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Captain Jeff guest speaker at musky club expo

Boundary Waters Musky Club’s featured speaker at the Feb. 21 expo will be Captain Jeff VanRemortel, pictured here holding a tremendously rare 52-inch natural tiger musky that is one of, if not the largest, tigers ever caught on video.  He will be sharing video of the catch and recapping the story at the expo. It was caught on a Vilas County, Wis. lake and released. (submitted photo)

IRON MOUNTAIN—Boundary Waters Musky Club (BWMC) will hold its seventh annual expo on Saturday at a new location -- Recreation Lanes in Iron Mountain.
    The event will feature tackle sales and swap, prize raffles and a number of guest speakers. The public is welcome to attend. Speakers run from roughly noon to 4 p.m. with the annual club meeting to follow.
    This year’s speaker lineup will include:
    -Aquatic invasive species expert Margie Yadro of Florence County Land Conservation Department at noon with updates on aquatic invasive species in the area and strategies for dealing with the problem.
    -Michigan DNR fisheries biologists Darren Kramer and Jennifer Johnson at 1 p.m. with updates on muskellunge management in Upper Michigan and future initiatives.
    -Wisconsin DNR fisheries technician Aaron Johnson at 2 p.m. with updates on muskellunge management in North Eastern Wisconsin and partnerships with BWMC.
    -Guide and tournament pro Captain Jeff Van Remortel is the featured speaker at 3 p.m. He will show an exclusive video of one of the largest tiger muskies ever caught on camera, which happened during the 2014 fishing season in Captain Jeff’s boat.
    He will share strategies on the water from one of the most successful musky anglers in the country.
    Van Remortel is the winner of the 2012 Alliance National Championship, where he set a record with six fish caught in the largest musky tournament in the world.
    A top-notch tournament angler and guide, he averages 100-plus muskies in his boat over a season and will talk about strategies for targeting the apex predators.
    An annual membership to BWMC is $10 for an individual or $15 for a family. Dinner will be provided for all members around 5 p.m., and new members who sign up that day will be welcome to stay.
    Information on the event will be posted on the BWMC website, www.bwmuskyclub.com.