I stopped by the Penn booth and talked to Tom. He was wearing his famous cap which is covered with pins of all sorts. Tom is an expert reel repair man and loves to fish. He also constructs specialty fishing lures and rigs and has the worlds one and only fishing reel handle collection. He is a lot of fun to talk to and an avid 80 something year old fisherman.
Tim and I sat in on Flip Pallot's talk about fishing in South Florida. It was an interesting discussion given by one of the most experienced and well known fishermen in the world today. We all know Flip from the Walker's Cay Chronicles. Flip is a very personable guy and Tim and I talked to him for a while after the seminar.
This is Warren Turner of Striped Bass Magazine and the National Striped Bass Association. He is showing me a live well tube that will keep a 30 pound striped bass alive for hours so that it can be weighed for a tournament and released live and in healthy condition. Striped bass fishing in fresh water is a rapidly growing segment of the fishing community. There are huge striped bass lurking in some of the lakes and reservoirs around the country.
I stopped by the Rogue Rod booth to talk to Joe Kennedy, the Northeast Rep for Rogue. I will be working with Joe this year and promoting the Rogue line of fishing rods. They build a quality rod at a reasonable price. It is an excellent product and I look forward to trying a number of different models this year for all the types of fishing that I do.
I always make it a point to stop at the Lowrance display and check out the latest in electronics that they have to offer. I talked to Terry Sullivan who was manning the booth. Terry is also an excellent fishing guide and striped bass sharpie that fishes the New Jersey shore.