2015 Mid-South Sports & Boat Show
Mid-South Sports & Boat Show features Carl Graham’s Fishing Rodeo 101
Carl Graham usually closes one of his fishing seminars with the same quote.
“Life is a collection of memories. Take a child fishing and create some memories today.”
That’s why he loves to talk fishing with youth. Not only youth but those people who take time to take youth fishing, whether they are parents, guardians, neighbors, friends or relatives.
And that’s what he’ll be doing on Feb. 15 in two seminars entitled Fishing Rodeo 101.
Graham’s seminars at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. are part of the 20 hours of seminars featured in the 50th annual Mid-South Sports & Boat Show Feb. 14-16 at the Agricenter in East Memphis. The seminars are included in the ticket for the show, which is produced by Memphis-based Expo South and is among the oldest of its kind in the U.S. All of the fishing seminars will be held in the Agricenter’s Amphitheater featuring the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Fish Tank.
Show hours will be 2-8 p.m. on Feb. 14, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Feb. 15 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Feb. 16. As usual, parking will be free. Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $3 for children 7-14. Children 6 and under are free.
The seminars by Graham, a retired Memphis fireman who lives in Corinth, will give youth the opportunity to learn how to properly prepare to fish in the Mid-South’s many Junior Fishing Rodeos this spring. For sure, Graham has the credentials to do this one-of-a-kind seminar.
His career includes:
1997-2012 – owner of Hammer Rod Company; 1974-1991 – owned Pro Line Company (Hog Rustler fishing lures); 7 years, promoted Polar Kraft Boats and worked boat shows; 9 years, promoted Fiber Sports (Sprint boats) and worked boat shows; 1 year, promoted for Skeeter Boats; 14 years, promoted for Venture Boat Company; 9 years, Ranger Pro Staff.
But there’s more:
Mid-South Fishing with Carl Graham (WREG, Channel 3, 1986); Thursday night fishing segments for WMC-TV (1989-1990), Channel 3 Outdoors for 16 years (300,000 viewers); fished the Red Man All-American three times; featured on the cover of local and national magazines) and teamed with his daughter Carla to win the St. Jude Bass Classic in 2006.
Graham, who retired from the Memphis Fire Department in 1996 (retired as captain), has been involved in Junior Fishing Rodeos for more than three decades, including for the past 13 years with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Mid-South Junior Fishing Rodeo held annually on Free Fishing Day at Johnson Road Lake behind Germantown Baptist Church (June 7 in 2014).
And that’s why Graham, a former Collierville resident, wanted to do these two seminars as part of the Mid-South Sports & Boat Show.
Graham’s seminars will offer a wealth of information for not only for youth, but also adults.
“We want to open the door to future anglers,” said Graham. “We hope that people who would like to take a youngster to a fishing rodeo but don’t know much about fishing will come to one of these seminars. It will be hands-on experience. Hopefully, we’ll make some memories at the show.”
Several of the area’s top anglers, including two-time St. Jude Bass Classic champion Ron Wong, will be assisting Graham with the seminars. Graham has also put together some tips that will be printed and available at the seminars. Prizes will also be awarded during the seminars.