Below are last year’s seminar speakers;
Joe Zaffuto was born and raised in a small town in Central Pennsylvania where he tried his hand at night calling at a very young age. He was only 14 when he called in and killed his first grey fox – a night he still remembers well! He was using his brother’s cassette tape recorder wired to an old car speaker, playing the tune of a crying rabbit. With his Ithaca 12 gauge in one hand and a flashlight covered in red cellophane in the other, he still remembers the glow of those red eyes getting closer and closer, his heart pounding faster and faster. Balancing the shotgun on his knee, trying to hold the light, and getting the shotgun bead between those red approaching eyes took some doing. He took a deep breath, squeezed the trigger, and ended up on his back. After recovering, he walked out 20 yards to find his first predator kill, a nice prime Pennsylvania grey fox.
Chris Skrant began waterfowl hunting in his teens and has spent the last 30 years honing his passion for the outdoors to share with the public. Sharing his knowledge with youth, veterans, and hunters of all experience and ability levels in seminars, and in the field, sets Chris and Flyway Outdoors apart. Chris developed his knowledge guiding in North Dakota, Missouri, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, and Canada, before returning to Ohio and starting his own guide service. Owner of, Flyway Outdoors, he guides waterfowl, deer, predator, dove, and turkey hunts in Northeast Ohio.
Dan Armitage’s “Kids Fishing Fun” Seminar Description Atop the giant Hawg Trough mobile aquarium, Ohio outdoor writer and syndicated radio show host Dan Armitage will discuss the basics of fishing for kids while demonstrating the use of simple tackle, hooks, bobbers and live bait featuring props that include the World’s Largest Bobber and the World’s Biggest Fishing Hook. The certified Passport to Fishing instructor shows how to rig and use a cane pole, allows the kids to handle live bait like worms and minnows and, in dramatic style with live fish, shows how the baits should be presented to fish in the giant aquarium. He ends each show by allowing a child to join him atop the tank, demonstrates how to select and fit a PFD, and (hopefully) catch and release a fish!
Native of Pennsylvania and USAF veteran, Jason will bring his knowledge of bow hunting for whitetails to the Sportsman Show. With over 22 years of hunting in the north eastern United States and the Midwest, you’ll want to make sure to catch his seminars during the show. Jason is mostly a public land hunter.
From there it turned into a full on obsession , buying more tackle along with many many lures to try and have as much diversity in my methods and techniques. As the years passed on I was set on getting a fish over 50″ in Ohio . But it wasn’t until June of 2009 that I met that accomplishment with a 50 1/2″ musky that I caught on a Tuff Shad musky lure . From there it grew from an obsession to a sickness , I started making custom musky baits in my basement until the wee hours of the morning . Trying to make the perfect bait in which I wanted to catch my next fish over 50″ on here in Ohio , and so Churning Waters Bait Co was created . One of my favorite baits to use was the very popular bucktail , while there are so many size blades and color combos that can be made . I narrowed down a few that worked good for my local waters , in October of 2015 I caught my fish over 50″ on one of my bucktails . As word got out my bucktails grew in popularity with the local fisherman and many across the upper Midwest , to the point to where I was building baits to fill orders on a daily basis . In 2016 father and son Prostaffers James Young and JD young made a trip to the St Lawrence river to chase muskies , they did the unthinkable while on their trip . By catching a 54″, 54 1/2″, and 55″ muskies while on their trip while using Churning Waters Bucktails . That same weekend I was able to accomplish an amazing mile marker as well in musky fishing , when I caught a 51 1/2 ” musky here in Ohio . Which would now mark my third fish over 50″ on Ohio waters.
In the last few years I have made many substantial changes in my life to pursue a career in the musky fishing world , with the bait co growing every year . I decided to incorporate a guide service with the bait co , with over 500 musky caught in my boat over the last 5 years . I thought this was a great time to spread my techniques and knowledge to new and upcoming musky fisherman. While I continue to grow my bait co and guide service I am looking very forward to spreading my many years of fishing knowledge to some of the new and upcoming musky fisherman here in the near future.