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THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NORTHWEST SPORTFISHING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
The Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association invites anglers from all over the Pacific Northwest to join them for a day of friendly competitive fishing at the Buoy 10 Salmon Challenge in Astoria, OR on August 16 & 17th, 2018. Registration is still open with a cost per angler at $110. Runs have picked up significantly in the last couple weeks, with people catching their quota shortly after hitting the water! We have high expectations that this is indicative of good things to come this August.
Participants can join NSIA on August 16th at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds for the pre-tournament Team Reception from 5 – 7pm. The Reception is an opportunity to review the rules and participate in a Tule ID training. The derby takes place on August 17th, with weigh-in between 3-5pm and a delicious awards dinner at 6pm.
Lucky anglers will compete for thousands in cash and gear prizes, including a $1000 cash prize for Biggest Fish donated by North River Boats, as well as a $1100 Mystery Fish Prize donated by Weldcraft/Duckworth.
As always, NSIA will be promoting catch and release of Lower Columbia River Wild Chinook, known as Tule Chinook, to increase survivability of the threatened stock. NSIA will not weigh wild Tules during this tournament. All ODFW and WDFW rules and regulations apply.
Proceeds from the event go to support NSIA’s work preserving, restoring and enhancing sportfisheries and the businesses dependent on them. To register contact NSIA at 503.631.8859 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gear up now for the 25th Annual Fall Salmon Derby on the lower Umpqua River, a fundraiser for the Gardiner-Reedsport-Winchester Bay Salmon Trout Enhancement Program.
Featuring $150 cash prizes for the biggest salmon weighed in each day of the Aug. 31-Sept. 2 Labor Day Weekend derby, a $500 grand prize will also be awarded for the largest overall fish.
Last year’s winner was Ron James whose 26.4-pounder scored him $650, while 2016’s big fish was Dana Castle’s 33.7, a notable catch as he caught it while fishing alone in a 13-foot rowboat.
The derby raises money for local STEP efforts such as rearing and releasing salmon, fish habitat work and public education. You can purchase $10 tickets (or $25 per boat with three or more anglers) at the Winchester Bay East Basin and Rainbow Plaza launch in Reedsport during the event.
For more info, call coordinator Rick Rockholt at (541) 613-0589 or email him at email@example.com.
Several dozen rifles, shotguns and other firearms will be up for auction starting next Tuesday, July 17.
Liquor, karaoke equipment and jewelry will also be on the block during the weeklong online-only auction being held by James G. Murphy of Kenmore.
“It’s a pretty good mix of items,” says the Seattle-area company’s Mike Smith.
The selection includes 25 rifles and shotguns, included scoped and unscoped big game rifles and ARs in calibers ranging from .22 to .30-06 and .300 Blackout, an M1 Garand, over-and-under, semiauto and self-defense scatterguns in 12 gauge and .410, as well as revolvers and handguns from notable names in the industry.
Also up for bid is around 1,000 bottles of vodka, whiskey and other spirits, along with a large assortment of speakers and mixing boards for karaoke parties.
Jewelry includes necklaces, rings and bracelets.
The auction begins at 2 p.m. on the 17th and runs through 2 p.m., July 24.
Smith expects catalogs and terms and conditions for items to be posted by Monday, July 16.
An in-person item preview is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, July 23, at the company’s facility, 18226 68th Avenue NE, just a couple blocks north of Safeway.
Lady anglers will be fishing for a good cause next month at Buoy 10 and nearby ocean waters at the first annual Lipstick Salmon Slayers Tournament, benefiting the American Heart Association.
Named after the monicker Del “Tuna Dog” Stephens gave them after a particularly good day of fishing, the event’s headed up by Weddy Stephens and Megan Waltosz.
They hope to simultaneously get more female anglers on the water while also bringing attention to the fact heart disease is the leading killer of women.
“So let’s fish together and improve the lives of all women!” the duo says.
The event will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, out of Astoria, rain or shine.
Tickets are $125 and the deadline to register is July 31.
While anglers can fish with their husband, brother, uncle, grandfather, nephew or other male relatives and/or a guide, it is a ladies-only derby.
Top prizes of $4,000, $2,000 and $1,000 in cash will go to the fishermen with the three fish closest to predetermined weights between 10 and 45 pounds.
Following weigh-in between 2 and 5 p.m., the awards dinner at the Astoria Amory begins at 6.
For more info, see lipsticksalmonslayer.com.
THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NORTHWEST SPORTFISHING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, in cooperation with Sportco/Outdoor Emporium, is pleased to present the 8th Annual ‘Fore the Fish! Golf Tournament’. This year’s event will take place on Thursday, June 28th at the beautiful Olympia Country & Golf Club, in Olympia, WA. The tournament will be a best ball scramble format, making it a fun round for even the occasional golfer.
Proceeds from the NSIA Golf Tournament help support NSIA’s work to ensure healthy fisheries and a vibrant Sportfishing industry in the Pacific Northwest. Proceeds from events has enabled NSIA to be 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 10:00 am, the shotgun start is at 12:00 noon. Registration can be completed on the NSIA website at www. nsiafishing.org 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 or donation opportunities – or to register a team – contact Heather Reese at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-631-8859.
THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NORTHWEST MARINE TRADE ASSOCIATION
The new Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show held on May 17-20 at the Port of Anacortes’ Cap Sante Marina exceeded expectations with an attendance of 5,214, and those in attendance and the boating industry are already looking forward to 2019!
With 263 boats on display at Cap Sante Marina and nearby boatyards plus 60 marine businesses filling the 10,000-square foot tent – the Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA), Anacortes Chamber of Commerce and Port of Anacortes – teamed up to provide a very successful show at the heart of a beautiful waterfront community and gem of all marinas.
“The show exceeded our wildest expectations,” said Stephanie Hamilton, the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce president. “Working with the staff of (NMTA) has been wonderful – they are true professionals with warm hearts. We were blessed with perfect weather to showcase the boats and accessories – and all the guests were happy. Looking forward to next year!”
Boat dealers and brokers were very happy with boat sales and turnout at the show. E-tickets were purchased in 15 different U.S. states and Canada, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Washington D.C., Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Oregon, Texas, Washington and British Columbia.
“The Anacortes Boat and Yacht show was fantastic right out of the gate,” said Kelly Hawley, owner of Tom-n-Jerry’s Boat Center and Master Marine in Mount Vernon. “Good weather, great attendance and most importantly strong sales. For the first attempt at a show of this magnitude in Anacortes I was pleasantly surprised and already planning for next year.”
“All told, this was the most professionally organized and run and promoted show we have ever seen in Anacortes,” said Matthew Thornton, general manager and certified yacht broker at BananaBelt Boats & Yachts in Anacortes. “The fact we got 25 percent attendance of the Big Seattle Boat Show in just four days shows that Anacortes is indeed a splendid destination and a worthwhile show venue.”
Anacortes is conveniently located between Seattle and Vancouver B.C. The Anacortes area has more than 40 marine-related businesses to cover every boater’s wants and needs.
THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NORTHWEST MARINE TRADE ASSOCIATION
Spring is blooming for boaters to hop onboard the new Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show May 17-20 at the Port of Anacortes’ Cap Sante Marina that is projected to have nearly 300 boats on display.
The Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) and Anacortes Chamber of Commerce have come together for this show set in one of region’s most popular boating areas. Attendees can soak in the sights of in-water and shore-side boats ranging from trailer-sized to a 68-foot Prestige from Sundance Yachts. Boats for sale include new and brokerage types in the water at the marina, and at nearby boatyards – Banana Belt Boats and North Harbor Diesel – located just south of the marina with free bus shuttle service. In the marina parking area there will be a large display of boats on trailers, and a huge shoreside tent filled with accessories and electronics.
“Teaming with the producers of the Seattle Boat Show to bring their expertise to our beautiful waterfront community and the gem of all marinas – Cap Sante Marina, is yet another way to offer our guests an opportunity to experience Anacortes – our island getaway,” said Stephanie Hamilton, the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce president.
Anacortes is conveniently located between Seattle and Vancouver B.C. The Anacortes area has more than 40 marine-related businesses to cover every boater’s wants and needs. For details, go to https://anacortesboatandyachtshow.com/.
Cost is $10 for adults; $15 for unlimited pass; youth 17-and-under are free; 50-percent off for Veterans every day of show; and Yacht Club Members get in free on Thursday and Friday. E-tickets will go on sale April 2 and include a 12-month subscription to Sea Magazine and/or Boating World.
Hotel, Shopping and Dining
Attendees who stay at participating hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast locales will receive two free tickets to the show for each nights’ stay. Accommodations are available for all price ranges with several offering pristine views of the surrounding waters. There are many sights to see, places to shop and restaurants from casual to fine dining. For details, go to https://anacortes.org/.
Things to do
The Anacortes Farmers Market happens on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors offer farmers produce, yummy food and vibrant art plus live music. After the show, head over to Swinomish Casino & Lodge or take a hike and soak in sunset views at Mount Erie Park, the highest point on Fidalgo Island. Other activities include exploring nearby Washington Park and Deception Pass State Park; whale watching with local charter-boat businesses; having a picnic or strolling at Storvik Park or Seafarers Memorial Park; or viewing the Anacortes Mural Project on Commercial Avenue.
By the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association
As the springers roll up the Columbia it is good to remember the hard work, advocacy and litigation it has taken to ensure anglers have access to these fish.
For instance, many salmon and sportfishing advocacy groups have weighed in on the long-running case before U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon to protect and restore beleaguered Columbia River salmon stocks.
Last April, Judge Simon rewarded those efforts by ordering that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers work with state, federal and tribal biologists to develop a joint plan to provide more voluntary spill to provide better protections for outmigrating juvenile spring Chinook salmon, steelhead and sockeye.
The increased spill will be timed earlier in April, to help outmigrating spring Chinook smolts and should result in better returns in years to come.
“Sending water over the tops of dams for fish works,” says Liz Hamilton, executive director of the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association. “In 2006, NSIA and our allies secured an injunction in Judge Redden’s court to increase the use of spill to protect out-migrating juvenile fall Chinook. Within eight years — two generations of fall Chinook — we saw sharply increased runs of fall Chinook. We are confident spill will have a similar positive result for spring Chinook in the Columbia.”
Spill does not increase river flows, it only changes the route the water — and the fish — take past the dams.
According to Buzz Ramsey of Yakima Bait, it’s the change in how the water gets past the dams – by spill or through the turbines – that is important for salmon.
“Salmon do not swim down to the sea,” said Ramsey. “Instead, the fish point their nose into the current and let the flow push them downstream. The fish go where the water goes.”
He explains that if the water only passes through the turbines, that is where all the fish will end up and each dam will take its toll.
The Columbia River spring Chinook fishery is extremely popular and is a huge driver of fishing license sales for the states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho. NSIA hosts a popular annual fishing derby in the river called the Spring Fishing Classic.
This year’s event will be held Saturday, April 7, and is cohosted by Fisherman’s Marine & Outdoor and supported by many top names in the sportfishing industry, including Willie Boats, Scotty, Berkley and Stevens Marine.
Participation offers anglers a chance to have fun and engage in a little friendly competition, while supporting advocacy work for better fisheries in the Pacific Northwest.
A brand-new 17-foot Willie drift boat, trailer and seats will be raffled off, while $500 will also go to whomever weighs in the largest fish. Team prizes are also awarded.
Tickets are $255 for a team of three, $425 for a team of four and $510 for a team of six.
To register for the derby, call NSIA at (503) 631-8859 or go to nsiafishing.org, where you can also learn more about the organization and its efforts to help the fish and sportfishing.
THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM WILDLIFE FOREVER
After 25 years of service to fish and wildlife conservation, Wildlife Forever’s President & CEO, Douglas Grann has announced his retirement and turned over the leadership reins to Pat Conzemius, Executive Vice President.
Grann joined the non-profit organization in March of 1992. Prior to Wildlife Forever, he was Executive Vice President, Voyageur Art specializing in state duck-stamp prints and created the Australia “First of Nation” Duck Stamp Program. He also served as Director of Operations for the National Wild Turkey Federation, starting their popular Super Fund Banquet program.
Mr. Grann’s responsibilities included the leadership of Wildlife Forever, management of staff and programs, plus creation and development of national campaigns. Grann states his greatest achievement was ensuring no less than 80% of every dollar raised was spent on conservation. This goal was accomplished for 25 years with 94% of all revenue going directly to mission, confirmed by independent audits, in recent years.
“Wildlife Forever was built and supported by individuals who care deeply about the future of fish and wildlife.” said Mr. Grann. “I am most thankful for those dedicated members, directors, staff and sponsors who invested in conservation and believed in developing stewardship in America’s youth. Thank you all, it has been a privilege to guide Wildlife Forever.”
Under his direction, numerous national initiatives have flourished. He was instrumental in the creation of the State-Fish Art Contest (SFA); Master’s Walleye Circuit (MWC), World Walleye Championship (WWC); Handicapped Americans for Wildlife Conservation (HAWC); Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Alliance (TRCA); “Racing for Wildlife” (NASCAR); and the Clean Drain Dry (CD2) Initiative.
One of the best measures of success comes from credibility and what others say about one’s work. Over Grann’s 25-year span, Wildlife Forever has received 60 special recognitions and major awards from state and federal agencies, corporations and governmental organizations.
“It’s been an honor and a pleasure to work with Doug Grann,” said Scott Grieve, Chairman, Wildlife Forever. “I have served on the Board during Doug’s building of the organization and developing programs. His tireless work on behalf of conservation and education is admired by everyone who knows him. We look forward to his continued leadership and new role as President of the Board.”
Grieve further said, “Wildlife Forever believes conservation education will ultimately determine the future of America’s fish & wildlife heritage. It is only through education and participation that we will pass on the stewardship of our natural resources to the next generation.”
As Wildlife Forever moves forward this vision remains the same for Pat Conzemius. Pat has served for the past 10 years as Conservation Director and has handled all conservation projects, partnerships, grants and campaigns. Conzemius concluded, “I am proud to continue this legacy Doug has built and will do all I can to ensure we maintain the highest of standards and always work to conserve America’s fish and wildlife.”