I have to admit the appeared to do the job on burning the big bucktails like the Cowgirls at the pool.
John Ryan, far right in photo, gave them a good recommendation, but was still weighing it was good enough to justify the half a grand price tag.
It was nice to see Shimano pull out the stops and have half a dozen people at its booth.
Unexpected highlight for me was bumping into Steve Fiorio. The Indiana man was showing his topwaters in the Innovative Tackle Solutions booth. Included was a protype monster topwater, tentatively called ``The Howitzer.''
I busted up some of Fiorio's buddies when I called him my hero. Fiorio latched into a monster 16-inch-plus yellow perch in 2010.
Good to see Jim Saric inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Javier Serna, Ken ``The Lakefront Lip'' Schneider, Spence Petros, Chad Cain, Ed Haagenson, Steve Statland, Lyn Shuster, Chae Dolsen, Frank Hyla, yes an eclectic mix of people I bumped into.