Archive for the ‘Fishing Show Central’ Category

On Site Outdoorama Update

February 27, 2010

We’ve been having a great time out here at the Outdoorama so I wanted to share a few photos from the action:

1) Part of the Michigan State Bass Fishing Team
(Left to right: Ben Cummings, T.J. Rumpf, Rob Nowicki, Luke Baker)

2) The action at the booth

3) Captain David Hasty talking about Lake Erie fishing

4) The new Bass to the Future section of the Xtreme Bass Tackle booth

A thank you to those who have been supporting the MSU Bass Fishing team by buying T-shirts.  As of right now there are only Small, Medium and 2XL left but if that works for you, the team will appreciate your support.

Click here and check out the Outdoorama section for a name that photo contest and get a FREE Great Lakes Bass  T-shirt for the first correct answer.

No seminars tomorrow so I’ll be in the booth all day and look forward to talking with you.

(c) 2010 Wayne Carpenter

Outdoorama – Show Great, Weather and Travel Improving

February 27, 2010

“Getting there” has not been half the fun the last two days of the Outdoorama at the Rock Financial Showplace.  Things look like they could be improving today although there will be some snow, rising temps should help the road conditions for the rest of the weekend.

Inside things have been great.  The hunting side of the show is rolling along and in classic Outdoorama fashion, there are many things for the entire family to enjoy.  The seminar line-up has a lot of top guns in it and this is an opportunity to get some more information before the season starts. The Outdoor Living half of the show is set-up perfect for browsing, to gather ideas and talk to vendors. The building is warm and the food is good.

Xtreme Bass Tackle is going to have Captain David Hasty from Lake Erie today inside the booth.  While you are talking with him you can also check out a Lake Erie waterproof chart with him and start making plans for the upcoming season.

I’ll be looking forward to having you visit the booth as well.  The season is fast approaching and it’s been a pleasure to go over plans and strategies with everyone so far.  The Bass to the Future seminar is at 5:00pm today and the new format is having the right effect.  I am able to deliver the message better about how you can take both the tools from my research, free internet tools and the tools you already have and put them together into a useful technology package to advance your success in the 2010 season.

See you there!

(c) 2010 Wayne Carpenter

Outdoorama – Up And Running

February 26, 2010

This is truly a great show with a wide appeal to sportsmen and family members alike. A comfortably warm place to be with a lot to do while the cold wind and snow are blowing outside.

As it turns out, Dan Kimmel and his Great Lakes Bass booth is right across the aisle from us so there’s been a lot of traffic back and forth. The new upgrade to the X-worms has been well received by both the staff and customers alike. If you would like to support a worthy cause the MSU Bass Fishing Team is represented each day at the booth and they have an attractive T-shirt for only $12 which will help them finance their tournament events this year.

The first installment of the NEW Bass to the Future seminar format rolled out last night and it was fun. It’s always a challenge to get ALL the information out and this format does it better than any I have used to date. It also opened up the seminar content more for questions and comments which is the best part of all. We were able to explore a few points like sonar screen color selection, how to use an SD chip in the units and coordinating information in greater depth than usual.

The NEW CBF Weekly Newsletter by email: There was a problem with the links in the upper part of the newsletter so I will check this out and resend it. It passed the test when I sent it to myself then on the blast something happened to wreck the links. I resent it to one customer and it was OK. Sorry about that and thank you to those who responded to let me know about the problem. If you are new and want to receive the weekly email newsletter please contact me at:

Bass to the Future seminar today at 3:00pm, Saturday at 5:00pmSTAGE B

Friday: Frank Keller, MSU Bass Fishing Team
Saturday: Capt. David Hasty, MSU Bass Fishing Team

(c) 2010 Wayne Carpenter

Outdoorama – XBT Show Specials

February 25, 2010

Buy five 10 packs of tubes, get one FREE!Same size only, free pack must be of equal or lesser value

Clearance on Drop-shot Sparkletail tubes – 10 pack only $2, 25 pack only $5

Standard color tubes .50 cents off of the regular price

Book combo save $5 – No Secrets Vol. 1 & 2, Smallmouth Confidential

Big tungsten sell off – Bullet style weights…was $5.49 each, now 2 for $7

You can find the the Xtreme Bass Tackle booth at spot 5765-5767

See you there!

Click here for the Outdoorama main page

(c) Wayne Carpenter

Outdoorama – Pre-fish the daily schedule to have the ultimate show experience

February 24, 2010

Let’s take a look at the fishy things to do at the Outdoorama on a daily basis:


Virtual Fishing Simulator – Presented by the Michigan Charter Boat Association
Trout Pond Operated by Michigan B.A.S.S. Federated Clubs as a fundraiser
Antique & Classic Fishing Tackle Terry McBurney, noted Michigan fishing tackle historian and Woods-n-Water News staff writer…
Vintage Boats & Outboard Motors Dick VanRaalte, from Starboard Marine Restorations of Grand Haven, MI


THURSDAY February 25 – Show open 2pm

Saginaw Bay’s Amazing Walleye Bonanza 03:00 – 04:00 PM Mark Romanack Stage A
In Search of Perch 03:00 – 04:00 PM David A. Rose Stage B
Fishing the U.P. 05:00 – 06:00 PM Dan Donarski Stage B
Open Water Trolling for Muskie on St. Clair 05:00 – 06:00 PM Don Miller Stage A
Casting Bucktails for Muskie, Pike & Bass 07:00 – 08:00 PM Bob Brunner Stage A
Trolling for Lake St. Clair Muskie 08:00 – 09:00 PM Capt. Mike Pittiglio Stage A
Bass to the Future 08:00 – 09:00 PM Capt. Wayne Carpenter Stage B

FRIDAY February 26 – Show open 2pm

Bass to the Future 03:00 – 04:00 PM Capt. Wayne Carpenter Stage B
Casting Bucktails for Muskie, Pike & Bass 03:00 – 04:00 PM Bob Brunner Stage A
Jigging the Detroit River 04:00 – 05:00 PM Capt. Lance Valentine Stage B
Bass Fishing in South East Michigan 05:00 – 06:00 PM NBAA Stage A
Pan Fish “In-Depth” 05:00 – 06:00 PM David A. Rose Stage B
Getting Started in Fly Fishing the RIGHT Way 07:00 – 08:00 PM Colton Bay Outfitters Main Stage
Saginaw Bay’s Amazing Walleye Bonanza 08:00 – 09:00 PM Mark Romanack Stage A

SATURDAY February 27 – Show open 10am

Consistently Catch More Walleye 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Mark Martin Stage B
Trolling for Lake St. Clair Muskie 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Capt. Mike Pittiglio Stage A
Casting Bucktails for Muskie, Pike & Bass 12:00 – 01:00 PM Bob Brunner Stage A
Pan Fish “In-Depth” 02:00 – 03:00 PM David A. Rose Stage B
Fishing the U.P. 04:00 – 05:00 PM Dan Donarski Stage B
Bass to the Future 05:00 – 06:00 PM Capt. Wayne Carpenter Stage B
In Search of Perch 05:00 – 06:00 PM David A. Rose Stage A
Consistently Catch More Walleye 06:00 – 07:00 PM Mark Martin Stage B
Open Water Trolling for Muskie on St. Clair 07:00 – 08:00 PM Don Miller Stage A

SUNDAY February 28 – Show open 10am

In Search of Perch 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM David A. Rose Stage A
Consistently Catch More Walleye 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Mark Martin Stage B
Getting Started in Fly Fishing the RIGHT Way 12:00 – 01:00 PM Colton Bay Outfitters Main Stage
Saginaw Bay’s Amazing Walleye Bonanza 12:00 – 01:00 PM Mark Romanack Stage A
Consistently Catch More Walleye 02:00 – 03:00 PM Mark Martin Stage B
Fishing the U.P. 03:00 – 04:00 PM Dan Donarski Stage B


In between seminars you can fill in some time with your favorite vendors:
Brunner Runner
Capt. Steve Jones Charters
Downriver Walleye Federation
Fishing Information Services
Great Lakes Fishing Charters LLC
KD Outdoors
Metro West Steelheaders
Miller’s Sportfishing, Inc.
Mr. Muskie Charters
Muskie Mania Sportfishing
Xtreme Bass Tackle


Click here for a floor plan and boat listing

See you there!

Click here for a complete list of daily events at the Outdoorama

(c) 2010 Wayne Carpenter

Outdoorama – XBT Coming Attractions

February 23, 2010

Each show brings together a cast of characters, products and technology we may not see in one place at any time the rest of the year. The Outdoorama at Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, Michigan starting this Thursday, February 25th is no exception.

After selling out at the UFS – Detroit, Canadian Mist will be back in full force, available in a drop-shot, 4″ and 5″ tube. Also in a NEW upgraded X-worm pour by Bucketmouth Hand Poured Soft Plastic Baits and in the steady producing skirted twin tail grub.

NEW upgraded X-worm pour by Bucketmouth Hand Poured Soft Plastic Baits in 4″ and 5″ sticks in the top three colors: Canadian Mist, Formula G3 and Slither

Muskegon Goby – Although XBT will be carrying this bait in limited quantities during the season, this color will be carried exclusively at Al and Bob’s Sports in Grand Rapids. I have some now at this show and my advice would be to pick some up now so you have them when you need them.


Starting on Friday and through the weekend the Michigan State Bass Fishing Team will be on board at the XBT booth both to help customers and to fund raise for their team. These young men have an impressive tournament schedule ahead of them and would be helped greatly with a t-shirt purchase or if you’ve ever thought of being a sponsor, they would be an excellent choice to get your support.

Captain Dave Hasty from Erie’s Edge Guide Service will be with us on Saturday. This is a super opportunity to visit with him and get a quick start on plans to fish Lake Erie this year. If you’re are thinking about a guided trip then this would be a solid opportunity to talk directly to the captain and set up plans for the season.

Frank Keller will be with us all day on Friday. Frank is one of my two friends and fellow researchers I nickname, “Mr. Big Fish.” He’s a good guy to get to know. One of his accomplishments was to catch a 6 pound 4 ounce smallie on a 5″ St. Clair Goby tube and capture the biggest bass title in a Michigan Federation State Championship on Lake St. Clair.

Come in and discuss the new upgrades to the Fishing Spot Specs website. This ground breaking web based product contains the most powerful fishing information search engine available and some recent changes and new insights can make the product that much more useful to you.
Do you own the Marked Map Series. This would be a good time to get some hand’s on time in the booth to see how Marked Maps Live! can bring even more value to the hard laminated maps you own.

2009 was a tough year to get a read on how spots and techniques will work going forward. Let’s discuss what that year really meant and how to approach the coming season with a fresh approach that matches your style and goals.

You can find the the Xtreme Bass Tackle booth at spot 5765-5767

(c) Wayne Carpenter

Bass to the Future Seminar – Prep for the upcoming season

February 22, 2010

The #1 goal for all my seminars is: Was the information delivered in such a way that the person listening can take it out and use it on the water? The Bass to the Future seminar is designed to do just that. Bring a pad of paper and pen to record stuff because if I do my job right, you should be able to walk away with a few more pieces of the puzzle which can fit into your style and add to your toolbox of techniques.

Prepping for the upcoming season can be a great way to shake the winter blues along with fixing or maintaining equipment, adding new technology, baits or skills to use this year. Confidence and anticipation are high which is something to take advantage of before the season gets busy and locks us into a fixed schedule. Myself, I’ve been going through my hard drive and sorting and renaming folders, arranging handwritten notes from previous years to make them handy, getting equipment fixed and making or tightening up plans with an emphasis on the little things that normally get done at the last minute. Nothing here is particularly new as far as information goes it’s just me using the current high energy levels to handle some details today so they don’t mess with the flow of having fun tomorrow.

One such detail did escape my tournament partner and I… We had planned nearly a year in advance to fish a tournament on Lake St. Clair. It was still early in the season and my partner had an exceptionally busy spring at work with little time to get out on the water. It wasn’t until the late afternoon before the tournament that we realized he didn’t have a Canadian license yet. This prompted some phone calls to my friends in Canada only to find out that most places weren’t carrying licenses anymore and some of the old standby’s that did were going to be closed before we could get there. With some expert help from Bob Mann Sr. we managed to get to one of the few remaining Canadian Tire stores that still sold licenses with about 20 minutes to spare. Success yes, but not something I would want to repeat.

So let’s get together at the show and talk about fishing this year. I’ve got a new, retooled Bass to the Future presentation for you to see but best of all, if we can find a way to connect this universe of information to your angling goals, the seminar can have great value toward helping you prep for the upcoming season.

(c) Wayne Carpenter

The Next Generation of X-worms

February 21, 2010

A move has been made to upgrade the product line: Bucketmouth Hand Poured Plastics is now making Xtreme Bass Tackle X-worms. The colors are richer, the plastic is softer and fall rate measures up to or exceeds the competition.

If you have used X-worms before then perhaps you have seen the progression from the first supplier I had to the next. In each case the focus on getting the colors(s) right has been the first order of business and the results have been consistent with the same offerings in skirted twin tail grubs and tubes. Having the right product offering comes down to a combination of production requirements, logistics, quality, consistency and yes, even intangibles like creativity. I’ve had the privilege to work with some of the best in the industry and consider this generation of X-worm the best yet.

Here are some of the specs:

* Softer yet more durable when compared with the strongest competition
* Industry standard sink rate w/o hook – Six inches a second on average / new X-worms – Four inches a second on average
* Falls faster than the last version X-worm
* A different formulation than the Bucketmouth B-stick

These will roll out at the Outdoorama next weekend starting on Thursday. See you there.

After the show see XBT on Ebay

(c) Wayne Carpenter

Outdoorama at Rock Financial Starting Thursday, Feb. 25th

February 19, 2010

If you missed the Ultimate Fishing Show Detroit the Outdoorama is another chance to get in on a high quality outdoors show. It’s a time to meet with friends and get products and information to take with you into this season. This show has a strong presence in hunting also along with some fishing favorites:

Brunner Runner
Capt. Steve Jones Charters
Downriver Walleye Federation
Fishing Information Services
Great Lakes Fishing Charters LLC
KD Outdoors
Metro West Steelheaders
Miller’s Sportfishing, Inc.
Mr. Muskie Charters
Muskie Mania Sportfishing
Xtreme Bass Tackle

Check out the complete boat line listing: Outdoorama Boat Listing


NBAA – Bass fishing
Mark Romanack – Walleye
Mark Martin – Walleye
David Rose – Panfish
Wayne Carpenter – Bass to the Future
Don Miller – Musky
Mike Pittiglio – Musky
Lance Valentine – Walleye
Bob Brunner – Musky
Dan Donarski – Fishing the U.P.

Click here for full schedule and details

Date, times and admissions

This is a great show for the family too. The Cottage & Lakefront Living Show – Detroit is a great place to browse for outdoor improvements and ideas for the coming year.


See you at the show!

(c) 2010 Wayne Carpenter

The Seminar – A Fishing Information Resource

February 17, 2010

Seminars can be high entertainment for anglers in cabin fever lock down and can also be a fast way to connect with professionals and unlock some of their secrets. Whether you make a dedicated trip to see a seminar speaker or take advantage of the many free seminars at your local fishing show there are some things you can do to build on your personal skills.

I find that may seminar participants have been associated with my services or products and are looking to see about the latest developments for the coming season. Most audiences are mixed while some have a strong influx of new folks checking out the speaker or topic for the first time. In the case of the latter I would suggest taking advantage of this great information age and get hold of all the material you can on a speaker to study up prior to the event. All seminar speakers have limited time to deliver a select topic so the more familiar you are with both the potential content and the way the person delivers it, the more you will be able to retain for future use.

It might not always be possible for both to attend but a fishing buddy with you at a seminar functions much the same as on the water. Both get a look at the presentation and delivery (environmental conditions if you will) and evaluate it together. The wealth of knowledge and experience you share can filter, sort, extract and retain more information between you than either could alone.


Since most people who attend seminars already have a great deal of angling experience the best part of the event for them will be that one nugget of information that jumps out at them as unique or useful. Taking notes of everything can be helpful but documenting the small details about line diameter, depth, temperature, brand name, action, presentation or other such technical points comes in handy later when it’s time to execute.

I’ve never met a seminar speaker yet who didn’t enjoy answering questions from the audience after their presentation. The speaker knows the content and purpose of their delivery but the audience brings with it a wide range of experiences which adds spontaneity. It’s the stuff that sometimes nobody else has thought of which can make for an interesting exchange. Also, chances are that the speaker has been there and done that and will have a tip on inexpensive or effective solution to something that’s been bugging us.

Walking away with contact information for the speakers you are interested in can come in handy when you least expect it. In the middle of the season a question might come up which might be answered in an email. A quick visit to their website might be all it takes to get you over the hump with a piece of critical information about a spot, bait or technique to be used the next day out. Books, DVD’s and other resources created by the speaker are their efforts to get even more information out to you than they can in a short seminar. This sort of reference material can be as valuable as a personal log book for the angler wanting to learn and absorb as much they can about their sport.

Bass to the Future seminars coming up in Novi, Michigan at the Rock Financial Showplace February 25, 26 & 27

Thursday – 8:00pm
Friday – 3:00pm
Saturday – 5:00pm

For daily updates and forum chat about the Outdoorama go to: Great Lakes Bass

The Grand Rapids Ultimate Sports Show is right around the corner too

(c) Wayne Carpenter