Fishing Seminars At Outdoor Blast

Top anglers will be appearing at the giant fish tank all weekend during the Ag-Pro Outdoor Blast.

GON Staff | July 15, 2023

There’s a great spot at the Ag-Pro Outdoor Blast to take a comfortable seat, watch fish in a giant 4,000 gallon tank, and learn some new tips and techniques for your next trip to the water while you relax. Experts on a variety of types of fishing for a variety of species will be teaching seminars every hour during all three days of the Outdoor Blast.

Fishing Seminar Speakers

Ken Sturdivant is the President of the Southern Fishing Schools, Inc. Ken teaches “On the Water” classes for freshwater fish. His sonar classes cover all aspects of today’s latest electronic equipment.
Phil Johnson is a full time bass fishing guide on Lake Lanier. Phil won the Top Six Bass tournament and participates in bass fishing tournaments all year. He is a master angler and also is an excellent instructor.
Rene Hesse is a fly fishing guide and instructor. He holds casting records with the fly rod. Rene Hesse is a Certified Casting Instructor with the Federation of Fly Fishers. Rene also is the organizer of Atlanta Fly Fishing and Camping Meetup Group.
Greg Showmake is an experienced tournament angler. He has been the fishing manager at Bass Pro Shops and has worked in Tracker Marine at Cabela’s as a service adviser.
Adam Hinkle is a bass tournament angler who travels around the country with the world famous Bass Tub. He has an excellent presentation on many aspects of fishing for bass.
Buck Cannon is an experienced striper guide on Lake Lanier. He fishes the lake year round and reports on and shares his catches with local anglers on the internet.


2023 Outdoor Blast “Let’s Go Fishing” Seminars

Friday, July 28
2 p.m. Bass Fishing Soft Lures, Greg Shoemake
3 p.m. Adam Hinkle, The Bass Tub
4 p.m. Bass Fishing 7 Basic Lures, Southern Fishing Schools Inc.
5 p.m. Lawrence HDS Technology, Ken Sturdivant

Saturday, July 29
10 a.m. Adam Hinkle, The Bass Tub
11 a.m. Lowrance, HDS Technology, Ken Sturdivant
Noon, Bass Fishing Lake Lanier, Phil Johnson
1 p.m. Bass Tournament Tactics, Phil Johnson
2 p.m. Fly Fishing, Rene Hesse
3 p.m. STRIPERS! Buck Cannon
4 p.m. Bass Fishing Crankbaits, Ken Sturdivant
5 p.m. Adam Hinkle, The Bass Tub

Sunday, July 30
10 a.m. Adam Hinkle, The Bass Tub
11 a.m. Lowrance HDS Technology, Ken Sturdivant
Noon, Bass Fishing Soft Lures, Greg Shoemake
1 p.m. STRIPERS! Ken Sturdivant
2 p.m. Adam Hinkle, The Bass Tub
3 p.m. Fish and Game Forecaster, Ken Sturdivant


30-30 Ministries $1K Shoot-Out
Anyone can step up on the Shoot-Out arena stage on Saturday, July 29 for a chance at $1,000! Qualifying is 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (first-come, first serve as time allows.) Anyone who hits the egg from 45 feet qualifies for the finals at 4 p.m. to shoot at the egg from 60 feet to determine our $1,000 winner. Qualifying is $5 per shot or $10 for three shots.

Deer Scoring
Bring your mount or antlers, and our team of official Boone & Crockett scorers will tally up the inches, and your buck’s final score will automatically be listed in GON’s Georgia Deer Records. Look for the Deer Wall against the back of the building. Drop your rack off anytime during show hours Friday or Saturday, but please show up no later than 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 30. Don’t wait until the show is about to close on Friday and Saturday. Antlers dropped off near the closing hours of the show might not be available for pick up until the next day.

Gun-An-Hour Giveaway
Just for walking in the door, Blast attendees will again have free chances to win a gun every hour of the show. A name will be drawn every hour among attendees who register for free each day. The person drawn will simply come by the GON booth, complete the federal background check, pick up their brand-new gun and take it home that day.

The Gun-An-Hour Giveaway is made possible through a partnership with non-profit 30-30 Ministries, and with some awesome help from Adventure Outdoors. No raffle tickets to buy, just a simple sign-up for all show attendees who are 18 and older who have a paid ticket to that day’s show. You must be present to win, and you must claim your gun within 30 minutes of your name being called. Click here to see the awesome line-up of guns that will be given away during the 2023 Outdoor Blast.

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