January 31, 2016

In the Internet Age of Fishing--for these purposes the past 15 years--I haven't seen anything quite like Saturday in outdoors shows around Chicago.


I knew enough to get there early for the 10 a.m. opening of the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel and Outdoor Expo. But even at...

January 30, 2016

Notes from what was seen walking around the show or the general shenigans around booth 14 at the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo.


Today is a big day for Stray Casts and friends of the program.


Capt. Ralph Steiger is up on the Hawg Trough at noon, then ``Bobb...

January 30, 2016

Lee's Global Tackle is my favorite booth at the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel and Outdoors Expo.


Now there is even more reason to stop by booth 220. . . to see what may be the hottest deal at the Schaumburg Show, which continues through Sunday at the Schaumburg Conventio...

January 29, 2016

Below are some notes and things that caught my eye or readers/listeners/viewers recommended on Day 1 of the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo.


Twice I did tours of the show floor. Here are some things of note. 

Jim Templin at FISHTECH (booth 526) proudly noted,...

January 28, 2016



Obviously, we are annoucing our world debut of the miscellaneous mayhem of Stray Casts Outdoor Cartoon Television at the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo, which opens today and runs through Sunday at the Schaumburg Convention Center.

We have booth...

January 26, 2016

CANTON, Ill.--Saturday morning Ralph Steiger sat on the ice next to me at the Giant Goose Ranch and offered advice; and didn't fish himself.

And it paid off with a couple perch and a couple crappie for me in the hour before I needed to head home.


Key word in the top sen...

January 20, 2016

B.A.S.S.' program for the High School All-American Fishing Team is in its early years, but I like the idea.


You can nominate a high school angler until Feb. 15.


Here is the word from B.A.S.S.:


Nominate Outstanding Young Anglers For High School All-American Fishing Team

January 14, 2016

It's coming.


We--``Bobby B'' Bergren, Pat Renwick, Dale Bowman and Ryan Whitacre--are on track to go live streaming in February with Stray Casts Outdoor Cartoon Television. It will be linked here at straycasts.net and be live beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and running...

January 13, 2016

STRAY CAST: Telling the Boat Show from the Cubs Convention is like deciding longear sunfish

or bluegill.

BTW, click here for a good online identification chart for fish from Wisconsin Sea Grant.


(This site and our outdoors media co...

January 12, 2016

I realize winter camping is not for everybody, but it is a life experience if you have never done it.

Probably the thing that most sticks with me from the few times I have done winter camping, besides the impact of cold, is how life slows down even more noticably than c...

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