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$50,000 Raised For Sportfishing Advocacy At 18th Buoy 10 Challenge


Anglers from all over the Northwest came together Friday, August 18th, to compete for the most and biggest salmon at the Buoy 10 on the Columbia River, the biggest salmon fishery in the lower 48 states.  They were competing in the Northwest’s most popular derby –NSIA’s Buoy 10 Salmon Challenge. This was the 18th year of the derby and it was quite a success! The Challenge raised close to $50,000 to support NSIA’s mission of preserving, restoring and enhancing Northwest sportfisheries and the businesses that depend on them.

The first place team of RJ Bennett, Cody Clark, Adam Sturdevant and Dave Lewis. (NSIA)

Close to 200 anglers took to the waters off Buoy 10 on Friday. The chinook and coho were definitely biting, with participants weighing in more than 70 fish. Among some stiff competition, the Bob’s Sporting Goods team, captained by RJ Bennett, won First Place Team prize, with an average team weight of 17.75 pounds, winning a prize package that featured G. Loomis trolling rods and Shimano Tekota reels. Tanner Morton’s team captured Second Place Team prize, with 14.99 lb. average weight. The Second Place prize package included Tica Rods and reels for each team member. The Third Place Team was tight on their heels with a 14.39 lb. average per person weight for Jason Berg’s Team North American Hunting Competition, winning Berkley Buzz Ramsey rods and Penn Warfare reels.

Troy Bloom and his nephew Joey McGraw hoist Joey’s first B10 salmon catch – you can tell he’s really proud! (NSIA)

This year the Biggest Fish winner was Tanner Morton, who brought in a 20.90 pound chinook. He was awarded a $1000 check from the Big Fish sponsor, North River Boats. 2017 also saw the introduction of a new award – a $1000 Mystery Fish prize, sponsored by Weldcraft/Duckworth. Any weighed-in fish was eligible to win the prize, (1/72 odds!) which went to Deborh LeBer of the North American Hunting Competition team.

Greg and Don show off a nice Chinook that helped Team Northwest Sportsman make a strong showing at NSIA’s Buoy 10 challenge.

Even though anglers enjoyed such a great day on the water, the excitement was far from over as tournament anglers then got a shot at the more than $10,000 worth of auction items and door prizes. No one left empty-handed

NSIA Executive Director, Liz Hamilton says of the tournament, “The Buoy 10 Salmon Challenge is not only the most exciting fishing tournament on the lower Columbia this summer, but it is also our most important fundraiser. Monies raised will go towards protecting and restoring healthy river systems, defending hatcheries and the millions of smolts they release each year as well as working to increase angler access to fisheries across the Northwest.”

NSIA would also like to thank their sponsors for making this event a success. Their support allows NSIA to have a strong voice in local, state, and federal governments, advocating for policies that keep the sportfishing industry thriving in the Northwest. Please remember these companies and brands when you’re stocking up for your next trip: Atlas Mike’s, Berkley, BS Fish Tales/Brad’s Lures, Cabela’s, Fisherman’s Marine & Outdoors, Salmon Trout Steelheader Magazine, Fred Meyer, Freshwater News, G. Loomis, Grundens, Lowrance, Luhr Jensen, Maxima, North River Boats, NW Sportmans Magazine, Okuma, Penn, Raymarine, Shimano, Steven’s Marine, Tica, Weldcraft/ Duckworth. We hope to see you on the waters at next year’s Buoy 10 derby!

Double X Tackle Relaunches Website With Deals On American-made Fishing Gear


Double X Tackle has relaunched their website to bring all of their brands together in one place.

Double X Tackle is proud to announce that all four of their American-made fishing tackle brands — Vance’s Tackle, CAGI Sonic Attractors, ClearBoard planer boards and Double X Tackle (formerly Rainbow Plastics) — are now all on one site,

Offering the full catalogs of all of these brands makes it easy to reach the $50 limit for free shipping, and that includes the trolling rods!

The new website also provides the opportunity to snag more savings by buying in larger quantities. Most items offer a larger pack quantity that comes with built-in savings.

Take, for example, the 1/4-ounce A-Just-A-Bubble: a 12-pack offers an awesome 18% discount over the single-pack price!

Now through the end of August Double X Tackle is offering a special discount to all followers of Northwest Sportsman. Enter code NWSAUG at checkout and receive an extra 5% off along with the everyday free shipping for orders over $50.

Double X Tackle is American-made fishing tackle done right!


Yakima Bait President Elected To National Fishing Group’s Board

The president of Northwest fishing tackle company has been elected to fill a regional seat on a national angling organization’s board of directors.


“Dan MacDonald is a strong advocate for ASA’s Keep America Fishing program as a platform to keep anglers informed about issues that impact fishing, as well as a proponent for industry’s involvement in increasing participation through his membership on the Advocacy Committee,” says the American Sportfishing Association.

MacDonald is the president of Yakima Bait, makers of the Mag Lip, Rooster Tail, Fish Flash and other steelhead, trout and salmon fishing gear.

His term begins Oct. 1 and extends for three years, according to ASA. It is his first on the board.

Mike Nussman, ASA president, said that MacDonald and three others also elected to the board offered “a great mix of talent, experience and perspective.”

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NSIA’s ‘Fore The Fish’ Fundraiser Coming To Olympia June 29


Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, in cooperation with Sportco/Outdoor Emporium, and Cabela’s, is pleased to present the 7th Annual Golf Tournament ‘Fore the Fish!’.  This year’s event will take place on Thursday, June 29th at the beautiful Olympia Country & Golf Club, in Olympia, WA.  The tournament will be a best ball scramble format, making golf easier for even the occasional golfer.


Proceeds from the NSIA Golf Tournament help support the important work NSIA is doing to ensure both healthy fisheries and a vibrant Sportfishing industry in the Pacific Northwest. As a direct result of contributions from events like this one, NSIA has been successful in opening new fisheries, growing existing fisheries, and representing the voice of the Sportfishing industry in government.

Registration is now open with a cost of $125 per participant or $500 per foursome.  The event includes a putting contest prior to tee off and a variety of hole-in-one prizes on four different par-three holes. There will be a post-tournament barbecue where team prizes are awarded along with a live auction, silent auction and bucket raffles.  Registration opens at 10:30 am, the shotgun start is at 12:00 noon.  Registration can be completed on the NSIA website at www. or by calling the NSIA office at 503-631-8859.


Sponsorship and donation opportunities are still available. Support of this tournament is an excellent way to gain brand recognition with more than a hundred golfers and sportfishermen. Game sponsors have the option to staff their hole, gaining the opportunity to interact with the golfers with contests and activities centered around sponsor products and services.  For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Heather Reese at or 503-631-8859.

RMEF Celebrates 33rd Anniversary

RMEF Celebrates 33rd Anniversary

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is commemorating 33 years of carrying out its conservation mission to ensure the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.

“We are deeply indebted to and grateful for men and women who had the foresight, energy and perseverance to establish this organization for the benefit of elk and elk country,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “They sacrificed much for a big game mammal that today is the thriving majestic symbol of our nation’s wild country.”

Founded on May 14, 1984, by four elk hunters in northwest Montana, RMEF began operations in a modest trailer in the middle of a field. At that time, there were approximately 550,000 elk in North America. Today, there are more than one million elk from coast-to-coast.

As of December 31, 12016, RMEF and its partners carried out 10,469 conservation and hunting heritage outreach projects that conserved or enhanced 7,111,358 acres. It also opened or secured access to 1,105,667 acres. Additionally, RMEF assisted with successful elk reintroductions in seven states and one Canadian province.

RMEF now has more than 222,000 thousand members and more than 500 chapters across the United States.

“We appreciate our volunteers, members and partners as well as sportsmen and women who support the RMEF. It is because of them that we are able to accelerate our mission across elk country,” added Allen.

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:
Founded over 30 years ago, fueled by hunters and a membership of more than 222,000 strong, RMEF has conserved more than 7.1 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation™” at or 800-CALL ELK.
Take action: join and/or donate.

Learn First Aid At Sea At Upcoming Classes

A pair of upcoming classes in Pugetropolis will provide fishermen a chance to learn how to render first aid on the water.

Put on by Washington Sea Grant, the Coast Guard-approved course will include “CPR, patient assessment, hypothermia, cold water, near drowning, shock, trauma, burns, fractures, choking, immobilization and essentials for first aid kits.”


The first is scheduled for April 6, from 9-5, at the Gig Harbor BoatShop.

The second is April 24, 9-5, at Squalicum Harbor, at the Port of Bellingham.

Cost is $100 — $50 for commercial fishermen.

To learn more about each class, go here or here, and to register, contact Sarah Fisken (206-543-1225;

ARSC announces Costa Rica expansion!

Merry and I would like to officially announce that we are the new owners of the Sportfishing operation Pelagic Pursuits Costa Rica and the 31′ Luhrs Go Fish.  The boat is located at the world renowned Los Suenos Marina and Resort near Jaco, Costa Rica on the central pacific coast.
We now offer Offshore fishing for Sailfish, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Stripe Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, and Wahoo. If Inshore fishing is your game then you’ll love the Rooster fish, Cubera, Grouper, Jacks, Snook, and Tarpon.
Together with Captain Randall, mates Luis and Abrancy, we plan to offer our clients, friends, and family the same quality of experience we’re known for in the PNW! You can also expect to see and use the best products from Okuma, Raymarine, Tuf-line, P-line, and more.
Dedicated to customer service, reliable charter boats, friendly crew, and CATCHING FISH, we plan to bring our charter fishing experience to the table in Costa Rica!
Getting there is easy!  Most major airlines (including Alaska Airlines) fly to San Jose International Airport (SJO).  From there the drive SW to the Jaco area is less than 90 minutes on modern highways.  Rental cars are inexpensive as are transfers if you prefer not to rent a car.  Transfers, lodging and fishing can all be reserved through Merry or myself.
What about All Rivers & Saltwater Charters???  Everything will be business as usual at ARSC with plans only to continue and improve our 13 year charter service in Washington State!  Merry and I will be in Washington State May-October, managing ARSC on the ground, and travel back and forth every other month to Costa Rica November-April.  We will always be available via email, and phone 365 days a year.

Take a look at this HD Video of one of our Offshore fishing trips!

The Go Fish!

Over the next year the Go Fish will get quite a make-over.  To name just a few things on the list:

  • – Install the full compliment of Raymarine Electronics, including high power CHIRP Sonar, and a large display.
  • – Outfit the boat with new Okuma fishing rods & reels, and many other cutting edge products.
  • – Re-upholster the cockpit bolsters, tower seat cushions, and client seating area.
  • – Have on-hand mission critical back-up parts that will reduce down time when break-downs occur.


  • Year-Round, Full-Day Offshore or Inshore…$1350, 4 ppl, $50 add’l for a fifth person, 5 max.
  • Year-Round, Half-Day Inshore…$1150, 4 ppl, $50 add’l for a fifth person, 5 max.
  • Full-Day Tortuga Island, no fishing, $1150, 4 ppl, $50 add’l passengers, 6 max.
  • Half-Day, Tortuga Island, no fishing, $1050, 4 ppl, $50 add’l passengers, 6 max.
  • Sunset Cruise, $300 (max 6 passengers)
  • *Peak Season Charter, December 24thJanuary 4th, Add $100 per trip. 
  • *Don’t forget fishing licenses (purchased at the dock for $), and gratuities for crew, 20% is customary and the guys really work for you to earn it.
“We look forward to getting you out fishing again!”
Mark & Merry Coleman – Pelagic Pursuits Costa Rica
“Go Fish”, Los Suenos Marina, Slip 12, Herradura, Puntarenas, CR
+506-4001-8430 (CR) (Let it ring) (We respond FAST!)

NSIA Spring Fishing Classic Set For April 8

quarter century in the making, the 25th Annual Spring Fishing Classic is set for Saturday, April 8.

A fundraiser put on by the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association and held out of Portland, the derby pays $500 for biggest spring Chinook, and gives away thousands of dollars worth of fishing gear.

Staci McAdams caught 2016’s biggest Chinook at the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association’s Spring Fishing Classic, and she and husband Randy McAdams and guide Terry Mulkey came in second in the team competition with 30.35 pounds of fish. (NSIA)

Topping it all off is the raffle for a brand-new 17-foot drifter by Willie Boats.

“The boat comes with Tempress seats, seat boxes, and a brand-new trailer donated by Clackacraft,” NSIA reports.

Weigh-in is open till 5 p.m. and located at the Airport Holiday Inn, not far from the Gleason/34th Street ramp on the Columbia.

Whether the big river is still open for springers will likely depend on the catch through April 6, when the fishery below Bonneville Dam was scheduled to run through.

Even if season isn’t extended, the Multnomah Channel, Willamette River and Cowlitz, among other waters, are still fair game.

Last year’s big fish was caught by Staci McAdams, a 22.90-pounder, while Jason Berg and crew placed first in the team competition with three Chinook weighing over 35 pounds.

The event raised $60,000 for the enhancement and defense of Northwest fisheries.

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New Hand Paddle Conversion Kit From Gullwing Paddles


Gullwing Paddles is proud to announce their new product, the Gullwing Hand Paddle conversion kit.  New to the market, this conversion kit allows you to transform our lightweight nylon and fiberglass blades into powerful hand paddles.  By removing the blade from the aluminum shaft, you can simply attach the PVC grip by snapping it onto the blade.  The hand paddle’s unique design allows you to navigate through tough spots like under hanging trees, rocky shores, and narrow waterways.  This hand paddle easily cuts through water creating substantial improvement in power allowing you to maneuver easily while fishing.

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For over ten years Arthur Carlow, creator of Gullwing Paddles, has made a mission out of creating a unique, ergonomic kayak paddle here in the USA. Based on a revolutionary patented design, it’s become the most efficient and ergonomic paddle on the market today. Positively buoyant, lightweight and durable are only a few of the facets that make this the ultimate kayak fishing paddle. The blades are made of reinforced nylon and angle forward to offer the paddler maximum surface area, which translates into more efficient power.

Gullwing Paddles currently make two models, the 230 and 215.  For fishing the Gullwing 230 is longer than the typical kayak paddle and better accommodates the fishing kayak’s wider shape.  The paddle itself is uniquely designed to balance across the kayak’s prow or fit snugly along the gunwale, thus eliminating awkward coping with a paddle when the fisherman’s attention needs to be on the cast or the catch. The Gullwing 215 is a standard paddle designed for stress-free, recreational kayaking.


Both models feature the unique forward-angled and asymmetrical blade design which allows the user to glide on the water instead of digging through it. The nylon/fiberglass-reinforced blades can be easily changed. The ergonomic contoured and bowed handles of Gullwing paddles are made of powder-coated aluminum alloy T-832 ALUMINUM, and are also hard-coated to produce a tough abrasive-resistant surface that delivers improved durability and resistance to corrosion.

The paddles are so unique, easy to use, and low impact, that they are a great accessory to a large variety of kayak enthusiasts. Additional information on the versatile Gullwing line is available on the website