Fishing technology specialist and walleye pro to hold workshop in Ohio


Past Michigan walleye pro and now full-time walleye fishing educator Lance Valentine is coming to Ohio and calling class to order next weekend. His popular class, titled Walleye Fishing 101, will be offered Feb. 4 at Ravenna Marine.


According to Ravenna Marine owner Gary Tennefoss, Valentine is well traveled and well known as a leading educator when it comes to understanding the why and the how of using boat electronics effectively.

“A large portion of our customer base is into walleye fishing and we’ve got several good walleye lakes in our area so it seemed like the right thing to do to bring a talented speaker like Valentine in for a workshop,” Tennefoss said.

He stressed that the class is not a 30-minute informal session like sport show attendees are used to.

“Walleye 101 is a learning opportunity for fishermen who want to know how to get the most out of their electronics including sonar and GPS units,” Tennefoss said, adding that the class is in-depth and worth the investment for any walleye fishermen who wants to improve his or her skills.


Walleye 101 is an all-day class with the morning session focusing on what modern electronics can do, what anglers see and why the information is key to finding and catching walleyes.

After lunch — provided by Ravenna Marine — class members will learn the how part of their electronics. Tuition for the eight hour class is $100 with an option of attending just the morning session for $40.

According to Valentine, the morning will be beneficial to any walleye angler who wants to understand what marine electronics are really able to provide if the operator knows what buttons to push and how to interpret the menu and screens.

After lunch, his attention will focus on how to operate Lowrance GPS units, including how to maximize each function and how to put the information to work catching the most walleyes each and every time out.


Most fishermen use about 10 percent of the technology they have at their fingertips. I admit, I use the on button and the off button while the real power of my combination GPS and sonar unit goes to waste.

And all too often, I spend way too much time trying to locate active fish but I don’t think I am the only fisherman who could be certified as technologically challenged.

Tennefoss said that Walleye 101 will change that, giving me the confidence to use my electronics the way they should be used.

Sign me up.

For more information or to enroll, contact Gary Tennefoss at 330-296-5590.

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Mike Tontimonia has been writing weekly columns and magazine features about the outdoors for over 25 years, a career that continues to hold the same excitement for him as it did at the beginning. Mike is a retired educator, a licensed auctioneer and marketing consultant. He lives in Ravenna, Ohio and enjoys spending time at his Carroll County cabin. Mike has hunted and fished in several states and Canada from the Carolinas to Alaska and from Idaho to Delaware. His readers have often commented that the stories about his adventures are about as close to being there as possible. He is past president of the Outdoor Writers of Ohio and a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Mike is also very involved in his community as a school board member and a Rotarian.



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