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Bass University returns to Western New York

PRO INSTRUCTOR — Mike Iaconelli will be among the instructors at Bass University.
For anglers that remember when BASS University came to Western New York about a decade ago, and it was almost impossible to buy a registration voucher, there’s good news. Mike Iaconelli, Pete Gluszak and many other pro-BASS anglers are coming back to Western New York to share their expertise in seminar classes set for the Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo at the Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls that will run from Jan. 24-26, 2014.

During the Expo, the special Bass University seminar event will run 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Jan. 25-26. These professional anglers will teach lure logic, hands on touch and feel techniques. An added incentive if you want to learn more about catching bass, anywhere, especially in our incredible Lake Erie and Lake Ontario bass fishery, and inland lakes, too, is that Bass University is offering a limited-time 25 percent discount off the Niagara Falls class seminar registrations, but the promotion ends Sept. 30. Register at www.thebassuniversity.coms or call Jared Kutil, the program manager, at 770-823-6693.

With events like this, you get the feeling WNY is on the move. The Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo promises to be the largest event of its kind in nearby Niagara County, with more than 125 regional vendors from the United States and Canada, live fish, animal displays and larger outdoor retailers expected.

Each day, Bass University will offer students access to championship fishing information and strategies. There will be a hands-on, break-out session with the pros as well as a question and answer round table discussion, both of which are designed to provide the most information for locals. Saturday includes a dinner-with-the-pros contest and on Sunday all of the youth anglers are invited to have pizza with the pros.

All of us local anglers know that the greater Niagara region is home to one of the most diverse and spectacular freshwater sport fisheries on the planet, with the Niagara River carrying water from the Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. Our region is the lifeblood for a host of fish species including salmon, trout, bass, muskie, walleye, and more, but this seminar is all about bass.

According to Pete Gluszek, co-founder of Bass University, instructors will include many of the greatest professional anglers in the world, such as Mike Iaconelli, Brent Ehrler, Greg Hackney, Shaw Grigsby, David Dudley, Ish Monroe, Gerald Swindle, George Cochran, Jacob Wheeler, Davy Hite and Brandon Palaniuk.

NYS early archery gig game season opens Oct. 1

While summer temperatures seem to be with us well into September, and there are no complaints from sportsmen, the NYS southern tier early big game archery season will proceed to open Tuesday, Oct. 1. The forecast is for big deer, black bear, too, with apple crops all across WNY in record session to supplement the excellent mast crop also about to drop.

Perch, walleye seminar

Veteran Lake Erie walleye mentor, Ted Malota, is extending an invitation to anglers trying to learn more about the hot Lake Erie perch and walleye fishing going on right now.

He asks interested anglers to join him Saturday, Sept. 28, at Evans Rod & Gun, Cain Rd., Evans (off Route 20), starting 1 p.m., to learn “how-to catch ’em,” Lake Erie basics, rigging lines, hook rigs, lures, hot colors and much more. Learn hands-on advice with tackle, rods, reels and line choices, lure selection, use of scent, how-to rig bait and fishing logic. Learn where to focus your fishing attention during several hours of insider fishing information. Call 627-3763.

NHF Kids Day Saturday

A National Hunting and Fishing Day is planned for Elma Conservation Club located at 600 Creek Road in Elma, on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., rain or shine. It is free for all. There are more than 20 learning stations for kids and adults to test their skills and learn new ones. Sponsored by the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen, in conjunction with NYS-DEC and many local conservation organizations, the event celebrates the 42nd Annual National Hunting and Fishing Day.

Outdoors Calendar:

Sept. 19: Archery Shoot, West Falls Conservation Society, 15 targets, 4pm start, unlimited shooting, open to public, call Mike at 655-5030.

Sept. 19: Seminar on Economics of Lake Erie, Bruce Fisher, SUNY professor will speak, 7pm, Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center, Rt. 5, Woodlawn.

Sept. 25: 3D Archery Shoot, Evans Rod & Gun, Cain Rd., 4pm start, call 549-0333.

Sept. 25: 3D Archery Shoot, East Aurora Fish & Game, 1016 Luther Rd., East Aurora, 5pm start, unlimited shooting, target bunks, open to public, call Nadine at 982-7069.

Sept. 28: Safe Act informational meeting, Langford Fire Hall, 3901 Langford Road, North Collins, 10am – noon, call 655-0951.

Sept. 28/29: Annual Hunting Expo, Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel, 777 Seneca Allegany Rd., Salamanca, 9am-5pm, call 569-6810 or visit

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