THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NORTHWEST SPORTFISHING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
On Friday, August 16th, nearly 200 sportfishermen from all over the region came out for the Buoy 10 Salmon Challenge to try their luck hauling in one of the large Chinook and coho migrating up the mighty Columbia. With a total of 89 fish weighed in by 5pm this was a very successful year for the derby; the competition was stiff! NSIA has hosted this derby for 20 years, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to support sport fishermen and the sport fishing industry. This Astoria fundraiser is the biggest of the five events hosted by NSIA.
The Buoy 10 derby is made possible each year by the incredible support of the sportfishing industry, both through sponsorships and the product donations that allow us to offer some of the top brands on the market as prizes and auction items. This year’s silent auction items, door prizes and raffle offerings included products from Berkley, Brad’s Killer Fish Gear, Engel Coolers, Gamakatsu, Grundens, Lamiglas, Okuma, ProCure, Shimano, Smokehouse Products, Tempress and Yakima Bait to name just a few of the many companies who supported Buoy 10 with product donations.
The 2019 Big Fish Prize of $1000 went to Jim Johnson of Team Austin’s Northwest Adventures. The team captain, Austin Moser, got Jim on the winning fish that weighed in at 21.80 gilled and gutted pounds. NSIA’s longtime sponsor, North River Boats donated funds for the Big Fish winner. Other winners include:
2nd Place Big Fish: Jason Erickson with a close runner-up at 21.40 pounds.
3rd Place Big Fish: Cameron Black hard on their heels with a Chinook at 21.15 pounds.
4th Place Big Fish: Tanner Morton pulled in a 20.60-pound Chinook.
5th Place Big Fish: Joe Depweg was just a hair behind with a good-size fish at 20.45.
G Loomis, Lamiglas, and Berkley Air rods, paired respectively with Shimano, Abu Garcia Ambassadeur and Penn Warfare reels along with Maxima line packages were won by the following teams:
1st Place Team – Cameron Black’s Gone Catchin’ Team with an average weight of 17.88.
2nd Place Team – Blair Johnson’s Team Double Trouble had an average weight of 17.82.
3rd Place Team – Josh Hughes Team with an average weight of 14.68
The $1,100 Mystery Fish Prize, sponsored by WeldCraft/Duckworth, was available to any angler that weighed in a fish. Dan Lawrentz was the 2019 lucky winner.
The Columbia’s Buoy 10 area is the largest salmon fishery in the lower 48 states. NSIA is proud to be fighting every day for the health of this magnificent river as well as every other watershed in the Pacific Northwest, and the critical ocean habitat they flow into. Events like this year’s Buoy 10 Salmon Challenge allow NSIA to be steadfast in its mission of preserving, restoring and enhancing Northwest sportfisheries and the businesses that depend on them.
NSIA Executive Director, Liz Hamilton says of the tournament, “The Buoy 10 Salmon Challenge has not only been the most exciting salmon fishing tournament on the lower Columbia for almost 20 years, but it is also our most important fundraiser. All funds will go toward protecting and restoring healthy river systems, defending hatcheries and the millions of smolts they release each year as well as working to increase angler access to fisheries across the Northwest.”
NSIA would also like to thank the Buoy 10 derby sponsors for making this event a success. Their support allows NSIA to have a strong voice in local, state, and federal governments, advocating for policies that keep the sportfishing industry thriving in the Northwest. Please remember these companies and brands when you’re gearing up for your next trip: Berkley, Brad’s Killer Fish Gear, Engel Coolers, Fisherman’s Marine & Outdoor, Frank Amato Publications/STS Magazine, Freshwater News, G. Loomis, Grundens, Luhr Jensen/Rapala, Master Marine, Maxima, North River Boats, Northwest Sportmans Magazine, Okuma, Pautzke/Atlas Mike’s, PENN, Raymarine, Shimano, Tom & Jerry’s Boat Center, and Weldcraft/ Duckworth.
NSIA also wishes to thank the many volunteers and companies that donated their products and services. And once again, Cody Herman of Day One Outdoor Adventures kept the evening’s festivities lively as Master of Ceremonies.
NSIA will host the next Buoy 10 derby in August 2020. We hope you can join us for what is always a fun and fantastic event!