BLAINE, Minn. (October 1, 2013) – The National Sports Center (NSC) in Blaine will hold the second annual Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo, November 1-3, 2013 at the NSC’s Schwan Center.
This event, back for a second year after a hugely successful launch last year, will give fishermen a great opportunity to preview the latest tackle, electronics, gear and ice houses, and snowmobiles and ATV’s, just ahead of ice fishing season. An attendance of over 5,000 is expected.
“The Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo is 100 percent ice fishing,” said expo director Greg Savino. “We will have all the biggest names in the ice fishing industry attending the show, and we’re trying to make it easy for customers to pick up all the gear they need for a new season at great prices. If you want deals, this will be the show to attend.”
“Be prepared before the ice hits the lakes.”
The Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo boasts the largest supply of wheelhouses at any ice fishing show in the U.S. Another notable attraction this year will be an appearance by Arctic Cat’s complete line of factory snowmobiles and ATV’s which will take over the Grand Hall of the Schwan Center. On Sunday, a beer garden with a big screen television will be set up for attendees to watch the Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys game.
The Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo is a property owned by the National Sports Center.
The NSC will be producing three upcoming outdoor shows. Following the Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo will be the Great Waters Fly Fishing Expo, February 21-23, 2014, and the Minnesota Deer Classic, March 7-9, 2014. All the outdoor expos will be held at the Schwan Center on the NSC campus.
Location: NSC Schwan Center, 1750 105th Ave NE, Blaine, MN 55449.
Hours: Friday, November 1, 2 - 8 p.m.; Saturday, November 2, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, November 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: Adults, $10/day; Students, $7/day. 11 and under admitted free. Unlimited free parking.
Features: ice fishing celebrities, seminars and classes, guide services, wheel houses, youth programs, travel destinations, new equipment, outdoor equipment testing.
Unique things to look for at the Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo:
Kids’ programs. Special youth activities, including a fish pond, which will be provided by Midwest Extreme Outdoors.
“We have a commitment to help fishing grow in the future,” said Savino. “Right now, the number of kids fishing is declining. To turn that around, we need to get more kids involved in fishing.”
Krugerfarms.com and Fishing for Life will team up to provide a great way to get usable equipment into the hands of kids. Attendees are invited to drop off old rods and reels at the Krugerfarms.com booth at the Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo. Those making a donation will receive a $5 off coupon for any ice fishing combo at the Krugerfarms.com booth. Fishing for Life will then take the old rods and reels and refurbish them for kids who want to fish.
Quality seminars, presented by Ice Team.
Among the quality educational seminars to be offered include:
Jeff Anderson, a successful tournament angler, has been featured on several television shows including In-Fisherman, Jason Mitchell Outdoors, and Keyes Outdoors television programs.
Jason Durham has been a fishing guide in the Park Rapids, Minn. area for over 20 years. He started Go Fish! Guide Service Inc. at the age of 15 and has been educating anglers through seminars, writing, television, radio and hands-on experience ever since.
Dave Genz, ice fishing innovator, inventor, and the leader of the movement that modernized ice fishing.
Jason Mitchell earned a reputation as a reknowned ice fishing guide for Devils Lakes Perch Patrol Guide Service on North Dakota's Devils Lake, often spending over a hundred days on the ice each winter.
Celebrity appearances by:
Brian “Bro” Brosdahl, a multispecies angler best known for his influence on the sport of ice fishing. Several popular ice fishing products are based on his ideas. Appearing at the Frabil booth.
Brad Hawthorne, legendary Lake Mille Lacs fishing guide. Appearing at the Rapala booth.
James Holst, whose dynamic multimedia-machine In-Depth Outdoors (IDO) attracts thousands of viewers and users, through the In-Depth Outdoors website and television show. Appearing at the Rapala booth.
Tony Roach, a professional walleye angler, who has guided on a wide variety of lakes including Mille Lacs, Winnibigoshish, Lake of the Woods, and many more. Appearing at the Rapala booth.
Bryan “Beef” Sathre, owner and founder of Fathead Guide Service and Promotion, when Beef isn’t wetting a line, chances are pretty good he’s teaching others how to fish. Lakes that Beef regularly fishes and guides on include Lake Bemidji, Cass Lake, Leech Lake, the Mississippi Chain and a host of smaller lakes he’s chooses to keep secret. Appearing at the Rapala booth.
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