Bassmaster Elite Pro Mark Menendez, a regular on the Bassmaster Tournament Trail for 26 years, is among the speakers at the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo taking place this weekend at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls.
Menendez, slated to be a competitor in the Elite Series in 2017 once again, is familiar with the local waters and his seminars are titled “Great Lakes Power Fishing Tactics” and “Finesse Fishing for Great Lakes Smallmouth.” His presentations will be at noon on Saturday; 10 a.m. on Sunday.
His statistics are impressive. He has fished in 214 Bassmaster tournaments to date — placing in the money nearly 50 percent of the time. He’s captured first place three times; second place once; third place twice; and placed in the Top 10 and Top 20 22 and 44 times respectively; winning more than $1.25 million in career earnings. The 52-year-old angler is a graduate of Murray State with a degree in fisheries biology.
“The combination of Lake Erie (and) Lake Ontario, associated with the majestic Niagara River, creates the most dynamic fishery in the United States,” says Menendez. “The smorgasbord of game fish found here can fill anyone’s bucket list. And the waters in and around the Buffalo area hold more giant smallmouth than anyplace in the world.”
In addition to his two seminars, he will be giving product demonstration seminars for Rapid Fishing Solutions, one of his sponsors, on a regular basis Saturday and Sunday. Menendez is one of the hardest working promoters and educators on tour and routinely averages more than 100 days a year working with the fans of the sport on behalf of his sponsors, but he isn’t the only bass fishing expert sharing his knowledge at the expo.
Buffalo-area Bass Pro Brad Brodnicki of Amherst will be in the spotlight all weekend, too, along with other members of WNY Bassmasters. They will be providing bass seminars targeting all levels of proficiency. Whether fishing from a boat or on shore, casting or bottom-bouncing, using artificial bait or live bait, there will be relevant seminars for area fishing enthusiasts to attend.
In addition, there will many manufacturers on hand to share insight on equipment and rods, reels, lures, electronics and other fishing gear will be available for purchase. There will also be boats for sale.
Bass is only one species that anglers can learn more about at the show. In addition, there will also be seminars on salmon, trout, walleye, perch and musky. There will also be seminars on electronics and boat rigging and expert talks on kayak fishing and tributary fishing.
Nearly 130 seminars will be presented during the three days. For a complete list visit www.niagarafishingexpo.com. The website also offers information on parking with a $5 coupon for parking. The Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls is located at 101 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls. Admission is $10.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Niagara Fishing Expo
WHERE: Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St., Niagara Falls
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday
TICKETS: $10 each day of $20 for a weekend pass
MORE INFO: www.niagarafishingexpo.com