Meet the experts


 TOMMY SKARLIS - World Champion Angler / 2020 Hall Of Fame Inductee

TOMMY SKARLIS has been chosen for the highest honor in the Fishing Industry, he will be inducted into the FRESH WATER FISHING HALL OF FAME. TRULY A HUGE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT RECEIVED BY FEW. Tommy will officially be inducted at the Northern Illinois Sports Show on January 18th at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake, Illinois. Executive Director Emmett Brown from Hayward, WI will make the official induction personally. Congrats Tommy, so well deserved my friend.

 MARK MARTIN - Hall of Fame Angler


Mark Martin is a Professional Walleye Trail WORLD CHAMPION and HALL OF FAME ANGLER .. In his home state of Michigan he's been called “Mr. Walleye at Night”, averaging more than 600 walleye per season in the 6 to 12 pound range. The key to Mark's success is a history of walleye fishing developed over three generations of Martins. Mark runs fishing schools all over the country teaching anglers and our youth about trolling techniques with How To Seminars on planer board expert rigging. Learn how to set the proper line distance while trolling with tips and tricks.

 BOB MEHSIKOMER - Musky Expert (Hall Of Famer)


Sons: Mike (wife) Tracy and Jason (wife) Beth
Grandchildren: Landon, Evan, Mason and the latest keeper Brayden.

Simply Fishing Extreme Television is a 30-minute series hosted by Bob

On the 19th of August 2010 history was made when Bob Mehsikomer became the first angler in the world to achieve the Cast-To, Catch and Release of 100 Muskies over the 50” benchmark, all on artificial and ALL released. That is the reason many in the muskie world claim him to be the best of the best. Although if you ask him, he will tell you he is simply a committed angler chasing the most elusive apex predator in North America’s fresh waters.

The time and devotion to the pursuit of the muskie, bass, walleye, northern pike, lake trout, tarpon, sailfish, roosterfish, peacock bass and many other species are what makes this man the skilled angler he is. He studies the environment, the location, forage and the predator at a level others could only dream of. The devil is in the details Bob always says. When asked by a would be potential sponsor what made him so efficient on the water, he simply stated when you do it for a living, and living depends on eating, you learn fast and thoroughly. Every cast, every fish and every mistake are recorded in his day-to-day life on the water.


Bob is noted for his abilities to educate his fellow anglers. He has held many muskie schools in the US and Canada focused at raising the skills and abilities of anglers wanting a more rewarding experience for their time on the water. Many of his co-instructors have gone on to build their own place in the fishing industry as a result of their involvement.
And there is more…much more from this one of a kind angler driven by the challenge of the fish, the environment, the industry and the technology within it. There is much to learn from Bob if one is willing to listen. Will you be that one?

For more information regarding Bob Mehsikomer please contact Simply Fishing Extreme TV.
Simply Fishing Extreme Television

 SPENCE PETROS - Musky Expert (Hall of Famer)

Spence Petros is one of North America's most versatile and well-respected anglers. Author, fishing educator, tournament angler, tackle designer and veteran of over 125 television shows, including three years on ESPN's national show "the Outdoor Writers".

In 1989 Petros was inducted into the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, and is listed among the "Living Legends of American Sportfishing", a book authored by Larry Colombo profiling 100 of the top people in the sportfishing industry. Spence was editor of Fishing Facts magazine for 22-years and now writes regularly for some of the top fishing magazines in North America which include North American Fisherman, Midwest Outdoors, Fishing Facts, Bassin', Crappie Magazine and Musky Hunter. He also appears regularly on TV with Babe Winkelman and Joe Bucher, along with being a regular on Midwest Outdoors TV shows.

Spence's career has been dedicated to "teaching fishermen to catch more fish".



Mike is recognized as one of the top smallmouth bass experts in North America and has boated over 100,000 smallmouth bass with hundreds over five pounds. Mike has been guiding for 40 years in Northern Wisconsin but his expertise spans the bounty of rivers, reservoirs and lakes throughout North America. Specializing in river smallmouth Mike clients catch lots of smallmouth even under tough conditions. Few guides spend as much quality time with their clients sharing his expertise which makes for a memorable day on the water.

Mike has authored 9 fishing books. HC Baits which manufactures quality topwater lures for largemouth and smallmouth bass. He is sought after by numerous fishing tackle manufacturers for both product development and promotion.

 CAPTAIN PAT HARRISON - Chicago River Secrets


Pat Harrison has been fishing for 45 plus years and is an experience USCG Captain in IL. Pat is a fishing educator and does seminars at clubs, and several large Outdoor Mega Stores and enjoys teaching others about fishing and enjoying the outdoors.  Pat is a board member for many clubs keeping his love for fishing alive and spread to many in the outdoor world. Pat also is an experienced Guide on the Chicago River and is an expert on catching smallmouth bass with specific tactics he will share at the Chicago Outdoor Sports Show. 

Pat is a Pro Staffer for Evinrude, Bass Minder, Bass Minder, Never Snag and several others. Pat Harrison's love for the outdoors and knowledge of the sport is something special.

Visit Pat Harrison on FACEBOOK at Pat Harrison Outdoors - Fishing Adventures


Capt. Jerry is a Lake Michigan charter captain with 37 years experience in the business. He is the captain of the 35' Viking charter boat "RESOLUTE' out of the Port of Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Jerry is a competitive Pro Series trout and salmon tournament angler on the western shores of Lake Michigan. Jerry and his team are consistent finishers in the top 5 boats, with several first place pay checks to their credit.

Capt. Jerry was also been named Kenosha Sportfishing's "Angler Of The Year" in 2016, 2017, 2018. He also is a five time Kenosha Sportfishing's "Big Fish" award recipient.

Capt. Jerry is the creator and instructor of the trout and salmon school "Top to Bottom". This unique school give his students classroom instruction as well as on the water instruction aboard the "RESOLUTE".

Jerry is a past IGFA World Record holder in the 4# test line class with a 15lb. 12oz. Walleye caught in the Wisconsin River.


Capt. Jerry is a Pro Staff member and sponsored by; Grandt Rods, Yellowbird Fishimg Products, FireFlies Wi., Finn Tackle, Dreamweaver Tackle, Bloodline Tackle Co., Silver Horde/Gold Star, Lake County Watersports, Outdoors With Jerry and Nick Radio, Boathouse Pub and Eatery, The Lettering Machine Embroidery and Screen printing.


Follow Capt. Jerry on Facebook under Jerry Costabile and JLC Outdoors.

 CAPTAIN BILLY HEIM - Lake Geneva Fishing Guide


William Heim of Night Prowler Guide Service is one of the premier fishing guides of the Midwest specializing in Lake Geneva and Lake Delavan, WI. He is an experienced multi species guide and someone you should know. William was born in 1963 and grew up in Southeastern Wisconsin. His grandfather had William out early in life and was hunting and fishing at age 4 and its been history ever since. William a full time guide specializes in unique ways of teaching others how to adapt to the toughest conditions. He has a Specialty Technique which is Night Fishing using black lights and florescent line making it easier to see while fishing in the dark, and William has it dialed in.

You can contact William at 262-279-5743 or by email at or on Facebook- Night Prowler Guide Service

 LINCOLN BUCHANAN - Walleyes on the Fox Chain of Lakes

Lincoln Buchanan was raised on the Fox Chain of Lakes in northern
Illinois. He is on the water any chance he has whether  soft or hard.
He began fishing chain of lakes walleye tournaments in 2009 with the
World Walleye Association  tournament trail,  Illinois division.
Lincoln has had multiple top five finishes in both tournaments and
overall point standings. Lincoln was part of the 2014 team of the year
and the 2015 championship winner. He is also a licensed captain and
guide on the Fox Chain for walleye or multi species trips. He
specializes in education and excitement while on the water. With the
preferred method of live bait fishing clients they are sure to have a
Lincoln's current sponsors are  Fox Lake Harbor, Lund Boats Mercury
STORM, and Abt Electronics.

 RICHARD HOLM - Salmon on Lake Michigan


I was born in Cook County IL in 1947. At the age of 5, we moved to Portage, IN. where I have resided since. I was employed at United States Steel Gary Works for thirty seven years before retiring in 2003. Over the years, I have fished in various parts of the county including Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Michigan, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Florida and even portions of Canada. I have fished for several different types of fish, including Large & Small Mouth Bass, Northern Pike, Musky, White Bass, Catfish, Carp, Walleye’s, Lake Perch, Coho, Chinook (Kings), Steelhead and Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Brook and Lake Trout, Striper’s, Blues, Redfish, Tarpon as well as Bonefish.

For the past 24 years, I have owned and operated Sea Quest Lures (which became Sea Quest Lures, Inc. ® in 1998), manufacturing Trolling Spoons and Trolling Flies for the Great Lakes, as well as a fly tying device for fly fishing. I have placed first in both the Salmon Unlimited of Indiana and Hoosier Coho Club Classic Tournaments in the past as well as taking a number of 1st, 2nd 3rd and 4th placing in various Great Lakes Salmon Tournaments.

 CAPT. CLYDE FOLSE - "Catching More Crappie" 


I am Capt. Clyde Folse, Owner/GM of The Crappie Psychic, LLC which was created in July of 2014 with my beautiful wife, Janelle, son, Caleb, and daughter, Kamri. I am an avid Crappie fisherman with 25 + years of experience. My Crappie fishing seminars include a lot of information on when to go Crappie fishing, what equipment I use, how to find Crappie, etc. etc. I’ve been featured in numerous TV shows:



And Radio shows:

  • Louisiana Great Outdoors with Don Dubuc
  • The Bayou Sportsman’s Show with JC Smith and John Michael Eddleman on FOX Sports Radio
  • The Fish Florida Show with Riscalla Stevens


News articles/Magazines:

  • Louisiana Sportsman
  • The St. Charles Guide
  • Country Living ( SLECA ) etc. 

Our products can be seen on our website, and our FB page, The Crappie Psychic, LLC.

 CRYSTAL CURFMAN - Executive Director of Illinois Conservation Foundation

Saturday The Executive Director will be Opening the Show, Cutting the Ribbon in Supporting Conservation Awareness Day. Crystal will also be doing a seminar on the importance of our youth conservation and an introduction to Illinois Conservation Foundation. 

 MIKE JACKSON - Muskie vs Walleye Hall of Fame Panel Moderator

Mike Jackson of Mike Jackson Outdoors

With almost 50-years of outdoor broadcast experience, Mike Jackson brings his talent and experiences to the Chicago market. 
Add to that almost 30-years of writing columns for the Daily Herald. A member of the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame. 
He’s had his share of muskies as well in Ontario and northern Wisconsin. See Mike Jackson on the Radio every Sunday from 7:00 - 9:00 am CT on 1590AM or at PODCAST 

 JIM KOPJO - "Crappie Professor"

Jim Kopjo, known as the “Crappie Professor”, has over 30 years of on-the-water experience and 18 years of running a very popular guide business in northern Illinois. Through his aggressive style of fishing, he is able to quickly establish patterns which makes for informative seminars. Jim travels over most of central and northern Illinois presenting fun and information packed seminars to fishing clubs and outdoor shows. He has participated in the open water Crappie USA tournament trail and the North American Ice Fishing Circuit. Jim also enjoys volunteering with several local biologists in the designing, placement, and preservation of habitats. The Crappie Professor carries a boat load of professionalism and technical skill and enjoys sharing with others his knowledge and craft.

 VIOLETTA TALLEY - Professional Angler

Violet is an up-and-coming bass tournament angler excelling in both the sport and the business of fishing. She has had a passion for fishing since she was 3 years old and is currently a tournament bass angler and outdoor enthusiast currently competing in the midwest bass tournament circuits. She is also a professional photographer, graphic designer, structural designer and owner/operator of a successful business that caters to several markets, including the fishing industry. Through her YouTube channel (and other social media channels), sponsorships, and involvement in the fishing community, Violet has been an influential ambassador for the sport of fishing, especially inspiring other women, youth and amateur anglers in building their confidence, techniques, knowledge and skills in the sport.

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Thursday  12 - 8

Friday       12 - 8

Saturday   10 - 8

Sunday      10 - 5

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Mark Martin’s Fishing School Preview & Seminar Schedule


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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 
10:00 AM, Saturday, January 18            Presented by 

Executive Director 
Illinois Conservation Foundation          Followed by an Introduction to ICF & Its Programs 10:45 AM on the Hall of Fame Stage