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Seminar Schedule at the 2019 Great Alaska Sportsman Show

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

6:00 pm

Stage 1:
Downrigger Fishing Tips & Tricks to Catch King & Coho Salmon

Join Captain John Beath, Alaskan guide, author, and owner of SquidPro tackle for information on how to use your downriggers to catch more salmon. Find out what lures and baits work best and learn why flashers produce more salmon. Beath will share his advice on best tides and currents, as well as proven salmon-trolling techniques. Learn how to use your fishing logbook to your advantage to consistently catch more kings and coho.

Outdoors-through the Upstairs NE Doors:
Burl Bowl Carving Demo

Tom Corr of Tom’s Custom Log homes will show how to make a bowl from a spruce or cottonwood burl.

7:00 pm

Stage 1:
Getting Down with Electric Fishing

Change your fishing into catching and learn basic skills and tricks. Stewart Valladolid, pro angler and Alaskan outfitter with Big Ray’s Anchorage, will share information on where to fish and what to use with electric fishing reels to positively impact your fishing experience.


Friday, April 5, 2019

1:00 pm

Stage 1:
Salmon Fishing the Anchorage Bowl

Learn about the different species of salmon that can be caught in the Anchorage area from Dustin Slinker of The Bait Shack. This seminar also will cover proper gear selection, and how to read the tides to know when the best time is to fish. Slinker also will share special events happening in Ship Creek during the summer fishing season.

2:00 pm

Stage 1:
Getting Down with Electric Fishing

Change your fishing into catching and learn basic skills and tricks. Stewart Valladolid, pro angler and Alaskan outfitter with Big Ray’s Anchorage, will share information on where to fish and what to use with electric fishing reels to positively impact your fishing experience.

Stage 2:
Useful Fishing Techniques for Mat-Su Stocked Lakes

Join Fishery Biologist Stephen Dotomain as he discusses how anglers can access information on locally stocked lakes on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website, which is a valuable resource when planning fishing trips. In addition, he will be showing various rig setups and discuss how you can utilize each setup to help maximize your efforts on the large number of stocked lakes in the Mat-Su area.

3:00 pm

Stage 1:
Take Better Fishing Photos

Rich Johnson of 2 Guys Fly Fishing and Purnell Photography will discuss equipment, techniques and set-ups to improve trip candids and “hero” shots. Johnson has been a professional portrait and event photographer for more than 30 years and has had many of his articles and photos published.

Stage 2:
Silver Strategies: Hot Spots for Coho Salmon in the Mat-Su Area  

Coho salmon are aggressive biters and known for providing anglers an energetic fight. Join Fishery Biologist Nick Logelin as he discusses the various coho salmon fishing opportunities available in the Mat-Su area, run times, and the different techniques and tackle to use when targeting coho salmon. Nick will also discuss current sportfishing regulations for the Mat-Su area waters.

4:00 pm

Stage 1:
Downrigger Fishing Tips & Tricks to Catch King & Coho

Salmon Join Captain John Beath, Alaskan guide, author, and owner of SquidPro tackle for information on how to use your downriggers to catch more salmon. Find out what lures and baits work best and learn why flashers produce more salmon. Beath will share his advice on best tides and currents, as well as proven salmon-trolling techniques. Learn how to use your fishing logbook to your advantage to consistently catch more kings and coho.

Stage 2:
Understanding and Influencing Your Fish & Game Regulatory Process

Have you always wondered how the Alaska Department of Fish and Game sets bag and possession limits, and the methods and means of which you can use to sportfish? Join Alaska Board of Fisheries Executive Director Glenn Haight as he discusses how the Alaska regulatory process works and how anglers can submit proposals affecting Alaska fisheries. The presentation will also provide tips on how the public can increase their effectiveness in influencing the regulatory process.

5:00 pm

Stage 1:
Ultralight Jigging for Halibut and Rockfish

Join Stewart Valladolid and Charlie Neff of Big Ray’s for information on what to look for and what to use when rigging up an ultralight jig setup. They’ll cover rods, reels, and tackle, teach you how to tie your gear, and how to keep the complaint factor down when fishing for bottomfish.

Stage 2:
Shrimping in Prince William Sound

Prince William Sound is known for its spectacular coastal scenery and is home to a popular shrimp fishery. Join Area Management Biologist Jay Baumer as he discusses how you can participate in this fishery, the gear you will need and how important the data collected from this fishery is. He also will provide details on how to improve your success while targeting shrimp in the waters of Prince William Sound.

VIP Lounge:
GPS for Outdoor Enthusiasts

GIS specialists Joel Cusick and Chris Felker will teach you how to mark your current location using a GPS receiver, how to navigate back to “home” along a route and how to use a compass and map when all else fails. A free satellite map showing the Sullivan Arena will be provided, along with GPS devices with which to practice. This seminar is presented by the Alaska Arc User Group and National Park Service and is for adults, kids, hunters, fishermen, aviators, snowmachiners, and hikers.

6:00 pm

Stage 1:
Tips & Tricks to Catch More Halibut

How to catch trophy halibut including best baits, lures, techniques, tides, and currents and how to use your fishing logbook to consistently catch halibut. Beath has guided and fished throughout the West Coast in search of Pacific halibut. He has invented multiple lures and written dozens of articles on this topic. He also co-produced the video “Underwater Secrets of Catching Halibut, Rockfish & Lingcod.”

Outdoors-through the Sullivan Arena Northeast Doors:
Burl Bowl Carving Demo

Tom Corr of Tom’s Custom Log homes will show how to make a bowl from a spruce or cottonwood burl.


Saturday, April 6, 2019

11:00 am

Stage 2:
Tips and Tactics for Targeting Northern Pike in Southcentral

Alaska northern pike are sought by anglers because of their size and hard-hitting aggressive strikes; however, in southcentral Alaska northern pike are an invasive species. Join Fishery Biologist Cody Jacobson as he discusses how northern pike have become an issue in southcentral Alaska and how you can help remove them from the area through year-round sportfishing opportunities. The presentation will cover prime locations, different gear types, and techniques to use when targeting this invasive species.

VIP Room:
House Problems

Tom Corr of Tom’s Custom Log Homes includes instruction on how to finish a log home, how to deal with problems with log building, and tips for saving money on tools.

12:00 pm

Stage 1:
Introduction to Optics: How to Select and Use The Right Optics for You

Join Cade Maestas of Maven for information on how to choose the right optics/combo for your specific use. This seminar will explain the numbers and how that impacts usage, as well as the general physics of binoculars and understanding how they work.

Stage 2:
Year-Round Lake Fishing Opportunities in the Anchorage Bowl

Anchorage offers an abundance of urban fishing opportunities year-round for those solo adventures and family outings. Join Fish and Wildlife Technician Phillip Stacey as he discusses how accessible fishing is in the Anchorage Bowl and where to go fishing. The presentation will also cover the different fish species present throughout the year and different methods used for them.

VIP Lounge:
GPS for Outdoor Enthusiasts

GIS specialists Joel Cusick and Chris Felker will teach you how to mark your current location using a GPS receiver, how to navigate back to “home” along a route, and how to use a compass and map when all else fails. A free satellite map showing the Sullivan Arena will be provided, along with GPS devices with which to practice. This seminar is presented by the Alaska Arc User Group and National Park Service and is for adults, kids, hunters, fishermen, aviators, snowmachiners, and hikers.

1:00 pm

Stage 1:
Take Better Fishing Photos

Rich Johnson of 2 Guys Fly Fishing and Purnell Photography will discuss equipment, techniques, and set-ups to improve trip candids and “hero” shots. Johnson has been a professional portrait and event photographer for more than 30 years and has had many of his articles and photos published in magazines.

Stage 2:
Saltwater Fishing in Prince William Sound and the North Gulf Coast

Prince William Sound and North Gulf Coast are known for their spectacular coastal scenery and ample saltwater fishing opportunities. Join Assistant Area Management Biologist Brittany Blain-Roth as she discusses fishing opportunities and life history characteristics of different saltwater fish species. Brittany will also provide information on the deepwater release method used to release rockfish.

Outdoors: Through the Upstairs Northeast Doors:
Let’s Cut Lumber

Tom Corr of Tom’s Custom Log Homes demonstrates how to cut lumber with a chainsaw.

2:00 pm

Stage 1:
Ultralight Jigging for Halibut and Rockfish

Join Stewart Valladolid and Charlie Neff of Big Ray’s for information on what to look for and what to use when rigging up an ultralight jig setup. They’ll cover rods, reels, tackle, teach you how to tie your gear, and how to keep the complaint factor down when fishing for bottomfish.

Stage 2:
Understanding and Influencing Your Fish & Game Regulatory Process

Have you always wondered how the Alaska Department of Fish and Game sets bag and possession limits, and the methods and means of which you can use to sportfish? Join Alaska Board of Fisheries Executive Director Glenn Haight as he discusses how the Alaska regulatory process works and how anglers can submit proposals affecting Alaska fisheries. The presentation will also provide tips on how the public can increase their effectiveness in influencing the regulatory process.

3:00 pm

Stage 1:
Tips & Tricks to Catch More Halibut

How to catch trophy halibut including best baits, lures, techniques, tides, currents, and how to use your logbook to catch halibut. Beath has guided and fished throughout the West Coast in search of Pacific halibut. He has invented multiple lures and written dozens of articles on this topic. He also co-produced the video “Underwater Secrets of Catching Halibut, Rockfish & Lingcod.”

Stage 2:
Southcentral Invaders versus ADF&G and Anglers

Northern pike are a voracious invasive species in southcentral Alaska and can severely impact salmon and trout populations, which reduce sportfishing opportunities. Join Fishery Biologist Cody Jacobson as he discusses suppression and eradication programs the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has underway in many places to control these fish, such as the use of rotenone and gillnets. The presentation will also cover different gear types and techniques to use when sportfishing for this invasive species.

4:00 pm

Stage 1:
Salmon Fishing the Anchorage Bowl

Learn about the different species of salmon that can be caught in the Anchorage area from Dustin Slinker of The Bait Shack. This seminar also will cover proper gear selection, and how to read the tides to know when the best time is to fish. Slinker also will share special events happening in Ship Creek during the summer fishing season.

5:00 pm

Stage 1:
Downrigger Fishing Tips & Tricks to Catch King & Coho Salmon

Join Captain John Beath, Alaskan guide, author, and owner of SquidPro tackle for information on how to use your downriggers to catch more salmon. Find out what lures and baits work best and learn why flashers produce more salmon. Beath will share advice on best tides and currents, as well as proven salmon trolling techniques. Learn how to use your logbook to your advantage to consistently catch more kings and coho.

VIP Lounge:
GPS for Outdoor Enthusiasts

GIS specialists Joel Cusick and Chris Felker will teach you how to mark your current location using a GPS receiver, how to navigate back to “home” along a route, and how to use a compass and map when all else fails. A free satellite map showing the Sullivan Arena will be provided, along with GPS devices with which to practice. This seminar is presented by the Alaska Arc User Group and National Park Service and is for adults, kids, hunters, fishermen, aviators, snowmachiners, and hikers.

VIP Room:
Introduction to Log Home Building

Tom Corr of Tom’s Custom Log Homes covers the basics of building with logs, costs, determining the number of logs needed, choosing the right size logs, and what to expect throughout the project.

6:00 pm

Stage 1:
Introduction to Fly Fishing in Southcentral Alaska

Join Rich Johnson of Alaska Fly Fishers for information on basic equipment needs for flyfishing including rods, reels, lines, leaders, and effective fly patterns. Johnson has been teaching flyfishing for more than 30 years.

Outdoors: Through the Upstairs Sullivan Arena NE Doors:
Let’s Scribe

A hands-on demonstration of how to scribe and cut logs and log walls with Tom Corr of Tom’s Custom Log Homes.


Sunday, April 7, 2019

12:00 pm

Stage 1:
Tips & Tricks to Catch More Halibut

How to catch trophy halibut including best baits, lures, techniques, tides, currents, and how to use your fishing logbook to consistently catch halibut. Beath has guided and fished throughout the West Coast in search of Pacific halibut. He has invented multiple lures and written dozens of articles on this topic. He also co-produced the video “Underwater Secrets of Catching Halibut, Rockfish & Lingcod.”

VIP Lounge:
GPS for Outdoor Enthusiasts

GIS specialists Joel Cusick and Chris Felker will teach you how to mark your current location using a GPS receiver, how to navigate back to “home” along a route, and how to use a compass and map when all else fails. A free satellite map showing the Sullivan Arena will be provided, along with GPS devices with which to practice. This seminar is presented by the Alaska Arc User Group and National Park Service and is for adults, kids, hunters, fishermen, aviators, snowmachiners, and hikers.

1:00 pm

Stage 1:
Fly Fishing for Trout, Grayling and Dolly Varden: Equipment & Patterns

Join Rich Johnson of Alaska Fly Fishers for a discussion on basic equipment needs for all three species and effective fly patterns which can be found commercially or custom tied.

Stage 2:
Introduction to Optics:
How to Select and Use The Right Optics for You

Hunters, birders and wildlife enthusiasts are invited to join Cade Maestas of Maven for information on how to choose the right optics/combo for your specific use. This seminar will explain the numbers and how that impacts usage, as well as the general physics of binoculars and understanding how they work.

2:00 pm

Stage 1:
Getting Down with Electric Fishing

Change your fishing into catching and learn basic skills and tricks. Stewart Valladolid, pro angler and Alaskan outfitter with Big Ray’s Anchorage, will share information on where to fish and what to use with electric fishing reels to positively impact your fishing experience.

VIP Room:
Uses of a Chainsaw

Tom Corr of Tom’s Custom Log Homes covers ways to use a chainsaw from building hunting and fishing cabins, to docks, bridges, furniture, and more.


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