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Scattershot: Big names to offer insights at fishing expo

Brauer offers  'Finesse Fishing with Plastics' seminar

Scott Brauer of Gasport is one of the top ice fishing educators in the state. As a Pro Staffer for the Clam Outdoors Ice Team, he impacts thousands of anglers every year. A big part of his education is with the use of plastics as a lure for fish to hit. It helps that he is also an expert in plastics, operating Maki Plastics out of Niagara County, a fishing lure company. At a time when baitfish may be in short supply (think Emerald shiner), knowing how and when to fish plastics may be important knowledge if you want to be successful through the ice or when fishing soft water for perch in the spring and fall.

On Saturday, Brauer will be giving a special clinic on using plastics and how to fish them at the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Cost for this special clinic is $20 (a separate fee from admission). Venue is the Conference and Event Center, 101 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls. Brauer molds plastics to imitate aquatic insects and you will also learn about some of this biology. Check out for more information or to sign up for Scott’s clinic.

Catch the big one with Keating

If you love derby fishing for big salmon and trout on Lake Ontario, you will really enjoy the free clinic being given this Sunday by legendary angler Dan Keating of Michigan at the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls from noon to 1:30 p.m. With four books under his belt and 35 years of trolling knowledge tucked away, Keating will be going in-depth on “Fishing Deep for Tournament-Winning Kings.” The Clinic is free, but you do have to pick up a ticket at the Magnum Metalz Booth No. 49 in the main event hall prior to the workshop. Only 100 tickets will be available.

Fishing for deep-water salmonids can be intimidating in Lake Ontario. Learn from one of the best how to approach this method, from baits and speeds to identifying the impacts of currents on your equipment and tackle under varying weather conditions. It may be the perfect bit of information you need to collect that big derby-winning check. Pick up an autographed copy of one of his books, too, such as “Great Lakes Salmon and Trout Fishing: Essential Tactics and Seasonal Strategies.” Visit for more information.

Niagara County Second Amendment group formed

Niagara County Second Amendment supports who were involved with the Niagara County Chapter of SCOPE (Shooters Committee On Political Education) have reorganized and formed a new group – the Niagara County Second Amendment Forum. At the group’s inaugural meeting Jan. 9 held at the Wilson Conservation Club on Route 425, attendees turned out from all over Niagara County, as well as from neighboring counties of Erie, Orleans and Wyoming counties. There was standing room only.

Guest speakers for the meeting included Sen. Rob Ortt, Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour, former state SCOPE Chairman Budd Schroeder and Niagara County Legislator Dave Godfrey. The meetings will continue the second Tuesday of the month at the Wilson club starting at 7 p.m. The next meeting will be February 13.

Kids Day at Fishing Expo

Kids Day at the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo will be Jan. 21, but that doesn’t mean that’s the only day to bring the youngsters out to the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls. For starters, the first 100 youth under 16 years of age will receive a Tackle Wallet courtesy Riversider Rods on Sunday morning. There will be other giveaways throughout the three-day weekend courtesy of Rapid Fishing Solutions. In addition, Cabela’s has two different shooting-related booths (archery and pellet gun) for the kids to try and several other booths have fun for the kids. There is even instruction on beginner fishing for the next generation.

Kids will also be eligible for special drawings on a free lifetime fishing license just by attending and filling out an entry form. There is free admission for any youth 12 years of age and under. And there will be a drawing for all attendees to fish with Fishing 411 TV Show hosts Mark and Jake Romanack to be on one of their TV shows that appears on the World Fishing Network. Check out for further details on the show.

Bass Pro clinics

Shaw Grigsby, a Bassmaster Elite Professional who was inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame last year, will be giving two different clinics at this year’s Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo. Bassmaster Elite angler Mark Menendez will also be giving a couple. It’s a great way to advance your fishing knowledge while being inspired by two gentlemen who make a living at fishing.

Grigsby will kick things off Friday night with a clinic on jerkbait fishing the Great Lakes at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at noon he will be talking about drop shotting. Menendez will hit the stage on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. with swimbait and spinnerbait techniques, follow by a clinic on a Sunday morning talk on crankbaits at 10 a.m. The clinics are free, but you do have to pick up a ticket at the Rapid Fishing Solutions booth in the show. For more information on the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo, check out The event will be held at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls Street. Be sure to pick up a $5 parking voucher off the website, good for any city lot.



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