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Events and Activities

The Swamp People from the History Channel

We are proud to announce our featured guests at this year's expo are THE SWAMP PEOPLE from the History Channel.

 

Deep in the heart of Louisiana lies America’s largest swamp–a million miles of inhospitable bayous, marshes and wetlands where nature rules and humans struggle to tame it. Many of its inhabitants are the hardened descendants of French refugees who were forced out of Canada in the 18th century and settled in this harsh yet majestic environment. Today, these people are known as the Cajuns, a group renowned throughout the world for their flavorful cuisine, distinctive music and vibrant culture. Resilient, self-reliant and fiercely independent, the Cajuns of the Atchafalaya Swamp still carry on many of their ancestors’ trades and traditions.

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Steven 'Wildman' Wilson

Steve 'Wildman' Wilson wil be our emcee for the day, Saturday, Mar 29.

 

Steve Wilson, better known to Arkansans as “Wild Man,” earned his nickname in 1984, when he became the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s coordinator of Project WILD, a conservation education program.

 

He began his career with Game and Fish as a hunting safety training officer in 1978, and was named chief of the Information and Education Division in 1987. He now serves as AGFC Public Affairs Coordinator. 

 

Along the way, Wild Man has earned the Game and Fish employee of the Year Award twice, and was the Arkansas wildlife Federation’s.

 

Steve is the host and co-producer of “Talkin’ Outdoors at the Corner Café,” a 30-minute, weekly television program. He’s also the host and producer of “Call of the Wild,” a weekly, 
statewide radio broadcast.

Jarad Roper - Professional Crappie Angler

Jarad is guide, a tournament angler and the owner/founder of Roper Outdoors based out of Forrest City, AR. Roper Outdoors was created to organize events that promote and educate people of all ages about fishing and the great outdoors. The motto “Keeping The Great Outdoors Great” came from Jarad’s deep passion for the outdoors. He also owns Crappie Academy a two day traveling school taught by today’s top crappie tournament anglers and guides, CrappieNation.net an information website that showcases everything crappie and CrappieStation a YouTube Channel. Jarad’s passion for the outdoors and the sport of crappie fishing can be felt in his seminars. His goal is to show you just how easy the sport of crappie fishing really is and how fun it could be. In his seminars participants will receive tips and techniques that has made him very successful on the tournament trail.

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Antique Lure and Tackle Appraisal

Pull out your old fishing poles, lures and tackle because an ANTIQUE TACKLE ROAD SHOW is coming to ANGLERS EXPO in Heber Springs, Arkansas, March 28-29-2014.

 

Mr. David Stalnaker, President of the Tackle Collectors Of Arkansas, and lifetime member of the National Fishing Lure Collectors Club (NFLCC), along with other club members, will be on hand to identify and appraise old tackle brought in to the Expo free of charge.  So bring yours or your Grandpa's old tackle box and let David and his crew take a look-----who knows you might have a lure worth thousands of dollars--it happens all the time!!

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Fishing on Greers Ferry Lake

Cody S. Smith of FishGreersFerry.com is a Professional Independent Multi-Species Fishing Guide on Greers Ferry Lake and numerous other mid-western and south eastern lakes and reservoirs.

 

Cody will be discussing in great detail his methods of fishing and catching a variety of species we have to offer here on Greers Ferry.  IE.  Map Reading and Seasonal Patterns of our game fish, Presentations and types of lures and baits used for successful fishing here on Greers Ferry, Electronics and how to utilize them.  There will also be a question and answer period to help clear up any rumors or misnomers about this precious jewel we call Greers Ferry Lake.

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Fly Fishing with a Master 

Chuck Farneth is the Executive Director of OUTDOOR LEGACY. Chuck is recognized nation wide for his teaching skills in developing people in life skills through fishing, conservation and the outdoors.

 

Chuck has been involved in ESPN--TV GREAT OUTDOOR GAMES where he was awarded the GOLD MEDAL for fly-fishing.

Chuck will demonstrate the art of fly-fishing.

Chuck currently operates DRIFTWOOD LODGE on the Little Red River -- www.outdoorlegacy.com.

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The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Mobile Aquarium 

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Mobile Aquarium displays many species of native fishes.  The aquarium usually has about 20 different species of warm water fishes like Blue Catfish, Channel Catfish, Bigmouth Buffalo, Black Buffalo, Common Carp, Largemouth Bass, White Bass, Spotted Gar, Longnose Gar and others.  We hope the display will teach people about fish species available in Arkansas and peek their interest in giving angling a try.  The exhibit will be manned by an Aquatic Resources Education specialist  that can handle most angling questions a visitor my have.

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The Pond Pro 

Pond Pro is a concept for the small water angler. It is dedicated to the people who want to learn what it takes to catch fish in their own backyard.  Here's a couple of questions/answers from Tim Shannon,  The Pond Pro.

BC: What brought Tim Shannon into the world of bass fishing?

TS: Where I grew up you had a shotgun in one hand and a rod in the other. The outdoors is a way of life to everyone in my hometown. My dad got me into the sport of fishing when I was big enough to hold on for a piggy back ride. I can still remember his favorite fishing holes.

BC: Being the Pond Pro has been your calling card. Can you tell us more about where the idea for the Pond Pro came from?

TS: The whole idea came out of no where really. A group of guys were passing around their cell phones at break showing off their latest catches and when I threw mine in the mix a buddy of mine said " That doesn't count, it's out of a pond". He also went on to say " You will never make it as a pond angler, you're not Bill Dance". That ate at me pretty good for a few days so I decided to prove him wrong and started up the Facebook page. The rest is making history...

Oilman's Fishing Tournament

The First Annual "Oilman's Fishing Tournament" will be held on Saturday, March 29 on Greers Ferry Lake. Launch time will be 8:00 am at Dam Site Marina. Contact Josh Hall @ 501-691-0140.

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Allen Goodwin, Champion of Catfishing

Allen Goodwin, Champion of Catfishing will be on hand for a seminar on Saturday, Mar 29

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Steve "Wildman" Wilson, AG&F along with the Mountain Man

Steve "Wildman" Wilson, AG&F along with the Mountain Man on a recent cat-fishing expedition. Both Steve and David will be at the expo to answer questions about fishing in Arkansas waters.

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