2018 Great Lakes Walleye University

and FREE Tackle Expo!

Hosted by the Lake Erie, Pa Charter Boat Association





IMPORTNANT NOTES FOR STUDENTS: Registration is CLOSED for Walleye School sign-ups.

Official date is Saturday March 3rd, 2018

The 2018 event will be a 1 day format. No need to stay overnight. Classes will be running the entire day.

Based on feedback from last years event, we will have 5 speakers and an "expert Captain's panel" session with more emphasis on the topics that you wanted the most out of.

The tackle expo will be running thru the entire day and is Free to the Public. Expo hours will be 9am-5pm. Expo doors open at 9am.

Registration is now OPEN. Class roster will be cut off at 200 students. After 200, you will be put on a waiting list for possible cancellations. First come, first serve.

Steve Small
President EPACBA

2018 Walleye University Details

School Seminars are to be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018

Walleye School Hours 8:30am - 5:00 pm. Doors open at 7:30am for Students

Address: St John's Banquet and Conference Hall, 1001 E. Main St, Girard PA 16417 (view map here)

Walleye School seating is limited to the first 200 student registrations. First come, first serve. Once we hit 200, the registration process will be closed.

Cost of attending the School is $80.00 and you receive the following:

  • A full day of instructional seminars
  • Free coffee and donuts in the morning
  • Free catered luncheon
  • Door prize bag full of effective walleye tackle upon arrival to School from our sponsors
  • Free 2018 Walleye School full color T-Shirt upon arrival to School

Registrations for the 2018 Lake Erie Walleye School will ONLY be accepted though our online registration process shown below!



Instructor: Mark Haffley, Pa Fish Commission Biologist.

Mark is a Biologist with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission as well as the captain of the R/V Perca. He has been with the Commission for 11 years serving in many different capacities. He has been spearheading the agencies Walleye telemetry work that they are about to bring to Pennsylvania starting in the Spring of 2018 to provide insight into local spawning. He is also a charter boat captain out of Erie with his business TLB Sportfishing Charters. He has been working on Lake Erie in the charter fishing industry since 1999 and brings a vast amount of knowledge from both the recreational and sport fishing side of our fishery as well as the biological side. Hearing Mark talk about the internal tracking devices and how the fish migrate throughout the year is jaw dropping!


Instructor: Jeff Fink, Electronics Specialist.

A most popular topic, fishfinders and GPS's are once again in high demand from our Students. All brands will be covered from simple to complex. Got a specific question about your own unit? Jeff will answer all your questions!

Jeff is the FLIR-Raymarine senior account manager. An Erie native, he lived in NJ for 22 years and has fished freshwater, saltwater, inshore and offshore. He's been with Shakespear Fishing, Lowrance Electronics, Raytheon/Raymarine and currently Flir-Raymarine for the past 15 years. All while being a Master Captain since 1990, he returned back to his native Erie, Pa in 2003 where he resides and fishes.




Instructor: Tony Sambunjak, Reel Thrill Walleye Charters.

Tony owns and operates Reel Thrill Charters fishing both Lake Erie and Lake Ontario for the last 20 years. He has fished competitively as a tournament angler dating back to the mid 80's in PWE, NAWA, Cabelas and LEWT events as well as Lake Ontario Pro-Amn and King of the Lakes tourneys. He specializes in open water trolling with a multitude of spreads to cover the ever changing concitions of the Great Lakes throughout the season.




Instructor: Marc Battone, My Bonnie Walleye Charters

Marc is the owner and operator of My Bonnie Charters based in Lorain Ohio. Marc has fished Lake Erie for walleye for over 30 years and is skilled in the techniques utilized in the western and central basins. He also runs King Salmon charters on Lake Ontario. He is on the pro staff for Michigan Stinger Spoons and Bay Rat Crank Baits.




Instructor: Keith Eshbaugh, worm harness expert.

Keith fished on the pro walleye circuit for 15 years before starting Dutch Fork Custom Lures and creating the highly successful Ghost Blade spinner blades.
He now works full time painting lures and spinner blades and is the new lure designer and prototype manufacturer for Northland tackle.
His expertise is in trolling worm harnesses especially slow and achieving the exact depth to entice the walleyes! Got worms?




Expert Panel of Charter Captains from Erie, Pa.

Brought back by popular demand, we are doing another panel of Charter Captains who have countless hours on Pennsylvania waters of Lake Erie. With an open mic format, you will be able to ask your questions and receive local knowledge from each panel member.




To register for 2018 school, please completely fill out the form below and press the "Submit Form" button. Your information will be emailed to our Staff. Secondly, click on the Pay Pal button where you will be taken to our secure Pay Pal Processing Center to submit your Registration Payment and complete the registration. The PayPal site will allow you to use a credit card. If you are not comfortable using online payment methods, we can accept a check made out to: EPACBA and mail it in care of Capt Steve Small, 208 Winchester Ave, Aliquippa PA 15001, however you still need to register below.

Once your Registration has been processed and Pay Pal Payment has been received, you will get a receipt e-mail from Pay Pal , confirming your payment. That e-mail will serve as both your receipt and your Admission/Ticket to the walleye school. Please print the e-mail and bring it with you the day of the Event.

Registration fee is non refundable for no-shows due to bad weather, personal conflicts etc. Refunds WILL be provided if the School is canceled for any reason. For any questions on the Great Lakes Walleye School, please contact Steve at smallprogram@comcast.net


Step 1

Click here to register your STUDENT information, then go to step 2

Step 2

Click the buy now button to pay your Walleye School Registration Fee $80.00 (Pay Pal Secure Checkout)

Step 3
Lastly, print your transaction receipt from PayPal service and bring it to class. That's it!





(current list of participating Expo attendees and sponsors)



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