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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 www.rmef.org 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.”

(WASHINGTON SEA GRANT)

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; sfisken@uw.edu).

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.
 

Pricing:

  • 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)
info@pelagicpursuitscr.com (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.

For more, see nsiafishing.org.

New Hand Paddle Conversion Kit From Gullwing Paddles

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE 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.

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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 www.gullwingpaddles.com.

Tactical Tailor’s Rise to Success

From the mind of Logan D Coffey, Tactical Tailor was founded in 2008. The legacy continues to live on through his brother Justin, after his tragic death in a car accident. Here’s a brief history of Logan and his company.

In late 1991, Logan went straight from highschool to the US Army Infantry. Even in the first week of training, he could see that the army-issued gear was uncomfortable and impractical, and found that the gear issued was virtually the same as it had been back in the Vietnam War. He made it his personal mission to modify and improve that gear.

Within a few years, Logan had a veritable collection of industrial sewing machine parts and fabrics, and he had become the guy to go to for fixing up or modifying military gear.

At the end of his second enlistment, he decided it was time to leave and make his modification business his full-time job. In 1998, Tactical Tailor began in a two-bedroom house and a few-thousand-dollar loan. He was able to repay it in only six months.

In time the work grew out of its two-bedroom grass roots, but didn’t quite make enough for him to afford both a warehouse and a home, so he built a room to sleep in within his warehouse.
He hired ex-military and retired military and military spouses to sew as his business grew, and he expanded again in 2002, then once more in 2005.

Now his work is known to military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan, and he’s even been invited to the Pentagon several times.

The company motto is simple. “Do what’s right because it’s right.” That includes being made in the USA, for those who defend the USA, making quality gear and providing quality jobs.

Posted with permission from Tactical Tailor.

Atlas-Mike’s Rolls Out New Bait Products

Atlas-Mike’s, makers of scent and other fishing products, has rolled out a series of new bait brines, cures, dyes and more for steelhead, salmon and trout anglers.

Here are more details:

BRITE & TIGHT BAIT BRIGHTENER 

  • UV Enhanced!
  • Adds Intense Shine to your Baits Instantly!
  • Catch More Fish!

UV enhanced, Atlas-Mike’s Brite & Tight Bait Brightener adds intense shine to your fresh baits and helps rejuvenate old or frozen baits. Bait Brightener works great on herring, sardines, anchovies, shad, minnows, alewife, eggs, prawns, etc.

19020-BRITE & TIGHT BAIT BRIGHTENER 4.0 oz. Bottle 12 ea./Case UPC 043171190200

BRITE & TIGHT BAIT BRINE

Preserves natural qualities and tightens bait scales!

  • Baits will look fresh, healthy and attractive to fish!
  • Toughens bait; stays on longer!
  • Revitalizes old or frozen baits!

Atlas-Mike’s Brite & Tight Bait Brine infuses your baits with powerful amino acids that magnify the smell and flavor of your baits – triggering more strikes! Preparing your fresh or frozen baits with our Special Formula Bait Brine is easy and effective! Excellent on herring, sardines, minnows, alewife, shrimp, prawns, chicken livers, etc…effective for all kinds of baits. Great cured baits every time.

18120 – BRITE & TIGHT BAIT BRINE 20 oz. Jar 6 ea./Case UPC 043171181208

ATLAS-MIKE’S BORAX CURE

  • Cure Single Eggs or Egg Skeins!
  • Easy and Effective!
  • Special Formula that Locks in Fish Attracting Scents!

Atlas-Mike’s Borax Cure is great for curing eggs or egg skeins! Our special formula locks in fish attracting scents and creates eggs and clusters that milk in the water, improving your catch every time! Remember, the more cure, the drier your eggs! Great cured baits every time, so cure it right with Atlas-Mike’s Bait Cures and Catch More Fish!

 

65001 – ATLAS-MIKE’S BORAX CURE 24 oz. Jar 6 ea./Case UPC 043171650018

65041 – ATLAS-MIKE’S BORAX CURE 3 lb. Bag 4 ea./Case UPC 043171650414

ATLAS-MIKE’S ROCK SALT

  • Great for brining all types of bait!
  • Non-Iodized!
  • Perfect for Brining or Salting Baits!

Atlas-Mike’s Rock Salt is excellent on prawns, shrimp, herring, sardines, alewife, minnows, shiners, anchovies, chicken liver, etc…effective for all kinds of baits. Great cured baits every time!

 

18132 – ATLAS-MIKE’S ROCK SALT 32 oz. Jar 6 ea./Case UPC 043171181321

18140 – ATLAS-MIKE’S ROCK SALT 4 lb. Bag 4 ea./Case UPC 043171181406

ATLAS-MIKE’S SODIUM NITRITE

  • Technical Grade 99% Pure!
  • Cure Egg Skeins or Single Eggs!
  • Easy and Effective!

Atlas-Mike’s Sodium Nitrite is an anti-mold ingredient that works well in egg cures. Sets a deep natural reddish color into non-dyed salted eggs. Very effective in Shrimp and Prawn cures. Great cured baits every time, so cure it right with Atlas-Mike’s Bait Cures!

17132-ATLAS-MIKE’S SODIUM NITRITE 32 oz. Jar 6 ea./Case UPC 043171171322

ATLAS-MIKE’S SODIUM SULFITE

  • Technical Grade 99% Pure!
  • Cure Egg Skeins or Single Eggs!
  • Easy and Effective!

Atlas-Mike’s Sodium Sulfite is an excellent preservative that works well on salmon, trout, and steelhead eggs. It helps produce a heavy milking action egg. Especially effective for use in salmon cures. Great cured baits every time, so cure it right with Atlas-Mike’s Bait Cures and Catch More Fish!

16132-ATLAS-MIKE’S SODIUM SULFITE 32 oz. Jar 6 ea./Case UPC 043171161323

BRITE & TIGHT SUPER DYE

  • Bright Vibrant Colors!
  • Super Concentrated…won’t wash off!
  • UV Enhanced for greater visibility!

Atlas-Mike’s Brite & Tight Super Dye works great for most natural baits…herring, sardines, minnows, alewife, eggs, prawns, shrimp, anchovies, etc… Every angler is looking for an advantage. Spice up your baits with Brite & Tight Super Dye. Just add to your favorite bait cures or directly to bait…easy and effective. Available in four great fish catching colors: Hot Pink, Flame Red, Fl. Chartreuse and Vivid Blue.

 

19005-HOT PINK – BRITE & TIGHT SUPER DYE 4.0 oz. Bottle 12 ea./Case UPC 043171190057

19006-FLAME RED – BRITE & TIGHT SUPER DYE 4.0 oz. Bottle 12 ea./Case UPC 043171190064

19007-CHARTREUSE – BRITE & TIGHT SUPER DYE 4.0 oz. Bottle 12 ea./Case UPC 043171190071

19009-VIVID BLUE – BRITE & TIGHT SUPER DYE 4.0 oz. Bottle 12 ea./Case UPC 043171190095

ABOUT ATLAS-MIKE’S BAIT, INC.

Trout, Salmon and Steelhead anglers have been counting on Atlas-Mike’s to help fill their stringers for years. Atlas-Mike’s Bait, Inc. has been field testing, developing and marketing quality products to fishermen for over 80 years and are still going strong! Salmon eggs, floating trout baits, marshmallow baits, fish attractants, bait cures, and salmon/steelhead accessories have long been a part of their product line up. In addition to all the tried and true products, check out all the new items too. Every angler is looking for an edge; tip the odds in your favor with Atlas-Mike’s!

 

 

New 4-Inch Size of Popular Mag Lip Now Available

The popular diving, wiggling Mag Lip plug is now available in a new 4-inch size.  The new Mag Lip 4.0 is the latest member of the Mag Lip family and should be perfect for spring chinook salmon, trophy size steelhead, coho salmon and lake trout.

The new 4-inch Mag Lip features the unique “skip beat” action that
has become a must have with anglers.  Not only does the new plug have an enticing action, its unique design also makes the lure dive.  The 4.0 dives to 18 feet, and handles trolling or current speeds up to 4 m.p.h.  

Available in a variety of popular salmon and steelhead colors, each Mag Lip 4.0 is coated in a UV finish to make them even more visible and productive in low light and off-colored water.

For more information on the new Mag Lip 4.0 contact Yakima Bait Company at www.yakimabait.com