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A Weekend Of Smiles At America’s Outdoor Fishing & Hunting Show

No matter where you looked this weekend you saw something consistent throughout the show. Regardless of age or gender, or what outdoor activity brought you to the show, or whether you were an exhibitor or attendee, you eventually ended up wearing one, if not many, of these. It didn’t matter the time of day, what you had on, what side of the table you were occupying or whether you were giving or appreciating a seminar. What was it that everyone had in common? Big, healthy, happy SMILES!

Saturday Morn at America's Outdoor ShowAs we approached the Douglas E. Stephens Convention Center on Saturday, it was clear we were going to be busy – a sizable crowd had assembled and were standing in line waiting for the doors to open. There were a number of families in the crowd, and before the day was done, a number of little fishermen went home with one of 300 cane poles that were being given away. How many of us started fishing with a cane pole, a bobber, a hook and a bunch of worms? Ah the good ol’ days….

Americas's Outdoor Show - Great LayoutThe layout of the show proved excellent for handling the crowds. The aisles were spacious, and the layout reduced, if not eliminated, bottlenecks. The organizational scheme was helpful. As this show grows and loses some of its superfluous vendors, the unique layout will become even more useful. By next year the remnants of the previous management’s flea market atmosphere should be gone. This will make way for even more high quality outdoor exhibitors and vendors.

Gary Talarico & Babe Winkelman

Gary Talarico & Babe Winkelman

The seminars were very well attended throughout the weekend. Babe Winkelman and Mike Iaconelli shared a wealth of knowledge and experience in their seminars. Ike even conducted a “closed door session” with the high school fishing teams on Sunday. Jason Reynolds of Fish-N-Fetch kept large crowds entertained as he educated them in the Hawg Tank area. Jason has a unique exhibit, a 4,000 gallon mobile aquarium stocked with fish, where he teaches fishing techniques and expert dog handling.

Jason Reynolds of Fetch-N-Fish

Jason Reynolds of Fetch-N-Fish

Trout Pond - America's Outdoor ShowThe archery ranges and exhibitors were very active throughout the weekend, as was the trout pond and the numerous children’s activities. Opportunities to interact with wildlife and stewards of our great outdoors were everywhere. Among the things offered – you could see an owl or a hawk up close, handle a huge albino boa constrictor, or talk with numerous officials and experts. You could learn to tie flies, as well as how to cast them. The airsoft range was a big hit and was always busy. There was no way you could be bored at this show….unless you visited the boar exhibit. 🙂

We found ourselves uncontrollably drawn to the Grandt Industries booth, where vast numbers of their amazing, custom, American-made fishing rods were on display. The owner, Jim Grandt, and his crew of experts, were on hand to answer questions about their amazing fishing rods. This was also where fishing pro Rick LaPoint was hanging out when he wasn’t helping folks learn about the latest electronics.

Big Game - America's Outdoor ShowThere were a number of resorts and outfitters on hand, providing great info and helping folks plan memorable hunting, fishing and outdoor vacations. Whether you wanted to hunt & fish in Canada or right here at home, some of the finest guides and camps on both sides of the border were at the show. Maybe you enjoy big game hunting, or always wanted to go on a safari, people like Jim Gangler of Gangler’s Lodge & Outposts were answering questions and helping people plan their trips.

Two Bears Trading Company

Two Bears Trading Company

Personal highlights of the show….

  • Aimee found the beaver mittens she’d been searching years for at Two Bears Trading Company.
  • Mike at BaxMax introduced me to their wonderful products, making enjoyment of the show with a herniated disk possible.
  • Gary Talarico, president of LureSecure, provided the entire Moline High School Bass Fishing Team with LureSecure Lure Wraps, thus solving the problem of fishing hooks in the hallways.
  • Watching Jim Sugarman, the man in charge of the show, taking time with vendors, exhibitors and show patrons, personally making sure everyone was having a good time.
  • Being present at the trout pond when a very young man caught a fish on his cane pole.

LureSecure Lure Wraps

LureSecure Lure Wraps - The Pro's Choice

And that’s really what this show was all about – spending time with family and friends, having a few laughs, and sharing the products, services, information, knowledge and expertise necessary to help create a lifetime of memories in the great outdoors.

If you missed this year’s show, don’t worry! Next year’s show is January 26-30 at the same location. If you’re an Exhibitor and you’d like to be part of the action, you might want to contact Jim Sugarman sooner than later, because next year’s show is going to be bigger and better than this year.

LIVE From The 31st Annual America’s Outdoor Fishing & Hunting Show

Aimee Argyle | Gary Talarico | Mrs. Mongo | Mike Argyle

Antique Boats & Motors

 This post comes to you from the floor of America’s Outdoor Fishing & Hunting Show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.  Team LureSecure is here in full force – Gary Talarico/Chief Fishfinder, MongoMad & his wife, Mike Argyle of ClearStream Concepts and Aimee Argyle of Northern Shores Realty, made the trip from northern Michigan and are manning the LureSecure booth.  Both Gary & Mike are not 100% (Gary’s dealing with pneumonia and Mike started this year with a herniated disk), but there was no way they were going to miss this show.  We also brought along a few of our friends to share the extensive booth space supplied to us by the show,  Also represented in the AnglerQuest booth are Jeff Wever of Dry Hands Minnow Buckets, Bay de Noc Lures, the Curtis Michigan Chamber of Commerce, and the Manistique Lakes Tourism Board

Wildlife Taxidermy Exhibit

If you’re a fisherman, hunter or just a person that loves the great outdoors, and you’re in the Chicagoland area, you owe it to yourself to attend this show.  Although in the last few years, when the show was under different management, it may have strayed from the path of being truly an outdoors show, the new owner, Jim Sugarman, has transformed it into one of this country’s finest fishing, hunting and outdoor shows.  It truly is “new” in many respects, with displays and activities you have to see to believe.  We discuss a few in this post, but there’s no way to do them all justice, so it’s worth a click to go check out the website for America’s Outdoor Fishing & Hunting Show

Bikini Ice Fishing Team Fashion Show

It’s Ladies Day today, and as this is being typed, the Bikini Ice Fishing Team is putting on a fashion show (and they’re each wearing Fish Fashion earrings).  Nearby is the always exciting Dangerous Reptile show and exhibit.  Earlier in the day there was a deer processing and venison preparation seminar, where the audience got to sample some fine fare that was prepared with the venison.

Deer Processing & Venison Preparation Seminar

Fetch-N-Fish

There are hunting dog demonstrations, fly and bait casting opportunities & competitions, archery demonstrations and competitions, a tent building contest, tons of activities for the kids, and it’s High School Fishing Team Day on Sunday.  If that wasn’t enough, the cool folks from Fetch-N-Fish brought in one of their 4,000 gallon mobile aquariums (complete with fish…BIG fish), which they use to put on a unique and humorous hunting dog show and a number of fishing technique demonstrations.  The Eddie Butts Band is entertaining attendees as they stroll the spacious aisles of the well-designed show space, checking out what dozens upon dozens of vendors have to offer, with ice cold beers and tasty eats in hand. 

Future Pro Having A Great Time!

The show’s advertising states “the fun is back”, and that’s truly the case.  Jim Sugarman and the show’s advisory board have put together one hell of a show, providing an entertaining and educational experience for all ages and interests.  You can hardly walk down the aisle without bumping into the likes of Babe Winkelman, Ted Takasaki, Dan Armitage, Lee Bailey Jr, Mike Iaconelli, Rick LaPoint, Dan Keating, Aaron McAlexander, Jack Penny, Darrell Baker, Spence Petros, and Jim Saric, just to name a few of the pro’s that are in attendance.  There are seminars galore and plenty of extremely helpful information is being shared. 

The “New” America’s Outdoor Fishing & Hunting Show is truly a top-notch show.  We’d like to thank Jim Grandt of Grandt Industries (makers of the finest custom fishing rods you’ll ever get your hands on), for making it possible for us to attend.  Business has been brisk at the LureSecure booth, and good for many of the other vendors.  Attendance continues to increase exponentially as we approach the weekend.  The show’s staff (including Jim Sugarman’s lovely wife ILona) is doing a tremendous job of keeping the show running smoothly, and making sure there are plenty of smiles on the faces of vendors and attendees alike. 

 

World Records Are On Display

So if you’re in Chicagoland, and you’re into hunting, fishing or anything that involves enjoying the great outdoors, and you’re wondering what you’re going to do this weekend, then look no further.  You need to stop in at America’s Outdoor Fishing & Hunting Show.  It’s well worth the small price of admission.

LureSecure At The Ultimate Fishing Show, January 7-10, 2010

Gary Talarico/Ultimate Fishing Show

Team LureSecure attended The Ultimate Fishing Show at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, MI and found themselves among some of the nation’s best outfitters, charter boat captains, boat dealers and purveyors of fine fishing goods.  MongoMad and ChiefFishfinder manned the booth for Team LureSecure at this show, one which has been hailed as the biggest pure fishing show in the Midwest.  Despite the fact the show was held in the economically troubled Detroit area, it turned out to be a very good show for LureSecure, and the other vendors in attendance.

This show had many unique features and great attractions, including “Lake Ultimate”, a 110,000 gallon indoor lake, with its own fleet of fishing boats.  There were numerous seminars, some which were conducted on the lake by the likes of Kevin VanDam and Lance Valentine.  To help make it the ultimate fishing show, there was a trout pond stocked with rainbows, a fly fishing area where you could work on your cast, a virtual fishing simulator, a casting competition for all ages, a climbing wall and a display of exotic animals.

Highly Endangered – Male Siberian Lynx

The Ultimate Fishing Show always attracts some of the industry’s best vendors and exhibitors, and this year was no exception.  There were boats as far as the eye could see, and more fishing tackle than you could possibly imagine.  For those visiting the show, it was like being a kid in a candy store.

 We were very pleased with the attendance at this show, and our sales were very good.  Compared to the last show, where ice fishing was the name of the game, at this show the focus was getting back out on the water.  A number of walleye fisherman stopped by to purchase LureSecures, as did some of the best charter boat captains in the business.

We heard some great hook wound stories, as well as a few tales about hooks damaging apparel and boat upholstery.  Like many of our customers, many fisherman are realizing LureSecures are a great way to avoid a nasty, painful accident or a costly repair bill.  LureSecures are easy to use and dramatically reduce the chance of hooking something other than fish.

Gary took some time from the hectic sales at our booth to walk around and visit.  While doing so he ran into our friend Jeff Wever of Dry Hands Minnow Buckets.  Like us, Jeff was having an excellent show and sold a number of his amazing minnow buckets.  Gary chatted with a few of the pro’s in attendance, including Lance Valentine and Mark Martin, both of whom took home a number of LureSecures.

We made some new acquaintances at the show too, including Captain Ralph Steiger, a Full-time Professional Lake Michigan Charter Fishing Guide.  Captain Ralph is well known in the southern basin of Lake Michigan, where he provides outstanding guide services.  Whether it’s Smallmouth Bass, Perch, King or Coho Salmon, Brown, Lake or Steelhead Trout, Captain Ralph is the guy to contact if you want to fish in the Chicago, IL – Hammond, IN area.  He is booking for March, April and May, and filling up fast, so don’t hesitate to give him a call.

A very cool thing happened while we were at this show.  Team LureSecure and Jeff Wever of Dry Hands Minnow Buckets were invited to be a part of one of the finest fishing, hunting, camping and outdoor shows in the U.S. – America’s Outdoor Show in Chicago, IL.  Which is one reason this post was delayed, we have tons to do to get ready for that show, which is next week.  Hope to see you there!

LureSecure Heads To Minnesota

We recently headed to the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” to visit our manufacturing partners and a few of the finer sporting goods stores and bait shops along the way.  As usual, the people were friendly, the sights magnificent, and the laughter and frivolity were free-flowing.  This time we went armed with a boatload of inventory, racks, signs, digital cameras, iPhones and a per diem allowance that allowed for hearty meals, decent accommodations, full gas tanks and a couple of nice bar tabs.

Along the way we ran into some of Minnesota’s better known characters.  They didn’t say much, and althought their size was imposing, they seemed friendly enough.

We were very pleased with how well LureSecure Lure Wraps were received during our journey through Minnesota’s beautiful lake country.  Fishermen were excited such a simple, yet effective product existed.  Shop owners and managers loaded up on them for the upcoming ice fishing season.  Fish cowered in terror in the lakes we visited.

This was a our “shakedown cruise” for our upcoming launch at the 17th Annual St. Paul Ice Fishing & Winter Sports Show, December 4-6.  We’re fully stocked up with product, have our marketing resources established and assembled, and have just a few items in our high tech order placement and inventory tracking system to put in place.  We’re devoted to providing the best products possible, promoting them via avant garde methods that help us stay in touch with our end users, and providing the best customer service possible to our distributors and retailers.  We’re finding our iPhones and social media assets invaluable in meeting these goals.

If you’d rather purchase your LureSecure Lure Wraps from your favorite local sporting goods store or bait shop, then you need to check out our new page – Retail Locations.  Thus far it has locations in Minnesota where our products are available, but as our distribution network grows, so will this page.  You can also purchase LureSecure Lure Wraps online by going to our LureSecure Sales page.  Either way, make sure you’re stocked up for ice fishing season.  There’s nothing worse than dealing with tangled tackle on the ice, or hook wounds that could have been avoided.  With LureSecure Lure Wraps, hook wounds and tangled tackle are a thing of the past.

PRESS RELEASE: AnglerQuest And St. Paul’s Rebuild Resources Team Up To Launch Innovative Fishing Accessory

AnglerQuest LLC and St. Paul’s Rebuild Resources have teamed up to introduce a new and unique fishing product, the LureSecure. The LureSecure has countless benefits for the angler, including eliminating the possibility of painful hook wounds in fingers, children or pets, keeping ice fishing pail rods tangle free as well as eliminating the aggravating chore of freeing fish hooks out of boat or vehicle carpets.

AnglerQuest is a Michigan company formed for anglers by anglers dedicated to making the fishing experience safer and more enjoyable.

Social responsibility is an important tenant of AnglerQuest and one of the paramount reasons they chose Rebuild Resources to manufacture the LureSecure. Rebuild Resources is a non-profit social enterprise helping men and women in recovery from drug and alcohol addictions rebuild their lives through the most powerful social program of all: a job.

Rebuild owns and operates businesses in St. Paul, Minnesota, providing meaningful, transitional employment for men and women who want to become sober, self-sufficient and of service. Student-employees stay long enough to stabilize, build a job history and work reference, gain tangible skills, and build their capacity to be valuable to an employer. Then Rebuild helps them land a permanent job elsewhere, making room for the next candidate.

Rebuild’s businesses, which provide most of the organization’s revenue, include Custom Apparel and Promotions and Contract Manufacturing enterprises. Rebuild’s Contract Manufacturing enterprise employees program participants through a wide variety of assembly, woodworking and sewing projects, contracted by partner businesses such as AnglerQuest. For more information, please visit www.rebuildresources.com.

Gary Talarico, President of AnglerQuest, LLC had this to say about the partnership:
“AnglerQuest has chosen to work hand in hand with Rebuild Resources for multiple reasons. At the initial contact, Kevin Byker (Rebuild’s Contract Manufacturing Division Leader) was enthusiastic and very helpful. He seemed to truly want our business. As a new start-up company, we wanted our vendor partner’s values to share our socially conscious agenda. After the sample LureSecures were returned for our inspection, the quality of workmanship was excellent and pricing was competitive as well. We look forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship with this exceptional group of people.”

AnglerQuest is proud to launch the LureSecure at the 17th Annual St. Paul Ice Fishing and Winter Sports Show, giving all anglers a means of protecting themselves, family, friends and pets from painful hook wounds and at the very least, unwelcome aggravation.

Our lines are in the water! Welcome to the LureSecure/Fish Fashions Blog

Thank you for stopping by!  This may be your first visit, or it could be a return to see what we’ve been up to.  Our blog is up and running now, and where once there were “under construction” messages, there are now posts and links and all sorts of fun, worthwhile and useful info, as well as the ability for you to purchase a few LureSecure Lure Wraps and Fish Fashions Earrings.

Gary dock ls'sNot sure what we’re all about?  We suggest you visit the page “About LureSecure & Fish Fashions” first before doing much else.  You’ll learn about who we are and why we started this venture.  It’s a story of love, passion, vinyl, velcro, fishing blades, friends, family, rags to riches, chinese food, dogs, black flies, top secret photos, world peace…..

OK, ok, maybe our About page isn’t about all those things, but we think it’s pretty interesting.  We’re two people who fell in Love, found a mutual passion for fishing, decided we were tired of hook wounds and tangled tackle and did something about it.  Along the way we discovered a way for the lady angler (fisherwomen?) to look stylin’ and represent their love of all things with fins while doing their thing.  As our business grew, we enlisted the help of some friends to help us with legal crappola, marketing direction and business growth.  Now we’re a Michigan-based business that has the attention of anglers worldwide.  We’ve shipped LureSecures to fisherman in some of the farthest reaches of this planet.  World domination is just around the corner.  Who’d a thunk it?

Once you get done reading about us, take some time to learn about LureSecure Lure Wraps on the LureSecure Sales page.  Then, once you’ve spent a little worm money on the best device for fisherman since the snap swivel, you can stay out of the dog house with Momma by purchasing her some Fish Fashions.  We recommend purchasing plenty of our earrings, since they’re very affordable, and they come in handy when you don’t get home in time for dinner cuz the fish were biting.  “Hi Honey I’m home, look what I got for you!” (this statement is best made with the stringer of fish carefully hidden away until later)

This page is where you’ll find our latest news, views, updates, ramblings, frivolity and anything else we feel is of value.  Gary will be sharing his articles from Fish & Game Finder Magazine from time to time, as well as fishing reports, hunting stories, outhouse humor, great info, and whatever else drifts through his mind when he’s not thinking about fishing.  There will also be occasional posts from our friends, since they have nice things to say, are great human beings, and we want to fish and not sit at the keyboard all the damn time.  We also have some pros who will stop by on occasion to share their knowledge and expertise with everyone.  If none of this floats your boat, then maybe a great recipe, a lead on a cheap boat, or the opportunity to find a great deal on some real estate in the wilds or on the water are good reasons for you to put your feet up and sit a spell with us.

Thanks again for stopping by – it’s much appreciated.  We’d thank you most kindly if you’d subscribe to our blog.  We’d love you to death for linking to us.  If you’d Tweet about us from time to time we’d give you props for being a kind soul.  Heck, if you’d just tell friends and fellow fisherman about us, we’d probably share the location of one of our fishing hotspots with you.  OK, maybe not, but it was worth a shot.

FISH ON!