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2014 LOTSA Salmon School - Dan Keating and Dave Mull


Tim Bromund

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The Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association is pleased to announce that our speakers for this year's Salmon School will be Captain Dan Keating (Blue Horizon Sportfishing), Author of the Keating on Kings Book and Videos,  and Dave Mull of Great Lakes Angler Magazine fame.  Dan and Dave presented our first Full Day Salmon School 6 years ago and we have had many requests over the years to being them back.

 

As with our Expo, we had the opportunity to “pick up our show as is†and insert it into a brand new show called the new Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo to be held on January 24-26, 2014 (www.niagarafishingexpo.com). This show would be held at the “State of the Art†Conference & Event Center in Niagara Falls New York. This facility with it's larger Seminar room, will allow us to expand the number of Salmon School attendees while at the same time, alleviate the crowding we have experienced at the old location.

 

As in years past, this year's Salmon School will be held on the Saturday before the Expo (January 25, 2014).

 

The Conference Center facility is a short walk to the Falls itself as well as being right across the street from the Seneca Niagara Casino. There are also many places to eat, shopping outlets and other things to do in Niagara Falls to make for a very enjoyable weekend for everyone. Free parking for the show will be available at the Casino lots and nearby Hotels are offering rates cheaper than we were able to obtain in past years in Lockport.   More details will be forthcoming as they are finalized.

 

 

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Hotel Accommodations arranged so far:

 

Comfort Inn Rate $69 per night, Phone 716-284-6835. It is right across the street from the Conference & Event Center. Mention the Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo to get the rate.

 

The Event Center is still working with other area hotels to secure the same rates.  We will update as more hotels come online.

 

Tim

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As another benefit for those attending the Salmon School on Saturday, we have arraigned the opportunity to take a Lower River charter on the Friday prior to the class. Many of our attendees are from out of town and will be arriving on Friday. This will provide them with an opportunity to cure some cabin fever by spending a winter outing fishing out of Lewiston,NY. for  Steelhead,Brown Trout,and Lake Trout.  The area’s best Captains utilize the newest and most successful techniques to give you the opportunity to experience The Niagara at its Winter best.  All you will need is a NY state fishing license and proper clothing. They will start at 11am and cost $125 per person. A deposit of $25 will secure your spot on one of these boats on Friday.  The $25 Deposit is non refundable unless the Captain cancels because of weather or poor fishing conditions.

 Signup is available at www.lotsa.org.

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At last night's LOTSA membership meeting, Tim Bromund reported that about 1/2 of the available spots have been sold so far; reservations for the Salmon School are selling very quickly early on this year.

 

We've been in contact with Dan Keating and Dave Mull, and it looks like they are putting together what should be an excellent presentation.

 

If you're planning to attend, I suggest you sign-up early before all the seats are gone; the salmon school always sells out. Unfortunately, each year we have to turn people away because they wait until the last minute to sign up. Don't let that happen to you.

 

In addition to the information in Tim's posts above, you can get more info on the new venue for our show and sign up for the seminar here: http://www.lotsa.org/ (click on the fish to enter the website)

 

Hope to see you all there!

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Since my last update post, we picked up a few more people. We've also received the initial outline for the Salmon School topics from Capt. Dan and Dave, and it looks like it is shaping up to be a truly great event.

 

We've been collecting attendees questions and desired topics to cover and will be passing them on to Capt. Dan and Dave in the near future.

 

With the holidays coming up, this would be a great time to drop a hint or two. A ticket to the Salmon School would make a great gift! Just think, you get a truly detailed and advanced educational seminar with one of the country's preeminent speakers, and your spouse gets a weekend off from you with time to do what they want - it's a win-win!

 

Each and every year we've run the school we've sold out and unfortunately each and every year we have to turn some people away who waited to the last minute. If you're planning on joining us, sign-up early - don't wait as it could be you who doesn't get a seat this year.

 

http://www.lotsa.org (click on the fish to enter LOTSA's website and scroll down to the section on the 2014 salmon school for more info).

 

Personally, I would leave the webpage open, by mistake of course, for the spouse to find....

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Tim, do you still want me to do a lecture on how to best organize your swivels and bobber stops?  Seems the address of the event is different than the location you told me to go to....... :thinking:

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This should be a truly outstanding Salmon School this year. We're making sure Capt. Dan and Dave are targeting their presentation squarely at both the intermediate and advanced trollers. This won't be a "this is a downrigger and this is what it does" basic seminar.

Here is an early outline of what will be covered: (this will evolve as people sign up and include what they most want to learn about)

Catching Kings throughout the Day

Variables impacting fish

Spring Kings—go deep, way deep!

How do we put our lures in the strike zone? On any given day you may catch fish on the surface, suspended and on the bottom.

Different lures and combinations of lures work w/different presentations. Learn to isolate which lures work where on your boat.

Downriggers
Aggressive vs. Stealth
Weights
Stealth rigger options
1.   Light line
2.   SWR—Ultimate stealth weapon

Directional Divers
The six roles of a diver
Diver Basics
Diver line choices
Setting divers into your spread

When Divers are not working, when to switch to Slide Divers or Torpedoes
Torpedoes & Dive Bombs
Key Aspects of Torpedoes
Torpedo Tips

Torpedo SWR

Copper/Wire Line applications
Adding weight to copper and lead core
Troll/jigging with copper

Tadpoles

Lead Core Basics

Line & knots

Segmented Leads

Way Deep Kings
How do you find them?
Strategies
Lure selection
Multi-species opportunity while targeting the abyss

Meat
When do you add it to the spread?
Meat Options
Prepping Meat
Brines

Currents
Types of currents
How to measure currents
How currents impact fish locations
How currents can help you locate fish before leaving port
How currents impact boat control

Lure Selection
Big picture
Mechanics of lure selection
Flasher/dodger fly fundamentals
Basics—Pay attention to the details
Integrating flashers/flies into spreads
Spoons

Small Boat Spreads
Making stuff work together on a smaller scale—THINK PROGRESSION

Steelhead
Nature of the beast
How do you locate spring steelhead?
Spring steelhead trolling spreads
Spring mono and segmented lead core spreads
Spring steelhead lure selection—color and size critical!

Summer Steelhead
Location

Summer spreads
Summer steelhead lure selection

Multi-Species Fishing
Multiple Vertical Strike Zones
Where do you begin?
Target individual species w/in your spread

Focus on Horizontal relationships along the surface for steelhead, coho, lake trout
Focus on Vertical relationships for kings and large lake trout

Line spreads and lure selection

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I did some looking around for rates at other Hotels in downtown Niagara Falls and found that the Quality Hotel and Suites, which is literally across the street from the Convention Center on 1st St, has a best room rate of $79.00 a night.  This hotel is closer to the Convention Center than the Comfort Inn previously mentioned, so this is another option at a pretty good rate.

 

http://www.qualityinn.com/hotel-niagara_falls-new_york-NY600

 

Tim Bromund

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We're down to just 3 weeks to the salmon school. If you haven't signed up yet, there are some seats remaining for the seminar featuring Capt. Dan Keating and Dave Mull.

http://www.lotsa.org/2014%20Keating-Mull%20Registration%20Form.ht

Hope to see you there.

Sent from my iPad using Lake Ontario United mobile app

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I did some looking around for rates at other Hotels in downtown Niagara Falls and found that the Quality Hotel and Suites, which is literally across the street from the Convention Center on 1st St, has a best room rate of $79.00 a night.  This hotel is closer to the Convention Center than the Comfort Inn previously mentioned, so this is another option at a pretty good rate.

 

http://www.qualityinn.com/hotel-niagara_falls-new_york-NY600

 

Tim Bromund

I booked at the Quality - worked out to $89.27 after tax & surcharge for the least expensive option.

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We're down to just 3 weeks to the salmon school. If you haven't signed up yet, there are some seats remaining for the seminar featuring Capt. Dan Keating and Dave Mull.

http://www.lotsa.org/2014%20Keating-Mull%20Registration%20Form.ht

Hope to see you there.

Sent from my iPad using Lake Ontario United mobile app

 

The room capacity is 150 people and we are currently at 120 booked so only 30 spots left before we sell the room out.

 

Tim

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