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you attend a fishing show one of the major attractions is the fish
tank used by anglers to do a short presentation. I recently had the
opportunity to meet up with a long time friend Dave Stewart at the
Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show to get a view of some what
it’s like to be up there on the ‘hawg trough’ stage.
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I met up with Dave at the show he was busy cleaning the lexan panels
in preparation for the days show. Before the show opens he arrives
early to get set up for the day. This includes checking on the fish
and getting the sound system checked out. He then checks the pumps,
which are two Jacuzzi pumps that circulate and filter the water.
day I was there four different anglers made seminar presentations on
the stage atop the hawg trough. Each angler did an thirty minute
presentation and then answered questions along with some autograph
signing. Those making presentations were Mike Delvisco on bass
fishing, Roy Yepez on South
American exotics, and Chris Walker on Indiana stream fishing and of
course Dave Stewart.
is really a different look from up on top of the hawg trough. With the
aeration system going you cannot see the fish like you can from out in
front. The person doing a presentation has to feel the fish and in
order to not injure the fish the hook points are taken off the lures.
fish are the responsibility of each individual show. They may come
from the state Department of Natural Resources or a private hatchery.
said that when pulling the trailer people really like to pull along
side to look. The trailer is mounted on three axles and weighs in the
neighborhood of 12,000 pounds with out any water in it. The tank hold
5000 gallons of water and
requires regular changes depending on the length of the show.
Stewart is one of the most recognized bass guides in the
works with both the novice and the experienced angler to get them on
fish regardless of whether tournament prep or just pleasure fishing.
the end of the show Dave had to drain the tank and get the fish back
to Jones Fish and Lake Management’ of Cincinnati, Ohio (http://www.jonesfish.com/)
who provided the fish for this show. Then the hawg trough was off to