Wednesday, September 18, 2013


From  our friends at Frabill -

Plano, IL (September 18, 2013) –
In his new book ‘Why We Fish,’ venerated fishing writer Robert Montgomery dedicates a chapter to a fabled trip with Stroschein on Lake Michigan where they scooped dozens of smallmouth bass over five-clicks apiece. It stands as Montgomery’s best fishing trip ever.
And now, the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wis., is recognizing Frabill prostaff Dale Stroschein’s greater contributions to fishing.  
Stroschein was born and raised on the same property where he and his wife Karyn now operate Sand Bay Beach Resort and Wacky Walleye Guide Service. His family purchased the resort in 1961; Stroschein took the reins in 1998. “It was always my parents’ dream for me to take over the resort,” says Stroschein.
Today, based out of the resort, Stroschein guides some 300 trips a year, including ice and openwater. Rain or shine, he dedicates himself to catching fish. “I need to produce every day, whether it’s calm, rough, snowing or blowing. My customers expect that. My job is putting fish in the boat and on the ice.” Those fish species include walleyes and whitefish through the ice and walleyes and smallmouth bass on the open waves.
Earlier in his ongoing 28-year guiding career, Stroschein gained recognition as a touring professional walleye angler. It began in 1985, competing in the Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC). Shooting pool at a bar owned by his friend’s sister, Stroschein would look out the window and see the mighty trucks and trailers piloted by contemporaries like Gary Parsons and Keith Kavajecz.  
He thought, “Maybe I can do that,” and that he did.
Since 1985, Stroschein has racked up some pretty big numbers. He’s qualified 12 times for national championships in the MWC, Professional Walleye Trail (PWT) and Cabela’s NAWA, including six top ten finishes. From 1992-94, Stroschein held the PWT’s big fish record of 11.36 lbs., and claims a similar mark for his 10.56 lb. walleye caught at a Cabela’s NAWA event in 1994.  
Perhaps Stroschein’s most proud catch, however, was his record walleye taken through the ice. On March 21, 1995, he iced a 13.76 lb. walleye. For years, it stood as the largest ever caught by hook and line through the ice, as certified by the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.
Now there are plenty of great fisherman, but what put Stroschein on the Hall’s shortlist is his passion to teach. Stroschein reminisces about committing, finally, to his first speaking engagement. “I took a call from the Green Bay Sportsman’s Club to speak and turned it down. Well, my Dad overheard the conversation. He said ‘son, if you really want this to be your career, you better call them back.’”
“I reconsidered, and well, the rest is history.”
Since, Stroschein has given hundreds of seminars at fishing clubs, sport shows and retail engagements.
Stroschein has also been a prominent contributor to outdoors publications, including In-Fisherman, North American Fisherman, Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Sports Afield, Midwest Outdoors, Outdoor Notebook, Game & Fish Publications, even a piece on ice fishing published by mainstream Coastal Living.
His television credits include In-Fisherman, Midwest Outdoors, John Gillespie’s Waters & Woods, The Next Bite, Bass Pro Shops programming, Ron Schara’s Minnesota Bound, Kent Hrbek Outdoors, Hank Parker’s Outdoor Magazine and North American Fisherman.
These days, Stroschein’s preference is teaching one on one in the boat, on the ice, and at fishing schools he hosts at the resort. “I want people to know that fishing is more than pulling a crankbait around the bay, like I started. It’s much, much more than that.”  

Congratulationsto Dale!
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26th Annual Indianapolis Fall Boat and RV Sale

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.  (September 18, 2013)--Indiana’s largest boat and RV sale is coming to the Indiana State Fairgrounds for its 26th year, September 27-29, 2013.  
        The Indianapolis Fall Boat and RV Sale & Auction has earned its reputation as a truly unique opportunity for consumers to view, try and buy from a huge selection of new, used and year-end model boats and RVs at unbeatable savings.  And this year’s show is making history with an all-new auction component.
        The Indianapolis Fall Boat and RV Sale & Auction will be anchored by the largest consumer boat and RV auction in the State of Indiana on Friday, September 27, the show’s opening day, when over 100 boats and RVs will be auctioned off to the highest bidders.  The auction preview will take place from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the State Fairgrounds, giving prospective buyers the opportunity to take a close look at the many exceptional watercraft, motor homes, fifth-wheels, travel trailers and pop-up tent campers that will come up for auction beginning at 3:00 pm.
        Auction items may also be viewed at and clicking on the “Auction Details” tab.
        The auction will be conducted by Jeff Boone & Associates Auctioneers and will feature a large television monitor, similar to those used on several popular television auction shows that will display each boat and RV as it comes to the auction block.
        “Our auction is not only going to be the largest in the state, but is also unique in that it is open to the general public,” says show organizer, Kevin Renfro, of Renfro Productions and Management.  “Auctions of this scale are typically only open to dealers,” Renfro continues.
        Those who wish to participate in the auction but can’t attend have two options:

        *View and bid online (absentee and online) by visiting and clicking on the “Auction Details” tab.

        *Bid by phone by contacting Jeff Boone & Associates Auctioneers at 765-621-9116. 

        The auction event kicks off the buying frenzy and sets the stage for the remainder of the Indianapolis Fall Boat and RV Sale, taking place at the Fairgrounds’ giant West Pavilion.  Here, consumers will take advantage of three full days of blowout, year-end clearance pricing on boats and RVs that dealers must liquidate in order to make room for next year’s models.  These motivated dealers will be accepting all reasonable offers for their new, used and year-end-model runabouts, personal watercraft, fishing boats, pontoons, motor homes, travel trailers, fifth-wheels and pop-up campers.  Both dealer and manufacturer incentives will be offered and on-the-spot financing will be available.  Of course, trade-ins will also be accepted.
        “It truly is a buyer’s show,” says Renfro, alluding to the fact that the Indianapolis Fall Boat and RV Sale consistently attracts the state’s largest dealers due to the exceptional, qualified crowd of buyers the show produces each year.  “These dealers have one goal -- to liquidate all of their year-end units,” Renfro continues. “If folks buy anywhere else, they’ll pay too much.”

        Patrons can save $2 off admission prices by picking up coupons at Marsh and MainStreet Markets.   For more information on the 26th Annual Indianapolis Fall Boat & RV Sale, go to

Indianapolis Fall Boat & RV Sale hours:
Friday, September 27: 10 am–8 pm
Saturday, September 28: 10 am–8 pm
Sunday, September 29: 10 am — 5 pm

Auction Hours:
Friday, September 27 only
Preview 10am-3pm
Auction Sale 3pm

Admission prices:  
$7 Adults (13-59)
$6 Seniors (60+)
Free  Kids 12 & under