro Staffer for: Evinrude, Bass Minder, Bass Minder, Never Snag and several others. Pat Harrison’s love for the outdoors and knowledge of the sport is something special.
Visit Pat Harrison on FACEBOOK at Pat Harrison Outdoors – Fishing Adventures
Paul Healy is the owner of the JIM THORPE FISHING COMPANY based in the scenic Pocono Mountains close by his home waters of the Lehigh River.
JTFC offers fly fishing and light tackle trips on well-known streams like Penn’s Creek, Pine Creek, Fishing Creek and the Brodhead to name just a few. Plus New Jersey streams like the Raritan, Musconetcong and the Pequest along with many lakes and ponds. Paul is also an accomplished surf fisherman and has expanded his guiding to include trips along the Jersey Beaches and Back Bays in search of Stripers, Blues, Fluke and other game fish. Paul is a member guide and instructor for AMERICAN FLY FISHING SCHOOLS and belongs to T.U. and several other conservation organizations.
You can contact Paul at 610-349-0883. Go to jimthorpefishingcompany.com and read his blog or through the AFFS national office.
Mariah Haberman is the host and brand manager of the longest-running tourism TV show in the U.S., Discover Wisconsin.
She travels the state to bring Wisconsin’s best foods festivals, signs and activities to the living rooms of more than 500,000 loyal viewers across the Midwest. Mariah received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the UW-Oshkosh in 2010. She was selected to In Business Magazine’s 40 under 40 Class of 2015.
William Heim of Night Prowler Guide Service is one of the premier fishing guides of the Midwest specializing in Lake Geneva and Lake Delavan, WI.
He is an experienced multi species guide and someone you should know. William was born in 1963 and grew up in Southeastern Wisconsin. His grandfather had William out early in life and was hunting and fishing at age 4 and its been history ever since. William a full time guide specializes in unique ways of teaching others how to adapt to the toughest conditions. He has a Specialty Technique which is Night Fishing using black lights and florescent line making it easier to see while fishing in the dark, and William has it dialed in.
You can contact William at 262-279-5743 or by email at email@example.com or on Facebook- Night Prowler Guide Service.
Marianne Huskey – Marianne grew up in the resort community of Charlevoix Michigan spending most of her time on the waters of Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix. Her first interest in fishing began at the young age of six while fishing for perch and salmon with her grandfather.
In her early 20’s she began chasing walleyes thru the ice and on open water from the Detroit River to the waters of St. Mary’s River bordering Canada and Michigan. Catching walleye’s became Marianne’s favorite past time while learning everything she could about marine electronics.
Marianne entered her first professional walleye tournament in 2009; three years later she won the AOY title in 2012. She has also competed in Europe representing the USA in the World Predator Tour in the year 2015. Marianne enjoys talking fishing and teaching other angler the importance and “how to” of marine electronics.
Greg Karch – I have held 186 Fishing Clinics all around the Midwest and worked with over twenty thousand youth and ten thousand adults/parents. Fishing Clinics have been hosted at schools, Non Profit Organizations, parks, fairs, sport shows and more with the primary focus on educating and inspiring people to get out and enjoy fishing.
I have enjoyed fishing since I was ten and enjoy fishing for walleye and pan fish.
I live in Oshkosh on Lake Winnebago. All the youth that have attended one of my clinics know me as Captain Greg. I have been fishing professionally for Walleye from 2000 to 2015 where I have achieved a couple top ten finishes.
In 2007, I started Learn 2 Fish With Us; Our mission statement is ‘Grow the sport of fishing by educating and inspiring beginner and experienced anglers’. When I host a fishing clinic my main purpose is to educate on the fishing skills, allow the youth participants to try the fishing skill along with taking them fishing when possible.
In 2015, I was National Professional Anglers Association member of the year for what I have done to grow the sport of fishing. I also received an award from the State Of Wisconsin and Wildlife Forever on my education of fishing and Aquatic Invasive Species.
Kelly LaBarbera – Kelly LaBarbera resides in West Central Wisconsin and currently works for the State of Wisconsin at the Jackson Correctional Institute as a Registered Nurse.
When not attending to the medical needs of inmates, you can find Kelly in the field flying and hunting with her birds of prey. Kelly has appeared on several Television programs highlighting the sport of Falconry. Kelly is also an educational speaker on the Sport of Falconry and a certified WDNR Hunter Safety Instructor and a member of the WI Falconers Association.
Patrick LaBarbera (falconry)
Pat LaBarbera resides in West Central Wisconsin and is a Master class Falconer. Along with his wife Kelly, he has provided falconry educational programs for many schools across WI. His work with Falconry has helped many folks experience the “Sport of Kings” up close and personal.
Both wife Kelly and Pat have appeared on several television programs across the State, promoting the sport of Falconry. Pat is a certified Hunters Ed Instructor as well as a WDNR County CDAC member and a WDNR Conservation Congress Delegate.
Pat LaBarbera (bear hunting)
Pat resides in West Central Wisconsin with his wife Kelly and son Michael. Each year the family participates in bear hunting somehow in Wisconsin, be it a family tag or a neighbor or friend that is hunting.
LaBarbera shot his first bear in 2000 after several unsuccessful season he finally figured it out. Since then he and his bear hunting partner John LeGault have worked their way across WI and MN in pursuit of black bears. LaBarbera claims nothing is more fun spending the summer months working an active bait for black bears. LaBarbera works in law enforcement and is active as a CDAC member as well as a County WDNR, Conservation Congress delegate.
John LeGault is a retired WI State Trooper and WDNR “CDAC” member who resides in West Central Wisconsin with his wife Corrie in a home surrounded by the Black River State Forest.
John’s introduction into black bear hunting came in the late 1990’s as he killed his first bear in WI in 2000. Since that time John has not missed a bear season. If he’s not hunting bear in Minnesota or Wisconsin he’s “guiding” a family member or a friend. A “do it yourself” hunter, John also spent time hunting under the tutelage of several guides as well. With much respect for the guided hunts, John maintains a “lone wolf” approach to hunting bears these days. He also finds great enjoyment on helping others bring home bears yearly.
Chelsey Lewis is the editor of Wisconsin Trails, a travel and outdoor website from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Chelsey has been hiking, biking, kayaking and camping on the trails, rivers ad lakes of Badger State for most of her life.
MarXman Outdoors is dedicated to the growth, development, and preservation of the outdoors.
The primary focus for us is on bowfishing. Our slogan is “The Ultimate Bowfishing Experience”. Several of our team members shoot tournaments both locally and nationally. We also offer fully guided bowfishing trips for people of all ages and all skill levels. We supply all the gear that you will need. With the most state-of-the-art equipment and boat, combined with our years of experience, this is the trip of a lifetime. All you have to do is give us a call at (920) 382-7613 or email us at MarXmanOutdoors@charter.net. We will do the rest. Now prepare yourself for a night filled with adrenaline and excitement! We book up fast, so call today.
Presenting alongside Brad Marx is Team Marxman: Brad, Tina, Evan, Edyn, Eyan, Jared and Kim.
For Team Bios Click Here: http://www.marxmanoutdoors.com/team.html
Sarah Mayer is a REI Outdoor School Instructor & Sales Specialist, sharing her inspiration and outfitting expertise for a lifetime of adventure.
Sarah grew up in the eastern shadows of the Mid-Kettle Moraine among corn stalks & grain fields with an affinity for Wisconsin’s oak dominated woodlands and abundant freshwater lakes. Professional and recreational opportunities in different climates and ecological communities gave this adventurer insight on different cultural, economic and conservation – and sustainability – based perspectives around the country. Sarah’s return to Wisconsin has allowed her to further appreciate its natural resources and the ecosystem services they provide to its humble stewards.
Rob Menthei – My name is Rob Manthei. I live to fish and hunt. Whether it is chasing the elusive whitetail or tangling with the mighty musky, I take the same pride and preperation to endure both.
I started fishing when I was two years old, and hunted since I was able at twelve. I have fished the waters of Vilas, Onieda, and Iron counties, in Northen Wisconsin, all of my life. This year will be my 23rd year in heavy pursuit of the mighty musky. Whether your preference is walleye, musky, or bass I will teach and lead you to the best locations and techniques at that particular time of the year. I am a strong believer in catch and release.
Mark “Uncle Millie” Millis was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan. His father owned a welding shop right next door and on the other side of the house, his Aunt and Uncle owned the most popular gun shop in Mid-Michigan. Hence, his future was pre-determined.
Mark began his journey into mechanical know-how at age six with his first mini-bike. It was this mini-bike that turned Mark into a self confessed “Motorhead”! He continued to turn the wrenches on everything from old outboard engines to heavy construction equipment but his true passion remains motorcycles. He owns several vintage motorcycles of all different makes and models including his preferred ride, a nearly mint-condition 1964 Pan-head.
He’s also is a 3rd generation journeyman ironworker and owns an ornamental iron workshop. He holds the title of Master Iron Artist endorsed by Michigan State University and in 2002, was named Ornamental Iron Artist of the year.
Fortunately, Mark’s passion doesn’t end with the ratchet set. His love of the outdoors, including hunting and fishing, actually trumps his mechanical attributes. From farm pond panfish to Great Lake’s salmon, from cottontail rabbits to wily whitetails, Mark is in pursuit of all game species.
Sorry ladies, Mark is married to the love of his life, Ann the Angel. Together, they are a culinary duo of wild games delights. The Millis kitchen is a professional grade masterpiece. Don’t plan on losing weight if given the chance to visit.
Mark has used his combined knowledge previously as a co-host of Wolf Creek Productions’ “Deer City, USA” seen Thursdays on Outdoor Channel. Currently Mark is filming hunts that will be aired on unclemillie.com next season!
Jeremy Moore is the co-owner of DogBone, the leader in dog training products developed to help you train your dogs for shed hunting and game recovery.
He has been involved with dog training for over 15 years and promotes the use of low pressure training to bring out and maximize a dogs potential.
Gary Nault is a Fishing guide in the Sturgeon Bay/Door County area since 1988, specializing in Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Northern Pike, Muskie, and Perch.
Pro-staff for Lund Boats, Mercury Marine, Motorguide, Off-Shore Tackle, Mr. Outboard’s Watersports Marine, Lowrance Electronics, St. Croix Rods, Quantum Reels, Pure Fishing, Bait Rigs, H3O sunglasses, and Venom Lures.
• Tournament Director and founder of the Annual Sturgeon Bay Bass Tournament.
• President of the Sturgeon Bay Sport Fishing Association of Door County.
• Founder of the longest running Annual Father’s Day Kid’s Fishing Derby (32 years).
Jim O’Brien – Mercury Pro Jim O’Brien owns and operates Dancing with Walleyes Fishing Guide Service in Southeast Wisconsin.
Jim competes in several Walleye tournaments each year with his to best partners’ sons Jimmy and Chris. “There is no better feeling than walking across the stage with your sons collecting several top 10 finishes and Father/Son team of the year awards”.
Jim takes great pride in passing on fishing skills learned to anglers young and old. His guide service operates year round from open water to ice fishing. “When guiding my customers, the main focus is teaching them how to find fish, catch fish and most of all have fun.” During Seminars, Outdoor writing and Radio shows, Jim stresses that fishing is a great way to get family’s spending time together and build memories that will last forever. Jim’s motto is “Quit Wishing and Just Go Fishing”.
John O’Brion has been in the seed, agronomy and animal nutrition business since 1991.
He started Grandpa Ray Outdoors to educate the public and raise money for youth, hunting and other wildlife cases.
Chase Parsons – As a professional walleye tournament angler, Chase Parsons has made an impressive imprint on the fishing industry throughout his career. Throughout his 11 year career, Chase has been involved with many national television and commercial spots for several powerful fishing companies.
He works extensively with sponsors in many aspects of the fishing industry, including product development and seminar/video promotions. Chase is a frequent host of “The Next Bite” television show, which airs on NBC Sports Network, Destination America and WFN.
Following are a few of his impressive tournament and career accomplishments:
2014 NWT Championship Qualifier
2013 NWT Championship Qualifier
2012 AIM Championship Qualifier
2012 FLW Championship Qualifier
2011 FLW Lake Oahe Champion
2011 FLW Angler of the Year Runner-Up
2011 AIM Winneconne, WI (4th place)
2010 AIM Akaska, SD (2nd place)
2009 AIM Angler of the Year Runner-Up
2009 AIM Bay City, MI (8th place)
2009 AIM Akaska, SD (5th place)
2008 PWT Championship at Saginaw Bay, MI (4th place)
2007 PWT Escanaba, MI (6th place)
2007 PWT Super Pro at Cass Lake, MN (5th place)
2006 PWT Super Pro at Houghton, MI (6th place)
2005 PWT Rookie of the Year
2005 PWT Saginaw Bay, MI (5th place)
2005 PWT Championship at Milford Lake, KS (2nd place)
Numerous other top 15 finishes on PWT, AIM and FLW
Current elected member of AIM “Angler Advisory Council”
Youngest pro (23) invited into PWT Super Pro Series
Has appeared on television shows such as: In-Fishermen (PWT), FLW Walleye Tour, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and The Next Bite
Chase is sponsored by: Tracker/Nitro Boats, Bass Pro Shops, Mercury Marine, Power-Pole, AMSOIL, Sebile, Berkley, Mustad, Lowrance Electronics, Motorguide, Strike King Lures, EGO Nets, Clam Ice Fishing, Cisco Fishing Systems and Under Armour Clothing.
Eric Paulsen has a knack for chattin’: Between trekking the state as one of the hosts of Discover Wisconsin, playing “Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits” from on 95.7 BIG FM and hosting “The Morning Rewind” on Rewind 92.1 in Madison every morning, he keeps busy while entertaining the masses. He’s also pretty obsessed with Wisconsin’s highways and rustic roads.
(Go ahead…quiz him!) In fact, he manages his own Wisconsin road trip website, StateTrunkTour.com. Catch Eric on Discover Wisconsin every Saturdaymorning at 10 on FSN Wisconsin’s outdoor block or Sunday mornings at 10 on FOX6. (Twitter: @ericpinmke)
Bill Schultz lives in New Berlin, WI. Since catching his first smallmouth bass in 1994, he has caught and released 20,000.
Bill’s popular talks at sports shows and fishing events have turned thousands onto the tremendous opportunities and excitement of fishing for smallmouth bass on lakes and rivers throughout Wisconsin.
He has spent over 300 days on the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan in Sturgeon Bay/Door County, and, over 350 days on Wisconsin Rivers.
Bill is also a contributing writer for a number of top web sites and magazines. He is on the Pro Staffs for Mercury Marine, Crestliner Boats, St. Croix Rods, Jackson Kayak, Aqua-Bound/Bending Branches Paddles, Kalin’s Lunker Grubs, Z-Man Fishing, Gopher Tackle, Cedar Lake Sales and Malone Auto Racks.
Dan Small has been host/producer of Milwaukee Public Television’s OUTDOOR WISCONSIN since its premiere in November 1984. He also produces and hosts a weekly radio show, OUTDOORS RADIO WITH DAN SMALL, which airs on broadcast stations throughout Wisconsin and on numerous websites.
He is also contributing editor of WISCONSIN OUTDOOR NEWS, a bi-weekly newspaper that covers outdoor activities, environmental concerns and other items of interest to Wisconsin’s sportsmen and women.
Dan is the author of Fish Wisconsin and co-author of The Official Outdoor Wisconsin Cookbook and Wild Harvest Cookbook. He also hosted the Field to Feast series of instructional hunting, fishing and cooking videos.
He is past president of the Wisconsin Outdoor Communicators Association and past board member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers. He has served on the boards of the Ice Age Park & Trail Foundation, Friends of Milwaukee’s Rivers and the Milwaukee River Revitalization Council.
He is an avid outdoorsman and a widely published writer/photographer with credits in national and regional magazines. His writing and broadcast efforts have won more than 100 awards in regional and national competition. He was named Conservation Communicator of the Year in 1986 by the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, and in 1990 received the Gordon MacQuarrie Award for excellence in environmental communication from the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. He was honored twice as Outdoor Writer of the Year by the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, most recently in 2016. He holds a PhD from Rice University.
Paul Smith is a Wisconsin native who has lived and fished along the Lake Michigan shore for more the 40 years.
He has worked as an outdoors writer since 1994 and has been outdoors editor for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel since 2008. His work has won more than 100 national, regional and state awards.
Korey Sprengel is a 28 year old full time professional walleye fisherman from Beaver Dam, WI. He loves fishing tournaments because it pushes him to think outside of the box for new and different ways to catch more and bigger fish.
Korey has been fishing competitive walleye events since 2008 and has accomplished many titles along the way. He made the jump to fish full time in 2013 and hasn’t looked back. When not on the water Korey he heavily involved with his sponsors testing and developing new products and also promoting and teaching the sport of fishing.
2011 National Team Champion (Bay de Noc, MI)
2011 Masters Walleye Circuit Champion (Bay De Noc, MI)
2012 FLW Walleye Tour Champion (Bay de Noc, MI)
2013 National Walleye Tour Champion (Red Wing, MN)
2013 National Walleye Tour Champion (Sturgeon Bay, WI)
2013 Tied for Angler of the Year (Lost Tie Breaker)
2013 Team of the Year Champion’s Masters Walleye Circuit
2014 National Walleye Tour Championship Champion (Lake Winnebago, WI)
2014 World Walleye Champion (Devils Lake, ND)
2015 3rd National Walleye Tour Angler of the Year Standings
2016 2nd (tied for 1st) National Team Championship Bay de Noc, MI
2016 1st Battle on the Bay Oconto, WI
2016 6th National Walleye Tour Angler of the Year Standings
Career Events fished: 105
Career Earnings: $500,000+
Career Victories: 8
Career Top 10s: 31
Largest 5 fish Weight: 42.87 lbs
Sponsors: Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine, Berkley Fishing, Abu Garcia, Offshore Tackle, BBlades Professional Propellers, Lowrance Electronics, Under Armour, Worldwide Marine Underwriters, Costa del Mar Sunglasses, Powerpole Shallow Water Anchor, Airwave Pedestals, Hydrowave and Quam’s Marine.
Hall of Fame Angler, Captain Dale Stroschein – Perhaps Door County’s most recognized fisherman, Captain Dale Stroschein has been guiding the waters of Green Bay and the Door Peninsula for over 30 years.
His unparalleled experience and enthusiasm for the sport of fishing is second to none. Much a perfectionist, Dale’s attention to small details has helped him to become the successful angler he is today. 15 years on the Walleye Tournament circuit and his induction into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame put him at the very top tier of professional fishing guides.
Dave Van Oss is on the Mercury pro-staff.
Fished professional tournaments for 20+ years and has been a Tournament Winner 4 times ( 2-P.W.T. tournaments / 2-Team tournaments) with numerous top ten finishes.
Loren Voss has been Turkey hunting for close to 50 years across many states.
Making wing bone calls, taking out new young –challenged –veterans – and creating various videos. Voss is a Winnebago Lutheran graduate who has always lived in Fond du Lac. Voss has harvested over 105 turkeys hunting with a gun and bow, including a season-best eight birds in 2015. The year before that, he got five tom turkeys in spring and another in fall. And in ’11, Voss got three bird types in three days: a jake on a Wednesday, a tom on Thursday and a bearded hen on Friday.