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March 16, 2007

Charter Captains Will Give Away Free Fishing Trips at
Bass Pro Shop's Lake Ontario Showcase

Five lucky visitors to the Lake Ontario Sportfishing Showcase and Sportfishing Festival, March 23 to 25 at the Bass Pro Shop Sportsman's Center, Fingerlakes Mall, Auburn, will receive a free fishing trip on Lake Ontario, courtesy of professional fishing guides along the Lake Ontario shoreline.

Hosted by the Bass Pro Shop Sportsman's Center and the Lake Ontario Sportfishing Promotion Council (LOSPC), the Sportfishing Showcase features a full slate of seminars, fishing and vacation information, in addition to exhibits by charter fishing services, tackle manufacturers, lodgings, and campgrounds. Five licensed charter captains have donated fishing trips on Lake Ontario for daily drawings during the event.

"Each one of these trips is worth several hundred dollars," said Bill Hilts Jr., LOSPC president. "We are proud and excited that our Lake Ontario captains have stepped forward and donated their professional services for this event. It's a great way to introduce the 2007 spring fishing season on Lake Ontario!"

Captain Mike Waterhouse of Lure-Um Charters, Oak Orchard has donated an eight-hour fishing trip for trout and salmon. Capt. Waterhouse fishes out of the Four Cs Marina at Point Breeze. The drawing for the Lure-Um Charters trip will take place Friday, March 23.

On Saturday, March 24, visitors will have the chance to enter drawings for trips with Captain Hook Charters, featuring Capt. Don Richter, and Pier One Charters, with Capt. Frank DeNoto. Capt. Richter has offered a six-hour fishing trip on Eastern Lake Ontario for brown trout, steelhead or king salmon, for up to four anglers. Also on Saturday, Captain Frank DeNoto of Wolcott will offer a "hands-on" fishing trip out of Port Bay, NY.

Donating prizes for March 25 drawings are Capt. David G. Shedd of Cannon's Fishing Lodge in Oswego County and Stanton Fishing Charters, with Capt. Dick Stanton of Auburn. Capt. Shedd has donated a six-hour charter out of Mexico Point for brown trout and salmon. The party will also receive a free night of lodging at Cannon's Fishing Lodge in Altmar. Capt. Stanton will take two to four guests on an eight-hour trip fishing for trout and salmon out of Port Bay Marina, near Wolcott.

Renowned television personality Roland Martin will headline the Lake Ontario Sportfishing Showcase, according to George Fiorille, promotions manager of the Bass Pro Shops Sportsman's Center in Auburn. In addition, Toyota Trucks will host a Kids Trout Fishing Pond, where children can fish for live brook, brown and rainbow trout in the Tracker Marine area of the store.

Seminars will be held throughout the weekend next to the 22,000-gallon fish tank in the Auburn Bass Pro Sportsman's Center. Scheduled speakers include:

Friday, March 23:
  • 4 p.m. Fishing with Mustad Activate and UltraPoints
  • 5 p.m. Bass Fishing Techniques with Joe Matt
  • 5:30 p.m. Berkley Gulp Finesse Tactics with Bob Green
  • 6 p.m. Fishing Lake Ontario and the Niagara River with Capt. Frank Campbell
  • 7 p.m. Fishing with TV Host Roland Martin
  • 8 p.m. Fishing with Mustad Activate and UltraPoints
Saturday, March 24:
  • 10 a.m. Fishing with Mustad Activate and UltraPoints
  • 11 a.m. Power Smallmouth Bass Fishing Techniques with PRADCO's Craig Nels
  • 12:05 p.m. Trout and Salmon Fishing on Lake Ontario with Bass Pro Staffer Capt. Tony Buffa
  • 1 p.m. Fishing with TV Host Roland Martin
  • 2 p.m. State of Lake Ontario with Dan Bishop, Head Biologist, DEC Region 7
  • 3 p.m. Fishing with TV Host Roland Martin
  • 4 p.m. Finesse Bass Fishing with Bass Pro Staffer Bill Alexander
  • 4:30 p.m. Berkley Gulp Finesse Tactics with Bob Green
  • 5 p.m. Fishing Walker Downriggers on Lake Ontario with Capt. Mike Dumesnil
  • 6 p.m. Fishing Venom Tubes on Lake Ontario with Scott Gauld
  • 7 p.m. Fishing with Mustad Activate and UltraPoints
Sunday, March 25:
  • 10:15 a.m. Fishing with Mustad Activate and UltraPoints
  • 11 a.m. Tube Tactics with Venom's Scott Gauld
  • 12 noon Trout and Salmon Fishing on Lake Ontario with Bass Pro Staffer Capt. Tony Buffa
  • 1 p.m. Downrigging on Lake Ontario with Walker's Mike Dumesnil
  • 2 p.m. Bass Fishing Tactics with PRADCO's Craig Nels
  • 2:30 p.m. Berkley Gulp Finesse Tactics with Bob Green
  • 3 p.m. Fishing Lake Ontario Bays for Largemouths with Tru Tungsten's Dick Hyde
  • 3:30 Fishing Lake Ontario Spring Browns with Capt. Dick Dennie
  • 4 p.m. Power Fishing Tactics with Bass Pro Staffer Joe Matt
  • 5 p.m. Fishing with Mustad Activate and UltraPoints

The Lake Ontario Sportfishing Promotion Council is comprised of the seven county tourism promotion agencies along New York's Lake Ontario shoreline. For fishing and visitor information, and additional information on the charter captains, visit the LOSPC Web site at www.ilovenyfishing.com


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