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Ultra-Light Bino Harness Reviewed Favorably

THE FOLLOWING REVIEWS HAVE BEEN PROVIDED BY RICK YOUNG OUTDOORS, MAKERS OF THE ULTRA-LIGHT BINO HARNESS

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There are several popular suspension systems on the market today for binoculars and rangefinders, but none like this one. Traditional suspension systems are bulky and restrict motion. Thick nylon straps trap body heat and cause perspiration and chafing … This new harness from Rick Young Outdoors is made of a lightweight cord that is compact and weighs almost nothing …

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The Ultra-Light Bino Harness is a major league upgrade to commonly known bulky, restricting, thick-strapped binocular harnesses that have become standard issue in the hunting industry. The Ultra-Light sets a new standard with its featherweight design, ease of adjustability, quality parts, and flat-out comfort that your big, black strapped harness can’t even begin to touch.

Although its weight impresses me the most, it’s lightning-fast adjustability is really its shining feature. Unlike those black-strapped goliath harnesses that require removal for adjustment every time a jacket or coat is removed, the Ultra-Light is ‘layer proof.’ If you can scratch the back of your neck, you can adjust this thing in two seconds or less.

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Don Butts, outdoor writer

At first glance, I thought that the harness might be too flimsy to securely hold my Leica rangefinder binoculars. Using it quickly changed my mind. It is made of lightweight, round elastic cords and weighs only one ounce. The cords have more “stretch” than the normal flat straps. This extra flexibility makes it possible to wrap the cords around the bottom (objective end) of your binoculars to hold them firmly against your chest when hunched over or crawling.

The entire harness adjusts with one very simple, quick adjustment instead of the older design with multiple adjustments. There is also no central leather patch, so the harness with its small cords traps virtually no heat from your body. In addition, the smaller cords will not vibrate in the wind like the wider straps.

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 Chris Jackson, product user

Great product. I have been using the Rick Young Ultra-Light Binocular Harness now for a hunting season, and I believe I will be using next season too. I have tried many others, but like the inexpensive simplicity of this set up much better. It holds the camera tight to my chest, yet comes up easy to use.  Thanks for the video; I now have a few new ways to try.

For more information, go to Rickyoungoutdoors.com, and to see how the Ultra Light Bino Harness in action, check out this video.

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Nootka Marine Adventures’ Forecast For Salmon, Tuna, Bottomfish Bright

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM NOOTKA MARINE ADVENTURES

We are very fortunate to be strategically located directly in the migratory path of so many different runs of South Bound salmon, both Canadian and US. Our season begins mid-May targeting primarily “clipped” US fish aggressively feeding on schools of Herring, Needlefish, and Squid. By the first week of June these fish are consistent, and routinely caught on a daily basis. Rolled baits as well as a variety of hootchies and spoons work best. The target method is a simple one all season long, find the bait and you’ll find the fish! By late June we will start to encounter decent sized Coho regularly while on the hunt for Chinook, only increasing the angler’s success for solid action all day long.

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Prime time shellfish opportunities are also best at the beginning of our season, with outstanding prawning starting as early as mid-March. Oysters and crabs also are the best eating throughout the months of spring and early summer while the seawater temperature remains cold, and there has not yet been any plankton blooms to raise any safety concerns. However, always check local regulations and DFO postings for all shellfish before harvesting and consuming.

Once we move into July and August we start to increasingly see more of our local mature Conuma, Burman, and Gold River fish arrive, which are generally larger and are feeding on tides and tide changes more instinctively, rather than heavily all the time like migratory fish will do. These fish will soon be staging for their run up these local river systems to spawn, and at times they can become a little pickier than heavily feeding migratory fish from the months previous. By now Coho are increasing in size, as they are ferocious feeders during these months, putting on necessary weight and fat for spawning, during the final months of summer, and will continue to do so right up until the end of September.

Nootka Marine Adventures also targets the large runs of Albacore Tuna that migrate by our offshore waters, this is a short but action packed opportunity, generally beginning mid-August and continuing on through until mid-September. Everything is dependent upon off-shore temperature conditions, school locations, and of course weather. If you haven’t tried this fishery yet, you have no idea what you’re missing!!

The bottom fishing in our area never ceases to amaze us as every year it is constantly outstanding, from the very first day we open (May Long Weekend) until the last day we close in (mid-September). Halibut, Ling cod, Yellow Eye and every species of rock fish under the sun are readily available for those willing to invest the time to target them, making area 25 and 26 one of the finest fisheries located on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

Both the US and Canadian preliminary DFO outlooks are looking very similar to what we experienced last year, with the exception of our local rivers. We encountered many Jack springs and four year old mature fish last season, indicating a return of slightly larger averaged sized mature fish in 2015, something we can all look forward too while angling the waters of Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet this coming season.

Tight lines, Good luck, and safe fishing!
Gibran White
Marine Operations Manager – Nootka marine Adventures

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Still Some Openings For SalmonU’s Saltwater Seminar March 21-22

In the Northwest salmon world, March means three things: springers sneaking into the Columbia; the North of Falcon season-setting process has begun; and Salmon University’s annual seminar.

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Good news on that last one if you’ve put off registering: There are still openings available, according to organizers of the two-day event held in Kent, Wash.

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This year’s, scheduled for March 21-22, features instruction from top saltwater fishermen, including Tom Nelson, Terry Rudnick, Tom Pollack, Kevin Lanier, Josh Hughes and Anthony Warren.

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Classes focus on downrigging, jigging, mooching, Columbia and ocean salmon fishing; bottomfishing; albacore; and crabbing and shrimping.

In addition to one-on-one time with sharpies, representatives of numerous local fishing companies will be on hand.

Cost is $88 for one day, $150 for both days. To register, go here.

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The seminar is held at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers conference center, 19802 62nd Ave S, Kent, WA 63090.

Mercury Marine Teams With TV Partners On Invasive Species Message

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM MERCURY MARINE

Mercury Marine has teamed up with three of its television partners to educate boaters on how to prevent the spread of invasive species.  The initiative is part of National Invasive Species Awareness Week across the country.

The videos showcase Captain Mike Genoun of Florida Sport Fishing, Peter Miller of Bass2Billfish and Scott Glorvigen of Wired2Fish, and examine a variety of circumstances relative to invasive species that boaters need to be cognizant of.

“The process is easy; clean, drain and dry your boat and equipment after each use,” said Glorvigen.  “Make sure that your live wells, bait wells, bilge pumps and aerators are completely drained and clear all vegetation on your boat.”

According to the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA), non-native plants, animals and pathogens can harm humans and the environment and impact our nation’s economy. The damage done by invasive plants alone costs the U.S. an estimated $34.7 billion a year.

“Aquatic invasive species is an issue that continues to be problematic in the marine industry,” said Mercury Marine Director of Public Relations Lee Gordon. “We are doing everything we can to help educate our customers on the dangers of invasive species and will continue to advocate lawmakers to appropriate money towards research and education of AIS.  Invasive species can cause irreparable damage to the ecosystem and is detrimental to fishing, boating and the tourism industry.”

Additional information about how boaters can help prevent the spread of invasive species can be found on the NMMA website and through educational documents provided by NMMA.

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2nd Annual Oregon Coast Sportsman’s Expo Set For March 27-29 In Newport

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM OREGON COAST SPORTSMANS EXPO

KSHL and Toby Murry Toyota return with the second annual Oregon Sportsman Expo to showcase outdoor activities we all enjoy along the beautiful Oregon Coast. Toby Murry Motors, your Northwest Toyota Dealer in South Beach, is the presenting sponsor again for this successful event at the Main Exhibit Hall and South Lawn Area of the Lincoln County Fairgrounds.

Response from vendors has been overwhelming – over forty booths will present everything from unique fishing gadgets like the locally invented rod holder from MKS Tackle, a full archery store from Archer’s Afield and North County Lures, to D and R Quality Meats and Rooster’s Rocks.

2015 Oregon Coast Sportsman’s Expo: March 27th through the 29th at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds!

Expo Hours: Friday 3-8pm,  Saturday 9am-6pm,  Sunday 9am-4pm

The second local Head and Horns Competition with Boone and Crockett judging all three days will award prizes for Rocky Mountain Elk, Roosevelt Elk, Black tail Deer and Mule Deer in Riffle, Archery and non-typical and more. Judging will be by Northwest Big Game Inc. Record size trophies can qualify to be entered in the next edition of The Record Book for Big Game Animals.

Head and Horns Competition scoring information is now available at Toby Murry Motors in South Beach or at the Oregon Coast Sportsman’s Expo during show hours. Northwest Big Game Inc. will provide on-site scoring during all hours each day of the show beginning 4 pm. Friday.

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Another special attraction returning again with an all-new tour for 2015 is The Rocky Mountain Great Elk Tour from Montana. This is a beautiful display of some of the largest, award-winning, Rocky Mountain Elk taken in America.

Hunting, tracking and fishing seminars are planned all three days with local experts offering tips for local sportsmen.

Activities for kids include the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife children’s fishing pond with real live trout. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is presenting a the Daisy children’s BB shooting gallery. And Archer’s Afield is bring an archery range and their pro will offer shooting classes.

Scheduled for three big days, the second weekend of Oregon Spring Break, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 27th, 28 and 29th, local folks and tourists alike will have fun learning about goods and services available locally to enhance their outdoor experience on the Oregon Coast.

A wide variety of vendors will be on-hand, including indoor and outdoor furniture and appliances from Roby’s Home Furniture, Equestrian tack and supplies for trail riding and outdoor clothing plus pet needs will be displayed by Feed Corral.

Englund Marine Supply will bring the latest in marine tech and provide information about the popular U Da Man Fishing Tournament. TCB Security Services and K&K Septic Service are providing their services and information about their businesses.

All outdoor sporting activities will be represented – rock hounds of all ages will get to meet Rooster from Rooster’s Rocks in South Beach as he shares his knowledge of the best rock-hunting areas and the beautiful agate and mineral finds and creations he has to offer.

Free gifts from Toby Murry Toyota and Big Foot Beverage will be available while supplies last each day. Valuable coupons from a variety of local businesses will be available at the Toby Murry Toyota / KSHL booth. and coupons for local businesses will be available. Every attendee of the expo will also receive a free one-year subscription to Northwest Sportsman Magazine.

Education is a primary feature for the several displays at the Oregon Coast Sportsman’s Expo.

The Oregon State Police will bring the “Trailer of Shame”, a collection of animal trophies that were taken illegally.

This will be a great opportunity for the community to meet The Lincoln County Search and Rescue and The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Posse and many of the local sporting clubs.

Experts from Dockside Charters, Coastal Guide Service, all the popular, local, non-profit associations will be on-hand too – The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Friends of the Nation Rifle Association.

Lots of “non-hunting and fishing” features will be at the expo too – Western Case with everything from affordable wallets to backpacks, R & P Metal Art, Oregon Coast Glassworks, Wind Drift Gallery, Alsea Bay Power Products and Nerium International Skin care.

Another new feature this year is the “Duck Blind” an over 21 beer and wine pavillion on the front lawn sponsored by Big Foot Beverages and Chinook Winds Casino Resort. Plus a great selection of the best New Toyota and used vehicles provided by our title sponsor – Northwest Toyota Dealers and Toby Murry Toyota.

This is truly a family-friendly event in every way, tickets are only $5 each for adults, kids 17 and under are free with their parents.

Due to the generous support of Toby Murry Toyota and KSHL, Newport will be presented a really nice showcase of outdoor fun and information packed into one three-day weekend.

For more show information go to oregoncoastsportmansexpo.com. Or contact KSHL for more information E-mail inquiries to stephanie@kshl.com or call 541.265.3000

 

SADLY, THERE IS NO CONSOLATION PRIZE FOR FISH LOST NEXT TO THE BOAT. (ANDY WALGAMOTT)

Sign Up Now For 23rd Annual Spring Fishing Classic

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NORTHWEST SPORTFISHING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

The Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, in conjunction with Fisherman’s Marine and Outdoor, is happy to announce the 23rd Annual Spring Fishing Classic, Saturday, April 4 at the Kliever Memorial Armory.

This tournament is sure to be a classic, as it celebrates the return of the Spring Chinook Salmon and raises money to help protect Sportfishing opportunity and fish conservation!

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The tournament fishing area includes the Columbia and its tributaries. All teams are of three people and boats may have three, five or six people in them. Please contact NSIA or Fisherman’s Marine & Outdoor for official derby rules.

After fishing, participants will bring their catch to the Kliever Memorial Armory, where it will be weighed. Then they can enjoy a silent auction, awards and a buffet dinner while waiting to see if they win a wide-range of raffle prizes.

Once again there will be a $500 prize for biggest fish and best team will receive Lamiglas rods. During the event there is a raffle for a brand new Willie Boat with an R&D Baker trailer, Tempress seats, oars, a Haxton boat cover and an anchor system. Tickets for the new boat are available at all Portland Metro area Fisherman’s Marine and Outdoor Stores and participating NSIA retailers.

Entry fees for the event are $80 per person, a team of three is $240. You can enter at any Fisherman’s Marine & Outdoor store, by visiting www.nsiafishing.org or by calling 503-631-8859. Free Spring Fishing Classic t-shirts come with registration. The first 35 teams to register are entered into a raffle for free entry in 2016.

Proceeds from the event support the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, a non-profit that is dedicated to the preservation, restoration and enhancement of sport fisheries and the businesses dependent upon them.

 

JAY YELAS SPEAKS DURING THE 2013 SNAKE-CLEARWATER STEELHEAD DERBY, HELD OUT OF LEWISTON. (BRIAN LULL)

Corvallis Pro Basser Named C.A.S.T. For Kids Director

A successful professional bass angler from Corvallis will head up Renton, Washington’s C.A.S.T. For Kids Foundation.

Jay Yelas takes over from longtime executive director and founder Jim Owens, who is retiring after 24 years at the helm.

“I am thrilled to be the new executive director of C.A.S.T.,” said Yelas, 49, in a press release. “I have been a member of the board of directors for nearly a decade and am very familiar with what this unique organization does to help brighten the lives of special children all over the U.S. I look forward to continuing this great work and getting to know the hundreds of volunteers that make C.A.S.T. such a great organization.”

JAY YELAS SPEAKS DURING THE 2013 SNAKE-CLEARWATER STEELHEAD DERBY, HELD OUT OF LEWISTON. (BRIAN LULL)

JAY YELAS SPEAKS DURING THE 2013 SNAKE-CLEARWATER STEELHEAD DERBY, HELD OUT OF LEWISTON. (BRIAN LULL)

C.A.S.T, which stands for catch a special thrill, has been providing boating and fishing events for kids with special needs since 1991.

The first one was held on Eastern Washington’s Banks Lake, and since then the foundation has also developed Fishing Kids and Take A Warrior Fishing events across the country.

“What a great fit for C.A.S.T,” Owens said. “I feel very comfortable turning the reins over to Jay. He knows our mission, is a very caring person and dedicated to what C.A.S.T. does. Jay will help to move the foundation forward to even higher levels.”

Yelas is known for winning the 2002 Bassmaster Classic and being named the 2003 B.A.S.S Angler of the Year and 2002′s and 2007′s FLW Angler of the Year. He also won an ESPY in 2003 for best outdoor athlete.

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‘Million Dollar Ammo Sale’ Coming To PNW Sportsmen’s Show In Portland

That’s one, er, shell of a way to generate some foot traffic!

Next week’s Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show at Portland’s Expo Center will feature what’s being billed as the “Million Dollar Ammo Sale,” featuring hard-to-find .22-caliber long rifle ammunition.

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The idea, drummed up by Cascade Farm and Outdoor of Walla Walla in partnership with ATK Sporting Ammunition, was a no-brainer for show producer Bill O’Loughlin.

“It was an easy yes”, said the president of O’Loughlin Trade Shows in a press release. “In this business, you’re lucky if opportunities like this come once in a lifetime. Heck yes, I  jumped on it.”

The deal is this: With a paid admission ticket and a required voucher, attendees can purchase two 300-round boxes of .22 ammo per person per voucher per day.

On offer is CCI 36-grain copper-plated hollow-point LR at $20 a box.

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The sale runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, Feb. 4-6, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 7-8, in the Cascade Farm & Outdoor Pavilion in front of C Hall.

“We have enough .22 ammo to supply 3,000 buyers a day for all five days of our show. Only 3,000 vouchers will be available each day of the show to assure 15,000 buyers can buy ammo,” says O’Loughlin, who notes that the load is ideal for introducing beginners to shooting sports.

Writing in Portland’s The Oregonian late last week, local outdoor institution Bill Monroe reported, ”Few major sources in the Portland area had any (.22 ammo) at all in a cursory check this past week.”

At those that did, prices amounted to as much as a pair of dimes a round, he reported; the show special pushes the price down to 6.7 cents per.

Other ammunition, including 5.56mm, 9mm, .45 and 12-gauge shotshells, will also be available on a limited basis, but does not require the voucher. Prices range from $25 to $55 for a case.

Whatever you’re in the market for, it’s cash or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover) only, ID is required, and buyers must be 18 for the rifle ammo, 21 for the handgun fodder.

The promotion is being called a first for the region.

“Getting this much, difficult to find ammunition, especially the .22-caliber long rifle, was a real challenge, but ATK saw the promise of this promotion with the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show, what it does for their brand, our brand and aligned with the second largest sportsmen’s show in the United States. Thankfully, we were able, over the past year, to put this all together,” said Don Leber, Cascade Farm and Outdoor’s director of marketing and advertising.

Cascade is opening a second store in Coos Bay this spring.

The Expo Center is located at 2060 N. Marine Drive. There’s parking around the big building and overflow parking at the race track (free bussing). TriMet’s yellow line from downtown also dead ends at the center.

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Rivers Inlet Lodges Help Enhance Salmon Runs To Central Coast BC Fisheries

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMES FROM RIVERS INLET SPORTSMAN’S CLUB NEWS

For over 30 years our Lodge Association, made up of operators in the Rivers Inlet/Hakai Pass Area, have contributed to funding a number of salmon hatcheries and enhancement projects in Rivers Inlet and at various other locations on the Central Coast of BC.

This has been in cooperation with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), and the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF). We have been very successful in enhancing these runs and increasing the number of returning salmon.

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Although not all these projects are in Rivers Inlet, we do get the opportunity to intercept many of these fish from other nearby watersheds as they pass through our waters on their way to their birth rivers.

Specific to Rivers Inlet, 243,000 chinook (king) salmon brood stock were released into the Wannock River in 2014 with an expected high rate of survival. Estimated returns have been solid the last few years so things are stable and improving. This was evidenced by the 60% increase in the chinook salmon catch in Rivers Inlet for 2014.

Editor’s note: For more on Rivers Inlet, see their website.

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‘Express Style’ Bottomfishing Trips Begin In April For Westport’s All Rivers & Saltwater Charters

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM ALL RIVERS & SALTWATER CHARTERS

Westport, WASH.–Spring 2015 marks an exciting opportunity for sportsmen to experience an “express style” bottomfishing charter from All Rivers & Saltwater Charters.

ARSC coined the phrase some six years ago when the founder brought into service a fast, 30-foot, twin-outboard pilothouse charter boat designed for six anglers.

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The reasoning behind using such a craft was to allow for a small group of anglers to reach the albacore tuna grounds 40 to 70 miles offshore in less than two hours. This proved a success, and so the company now owns and operates three express-style charter boats.  These vessels are built locally near Bremerton, Wash., by Defiance Marine.

The popularity of express style charters goes beyond just albacore tuna fishing, however. Anglers have enjoyed outstanding rockfish, lingcod, salmon, and halibut trips in the same fashion.

ARSC has always had a strong reputation for having premium Okuma fishing equipment, state-of-the-art Raymarine electronics, and safety standards that exceed the stringent requirements of the United States Coast Guard.

Express-style bottomfishing trips are offered from April through July, and a salmon/rockfish outing is offered in June and July.  But don’t wait too long to experience one of these trips, because when tuna are within range (typically early July), the ARSC team with focus exclusively on that.

More information can found by visiting the companies website: www.AllWashingtonFishing.com or calling 425-736-8920.

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ANGLERS ENJOY GOOD ROCKFISHING ABOARD AN ARSC BOAT. (ARSC)