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Shrimping Returns May 14
According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), recreational spot shrimp fishing in Puget Sound will open Saturday, May 14. The opening comes one week later than usual and is due to the extremely low tides that are expected to occur midday on the first Saturday in May, which traditionally marks the start of the season throughout Puget Sound.
“We’re pushing the season opener to May 14 to allow shrimpers to get the most out of the limited number of days that many marine areas, including Hood Canal, are open each year,” Mark O’Toole, shellfish biologist for WDFW said.
Salmon University Trip to Barkley Sound Returns in July
Salmon University will, once again, return to Eagle Nook resort in British Columbia for its annual expedition on July 17 to July 21. The trip is now four nights and gives participants the opportunity to get settled and and enjoy Barkley Sound, the fishing and the resort even more. Participant can opt for either a fully guided trip with Lucky Sportfishing, or bring their own boat for a self-guided angling experience. Packages include a stay at Eagle Nook, all meals, resort amenities, vacuum packaging, moorage, and more.
More information, and booking details, are available here.
New Class Added to Salmon University Seminar Lineup
A new course has just been added to this year’s Salmon University saltwater seminar. Wayne Heinz, author of the new book Depthfinders will teach a class on this subject at the SU Seminar.
The Salmon University saltwater seminar will take place April 2-3 in Kent, Wash. More information, and registration details, are available here.
Garmin Expands Pro Team
Garmin has added a dangerous-looking group of 21 anglers to its Pro Team. A publicity shot for the newest additions to the team shows seven of the bandanna-wearing fishermen decked-out in leather vests embroidered with “Sons of Fishes,” the slogan for the company’s new 2016 advertising campaign.
“Our team has more than doubled in size in just two years,” Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales, said in a written statement. “It’s an impressive group of anglers, all of whom have joined the Garmin team because they believe it will give them the competitive edge.”
The new Garmin pro anglers who will represent the company at tournaments and other appearances include: Todd Auten, Josh Bertrand , Zack Birge, Ramie Colson, Chad Grigsby, Chris Johnston, Cory Johnston, Brad Knight, Russ Lane, Matt Lee, Jared Lintner, Richard Lowitzki, Mike McClelland, Cody Meyer, Cliff Prince, Tom Redington, Mark Rose, Jim Tutt, Greg Vinson, John Voyles, and Jay Yelas.