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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

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.