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Notes from the Stray Casts booth: Schaumburg Show

Dale Bowman

Notes from sitting with Johnny Mouratides of Odin Outdoors most of Thursday at booth 22 at the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo Thursday on opening day.

The show runs through Sunday the Schaumburg Convention Center.

  • The most innovative booth I saw Fishing Physics, which is about the science of baits.

The baits are hydrogels capable of absorbing and dispensing fish-attracting solutions.

``It is scent dispensing that works like osmosis,'' said Greg Toupalik, one of the staffers there in matching florescent chartreuse shirts.

Fishing Physics staff also had florescent orange shirts for other days. Their booth, 231-232, will be easy to spot.

The baits sell for $5.50 a bag. The hot items were 2-inch and 3-inch grubs. I would have guessed that it would be the imitation salmon eggs, which are a lot easier to handle than the real thing.

  • Lee's Bait & Tackle (booth 320-324) remains the cutting edge booth.

  • Funniest line of the day came from Mouratides as he was selling his baits to Jeff Nolan. ``I was thinking I would go for a special of 4 for $20,'' he said. Nolan and I both looked at him, then busting up laughing. He meant five for $20.

  • Coolest photo was of Dylan Saunders at the fishing simulator at Maple Bassmasters (booth 4 along the wall as usual).

  • Also for kids and adults who have not grown up are the Northern Illinois Raptor Center (booths 721 and 818) and the Chicago Hermetological Society (booth 24).

  • Favorite sight on Thursday: Watching Nolan and his dog Molly work the show.

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