The second annual Fishing Expo of Indiana Smallmouth
Conservation is scheduled for January 13-14 at the Johnson County Fairgroundsí
Scott Hall with hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p. m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4
p.m. on Sunday.
Admission fee will be $3 for adults and free for
anyone under 16.
The inaugural Expo last year played to good crowds,
and organizers of Smallmouth Conservation, the show organizer, are hoping
even better attendance this year. Exhibitors have added some new exhibitors
for this second edition to mesh with most of the originals. As a result,
this show is shaping up as one of the premier winter attractions for any
one who fishes for any species. But it centers on smallmouth bass and the
Presenters of the show will includeMick Thill,
Fishing Technique; Greg Mangus, Smallmouth Bass; Charlie Hildreth, Crappie;
Jimmy Lang, Walleye; Willie Williams Striped Bass; Gilbert Huxley, Carp;
Kenton Smith, Mulkellumge, and Jimmy Hearn, Catfish.
That comprises most of the fish species we (meaning
all of us) are after in the warm months, but there are some others, and
those in attendance will be rubbing elbows with them. Little shows of Expo
status tend to breed a comradeship that you will find as scarce as henís
teeth at big expos, although our Sports Show, and the people who attend
our show, have been termed the finest of the Midwest . . . on many occasions,
and by exhibitors who attend them all. It is difficult to beat the affinity
found among Hoosiers interested in the multi-phases of the outdoors.
If the thought of picking the brain of other
fishermen--or sharing the angling tricks of others doesnít put a gleam
in your eyes, counting the Indianapolis Fly Casters, the Indiana Wildlife
Federation, and Indiana Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologists,
should turn the trick. And, there are others already on the staff and more
This is one you wonít want to miss.
HO, HO, HO--And
away we go. Away we go again . . . and away we go again on the deer situation,
much kicked around by everyone from the legislature, the Department of
Natural Resources (Even the new politico in charge), the governorís office
(including THE MAN . . . quietly), the little old man on the street (whose
desires mean nothing to the legislators), and anyone else having a flitting
thought on the issue. No election for a while, now.
Who knows? Maybe even the welfare of the resource
(and the deer herd is a very viable resource will get some attention .
. . donít mortgage the farm and put the proceeds on it . . .but they--and
they alone-- should be Numero Uno, any place and every place).
Sounds more complicated than my sentence, eh?
Well, it (the sentence) may help you understand the loblolly situation
that exists in deer-pen hunting as it now stands. (Yep! It is that bad.)
Elsewhere in the coming legislative fiasco, (whether
or not we like it), the quagmire is full of questions, few of which will
be solved to satisfaction. More, as it develops.
But deer-pen hunting will be with us, again; as
in again, again, and again.