2018 Boat Show Features!

2018 Speaker Schedule

Alex and Amanda Keszler

Alex: Complete Bio: Alex Keszler has been fishing competitively for forty years within Canada and USA. He has been a Pro-staff member for many years with Lund Boats, Humminbird, Minn Kota and Rapala. Alex is a fishing educator and loves to share his knowledge and experience by providing seminars and through television appearances on Lindner’s Angling Edge, Adventures North, Fishing with Gussy, and the Lund Ultimate Fishing Experience, and online with Wired2Fish. He is a family man with three children who he spends time with in the outdoors, and has also won tournaments with all three of them. He became a Grandpa in November and can’t wait to teach his first Grandson how to fish. His versatility and ability to adapt to different conditions are the keys to his success out on the water.

Alex Keszler


Keszler is an avid angler who enjoys spending every minute she can in the outdoors, fishing and hunting with her family. She is an outdoor writer, who has been contributing to Hooked Magazine for almost three years now, in her column called “Amanda’s Corner.” Recently Amanda was featured on an episode of the Lund Ultimate Fishing Experience television show where she fished alongside her mentor, her father Alex. She regularly competes in Bass and Walleye tournaments across Manitoba and Ontario, and has landed a few top ten finishes along the way. The final year that she was eligible to fish as a youth in the Angler Young Angler with Alex, they won first place. Since that day she has been hooked on tournament fishing and the challenges and learning experiences that it brings. Throughout the year Amanda targets many different species such as Walleye, Bass, Crappie, Northern Pike, Lake Trout, and Whitefish. For the past three years she has been giving seminars and looks forward to the opportunity to speak again at the 2016 Mid-Canada Boat Show in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Amanda Keszler

Mandy Uhrich

“Bass N Biologist”
Biologist, Tournament Angler, Outdoor Educator & Guide

Be it fins, feathers, fur, antlers or scales…Mandy has traveled from the northern reaches of Ontario to the southern tip of Mexico in search of her next fishing or hunting adventure. Wolves, Whitetail, Bears, Turkeys, Ducks, Geese, Pheasants, Grouse, Alligators and anything that swims fresh water, salt water or ice.. it is all fair game for her.

Mandy is fourteen year veteran biologist , her belief that we all have a personal responsibility to respect and conserve led her to dedicate  her education and career to conserving our natural resources for generations to come.

Mandy is an accomplished tournament angler , fishing close to 30 tournaments a year in 4 circuits for multiple species. In the past three years, Mandy has had 33 top five finishes and won 13 tournaments.

Mandy has combined her passion for fishing and hunting as an instructor for Minnesota’s Becoming an Outdoor Woman Program;  teaching courses for woman and families on multiple hunting and fishing skills. Through education and instruction she hopes to break down the barriers that restrict the normalization of woman in fishing and increase youth recruitment.

She has been featured on various fishing and hunting TV shows such as Lake Commandoes, Wild Dakota, Angling Edge, The Current and Falling Skies. Her big fish photos have graced the pages of 28  magazines and she writes a column as the BassNBiologist for Midwest Bass magazine and Bass tips and tactics for Classic Bass

Mandy Uhrich

Jeremy Smith

Jeremy has been fishing since he was old enough to hold a rod and reel. From an early age his passion for fishing as never stopped growing. He has an education from Gustavus Adolphus College (Biology/Business) and Bemidji State University (Education). Throughout the summers of his college years, Jeremy was a fishing guide in northern Minnesota, specializing in musky fishing. Upon graduating from college he bypassed using his education to become an educator and dove head first into the fishing business.

Since then Jeremy has worked in almost every element of the business: magazine sales, television sales, magazine writing and editing, television editing and producing, tournament organization, still photography, videography and on camera talent to name a few of the hats he as worn.

Jeremy loves to catch anything that swims and tries to take full advantage of the best bite going. Given the time he is going searching for new water off the beaten path. Whether it is for largemouth, smallmouth, muskies, cats, sturgeon, lake trout, whitefish or carp, anything is fair game. Jeremy is the Sales and Media Director and Lindner Media Productions and Co-Host of Lindner’s Angling Edge and Fishing Edge Television.

Jeremy Smith

Todd Longley

The Rock and Roll fisherman.

Professional fishing guide for huge walleye and monster Channel Catfish on the World famous Red River.

Todd Longley

Darrin Bohonis: Understanding Sonar Electronics

Often referred to as the marine electronics guru, Darrin's background in the industry spans over 25 years, with numerous achievement awards in his respective field.  His tournament endeavours have seeing a number of top ten finishes as well as wins in both a Bass and Walleye event.  He is also an accomplished photographer with many published works.

As an avid outdoors person, his passion for angling and the outdoors fuels his support for various grass routes initiatives and organizations.  As the founder of the Manitoba Fishing Hall of Fame, Darrin believes we all have a responsibility in ensuring the sustainability of our precious resources for future generations.

Darren B

Carly Deacon MWF

Carly Deacon is the Program Manager at the Manitoba Wildlife Federation, graduating from the University of Manitoba with a science degree majoring in wildlife biology.

Since graduation she has worked a variety of jobs in avian research, conservation and for non-profit conservation groups actively involved in outdoor education, hunter education, hunter recruitment and advocacy.  Mentoring new waterfowl hunters has been one of her favorite experiences!  Carly is an avid hunter for waterfowl and bow hunter for big game, but enjoys all outdoor adventures including fishing, trapping and camping.


Noel Linsey

Noel Linsey is the Manager of Marketing, Membership and Events for the Manitoba Wildlife Federation. Noel is an avid fly fisherman and traditional bow hunter. Noel has fly fished numerous species of fish across the country but his favourite is big Manitoba Pike on the fly! Noel has taught fly fishing at Manitoba Wildlife Federation programs and writes about fly fishing whenever he can!

Noel Linsey

Jason Dyck

I’ve been a big game hunting guide for the past 26 years. I eat, sleep and work hunting…Everything from backpack sheep and goats to prarie whitetail and mule deer to horesback grizzly and moose hunts and everything in between. Guiding has not been my only career in the outdoor world. Im also an outfitter, taxidermist, hunting consultant and outdoor writer. I’ve hunted from Kyrgyzstan to new Zealand and all over north America. As you can see my passion is in the outdoors and  have enjoyed helping hundreds of clients and friends forefill their dream hunts. I look forward to sharing with you my stories and experience.

Jason Dyck

Joel Nelson

Joel is a well-known TV/Media personality in the fishing and hunting industry. A self-admitted “fish nerd,” Nelson holds advanced degrees in the natural sciences, including fisheries and digital mapping, allowing him to both think like a fish and find them. Annually, he participates in numerous TV, Radio, and writing venues, highlighting relevant stories on his website – Joel Nelson Outdoors. Joel works with the biggest names in ice-fishing, open-water, and hunting; all while focusing on genuine experiences and the how-to’s he’s been afforded the opportunity to learn along the way.

Joel Nelson

Brian Kotak

Brian Kotak comes to the MWF with a long list of wildlife and water quality experience.  Most recently, Brian was the General Manager of the Manitoba Model Forest (MBMF), based out of Pine Falls, Manitoba. Brian has also worked on projects in eco-tourism and indigenous community engagement in Costa Rica and Indonesia. With formal education in aquatic sciences, Brian is also is a national expert on toxic algae, having conducted research on Lake Winnipeg (Manitoba), Lake of the Woods (Ontario), and on lakes and reservoirs in Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, several jurisdictions in the US, and internationally (Poland, Nepal).  Brian’s work on Lake Winnipeg has been featured on CBCs “The Nature of Things”, with David Suzuki.

Brian Kotak
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