Go Fish with Chuck Martin
February is a dreary month. Even if it is not cold and snowy, it seems like it is at least cloudy and damp most of the time.
It’s possible we could have a warming trend and if there’s not lot of runoff, we could get some saugeye running up below dams, such as at Dillon and Wills Creek, but more often it’s just gloomy.
It used to be that the big sports shows in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati provided a welcome diversion, with lots of travel information, plenty of tackle dealers and seminars on various types of fishing.
Most interesting were the vendors trying to make their invention the latest hot lure for a season or two. Sometimes they would even succeed. I can remember a couple locally-produced lures that were hot for a season or two. One was a double-bladed inline spinner that worked better than similar set-ups on the market and another was an in-line buzzbait with an offset hook. I don’t remember it catching on outside the Buckeye Lake area, but I caught some nice fish on it.
But the shows declined, with fewer and lesser-known speakers, less tackle dealers and higher admission fees. I quit going because I didn’t think they were worth the price of admission.
The Columbus Fishing Expo is this weekend at the Ohio State Fairground. It looks like they’ve improved the offerings, with seminars by bass pros Ish Monroe, Jordan Lee, Jared Litner, Mike McClelland, JT Kenney, Pete Gluszek and Mike Delvisco. TV host Russ Bailey will talk about crappie and Joe Bucher about muskies.
Ohio anglers will also share insights, including retired state fisheries biologist Elmer Heyob on muskie fishing; Carl Morris and Mark Blauvelt on catfish; Lori Povisill and Beth Mills on women in fishing; Mike Defibaugh on walleye; Troy Becker on saugeye outfitter Brian Flechsig on fly-fishing; and Dan Armitage on family fishing.
Admission is $12 for adults. I don’t know what they will charge for parking.
Most anglers I know also look forward to the annual open house at Knox Marine, usually held about the second weekend of March. There will usually be a couple top anglers giving talks on bass and walleye fishing, tackle dealers and information on tournaments, as well as Knox Marine’s inventory of new and used boats to check out.
Best of all, it’s local and admission is free. These shows start giving you the feeling that winter might finally end after all and maybe it’s time to start getting everything ready for spring fishing.