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Speed Crabbing Returns to Puget Sound
The third annual Puget Sound Speed Crabbing Derby, benefiting the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), returns to Everett, Wash. on Saturday, July 11. Several sponsors, including Scuttlebutt Brewing and Ace of Baits, have agreed to donate $2.50 to the SCCA for each pound of crab caught, while participating teams are encouraged to solicit pledges from friends and family for the day-long competition. Prizes will be awarded to the three teams who generate the largest donations. More information is available on the Puget Sound Speed Crabbing website.
Mark Gavin to Teach Free Seminar on Upper Columbia Sockeye and King Salmon Fishing
Salmon University columnist Mark Gavin will present a free seminar covering opportunities and techniques for three Upper Columbia River fisheries on May 27, in Auburn, Wash. Gavin will discuss the Summer Sockeye fishery, the Summer King (AKA “June Hogs”) fishery, and the world famous Fall King (AKA “Upriver Brights”) fishery, as well as provide details on run timing, the best places to fish, proven tactics, plus guide secrets to improve on-the-water success. Time, location, and other details are available here.
Coast Guard Releases Boating Safety App
The U.S. Coast Guard has released a new boating safety app for mobile devices. Available for both Apple and Android tablets and phones, features of the “USCG Boating Safety App” include state boating information, a safety equipment checklist, a NOAA buoy finder, navigation rules, and calling features to report pollution. When location services are enabled, users can receive the latest weather reports from the closest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather buoys as well as report the location of a hazard on the water. The app can be downloaded for free from the App Store or Google Play.
Limited Spots Remain in Salmon University Trip to Eagle Nook Resort, British Columbia
The Salmon University trip this year is to the Eagle Nook Lodge in Barkley Sound, British Columbia, from July 19-22. While all openings for fly-in anglers on Lucky Sportfishing charter boats have been filled, five rooms remain for those anglers bringing their own boat. With a perfect, five-star review on TripAdvisor, Eagle Nook Resort offers deluxe accommodations, four-course meals, and fish cleaning, filleting, vacuum packaging, and freezing services for packing into airline-approved insulated fish boxes. Registration and other details are available here.
Dungeness crab photo courtesy Dana. (CC BY-ND 2.0)