After a successful showing with the three-day Monster Buck Classic, which wrapped up at 4 p.m. Sunday, the Kansas Expocentre is already revving up for another major outdoors show in just a week.
The Topeka Boat and Outdoor Show will run from 1 to 8 p.m. Feb. 3, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 4 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 5, and youths 16 and under get in free. For adults, tickets will cost $7.
Taunton said he’s been involved with the boat show for several years.
“I would say four or five years, we started out with Fishing’s Future,” Taunton said. “We went in there and gave 100 fishing poles to kids. In this short time, we won a national award for best fishing program in the United States.”
Eventually, he branched out from his Fishing’s Future booths to do his own booth, called “What’s in Outdoors: Outside for a Better Inside.” That also will be the topic of his first seminar, which takes place at 3 p.m. Feb. 3. That seminar will include information on the WILD Kansas student organization, which focuses on activities that promote the environment, conservation and other outdoor activities. Taunton also will be on stage at 6 p.m. that day for a second seminar.
“I’m actually doing two seminars at the Topeka boat show, and the second one is really going to be more on crappie fishing in Kansas,” Taunton said.
Joining him on stage will be Joe Bragg, an Army veteran and founder of the Kansas Crappie Club; Dustin Hobbs, a competitive angler and member of the Kansas Crappie Club; and Brent Frazee, longtime outdoors editor for the Kansas City Star. Richard Sanders, a Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism biologist at Clinton Reservoir, also will be on hand at 5 p.m. Feb. 3 to talk about fishing Melvern Reservoir, Clinton and other northeast Kansas lakes for crappie.
“I’ll be more of a mediator,” Taunton said. “I’m really proud of Joe for stepping out of all the horrors of war and doing this. It’s nice to see him smile.”
Ned Kehde, a Lawrence resident and blogger for In-Fisherman, will present at noon Feb. 4 on “How, When & Where to Catch 101 Black Bass in 4 Hours.”
“I am going to talk about the history of Midwest finesse fishing, and how anglers around Topeka can use Midwest finesse tactics to catch 25 black bass an hour on the best of outings and average at least 10 an hour on most outings from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31,” he said. “In short, it is the best way for anglers of all skill levels to catch largemouth bass and smallmouth bass in the waterways in northeastern Kansas.”
Among the other key speakers is Joey Nania, professional angler and co-host of Sweetwater TV, who will speak at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Feb. 4 and 1 p.m. Feb. 5. Professional angler Doug Vahrenberg, of Higginsville, Mo., will speak at 1 and 4 p.m. Feb. 4 and 2 p.m. Feb. 5 to close out the event. For those who prefer catfish to crappie or bass, Al Dieball, president of the Kansas chapter of the U.S. Catfish Angler Tournament Series, will speak at 10:15 a.m. Feb. 4. His presentation is called “Preparation for your Catfishing Adventure.” John Trager, also known as Captain Catfish, and David Studebaker also will discuss catfishing technique.
Clyde “the Guide” Holscher will host the seminar stage.
Other attractions will include a Kids Casting Pond, a photo and calendar signing by the Women of KU from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and a range of boats that will be featured and sold at the show, including boats from Crestliner, Four Winns, Bayliner, Bryant, Lowe, Tige, Chaparral, SunCatcher, Cypress Cay Pontoons, G3 and Bryant.
TOPEKA BOAT AND OUTDOOR SHOW
Friday, Feb. 3
2 p.m. — Mose Hugghis, “The 4 C’s of Reading Your Dog: Calmness, Consistency, Communication & Concentration”
3 p.m. — Phil Taunton, “Outside for a Better Inside!”
4 p.m. — Tyler Nekolny, “Fundamentals of Bass Fishing”
5 p.m. — Richard Sanders, “Fishing Forecasts for Selected Lakes, including Clinton & Melvern Reservoirs”
6 p.m. — Phil Taunton, “Ways to Catch Crappie Year Round in Kansas Lakes & Reservoirs”
Saturday, Feb. 4
10:15 a.m. — Al Dieball, “Preparation for your Catfishing Adventure”
11 a.m. — Joey Nania, “The Incredible NED RIG”
Noon — Ned Kehde, “How, When & Where to Catch 101 Black Bass in 4 Hours”
1 p.m. — Doug Vahrenberg, “Fishing Tips from the Pros: From Basics to Advanced! How to Catch More Fish”
2 p.m. — John Trager, “Three Rights Makes ‘MONSTER’ “
3 p.m. — David Studebaker, “Seasonal Catfish Tactics. Catfish Basics & Conservation”
4 p.m. — Joey Nania, “Transition Tactics Winter to Spring”
5 p.m. — Doug Vahrenberg, “Understanding the Basics of Sonar/Fishing Electronics”
6 p.m. — Brandon Patterson, “Pre-Spawn Bass Fishing”
Sunday, Feb. 5
11:15 a.m. — Graham Howard, “The Basics of Frog Fishing”
1 p.m. — Joey Nania, “Top 3 Hard Baits for Cold Water Bass”
2 p.m. — Doug Vahrenberg, “Rigging Your Boat: What Accessories Do You Really Need”