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4 | February 16, 2017 | The tinley junction News Annual show offers patrons a good catch on deals Jason Maholy Freelance Reporter If it’s used to catch fish, chances are it was available at what has over the past 24 years grown into what is widely regarded among fishing enthusiasts in the area and beyond as one of the best outdoor shows in the Midwest. Fishing rods and reels; spinner baits, rattle traps, jigs and lures of every variety imaginable; and a device known among fishermen and women as the “upside-down bobber” were just several of thousands of items for sale at the Tinley Park Fishing and Outdoor Show. Anglers of all ages descended on Tinley Park High School last Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11 and 12, looking for good deals on fishing supplies or simply to stock up on gear as spring – and good fishing weather – approaches. The show also featured fishing demonstrations, flytying seminars, an archery station and exhibitors selling charter fishing trips, guide services and resort packages. Proceeds yielded by the show’s entry fee and silent auction ticket sales went toward the Tinley Park High School Athletic Booster Club, which organizes the event. Among the attendees were brothers Dylan and Ethan Low, who were there with their mom Margaret. Ethan, 9, showed off a fly he tied for Dylan, 13, the latter who is the fisherman in the family, of Frankfort. “I made this thingy,” Ethan exclaimed as he proudly presented his fuzzy creation. Dylan, whose grandfather passed on to him a passion for fishing, plans to put the fly to use when the weather warms up, perhaps as soon Judith Atkins, of Midlothian, ties a fly at the DuPage River Fly Tyers booth. as this weekend, when temperatures are forecast to be in the 60s. Dylan enjoys fishing for largemouth bass in a small pond beyond the family’s home. He has landed there a nine-pound largemouth bass and a catfish he recalls being almost as long as he was tall when he was 8 years old. “It was a huge fish,” the boys’ mom confirmed. Tinley Park residents Adam Beckman and Bob Everaert were both getting ready for the weather to break. Beckman, 18, carried a fishing rod and a plastic bag containing a couple spinners, a rooster tail and some jigs. “I wasn’t really intending to buy a rod, but it caught my eye,” Beckman said. “It was cheap, and it looks like good quality.” Beckman got into fishing four summers ago, with largemouth and smallmouth bass being his preferred quarry. He and his friends frequent several are ponds that are small in size but contain decent-sized fish. “There’s a secret pond we have hidden,” he added. “Me and my friends go there, and we find good fish.” Everaert was browsing the used-reel section, hoping to find a replacement for his broken backup reel. He was testing one priced at $18 that if new could cost between $60 and $120, he said. “I was seeing how it feels because fishing is all in the feel,” he said. “When a fish touches the lure, it’s all about how sensitive the reel is.” Everaert is looking forward to getting up to a small cottage he owns on Gun Lake in southwest Michigan, where he spends about every other weekend in the summer. The lake contains yellow perch, crappie, walleye and bluegill that can reach 10 inches. “Especially the last week of May, first week of June when they spawn, you catch the big, giant bluegills,” he said. “I brought my neighbors from Tinley up there once; now, I can’t get up there without Frank Grisi, owner of Glowmates, talks with Robert Arciola, of Bartlett, about his homemade glowing fush baits at the Tinley Park Fishing and Outdoors Show Feb. 12. Photos by Jason maholy/22nd century media Ben Schroeder, 6, of Palos Heights, checks out bugs using a microscope at the Tinley Park Fishing and Outdoors Show. them during that week.” One of the numerous vendors was Frank Grisi, owner of Glowmates glowing fish lures. Grisi has been coming to the Tinley show for 14 years and praised it as one of the best around. “It’s a very large show, a very nice show, a very profitable show,” Grisi said. Grisi, from the western suburbs, started selling his homemade glow-baits in 1998. He initially produced baits to help him catch salmon on Lake Michigan and had such good results he decided to try and sell some on eBay. Before he knew it, he was running his own business. “They went like crazy within the first week, and the next thing you know, it just exploded,” he said. Jim Schumacher drove from Carbondale, Please see Fishing, 6 News the tinley junction | February 16, 2017 | 5 Expo gives golfers lessons, peek at new equipment Ryan Esguerra Freelance Reporter Bryan Picorz sets his feet and drives his ball into the e-golf driving range at the Tinley Park Golf Expo. The golf ball, which is caught by a safety net in the demo area, continues to sail onto the virtual green, giving Picorz the exact length and distance of his drive as it would be if he tee’d off in real life. “It is unreal,” Picorz, a Midlothin resident, said of the virtual golf simulation. “I actually did a short lesson on this already in a small group and it severely improved my game.” The e-golf station was just one of the many attractions that golf fans like Picorz had access to over the course of the weekend at the golf show, which was held February, 10-12, at the Tinley Park Convention Center. “Anytime you swing the club it helps you out, especially if you are able to do it in the middle of winter,” Picorz said. “I will probably be here every year.” In its sixth year, the Tinley Park Golf Expo, presented by Tenco events, hosted over 10,000 visitors and 100 retail exhibitors throughout the course of the weekend. Attendees of the consumer golf show had access to golf club retailers, golf courses, resorts, training aids for children and adults, large demo areas, major manufacturers selling top gear and a golf skills competition for the longest drive, longest putt and closest to the pin contest. Co-owner of the Golf Expo, Gregg Tengerstron, said that he and his partner Joe Copeland brought the golf expo to Tinley Park to serve golfers from around the south suburbs looking for a place closer to home. “We felt that the golf community was really underserved previously here; there were not show down here with the closest being Chicago,” Tengerstron said. “It has been a great success for us. We service the entire I-80 corridor, while having people come in from Iowa, Michigan and Indiana that seem to have a good time. “Just seeing all of the smiling faces and people leaving happy really makes it all worthwhile.” In his fourth year of coming to the golf show, Kevin Burke, of Indiana, worked with professional golf instructor Andy Mickelson, of Mistwood, golf course on his swing. Burke said that he made the drive to the expo looking or a new putter grip, but stopped to take advantage of the free lessons. “This is a nice show, always very well put together,” Burke said. “It’s always great to get a lesson, you do what you do but when you have someone who can tell you what you are doing wrong or right that helps.” Mickelson, who has come to the show for the last three years, said the chance to work with golfers like Burke one-on-one is what makes golf shows like this so successful. “We are thrilled to be out here at the show,” Mickelson said. “To be able to touch as many customers as we do over this weekend is a great opportunity to showcase our professional talents in front of our students. [Tenco events does] a fine job with this event every single year here; it is getting a good turn out and it just continues to grow.” The Tinley Park Golf Expo is the second golf show put on by Tenco events; the first, the Northern Illinois Golf Expo, was held in January. Tengerstron said that a major Patrick Ferriter takes his turn in the long putt challenge Feb. 12, at the Golf Expo in the Tinley Park Convention Center. Photos by Tim Carroll/22nd Century Media theme in both events, but in Tinley Park specifically, was the events atmosphere. “We want people to be able to walk in here and feel like it’s a friendly atmosphere and that they are welcome to,” Tengerstron said. “We have a little something for everybody and we wanted to show that.” Tengerstron, who has organized the show all six years, said that he has watched it continue to grow and credits the success of his show in-part to the growth of the south suburbs. “It has built on itself every year, the first year we had about 65 exhibitors but we have maxed out every year since,” Tengerstron said. “I think that this shows that the south suburbs are growing, lots of golf courses and golfers from around here; just lots of people.” Braulio DeAnda tries his hand at the expo’s closest to the pin competition.