FREDERICKTOWN — Some well-known folks in the fishing world descended on a boating and fishing store in Fredericktown on Saturday and Sunday.
Knox Marine Ltd. hosted its fifth annual open house. As always, there were familiar faces to fishing enthusiasts in attendance.
One of the highlights was a seminar by Kim Stricker, professional angler and the host of “Hook ‘N Look,” a fishing show on the Versus cable channel.
The show is known for its footage of fish behavior in different environments. Stricker didn’t disappoint those in attendance, as he showed a video taylor-made for his audience.
“It’s always good (for an angler) to know how fish behave,” Stricker said, referring to his video. “Water temperature can vary a lot within a few inches. This explains why fish will gather in one part of a lake and not in another.”
Other speakers included professional bass fishing veteran Larry Nixon, walleye fisher Rich Mealey, and GPS/plotter expert Larry Carr.
Hundreds of anglers — from professional veterans to beginning youngsters — gathered from hundreds of miles away to be a part of the open house.
For local vendors, it was a chance to show off their merchandise to a new group of potential customers.
For John Terry, any chance to attract new customers has to be taken.
“I work full time, and I’m a part-time firefighter,” said Terry, who co-owns Hookerz Tackle. “I don’t have a lot of free time.”
Open houses like the one at Knox Marine tend to attract the casual fisherman as well as professionals. There were also several kids in attendance. Terry knows it is important to get those kids interested, for the future of the sport.