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Cabela’s Continues Partnership With RMEF

(ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELK FOUNDATION PRESS RELEASE)
MISSOULA, Mont.—More than 6,500 conservation projects completed. Over 5.7 million acres of habitat, mostly on public land, enhanced or protected. Nearly 600,000 acres opened or secured for public access. These and other milestone achievements of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation wouldn’t be possible without partners like Cabela’s.

One of the organization’s longest and most generous supporters, Cabela’s has announced renewed sponsorship of several RMEF initiatives for 2010.

“Conservation and stewardship of wildlife and wild lands is at the core of our business,” said Cabela’s Chief Executive Officer Tommy Millner. “We’re proud to partner with and support the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in their efforts to preserve the heritage of conservation that’s so important to our customers and our employees.”

For 2010, Cabela’s is again donating gift cards and merchandise used as premiums in RMEF membership drives, contributing items for auctions and other fundraisers, underwriting the RMEF 2010 conservation art print, sponsoring Elk Camp seminars and the Elk Country Legacy mission campaign, and more.

“Cabela’s is more than the World’s Foremost Outfitter; it’s one of the reasons why RMEF has become a premier force for conservation. Words don’t express our gratitude nearly as well as our rising numbers of completed projects and conserved acres,” said Steve Decker, vice president of marketing for RMEF.

He added, “We thank everyone at Cabela’s for their long and continuing partnership.”

Renaissance Marine Buys Northwest Jet Boats Brand

(RENAISSANCE MARINE GROUP PRESS RELEASE)

Dan Larson, President and CEO of Renaissance Marine Group, and Larry Whitten, founder and President of Northwest Jet Boats, Inc. of Pasco, Washington, announced that Renaissance Marine Group (“RMG”) has purchased certain manufacturing assets, inventory and rights to build and market the Northwest Jet Boat brand of welded aluminum sport and fishing boats.

Renaissance Marine Group, Inc., founded in 2000, is the parent company and manufacturer of Duckworth, Weldcraft, and Columbia Boat brands of heavy gauge welded aluminum boats from 17’ to 30’ that are sold through a network of over thirty independent marine dealers primarily in the Western U.S. and Canada.  With the acquisition of Northwest Jet Boats, RMG will consolidate production in its Clarkston, Washington factory, expand its dealer network to include the Northwest Jet Boat dealers in the U.S. and Canada, and offer the widest selection of heavy gauge welded aluminum boats in the industry.

Northwest Jet Boats, Inc. was founded in 1987 by Larry Whitten and has built and sold over 1,900 units, ranging from 18’ to 26’ inboard jets and outboard configurations.  The models are sold through a network of independent marine dealers in the Western U.S. and Canada, all of whom are expected to continue offering these fine boats as the manufacturing shifts to RMG and its larger factory capabilities.

Larry Whitten will continue as owner of the well-established Northwest Marine & Sport dealership in Pasco that is currently the largest and most prominent dealer in Northwest Jet Boat models.  His dealership will continue as a Northwest Jet Boat dealer and together with the selling entity will fulfill warranty matters on existing Northwest Jet Boats while also becoming a major warranty and service repair center for RMG’s full line of brands.  In addition, Northwest Marine & Sport is becoming a dealer for RMG’s Weldcraft brand of boats ranging from 17’ to 30’.

Larry Whitten will serve as a special Consultant to RMG for the next three years to oversee the transition in production to the Clarkston facility and to be involved in ongoing product development and marketing.

“We’re looking beyond the current marine industry downturns and planning ahead to better serve the needs of the aluminum boat buyer and dealers,” said Larson.  “The addition of Northwest Jet Boats improves our production capabilities, our buying power, and our dealer network.  We anticipate adding to our Clarkston workforce and maintaining our U.S. based production at lower costs.  Our goal is to produce superior performing boats with top quality brands and dealer support in a variety of price ranges.  This acquisition is another step forward for RMG and our team of employees, dealers and boat owners.”

For Larry Whitten, this transaction allows him to focus his effort on the successful expansion of retail opportunities at Northwest Marine & Sport by securing an ongoing relationship for developing and selling Northwest Jet boats and Weldcraft boats.

NSIA Welcomes New Board Members

NORTHWEST SPORTFISHING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION PRESS RELEASE)

The Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association (NSIA) is proud to welcome Janet Lebson, Woodland, WA, Mike Perusse, Lake Tapps, WA, and Derick Cole, Reno, NV, who were elected at the annual board of directors meeting to serve three years terms.

Janet Lebson, owner of Quest Compelling Communications, strengthens the NSIA board with nearly 20 years-worth of communications experience working for government, trade associations, businesses, and non-profit organizations in the field of conservation and outdoor recreation.  For the past 3 years, Lebson has been a columnist and news/feature writer for Fishing Tackle Retailer, the sportfishing industry’s national trade magazine, and recently became its senior writer for conservation.  She enjoys reading, watching football, playing piano, and fishing, and she and her husband spend most of their free time playing with their 2-year-old son.

Derick Cole, VP of Western Sales for Maurice Sporting Goods, lived in Alaska for 23 years, working in sporting goods retail, at the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game, and commercial fishing. Derick started his Maurice Sporting Goods career in 1995 as an Alaska Territory manager. He and his wife Meghan moved to Reno, NV in 1998 where he continued to go to school and work full time, earning a graduate degree in Organizational Management.  His passions include fly-fishing, waterfowl hunting and spending time with his two young children, teaching them about the great outdoors.

After spending three years in the United States Navy, Mike Perusse, NW Sales Representative for the Don Coffey Company, started a career as a sport fishing guided in Alaska, Washington and Oregon. Mike has been a sales rep in the Pacific Northwest since 1995, working with Shimano, G.Loomis and Power-Pro.  Mike has a Masters in Fly-Casting Instruction and regularly teaches fly-casting.  As a Co-host for Wild Country radio Show on KJR 950, Mike has a chance to interview the top performers in the industry and stay abreast of current issues.  His favorite off the clock activities are spending time with wife Carey and son Porter, and chasing King Salmon in Alaska.

NSIA President Dan Parnel is enthusiastic about the breadth of skills and talent the 2010 Board possesses.  Said Parnel, “I’m gratified to be at the helm of an Association that continues to attract youth, talent and science to our team.  The new energy these individuals bring will compliment the experience of the existing board.  Together we will continue to protect fishery resources, grow the sport fishing industry and the cultural, economic and environmental benefits of sport fishing in the northwest.”

NSIA Issues Statement On Sulfite Egg Cure Study

(NORTHWEST SPORTFISHING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION PRESS RELEASE)

On December 11th, 2009 representatives of NSIA Board, staff, scientists and members who manufacture bait cure or cured products received a briefing from ODFW staff regarding the effects of sodium sulfite in bait cures on captive populations of juvenile salmonids and trout.

The study concluded that cures with higher concentrations of sodium sulfite fed to fish in hatchery pens created various levels of mortality.  ODFW staff did not identify this issue as a substantive conservation issue and were clear that the study did not provide information as to the population effects.  Initial conversations indicated that this was not likely a crises warranting immediate regulatory action but that we may want to consider an outreach and education program that shares the results of the study for appropriate industry response.

In the meantime, the Board and Staff of NSIA are working to inform their manufacturers and members of the results of the study.  Many of NSIA’s manufacturers have indicated they will voluntarily terminate their use of sodium sulfites until further studies can determine if the effects can be replicated outside captive populations. Various NSIA retailers and manufacturers are also working on education pieces for the angling public as well. To be clear, the study has not undergone necessary peer review, was not conducted in a representative environment and has not been replicated. Still, NSIA understands the concern and is meeting those concerns head-on. NSIA’s Board recognizes that our position to eliminate sulfites pending further study will likely result in the closure of some sport fishing related businesses.  The NSIA has long supported and been champions for the highest standards of conservation related to our fishery resources. As is consistent with our guiding principles and values, we have elected to take this action in NSIA’s continuing effort to put the fish first.

We trust that members of the public and conservation community will appreciate the promptness of the NSIA’s response and the level of action embraced to address these preliminary findings.

Oregon Tuna Classic Sets Records

(OREGON TUNA CLASSIC PRESS RELEASE)

The books are closed on the 2009 season for the Oregon Tuna Classic. The upside down economy had the organizers wondering if they’d see a decrease in participants and sponsors as they worked diligently through the spring making final preparations for the first event in Newport on July 18th.

(OREGON TUNA CLASSIC)

That question was answered by a record number of participants that exceeded well over 1,400 people involved in this past summer’s events. Allstate agents Ron Brockmann along with Dennis Pendley, from Corvallis Oregon, were the title sponsors while Shimano, G.Loomis, Daiwa, The Mill Casino and Coast 105 Radio anchored the sponsorships with a combined $65,000 in donations between just the top six. That generosity and support carried over to another 81 sponsors making it another record year with sponsorships.

The popularity generated from past events drew teams from Montana, Idaho, California, Washington and Oregon. To witness the energy and excitement from 500 people setting inside one of those big tents this year is contagious and you can really see the heart of a fishermen when it comes to helping those in need.

People are still talking about the impressive line of boats that slowly worked their way out of the port of Ilwaco in the dark, it looked like a Christmas boat parade. That sight was witnessed again, a few weeks later, when over 100 spectators gathered in the dark standing on the north jetting and watched the boats come out of Garibaldi. They couldn’t see the flare start due to the fog that moved in on the beach but they could hear the tremendous roar of engines as everyone raced offshore to their favorite fishing spot.

(OREGON TUNA CLASSIC)

To say these events grew this year would almost be an understatement. Today, the Oregon Tuna Classic is the fastest growing charitable fishing tournament on the west coast. When registrations started pouring in the organizers were forced to rent three very large tents capable of handling 500-600 people. People were coming out of the woodwork to volunteer because they wanted to be a part of the excitement.

Some sponsors jumped in at times and gave more than their donations as witnessed by the guys from Weldcraft Boats who were there just to watch but got caught up in all the excitement and the next thing you knew they were helping to unload fish and help with whatever else was needed.

The growth of these events is starting to bring much needed economic benefits to the communities visited by the armada of fishermen, volunteers and spectators. Businesses in Ilwaco saw record sales for the year while Garibaldi City Manager John O’leary speculates the Oregon Tuna Classic might rival the annual Garibaldi days in generating business.

The original purpose of the Oregon Tuna Classic, OTC as many call it, was to provide a forum for fishermen to have a little friendly competition, catch albacore and donate it to the local food bank. This past summer those fishermen gave coastal food banks 18,600 pounds of tuna in addition to the economic aid from just visiting their communities.

Since 2005, over 44,300 pounds of tuna and $103,000 has been donated to the Oregon Food Bank. The OTC’s donation helped the Oregon Food bank purchase six pounds of food for every dollar donated, equivalent to a contribution weight of over 662,300 pounds of food.

(OREGON TUNA CLASSIC)

Dates have been set for the 2010 summer events, plans are being made and sponsors are being contacted to again get ready for another season. With the continued support of volunteers and sponsors alike, the OTC will continue the fight against hunger bringing its armada of fishermen and spectators into these communities.

Thank you for your support and involvement in 2009.
Del Stephens
OTC Chairman

New Book Details NW’s Top Blacktail Bucks

I’ve seen some nice pics of blacktails come into HQ this fall.

There’s Jacob Middling’s 4×4 (5-pointer with eyeguards) from the Elbe, Wash., area., and Scott Shafner‘s bootleather-brown-antlered 3×3 from the southern end of the Kitsap Peninsula.

While Jo Wiebe‘s Whidbey Island blacktail may be shy on rackage (2×2, 4×6 counting trash),  it’s up there in age — 8 to 10 years old — and weight: 163 pounds at the butcher. Ron Stever‘s whopper from just east of Snoqualmie Pass was 165 pounds on the hook while Rob Clarey‘s Vail Tree Farm buck came in at 186 pounds hanging.

Oh, yeah, there’s a lot of venison now in Northwest freezers.

And what about after dinner? Well, why not sit down to read, Blacktail Legends of the Pacific Northwest, from Northwest Big Game Inc.?

They’re the folks who put out record books for all Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana big game.

Their brand new 202-page book not only lists the top 100 biggest typical and nontypical blacktails for the Beaver, Evergreen and Golden states plus British Columbia — but also the 100 largest taken by riflemen and archers as well as the top entrants from muzzleloaders.

There are also 50 articles highlighting many of the book bucks — take note, whopper stalkers, there are tips in those stories — plus dozens upon dozens of great photographs of big bucks.

The pics are what I enjoyed the most on a quick look-through of the colorful book, especially the six shots of the freaky buck Steven Gregory took in Linn County, Ore., in 1992 — five points on the left side, 66 on the right!

In case you’re curious, according to the book, the largest typical blacktail buck was shot by Place Mcdermitt in Cowlitz County, Wash., in 1935. Interestingly, it was only scored (184 2/8) in 2007. The rack had been in Mcdermitt’s Castle Rock bar for 70 years before a patron hauled it off to a sportsman’s show for scoring.

The largest nontypical blacktail came from the south side of the Columbia — a 213 7/8 buck shot by Gordon Johnson in Clackamas County, Ore., in 1997.

The book is available for $29.95.

Other titles from Northwest Big Game Inc include Record Book for Oregon (4th Edition; $24.95); Record Book for Washington (2nd edition; $19.95); Record Book for Idaho; 1st edition; $17.95).

Northwest Big Game will also be making the rounds during the upcoming sportsman’s show season. Blacktail Legends of the Northwest will be featured at the Puyallup, Eugene, Portland, Roseburg, Medford and Yreka shows.

Northwest Sportsman will be a sponsor of the Eugene, Roseburg and Medford shows.

Win A Brand-new Rainier Tent For Your Hunting Camp!

UPDATE, JAN. 7, 2010: A winner has been declared, and it’s Lori Robelia of Orondo, Wash.!

While many fine entries came in — some in spectacular scenery, some that made us laugh — the folks at Rainier Tents judged her shot to be the best.

Thanks EVERYONE who sent us photos, we really do appreciate it!

AW
NWS

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In case you missed that ad on page 127 of our November issue, we want your snap shots of the best and worst “Hunting Hotels” of the West. They will be entered in a contest to win a brand-new Rainier Tent!

Rainier Tents are made right here in the Northwest, have been for 113 years. Miners took ’em to Alaska during the gold rush, and these days, deer and elk hunters use them to set up veritable hotels in the wilds of Washington, Oregon and the Northern Rockies.

Now, you don’t have to actually own a Rainier Tent to enter this contest. All you have to do is send us your picture of, say, your hunting partner’s setup, one in your campground, or maybe one you’ve seen while driving over, say, Colockum Pass, the Cascades, Northeast Oregon — wherever. And if you have a Rainier Tent, sheesh, might as well send us a pic too — you might get upgraded if you win!

You can mail prints to Northwest Sportsman, Attn: Rainier Tent Contest, PO Box 24365, Seattle, WA 98124-0365, or just email them to andy@nwsportsmanmag.com.

The contest is open through Dec. 31, 2009. A winner, chosen by Rainier Tents staff, will be announced Jan. 15, 2010, here. One tent will be awarded.

Check back in this space often for the latest entries. Here are a few ideas to get things started:

Rainier 1

KEITH CAMMEL WAS THE CONTEST'S FIRST ENTRANT. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

rainier 2

LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE COULD USE A NEW TENT INSTEAD OF AN OLD TARP OVER THEIR COOKING AREA! (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

rainier 3

THAT'S A NICE PAIR ... OF TENTS AT MARK WELLS' OKANOGAN COUNTY DEER CAMP. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

"SLEEPING IN THE BACK OF MY TRUCK GOT COLD. I COULD SURE USE A TENT," WRITES RICHARD HIXSON, SEEN HERE AT HIS 2008 MOOSE CAMP. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

"SLEEPING IN THE BACK OF MY TRUCK GOT OLD. I COULD USE A GOOD TENT," WRITES RICHARD HIXSON, SEEN HERE DURING HIS 2008 MOOSE HUNT. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

rainier 4

CERTAINLY THE HIGHEST HUNTING CAMP WE'VE SEEN SO FAR, AND TONY MORALES' IS ALSO THE MOST SPARTAN. "ONE TARP, TWO BED ROLLS. THAT'S ALL I GOT! I GET WET SOMETIMES," HE WRITES. AHH, BUT THE VIEWS. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

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TONY MORALES' CAMP (PHOTO ABOVE THIS) CERTAINLY IS WAY BACK AND IN, AND SO IS JOE FAULKNER'S MOUNTAIN GOAT BASE CAMP -- 17 MILES BACK INTO THE ALASKAN BUSH. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

rainier 7

DAVID SCHUURMAN AND FRIENDS FONDLY RECALL THE MEMORIES FROM THIS 1996 CAMP IN MONTANA'S MISSOURI RIVER BREAKS. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

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BRIAN NYGREN'S 2002 HUNTING CAMP LOOKS COZY ... (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

... AS DOES HIS 2003 SETUP. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

... AS DOES HIS 2003 CAMP. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

rainier 10

TENT? WHO NEEDS ONE, MICHAEL BLAKE'S PA (PICTURED HERE), MIGHT ARGUE, BUT HIS SON "SHORE COULD USE A TENT," SO BLAKE SUBMITTED THIS SHOT. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

WELL, NOT EXACTLY A HUNTING CAMP, BUT ALL THOSE TENTS AT THE WASHINGTON MOUNTAIN MEN'S OLD GATHERING AT BLEWETT PASS SURE LOOK GOOD. MICHAEL BLAKE OF CHEHALIS SENT THE IMAGE. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

THEY HUNT HARD AT KEVIN MEDVED AND FRIENDS' "VIAGRA CAMP" IN COLORADO'S UNIT 33, BUT SOMETIMES ... (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

... THE WIND BLOWS HARDER. MEDVED SAYS A "ONCE IN A DECADE" STORM TOPPLED AN OLD ASPEN ONTO CAMP VIAGRA, TURNING IT INTO A LIMP PILE OF CANVAS. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

BUT MOTHER NATURE'S NO MATCH FOR CAMP VIAGRA -- IT ROSE AGAIN, ERR, SORT OF. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

SHEESH, MEDVED AND THE BOYS EVEN HAVE A CAMP VIAGRA PENANT! (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

LORI ROBELIA'S CAMP WAS A GREAT HOME AWAY FROM HOME DURING HER 11-DAY ANY-BULL COLOCKUM ELK HUNT. "OUR 12x16 RAINIER WALL TENT DID THE JOB AGAIN IN SUNSHINE TO 3-PLUS INCHES OF SNOW THAT CAME AND WENT! THERE'S NOTHING LIKE A COMFORTABLE, WARM CAMP TO KEEP YOU CHASING THE BIG ONES! AND YES, MY TAG WAS FILLED WITH JUST MY SECOND BULL ELK," SHE WRITES. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

AHHH, YES, NOTHING LIKE CUTTING UP A LITTLE WOOD FOR THE EVENING FIRE UP AT ELK CAMP HIGH IN THE CRISP FALL MOUNTAINS OF COLORADO ... (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

... TAKING A MOMENT TO ENJOY THE BREATHTAKING SCENERY OF THE ROCKIES ... (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

... BEING TOGETHER WITH FRIENDS AT A SPECIAL TIME OF YEAR ... (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

... AND, TO UNWIND AT THE END OF THE DAY, DOING A BACK FLIP INTO THE CAMPFIRE. GARETT HOCH SENT THIS AND THE ABOVE TWO PICS ALONG. "OUR GROUP IS IN THE NORTHWEST COLORADO FLAT TOPS FROM OCTOBER THROUGH NOVEMBER (FIRST SEASON ELK-THIRD SEASON ELK. WE HAVE HAD SOME SUCCESSFUL HUNTS, AND SOME NOT SO MUCH, BUT WE ALWAYS HAVE A GREAT TIME WITH EACH OTHERS' COMPANY." (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

WHAT BETTER USE FOR YOUR GAME POLE -- ESPECIALLY IF IT ISN'T BEING USED -- THAN TO HANG A PIñATA FROM?!?! "WHEN YOUR DAUGHTER'S BIRTHDAY IS THE DAY AFTER OPENING DAY OF (EARLY ARCHERY) ELK SEASON, YOU JUST HAVE TO PARTY AT CAMP," WRITES MICHAEL BLAKE. "CAMP" WAS IN WASHINGTON'S MANASTASH UNIT, NORTHWEST OF YAKIMA. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

BIRTHDAY GIRL RUBY RELAXES AFTERWARDS WITH MOMMA IN THE HAMMOCK ... (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

AFTER THE PARTY, RUBY RELAXES IN THE HAMMOCK ... (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

... AND TRIES ON DAD'S ELK HUNTING CAMO DO-RAG. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

IT'S WHAT'S INSIDE -- NOT JUST OUTSIDE -- THAT COUNTS AT BOB CUMMINGS' ELK CAMP. THE PHOENIX, ORE., RESIDENT SAYS HE'S HAD THIS TENT GOING ON 21 SEASONS, "AND IT STILL HAS THE MAGIC. SIGNING THE WALL INSIDE IS ALMOST AS FUN AS THE HUNTING." (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

OUR MOST PROLIFIC CONTEST ENTRANT, MICHAEL BLAKE SENT US THIS SHOT OF EVENING OVER AN IDAHO DEER/ELK CAMP. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

IF IT SNOWS THIS MUCH, YOU BETTER HAVE A NICE 'N SNUG TENT! RANDY MARTIN SENT US A MESS OF PICS FROM HIS FAMILY'S "YEAR-ROUND CANVAS HOTEL LOCATED DEEP IN CENTRAL OREGON." (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

MARTIN, A SPRINGFIELD, ORE., RESIDENT SAYS THEY USE THE TENT AS THEIR BASE TO HUNT, FISH AND RIDE ATV'S THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

"MANY, MANY SUCCESSFUL ELK, DEER, COUGAR AND COYOTE HUNTS," WRITES MARTIN. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

"ALMOST HOME AWAY FROM HOME," HE ADDS. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

YEP, A VERY SWEET MOUNTAIN MOTEL! (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

HAVE WE MENTIONED HOW LONG-LASTING CANVAS TENTS CAN BE? "THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN IN 1999," WRITES DAN ROBELIA OF CHELAN. "AN OLD CLASSIC, THIS BLUE RAINIER TENT WAS PURCHASED IN THE '80S USED. STILL BEING USED FOR DEER CAMP TODAY!" (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

LARRY SCOGGIN'S ELK CAMP JUST BELOW 5,000 FEET IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS SURE LOOKS SNUG! "THIS BIG TENT IS 16 YEARS OLD AND WE GOT IT IN 1993," HE WRITES. AS FOR WHY 1937'S WRITTEN ON THE FRONT, SCOGGIN SAYS THAT'S THE YEAR HIS FATHER AND UNCLES STARTED HUNTING THE AREA. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

WHOSE NYLON IGLOO IS ABOUT TO COLLAPSE AND DUMP SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW ON THE HUNTERS INSIDE? "A LITTLE SNOW DURING LATE SEASON IN THE NACHES SHOWS HOW HANDY A GOOD TENT WOULD BE," WRITES MICHAEL BLAKE. (RAINIER TENTS PHOTO CONTEST)

M2-SP Flatfish Now Officially The Mag Lip

(YAKIMA BAIT PRESS RELEASE)

Mag Lip is a deep-diving plug that features a strike-producing wide wiggle in slower currents and erratic “skip-beat” action in faster currents – up to 4.5 MPH!

This lure has a maximum diving depth of 20 feet when trolled/backtrolled on a flat line.  Like all diving plugs, diving depth will vary depending on current speed, line diameter and the amount of let out.  In factory tests, this lure dives 20 feet using 30 to 40 pound super braid with 120 feet let-out.  Employing larger diameter line or shorter let-out distance produces shallower dive.  Add weight 4-to-6 feet ahead of plug when fishing slower currents or when wanting to go deeper.

(YAKIMA BAIT)

(YAKIMA BAIT)

Although not always necessary, this plug is designed to perform with a fillet of Sardine or other bait strapped to its belly!  Mag Lip bait-wrap grooves help hold wrapping thread and fillet in place.  Your fillet should measure 1-3/4 inches long and 5/8 inches wide.  Center your fillet around the belly eyelet (skin side down) and hold in place by wrapping with light test mono or elastic thread – finish with 3 to 4 half hitches.

Factory rigged with treble hooks (Size #1 trebles) but works with singles too! Mag Lip swims correctly when rigged with double 1/0 or 1/0-2/0 (2/0 on tail) siwash style single hooks.

Recommend rigging belly single hook (point down) off double split-ring; and trailing single (point up) off double split-ring.

Straight running from factory when using the included round-eyed connector snap!  Can be fine tuned by bending (a slight amount) the pull-point eyelet the opposite way the plug is running.

Product Features:

Extra Deep Diving –  dives up to 20 Feet!

Works with or without Bait Wrapper- (wrap groves hold thread)

Strike Producing – Erratic “skip-beat” action in fast currents – up to 4.5 MPH

Heavy Duty Rigging

20,000 Maggots, 1,629 Fish And A Big Storm

“I’ve got 20,000 maggots ready to go.”

So said Jeff Kolodzinski on a recent summer morning as he attempted to break a Guinness World Record.

No, he was not trying to eat all or a substantial portion of those 20,000 maggots.

Or get others to eat them.

Well, actually, that depends on what your definition of “others” comprises.

The so-called “Marathon Man” who is also a v.p. of marketing for Frabill, was going to use the variously colored baits to try and catch at least 1,629 fish in a 24-hour period, breaking his own record.

The attempt, which was also done to raise awareness of Armed Forces Family Fishing Celebration, has been posted on YouTube.

With his custom 12-foot “cane pole on steroids,” Kolodzinski sits on the dock at Lake Minnetonka next to a squirming tray of multi-colored maggots and goes to town.

I had to chuckle (and, yes, replay several times) the third minute which shows underwater footage of bluegills investigating the bait and then suddenly being yanked heavenward.

At noon, four and a half hours into his attempt, Kolodzinksi lands Bluegill No. 550; by 2:23, he’s up to 780; somewhere around midafternoon, a reporter appears to be taking notes next to him; and at 8:30 p.m, 13 hours in and with 1,245 fish on the clicker, he appears to be well on his way to not just breaking the record, but smashing it.

Except that approaching is a “wall cloud”– a big, fast-moving thunderboomer. And as Kolodzinski notes, he’s got ahold of 12 feet of carbon and is surrounded by nothing but water and low ground.

LIGHTNING IN THE DISTANCE AT LAKE MINNETONKA AS "MARATHON MAN" ATTEMPTS TO CATCH 1,629 FISH TO SET A WORLD RECORD. (YOUTUBE)

LIGHTNING IN THE DISTANCE AT LAKE MINNETONKA AS "MARATHON MAN" ATTEMPTS TO CATCH 1,629 FISH TO SET A WORLD RECORD. (YOUTUBE)

“The problem, is they’re just starting to turn on,” he says.

How does it end? See for yourself.

Steelhead U. Seminar Set For Dec. 5

(STEELHEAD UNIVERSITY PRESS RELEASE)

Don’t miss Steelhead University’s Annual 1-Day Seminar, Dec. 5.

For the 6th consecutive year, Steelhead University will host a one-day seminar that will feature six of the Northwest’s top fishermen. Presentations will be given on an array of different techniques all designed to help you, the angler, catch more steelhead and salmon.

Northwest Fishing Legend Buzz Ramsey will head the program with his drift fishing presentation.  This years lineup also includes, Mike Perusse (side drifting), Bob Kratzer (trophy steelhead fishing), Todd Girtz (proven techniques, run timing and hotspots), Josh Hughes (steelhead rigging A to Z), and Steelhead University Host Terry Wiest (float fishing).

The presentation is designed for beginners and experts alike to improve your salmon/steelhead catch numbers.

There will be tackle giveaways and industry representatives will be on hand to answer your questions in person.

Sportco and Outdoor Emporium will be co-hosting the full day seminar being held in the IBEW Local 46 Auditorium 19802 62nd Ave S, Kent, WA  98032.  This state of the art auditorium features dual screens, built in sound system, it’s climate controlled and has comfortable seating with tables for everyone.

The cost per person for the all day seminar is $88.00.  Register on-line with Paypal at www.steelheaduniversity.com or contact Terry Wiest at (206) 387-9293.