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Bass Fishing => Ultimate Sport Show Grand Rapids 2022 => Topic started by: djkimmel on January 04, 2012, 01:36:06 AM

Title: Kevin VanDam, Babe Winkelman to headline Michigans biggest fishing show
Post by: djkimmel on January 04, 2012, 01:36:06 AM
Kevin VanDam, Babe Winkelman to headline Michigans biggest fishing show (http://www.greatlakesbass.com/shows/2012/01/04/vandam-winkelman-headline-ufs-detroit)

See both angling experts at Suburban Collection Showplace during the Ultimate Fishing Show—Detroit January 12 to 15 in Novi

NOVI, MI — The big one just got bigger with today’s announcement that two of the angling world’s biggest stars are featured speakers at the annual Ultimate Fishing Show—Detroit (http://www.ultimatefishingshow.com), January 12 to 15 at Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue in Novi. The “catch of the year” includes Kevin VanDam, four-time Bassmaster Classic champion from Kalamazoo, and Babe Winkelman, whose popular TV show “Good Fishing” is one of the nation’s longest-running programs.

Read entire story on GreatLakesBass.com Show News (http://www.greatlakesbass.com/shows/2012/01/04/vandam-winkelman-headline-ufs-detroit).
Title: Re: Kevin VanDam, Babe Winkelman to headline Michigans biggest fishing show
Post by: bigmojet on January 07, 2012, 03:11:13 PM
I just read KVD's blog on B.A.S.S. that he is recouping from hernia surgery and will be laid up  for awhile. Any word if he has cancelled his Novi appearance?
Title: Re: Kevin VanDam, Babe Winkelman to headline Michigans biggest fishing show
Post by: djkimmel on January 07, 2012, 03:50:50 PM
Not that I have heard from anyone. I just talked to one of the show reps 2 days ago. Everything was still on. Hope it stays that way. This is a big deal.
Title: Re: Kevin VanDam, Babe Winkelman to headline Michigans biggest fishing show
Post by: robeng53 on January 15, 2012, 09:32:15 PM
I listened to KVD on Friday before booth duty and he was good.  Mostly talked about what he throws and how, and the different Strike King Lures.  KVD is a class act and stood there after each of his presentations on Lake Ultimate and signed autographs, shook hands (mine too), picture taking and answering questions.  He came over to the Strike King booth afterwards on Saturday and hung out a bit and then cruised on down the aisle past Great Lakes Bass.com and was quite friendly.   Also, got to listen to the Babe-very good about fishing Lake Ontario.
Title: Re: Kevin VanDam, Babe Winkelman to headline Michigans biggest fishing show
Post by: robeng53 on January 15, 2012, 09:42:30 PM
 I also took in the Kim Stricker seminar about Michigan waters, gobies, etc.  His stuff is always just so unique and informative.  His videos running in the GLB booth stopped many a person.  Which gave us a better opportunity to strike up a casual pointed conversation.  Additionally, thanks to the GLB member who recommended the SWAG spinner baits.  I went over and talked to Chris Slone for awhile and grabbed one to try.  Enjoyed myself thoroughly with the other GLB members (all great), the attendees, and fellow exhibitors I met.  Thanks to all GLB members for making me feel welcome and talking shop.  Lastly, a big thanks to  Mike Smith and Veronica who were both very friendly and helpful.  Gotta see the pic of Mike catching that trout (I couldnt get a good pic with all the crowd).  But WRIF was taking pics.  Check out their Facebook for some pics of others at the show.  See ya on the water (or ice?). 
Title: Re: Kevin VanDam, Babe Winkelman to headline Michigans biggest fishing show
Post by: bigmojet on January 16, 2012, 05:43:08 PM
KVD is a class act. I drove in to the show from Traverse City area and didn't get there till after 8 pm Friday and he was still talking to.people. I was last in line and told him I missed his seminar but wanted to ask how he was.healing after his surgury and if  he will be fine for the classic.

He couldn't thank me enuf for asking.
Title: Re: Kevin VanDam, Babe Winkelman to headline Michigans biggest fishing show
Post by: djkimmel on January 16, 2012, 07:28:50 PM
He is the complete deal. No doubt about it.
Title: Re: Kevin VanDam, Babe Winkelman to headline Michigans biggest fishing show
Post by: Dan on January 16, 2012, 11:36:04 PM
I think he'll be fine for the Classic. Just had two hernias repaired myself on Dec. 8. It's been a month now and I still have some twinges once in a while, but I feel almost 100%.
I had the laproscopic type of surgery which has a faster healing time. Don't know which type of surgery he had. I will tell you though, that the first 3 or 4 days was not pretty. It was kind of like a broken rib if you have had one of those before.
You have trouble lying down, and sitting up from a night in bed is bad news. When I sat, I just used the edge of the chair. You didn't want to put any pressure on your adominal area. After the fourth day, things got better quickly.
They repaired mine with a mesh, and my Doc said that not lifting over 10 then 20 lbs. was helpful pain wise, but that with the mesh it really couldn't cause any recurrence of the problem.
Hopefully, King Kong will be 100 %. He's a lot younger than I, and I dare say in much better shape.
I may not be able to out fish him, but I bet I could out eat him though. Just got back from Whole Foods in Denver. Had their green chilli salmon corn chowder, a piece of smoked sausage, a small dish of jellato, and half a piece of carrot cake. That was after a lunch earlier in the day, at the Diners Drive In's and Dives restaurant called Steubens. Had gravy cheese fries (they put a salty onion gravy on them with cheese. It's supposedly popular in Canada), sugar coated hush puppies, half of a pickled egg salad and bacon sandwich and half of a cubano sandwich (My son and I shared half our sandwiches in order to try the two different menu items.) Diet time after this Denver trip is going to be high on my list of things to do.