Great Amer­i­can Out­door Show re­turns

Maryland Independent - - Sports - Jamie Drake jamiedrake­out­doors@out­

Santa Claus only comes once a year, but out­door en­thu­si­asts will get a chance to feel like a kid on Christ­mas morn­ing again when the Great Amer­i­can Out­door Show re­turns to Penn­syl­va­nia for its fourth year.

The show in­cludes over 1,000 ex­hibits rang­ing from shoot­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers to fish­ing boats, RVs to archery and am­mu­ni­tion to out­fit­ters, jam-packed into 650,000 square feet of the Farm Show Com­plex in Har­ris­burg.

This is an op­por­tu­nity se­ri­ous out­door en­thu­si­asts won’t want to miss. Har­ris­burg is about three hours from South­ern Maryland. This is the big­gest show within driv­ing dis­tance, and it’s a full nine days of ex­hibits, demon­stra­tions and sem­i­nars. If you can find a day (or two) to visit, it’s worth the trip.

GAOS cel­e­brates ev­ery­thing out­doors — fish­ing, hunt­ing, recre­ational shoot­ing, camp­ing and other out­door tra­di­tions trea­sured by mil­lions of Amer­i­cans and their fam­i­lies. You can get your tackle box ready for spring fish­ing, find just the right equip­ment to pre­pare for your next hunt and check out all the lat­est and great­est gear on the mar­ket.

Want to learn some bass fish­ing tips from the pros? John Hansen will cover fi­nesse fish­ing and teach you how to get bass to bite when the fish­ing is tough, with spe­cific in­struc­tion on drop shot fish­ing.

Hank Parker, two-time win­ner of the Bass­mas­ter Clas­sic, will be teach­ing the se­crets of how wa­ter con­di­tions can af­fect the bite and host­ing an­other sem­i­nar all about spin­ner­baits. He’ll be shar­ing not only when to use them, but also the size, color and re­trieval speed that will lead to catch­ing big bass.

Our own re­gional ex­pert, Ken Pen­rod, owner of Life Out­doors Un­lim­ited, and sev­eral of his guides will be on hand for sev­eral dif­fer­ent fish­ing sem­i­nars chock full of tips and tac­tics for fish­ing the tidal Po­tomac River and Up­per Ch­e­sa­peake Bay. You don’t want to miss out on glean­ing some tricks of the trade from his 35-plus years of ex­per­tise if you spend any time bass fish­ing on the Po­tomac River.

If cat­fish are more your style, Rod Bates, founder of Koinona Guide Ser­vice will be shar­ing his ad­vice for bring­ing in the big chan­nel cats and flat­heads from the Susque­hanna. Or how about meet­ing fly-fish­ing le­gend Cur­tis Fleming? His story of grow­ing up a coal miner’s son in Cen­tral West Vir­ginia and be­com­ing a world-class fly fish­er­man, bring­ing up his two daugh­ters in the fam­ily busi­ness, is one I’d like to hear.

If you’re plan­ning to do some turkey hunt­ing this spring, Ken Ham­mel, owner of Moun­tain Hol­low Game Calls, has some tips on the finer points of call­ing wild tur­keys. There are quite a few women head­lin­ing their own sem­i­nars this year, in­clud­ing Kristy Ti­tus, who will dis­cuss po­si­tional shoot­ing in the field in a seg­ment called “Mak­ing the Shot of a Life­time.”

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