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Topic Review (Newest First)
02-01-2010 06:37 PM
Mike Clifford Like others, I worked my butt off all weekend and didn't get to "experience" the show, but from what I saw Jim hit a Grand Slam.

Our booth was next to the Bikini Ice girls, so forgive me if you tried to get my attention and I seemed distracted.


Great to see Ed with his wife and Tubes also stopped by and said Hello.

So many great stories, laughs and otherwise leaving our troubles at home....if only for a few days.

Thanks for everything, Jim.
We look forward to next year already.
02-01-2010 04:18 PM
MR. MUSKLUNGE Ed,

Sorry I miised you. You should have stopped in and said hello. The last time I saw you was at arlington which I believe was 2007!!! WAY TOO LONG.............. Were never to busy to talk, or take a question

It would have been nice to chew the bull for a while, and I probably needed a break at that point anyway. Not only will I say we were busy, there were only a couple of dead time on both days, and really did not seen to last that long. The show overall had a really good flow on the weekend, and that is great news for ALL invloved
02-01-2010 01:53 PM
ja-knee-sea We tried doing that in the NRA Booth, but people stopped by anyway... I only got 10 new members during my shift on Sunday... Last year I think we did 35... Lot's of families and teenagers at the show... A real good sign for its future... As much as we 50 year old guys think we matter, it's the next next generation that will carry the torch now... Didn't see much else of the show.. Standing in the booth for 2 hours killed my back... I could hardly walk out and getting out of bed this morning was a "scream"... My suggestion, and one I made weeks ago, Please put a seating area at or near the far end of every aisle... Not just at the food tables
02-01-2010 01:44 PM
Ejoe Personally, I think this show was one of the best Ive ever been to in Chicago. Yes, there needs to be more vendors and as the economy improves Im sure they will come out. I am kinda offended that the major fishing gear mfgrs. dont set up at our shows. Chicago is the second largest city in the country, they want us to buy their gear but wont invest the money to come out and show us what they offer?

That being said, this show reminded me alot of the old shows on Halsted I went to as a kid. There was something for people to do there other than buy stuff. The old show used to have a "show" as many in the 50+ age group can remember. The vendors were there but you went to an outdoor show. Then it became a vendor flea market. Buy this buy that. Give us money to park, enter and then spend money on the vendors then get the heck out. This show had free things for people to do. The could learn to cast a rod, tie a fly, shoot bows in two ranges, see reptiles and dogs jumping into the hawg tank. Watch a great dog training demo, look at a couple live wild hogs, learn to call a turkey, learn animal tracks, I got a kick out of watching all the kids color at the Fish ID area and I loved the old boat/motor displays and the old lure display as wel as all the animal mounts. And I liked the bands. Didnt have nothing to do with hunting or fishing, but it added some class to the show. Pretty cool for the owner to add that touch for the people as they left. And Chicago deserves that.

The owner of this show gave back to the people. He really went all out to make it a great show with lots of free stuff for the attendees to see and do other than just spend money. It really reminded me of the old days on Halsted. We ran a bowfishing range thru the show and I was there for 6 days. And I saw loads of people, adults and kids having a fun time. And thats all that matters. I am proud to say that I was part of this show.
02-01-2010 01:35 PM
Ed Brian I walked by the booth a couple times Brian, once on Friday and on Sunday.
Both days the people in the booth were so intently talking to eachother that they didn't even make eye contact with me.
I sort of felt like I would be interupting to ask or say anything.
02-01-2010 12:47 PM
MR. MUSKLUNGE Great show and definitely heading in the right direction, thanks Jim again for all your hard work.
It was nice to finally meet you as well, after all the times we talked on the phone, and email exchanges we had!!
I enjoyed spending time with you in/by our booth, and I know we will be talking again shortly.

The manufactures will come back, as like with this show (has been in desperation for years) Rome was not
built in a day, but this show will continue to get better, and better, and bigger like it used to be. With Jim's
hard work, passion, and all the other factors contributing... New advisory board, director and numerous other things,
our show, the Chicago show is already on the right track back to greatness !!

I was in the Grandt Rods booth all day Saturday, and all day Sunday. Some things I noticed:
Lot's and lot's of families, which was great to see again. A great turn out, and almost a different turn out
from the last 15 years personally of working this show. Everyone had GREAT things to say, even though
it was much smaller then years past. This is both from a vendor perspective, and attendee. Every vendor I talked with
was very please with the direction the show is in, and heading. Now, I would day there is at least 6-8 vendors I see
all around the country working these shows, and everyone had good things to say. Even some of them that I approached
that I did not know, had good / positive things to say.... I would say that out of the hundreds of people I talked to that
walked into our booth, only a select few said that they were looking for certain things, and that they were not here......
You will never please everyone all the time but, I know Jim Sugarman did a excellent job of attempting to do just that !!
What he did do was please the true Fisherman, Outdoorsman, Hunters and all around Sportsman, as there was something for
everyone there. This show, our show will only continue to get better and bigger, and will bust out again very soon to something special !!!
One last time, thanks Jim for taking on, proving, and coming through on your word to make this what it is, and what it will be.
I could say allot more about the show but, everyone has done a great job already so for now I will leave it be.

My personal disappointment was................................. Being in the Grandt Rods booth all day Saturday & Sunday by far the busiest days,
NOT ONE CLF member came in and introduced them self, or said hello! Maybe you all went during the week or maybe I just
was wearing the wrong color tie ???? LMFAO
Anyway, I guess there is always next year to meet some of you.

Tight lines,

Brian
02-01-2010 10:57 AM
Nikster Sorry if this seems winded but............................

Friday at 3:00pm was a good start & a nice gathering of folks with Family.

A GOOD SHOW headed in the right direction.
like many stated before me that MORE VENDORS are needed, & maybe they will come for the future if they know about what they missed out on.
Spent 4.5hrs there & the highlights for me are;
1. Re-newed my N.R.A. membership & $10.00 off---show special
2. Joined Salmon Unlimited & got the show special,
3. C _ _ lot & shuttle was great, <---- trying to spell Chicag Transit lot & this lame blocking wont let me post letters.
4. I was a sucker for the jerkey guy & bought toooooooo much.
5. Good to see many young people enjoying themselves.
6. Calumet Marine had a great booth, especially the 'Hewes Craft" boat.
7. Loved the Evirude motor display.
8. Old lures & stuff.
9. Watched kids shooting bows, amusement there. Just plain nice to see.
10. Met a NEW contact for Lake Erie from recommendations of 2 others at the show.
11. Branson Chamber of Commerce. Got some good tips & contact clues.
12 Wolf River also.
13. Seminar's were good but only sat in on 2.
14. Got some GREAT stuff from the Pocono's to sprinckle on my grilled stuff. AWSOME.
Gotta stop myself, I could go on & on.

Upon entering went right to the office & Jim was out on the floor, after the show back to the office & Jim was back out on the floor. Could'nt catch up to him.

The highlight for me was Dan & Green Acres doggie seminar. It was in TOTAL AWE watching what he was doing with 6 & 8 month old doggies. A pure pleasure watching those dogs.
A crappy pic but..... about the same quality as Ed's. (a bit blurred)

Stuff;

Posted is a 14oz., 28 day aged filet from GIBSON's blasted by their 1,800deg., broiler What a way to end a night with da-boys.


Died & went to HEAVEN.

Thanks Jim & Ed for the tickets.
02-01-2010 09:37 AM
pchung3009 Went to the show Saturday and I thought it was pretty packed.

I agree that for kids and family, it was a great show. Not so much fun for my 1 year old, but we really didn't go because of him It will be a good show for him though in a couple of years when he can actually hold a rod and reel. It was really cool watching the bow hunting competition. Amazing watching some of those young kids hitting those targets.

I agree that it would have been nice to see more manufacturers there as well as some retailers. I don't know how profitable it is for a small tackle shop to have a booth, but it looked like to me the stores there were doing pretty well. I would have liked to see Shimano, Daiwa, Abu, St. Croix, etc.... so that I can handle some of the latest reels and rods and ask specific questions about them.

Highlight of the show was being able to talk to Ike and get a picture of him holding my son. What a cool guy he was, very down to earth and took his time to talk to and sign stuff for everyone that approached him.



Thumb's up for the show overall. Good speakers and very family friendly. Next year, if we can see more manufacturer's and retailers there, it would even be better.

Thanks Jim!
02-01-2010 06:44 AM
ReelMagic Charters Jim I worked the show Sat for the NRA looked liked a good turn out,
I walk the show saw most of it, and it looked ok. I think your on the right track I hope you think about changing the venue next year! Maybe the Renaissance center in Schaumburg (free parking) and a shorter walk from the parking lot. or Maybe Collage of Dupage, Harrper collage or Pheasent Run expo all though I think pheasent run charges for parking.
I hope it was a good year and you dont sell the show to some one else.
Thanks for listening Jeff
01-31-2010 10:26 PM
hgmeyer
Good show....

Certainly on the right track! Saw several old friends from the show circuit. Came away with the "good" feeling that will get me back next year. As I posted earlier... If possible, find a way for local clubs to participate... Maybe a "shared" booth at a reduced cost... Heck even tucked into a corner someplace not real desirable.
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