Fishing demos will take center stage at the Hawg Tank as part of the Kansas Open Season Sportsman’s Expo in Overland Park, Kan., March 12-14 at the Overland Park Convention Center.
The Hawg Tank is a mobile 5,000 gallon tank, built on a trailer frame, filled with water and stocked with fish to conduct demonstrations of fishing techniques. With the use of a sound system, guest fishing experts will both educate and entertain show attendees all weekend. The Hawg Tank travels the country to boat shows, sportsman shows, fairs and festivals.
At Overland Park, pro fishermen Travis Perret and Brent Chapman will be conducting demos at the Hawg Tank. Perret will add a hometown flair as he hails from Overland Park and is the co-owner of Trophy Bass Company. Also, longtime Kansas City resident and founder of the Kansas City Team Tour tournament, Thomas Wells, will be sharing insight on pre-spawn/post-spawn patterns on area lakes
Perret met Ned Kehde over 12 years ago when Kehde first invented the Ned Rig technique. Perret has been fishing it ever since and has won several fishing tournaments using the Ned Rig and other finesse style techniques. Perret, who is on the Z-Man Fishing pro staff and Denali Rods pro staff, will teach Expo attendees how to get more fish in the boat with finesse techniques.
Chapman fishes at the highest level of bass fishing in the world including the Bass Pro Tour, Bassmaster Elite Series and Major League Fishing. He won the 2012 Elite Series Angler of the Year, which most anglers consider the toughest and most prestigious title that a professional angler can attain. Chapman has qualified for 14 Bassmaster Classics and has won 4 Bassmaster tournaments. With 50 Top-10 finishes and $1.8M in earnings from the Bassmaster Elite Series, Brent has solidified himself as one of the greatest anglers in the history of professional bass fishing. Chapman calls Lake Quivira, Kansas home.
Chapman will be appearing on Sunday, March 14 only.
Wells has extensive experience fishing for bass, crappie, wipers and walleye. Wells has applied his knowledge successfully to place high finishes in a variety of local fishing tournaments.
With a personal fishing motto of, “big baits, catch big fish,” Wells will be speaking on how to catch the biggest fish in the lake utilizing big spinnerbaits, jigs, frogs, swimbaits, and jerkbaits. Wells, who is sponsored by Mossy Oak Hunting and Fishing and Trophy Bass Company, will share secrets to catching the big ones.