Bassmaster Elite Pro Mark Menendez

Niagara Falls, N.Y. (Jan. 10, 2017) - Bassmaster Elite Pro Mark Menendez of Paducah, Kentucky will join an impressive cast of speakers at the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo to be held Jan. 20-22 at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls. Menendez, a regular on the Bassmaster Tournament Trail for 26 years, is slated to be a competitor in the Elite Series in 2017 once again.

His statistics are impressive. He has fished in 214 Bassmaster tournaments to date - placing in the money nearly 50 percent of the time. He's captured first place three times; second place once; third place twice; and placed in the Top 10 and Top 20 22 and 44 times respectively; winning more than $1.25 million in career earnings. The 52-year-old angler is a graduate of Murray State with a degree in Fisheries Biology. He is familiar with the local waters of Western New York and his seminars will be "Great Lakes Power Fishing Tactics" and "Finesse Fishing for Great Lakes Smallmouth." His presentations will be at noon on Saturday; 10 a.m. on Sunday. 

"The combination of Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, associated with the majestic Niagara River creates the most dynamic fishery in the United States," insists Menendez, a Bassmaster champion. "The smorgasbord of game fish found here can fill anyone's bucket list! And the waters in and around the Buffalo area hold more giant smallmouth than anyplace in the World!" 

In addition to his two seminars, he will be giving product demonstration seminars for Rapid Fishing Solutions on a regular basis Saturday and Sunday, one of his valued sponsors. Menendez is one of the hardest working promoters and educators on tour and in that role he routinely averages more than 100 days a year working with the fans of the sport on behalf of his sponsors. 

Menendez isn't the only bass fishing expert sharing his intimate knowledge at the Expo. Buffalo-area Bass Pro Brad Brodnicki of Amherst will be in the spotlight all weekend, too, along with other members of WNY Bassmasters. They will all be providing bass seminars targeting all levels of proficiency. Whether you fish from a boat or on shore, like to cast or bottom-bounce, use artificial baits or live bait; there will be relevant seminars for you to attend. In addition, there will many manufacturers on hand to share insight and point you in the right direction to make purchases of equipment. Rods, reels, lures, electronics and other fishing gear will be available for purchase - even boats! 

Bass is only one species that anglers can enjoy at the show. In addition, there will also be seminars on salmon, trout, walleye, perch and musky; seminars on electronics and boat rigging; expert talks on kayak fishing and tributary fishing. Nearly 130 seminars can be found during the three days. Check out the complete list at The website offers a wealth of information, including parking options and a $5 coupon for parking. The Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls is located at 101 Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls. Admission is just $10 each day; $20 for a weekend pass. 


BASS Pro Mark Menendez of Paducah, Kentucky will be a featured speaker at this year's Niagara Fishing Expo (Photo courtesy Dan O'Sullivan (Advanced Angler) 

The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls is owned by USA Niagara Development Corporation (USAN), a subsidiary of Empire State Development. In 2004, USAN developed the $20 million Conference & Event Center, which generates an estimated $13-$19 million in annual direct spending on local hotels, food and beverage and transportation in the region. USAN is solely dedicated to the support and promotion of economic development initiatives in Niagara Falls by leveraging private investment and encouraging growth and renewal of the tourism industry in the City of Niagara Falls.  The Conference & Event Center and Old Falls Street, USA, are managed by Spectra by Comcast Spectacor (