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Exciting Adventures-TV and Radio links

April 20, 2019
Lots going on and I have not updated my blog in a long time.
An amazing thing happened, I was lucky enough to be asked by Mike Carey with Northwest Fishing reports to go fishing for the weekend at Billy Clap Lake down below Banks Lake. I did not realize that I was going to “the guest” for a TV show. Long story short, I accepted and met Mike and Aaron down at the boat launch, and we had a blast fishing and I got to show off my covers, and catch a few fish and actually fish a lake I had never been to. It was a beautiful weekend weatherwise. Mike and Aaron are a kick to be around and it was fun to see how they actually film the TV program and learned quite a bit about their industry, which is difficult, to say the least, and takes many man-hours to produce the show and the marketing is a huge undertaking.
The next day we were joined by John Kruse with Northwest Sportsman radio. I was lucky enough to have him interview me and he put that on his radio show not long after. I will put that show link below, on here as well. Be sure to check out John Kruse on the radio. Some great local and regional information every Saturday on select radio stations!

Is was really interesting to me, listening to the 2 talk about their businesses, one radio, one TV and what direction they are both going.
It was a very fun weekend and the film is on the link here.
It turned out excellent I think.
Ok so about doing KXLY MADE IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST a segment that KXLY has been doing for quite some time now. Well after my trip to Washington DC last year I saw that they had run a story about Kuma Stoves out of Idaho that was selected to represent Idaho in the Made in Ameria Product Showcase. But they never contacted me, which was very disappointing as I am in Eastern Washington and never heard a word from them.
I had sent the media release to all the TV stations in Spokane and the newspapers and received no response.
Well, Derek got ahold of me and explained that they had done a segment with KUMA stoves earlier and when Kuma got selected for Washington DC they got a hold of Derek and since he had already interviewed them he ran with that.
I still do not understand why the media and all were not more interested in talking with me the small company in Eastern Washington getting invited to represent the state. I thought it was a pretty big deal, but with the politics and media these days it is a very sad state of affairs in my mind.
This should have been Headline news across the State. the local newspaper did 2 really great stories on the front page with interviews of us and pictures, it was great and the Brewster Chamber of Commerce had me as a guest speaker telling of my experience. The ONLY politician that got ahold of me was Congressman Dan Newhouse, our district representative, and they told me congratulations and Dan was not going to be in DC the day of the event, but he was coming in the next day and they invited us on a special tour of the Nations Captial Building and he wanted to congratulate us in person. So that was an honor as well. That is a story in itself and I will write that up soon.
So anyway these 2 shows actually aired the same week. how that happened I do not know, but it did.
To say I deserve this I do not know.
I am a small business that has designed a product or now lots of products to help the fisherman keep their tackle visible and out of the tackle boxes. I also created a pole wrap. Believe it or not, I do not care, but I did not know that others had this product, not many but I did find some colored ones at bass pro. but I did not copy them. Plus I wanted clear to see what is inside without removing them.
My BIG claim is that we are made in America and 99% of my materials are made in the USA as well. Some of the Thread is actually German made.
Anyway I have come up with a new idea and with the help of Captain Dave out of Spokane Valley I am designing a product that may actually be patentable.. so now after some research, I can not market it, you can’t patent something that has been on the market, I need to take it to trade shows and such to see how it will do then if I think it will take off I need to search for patents, and I hear it is very spendy so it may not happen..
My brother Ernie reminded me of my age and asked me if I wanted to spend my year’s sewing or out fishing and enjoying the life that I have left.. well I do not need to tell you the answer to that…. see me on the road and on the water!

Mike Mauk
Mauk Fishing Stuff
Northwest Fishing Reports Billy Clapp…/made-in-the-northwest…/1065931589?fbclid=IwAR1iKy9lMRKZ4KdjkkbUvNAiue6E0kQ_aMV7FXp9s4DrtlVf78fNNt3KHI8

Be sure to check out John Kruse on the radio. Some great local and regional information every Saturday on select radio stations!

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White House Calling -yeah right!

Well, Friday, June 29, 2018, started out a normal day, I was busy getting ready for the 4th of July Parade that I was the coordinator for with the Brewster Chamber of Commerce. Also Salmon Season was opening on the Columbia River here on the 1st of July.

I received a phone call and caller ID said unknown number, well I usually let the machine pick up those calls but since I was getting calls from people asking about the parade I answered. The lady on the other end said she would like to speak with the one in charge of Mauk Fishing Stuff, and I identified myself and she says she is calling from the White House, and I said sure, the White House in Washington DC? and she says yes.

Well expecting them to ask for my support or something I asked what did she want and she told me that my Company was invited to come to the White House and represent Washington State at the Made in America Showcase.

 WOW, I was not expecting that at all and I am waiting for something like, we will send a check and you deposit it and send us back so much or some other type of wanting to get me to send them money scam. So I ask her if they were going to pay my way over and she says no, but they will feed us on that day.

I said something like, well my people will not believe that the White House called, and she said they will when I show them the email that they will send with more information.

She says I do not need to answer right now but within 48  hours they need an answer. So I gave her my email address and said I would get back to her.

The first thing I did was read the email she sent-

here it is:

Good afternoon Mike,

Thank you for speaking with me regarding possible participation in the Made in America Product Showcase on July 23rd at the White House. This event will feature made in America products from overall 50 states.  The showcase will take place here at the White House with members of the cabinet, members of Congress, White House Senior Staff, and the President. We would like to invite your company and two representatives to come and display your product here at the White House. Attached are some news clips from last year’s event  Please let us know if your company would be interested in participating within the next 48 hours.  If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out.


Alexandra Veletsis

Executive Office of the President

Office of Public Liaison

WOW- so this is the real deal.

Why in the world would they call my company, I am a small outfit with no employees and am not political at all.

I called the airlines and checked for flights and the approximate cost and making sure it was even an option for me to go.  Then I called my older sister for her advice and she says well I need to go, no matter what the cost, but she could not go with me.

 I was going over it in my head and I knew this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and yes I need to go.

 I call and reserved a flight knowing I can make 1 change, no cost no problem. Then I call Ernie by brother and told him and told him I could not really afford to pay his way but he says well what if he can swing it I said Yes, I would love for him to go with me and experience the event.  He called later that evening, after talking with his family and he said he could come with me. So we called the airline and got us both tickets to go on Sunday, returning Tuesday evening

Deciding what to take was a major undertaking.

 Alexandra told me we would have an 8′ table and no backdrop, but they would supply an easel. Not having an 8′ table to work with, I ordered one and set it up in my front room so I could concentrate on it. Fortunately, I have gone to several trade shows and this time I would not be selling anything which is tons easier. My products would just be for show. I have Made in the USA stickers of all kinds already, and plenty of decals, banners, and labels so I didn’t need to order anything.   After many hours of setting up and resetting and adding and taking things away and making new covers so they would be perfect for showing my products.

 Deciding which tackle to use to show how the covers worked was very important, as I would basically only would use  4, 2 on each of the Fishing Poles I was going to take to display the covers showing their actual use.  LEO’s Flashers out of Oregon has always been a big supporter of me and a big President Trump fan, and  I knew he had made a flasher that had TRUMP 2020 on it with the American Flag on the sides.  I make covers to fit all 3 sizes of the Flashers he makes and sells. I contacted him and he said he needed to make me a couple and they got here in time to take to the White House. Free Drifter Flies  – Casey Cooper, out of Wenatchee had given me some of his beautifully tied flies and I used one of those in a cover. Super Flies out of Idaho had traded some Flashers for my covers and they are very colorful and are made in the USA, so I used one of those along with a plug he makes.

Having the table looking the way I wanted I needed to pack everything in a suitcase and have it be the only one going into the White House. All packed I weighed it and 48pounds! whew as you know over 50 is an extra $75.00.

Then off we go on our journey leaving Wenatchee Airport at 11:00 am going to Seattle and then on to Washington DC Reagan International arriving at 9:00 pm.

 Everything went smooth and we got our room and finally got to bed and sleep.

We hailed a cab about 6:30 as we didn’t need to be there before 7 and of course we were early but were 2nd in line and others started coming in.

We were asked for our name so they could make sure we were on the list and right off, 2 gentlemen from Shaullus Pen out of Nevada, one of their last names was spelled wrong on the list and they had to get a special ok from “inside”. Ernie and my name were on the list and we waited, we were told for the bomb-sniffing dogs.  It was warming up  and muggy and it started to rain and we were hearing stories of how it rained hard on them on Sunday, did I mention that in one of the first emails that clearly said to be sure to read  entirely, I somehow missed that we could come Sunday and set up our table  and be ready for Monday. I so wished I would have done that as it would have given us another day in the White House. But I contacted her as I didn’t want to pay to change the reservations and she said we would have plenty of time to set up before the doors opened on Monday morning.

We got past the first gate and went to a tented area on the lawn before we got into the White House and they needed to check our bags – unpack and repack to make sure we didn’t take anything harmful in. Then we were patted down and went through a metal detector.  Then we received our badges. We were checked and IDed and gone over 7 times! They wanted to make sure and each one assigned wanted to make sure.  We were assigned our Aids that were to escort us into the White House.  Our Aid, a young Lady with an umbrella, did I say it was raining pretty good? anyway, she gave us the tour information like where the President’s Family lived and the First Lady’s office and then into the White House. So Beautiful.

We set up in the state dining room where The President had recently hosted Emmanuel Macron of France, where Reagan and Gorbachev had famously met, and where the painting of President Lincoln hangs prominently over the fireplace. What a room to be in. So there were servants with pastries and coffee and juices on one side and our tables around the walls in the beautiful room. We were almost directly under the painting of President Lincoln by the grand fireplace. First thing I noticed was the table was only a 6′ not 8′. We were going to need to downsize a little bit, better too much than not enough.

After setting up the table and realizing it was to cluttered we removed a lot of covers and made it more presentable.

Then we were off to enjoy the food and to check out the others from around the United States. Everyone was so friendly and eager to tell about their company and what their response was when they received the same call we did. It was so surreal that we were in the White House in the same rooms all the President’s and their families had lived during there service as President. When I asked where the restrooms were an Aid showed me the way, it was downstairs in a room with a library and a beautiful sitting area.

 Later in the day at the lunch hour I went to use the restroom again and asked if there was another and a Secret Service man showed me another that was also downstairs but in the room that had China cases with China used by each President. I was looking at China used by President Lincoln, and President Johnson and the others, it was totally amazing.   

The event began and no one had name tags on so we had no idea who is who. They were all friendly and we treated it like a trade show as they were walking by we would say hi and they would come over and talk. It was funny to see the ones that did fish as they would visit for a bit. Telling stories. You could tell when someone of real importance came in as there were cameras and people flocking about. We had a young Aid that took a liking to us as he to was a fisherman, told us who was who. He was very helpful the entire day and was actually the one that escorted us out of the White House at the end of the day. We were not to linger nor stray away, we came in as a group and left as a group. All so organized and we knew we were being watched by the not so secret Secret Service people.

The Secretary of Education came in and was surrounded by Congressmen, us finding out later that it was an opportunity that most did not have to casually get to speak to the Secretaries. The Secretary of Commerce arrived and he is a jolly gentleman and when I got a chance I went to him and asked if we could get pictures and he was more than happy to oblige. He even grabbed the Trump 2020, Leo Flasher, we had on the table and held it up.Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross

  Unfortunately, we heard Vice President Pence was in the other room but never made it to our room. The President may have come in while we were sitting waiting to hear him speak in the other room, which is really a drag if that happened.  But I can not get anyone to verify that that actually happened. See after lunch we realized they were setting up in the foyer for the President to speak and Ernie grabbed  2 seats in the second-row. We could not miss the opportunity to hear him speak,  and not knowing when he would arrive, we stayed in the Foyer and not at our table. Hindsight I should have stayed at the table while Ernie held the chairs. Oh well.

We were asked if we had something we wanted to give to the President as a gift and not thinking we could even do that I had nothing prepared, so I got the best thing I had on the table the LEO FLASHER  that has the TRUMP2020  and the Flag decal and our cover we make for them I added a business card and the flyer that my sweet cousin Beth and her husband made for me with their company CEO Productons out of Texas

President Trump’s speech was so down to earth, such a pleasure hearing our President honoring the businesses that make their products in America.  It was a proud moment for me.

Posted by Mike Mauk on Monday, July 23, 2018

I knew going in that this is a one and done deal and even so I did not get enough pictures but I have the memories and now writing this all down I can relive them and others can read them as well.

I have always believed we live in a GREAT AMERICA,  and President Trump and his administration are doing all they can to support American made businesses and products. I AM SO PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN AND SO BLESSED TO HAVE HAD AN INVITE TO OUR NATIONS CAPITAL AND WHITE HOUSE. It really does not matter who you voted for or your beliefs, if you do not believe in the American products and the American workers then you do not belong in America. BUY AMERICAN,  the products are always BETTER!

I am so grateful to the one that helped so much throughout the entire event and still answers my emails,  Alexandra Veletsis

Here are some links to the event:

Jimmy HoustonMap with instructions Photo bombedRoom we were in TV interviewPresident TrumpPresident Trump Gift to our PresidentSec. of Commerce Wilbur Ross

Posted by Mike Mauk on Monday, July 23, 2018

Made in America Day

Today, President Trump welcomed vendors from all 50 states whose products are made right here in the United States of America. #MadeInAmerica

Posted by The White House on Monday, July 23, 2018

Posted by Mike Mauk on Monday, July 23, 2018

This week, President Donald J. Trump hosted his second “Made in America” product showcase at the White House. In a tribute to American workers, President Trump invited companies large and small from all 50 states to join this year’s celebration on the South Lawn.

See what great product represented your state below.

What does it mean to be ‘Made in the USA?’

For a product to be called “Made in the USA,” or claimed to be of domestic origin without qualifications or limits on the claim, the product must be “all or virtually all” made in the United States, according to the Federal Trade Commission. “All or virtually all” means that all significant parts and processing that go into the product must be of U.S. origin.

That is, the product should contain no—or negligible—foreign content.

‘American heart, American sweat, and American pride’

“I remember, when I was growing up, I’d see ‘Made in America’ all over the place,” President Trump said at the showcase. “Everything had ‘Made in America.’ And we’re starting that again.”

That story of American renewal was one of three big messages the President delivered:

  1. American manufacturing is back. Nearly 350,000 manufacturing jobs have been created since President Trump took office. An industry survey shows that optimism among U.S. manufacturers recently hit an all-time high, as did expectations for employment growth and capital investment over the next year.
  2. For years, Washington put workers last. “They did nothing. They let our factories leave. They let our people lose their jobs,” the President said. “That’s not free trade; that’s fool’s trade.” But under President Trump, all nations are held accountable and must play by the rules.
  3. Tough action is already paying off. The Trump Administration secured key changes to America’s trade agreement with South Korea, including provisions to increase U.S. automobile exports. And just this week, President Trump announced that the European Union would work with America toward zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsidies on non-auto industrial goods.

The businesses who joined President Trump at the White House this week are part of these success stories. “We are here today to celebrate the greatest products in the world—products made with American heart, American sweat, and American pride,” the President said.

Boots from Texas, snowboards from Colorado, F-150 trucks from Michigan, baseball bats from Pennsylvania—see some of the great products that are being made right here in America:

Signed letter from President Trump

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Material we use in our Products


CLEAR VINYL– We have purchased our clear vinyl from several sources in the years we have been manufacturing our covers.  The prices vary quite a lot from one store to the other. We did find ONLINE FABRIC that sold rolls of the clear 16 and 20 gauge vinyl. We also found Walmart carries rolls of the sizes we need and at a lower cost than most other places but it is not always available. We just this year 2018 found a business in Washington State Achilles USA, Inc, that manufactures vinyl. Thanks to a local store Grover’s Building Supplies in Brewster, Wa who turned me on to this company. Now all of our vinyl will come from them as their prices and availability is what our company requires. And with that, all of our clear vinyl will be the 19 gauge double polished vinyl. MADE IN THE USA

As stated above, we just started buying the 19 gauge Double-Polished Clear with UVI that is made in America in a factory in Everett WA -Achilles. We were so excited to find this business that actually makes vinyl in the USA. All of our new products going forward that use clear vinyl will be the 19 gauge vinyl. August 2018  USA CUSTOM FILMS ENGINEERED TO PERFORM
Achilles USA, Inc. |

for the solid colored  covers, we use Shelter-Rite our main colors are maroon, blue, white and now in red that we order from Sailrite


Shelter-Rite is a tough, waterproof, vinyl-coated polyester fabric with a matte finish on the outer side. This fabric is designed for high performance and flexibility; use for tough applications where high tear strength, high tensile strength, high adhesion and exceptional weather resistance are main applications. With a high abrasion and tear resistance, Shelter-Rite is perfect for chafe protection – protecting and reinforcing worn or stressed areas. Use Shelter-Rite on heavy-duty protective covers, around grommets and trampoline edges, tenting, tailgate curtains, truck and industrial tarps, heavy duty bags, hurricane shutters and gym mat covers.


Sale Unit: Sold per linear yard
Width: 61″
Fabric Content: 100% Vinyl-Coated Polyester
Fabric Design: Solids
Primary Color: Oranges
Weight: 18 ounces per square yard
Care & Cleaning: Mild Detergent & Water
Special Features: Easy to Clean, Highly Abrasion Resistant, Mold & Mildew Resistant, Stain Resistant, Waterproof
Certifications: FMVSS 302
Tear Strength: 80 lbs (warp), 80 lbs (fill) ASTM D751
Tensile Strength: 375 lbs (warp), 350 lbs (fill) ASTM D751
Brand: Shelter-Rite
Hydrostatic Resistance: 500 psi
Adhesion: 10 lb ft/in (ASTM D751 RF Weld)
Life Expectancy: Estimated 10 years
Country of Manufacture: United States

We mostly buy our Mesh from MANART-HIRSCH CO., INC although we do buy  from SAILRITE as well

  • 100%vinyl-coated woven polyester mesh
  • Excellent Dimensional Stability
  • Flexible in All Climates
  • DURABILITY-Functional and durable. The mesh offers excellent performance while withstanding spills, splatters and the bustle of high traffic areas.
  • CLEANABILITY- easily cleans with soap and water or 50/50 bleach to water solution
  • Water and Air can easily pass through
  • MICROBAN Antimicrobial Protection-works continuously to inhibit the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew that can cause stains, orders and protect deterioration
  • LEAD-FREE: REACH (EC1907/2006) complaint
  • GREENGUARD Select Certified
  • FLAME RETARDANCE National Fire Protection Association NFPA No.101, “Life Safety Code” Class A rating. Calif.Technical Bulletin 117,Section E, Commercial Standard CS 191-53 (Classification1). Federal Motor Vehicles Safty Standards, Section 571.302, Standard Number 302(FMVSS 302), Flammability of Interior Materials(December15,2006 Edition)


  • Lifetime Guaranteed
  • Unique fluoropolymer fiber construction that extends the life of fabric seams
  • High Strength and durability that is unaffected by UV rays, cleaning agents, pollution, saltwater, air, rain, and snow.
  • Tenara thread will not rot if left outside year around.
  • Remains colorfast  even in extreme temperatures and frost
  • Not for use in food, drug, cosmetic or medical device manufacturing, processing or packaging operations


We have used several brands since our beginnings. We started with WBC industries and bought both the WBC brand which is imported and very much more low cost and the Velcro Brand made in the USA. We recently purchased hook and loop from Halco that has a store in Northern California. Very fast delivery and every size and color we may need. Their product is all imported and is very low-cost comparatively.

History – How Hook & Loop Was Invented

The amazing discovery of Hook and Loop was first made in 1941 by a Swiss Engineer. During a walk in the country with his dog he noticed how difficult it was to detach the barbs (seeds) of the cocklebur plant from his clothing and his dog. The Swiss engineer also being an inventor took a closer look at this extraordinary plant. From this he observed that the seeds -sac was made up of tiny hooks which attached themselves to clothing fiber, animal hair and even human hair. Thus came about the invention of Hook and Loop, a simple but very effective fastening system now used throughout the world The essential principle of Hook & Loop Fasteners has remained the same. Hundreds of tiny hooks engage with loops to provide a recloseable bond. Today many versions of this original fastener exist providing different strengths, appearances and cycle life for countless applications.

WBC Industries, Inc. is one of North America’s largest distributors of hook and loop fasteners—including VELCRO® brand and Aplix® brand—as well as webbings, elastics, and hardware. We’re committed to providing the excellent service you expect from a supplier:

  • Same-day shipping on all in-stock orders placed by 3pm EST
  • Rigid quality control & in-house manufacturing
  • No minimum order requirements
  • Courteous, personalized customer service
  1. WBC Brand

    WBC Brand Hook & Loop is available in a variety of sizes in 23 different colors. Choose from our sew quality material that is great for all sewn in applications or our material with a pressure sensitive adhesive. We also have hook & loop coins with a rubber-based pressure sensitive adhesive and other specialty hook & loop materials perfect for all your fastening needs. Imported

  2. VELCRO® Brand

    VELCRO® Brand Hook & Loop is available in stock in Hook 88 and Loop 1000 series materials in a variety of different widths. Choose from white, beige, or black in the sew quality material, with a SPECTRUM 0172 Acrylic-Based Pressure Sensitive Adhesive, or a 0115 Rubber-Based Pressure Sensitive Adhesive. We also have VELCOIN® Hook & Loop Coins and can special order a wide variety of specialty hook & loop materials. MADE IN THE USA


    Originally in the adhesives tapes and converting market in the 1990’s Halco was born as a result of manufacturers needing to source hard to find Hook & Loop products. Since day one Halco was able to stay at the forefront of the market by providing a focus on Reclosable Fasteners and adding value by Converting and Fabrication. Halco’s friendly and experienced account executives and customer service agents consult with customers in many industries including Automotive, Aerospace, Medical, Hygiene, Print & Display and General industrial.

    Halco strives to provide a great engagement – just like the products we provide – with our Customers, Vendors, Employees and the wider community.

    Our core purpose is to help manufacturers succeed by creating fastening systems that improve their products.


    We use 3/4 Vinyl black TOPLINE binding around our products as well as 1″Medium Black Nylon webbing for our handles and for the straps along with 1″ side release buckles that we buy from Manart-Hirsch


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New Web Site

Well I finally did it! I bought a new web site. I sure hope this one is much easier to navigate and be secure and is easy on the eyes!. When you buy a site like this you think they will do all the work for you but this is not true at all. I sent in pictures and text, they did not take it off my other web sites.

They started with only 5 items- I have over 50 items now and lots in various colors. So I will be busy for a while updating and adding all my products.

This is always a headache for me, but I will manage it. Also I am designing  more products  all the time. I have just started expanding on my MEGA SLEEVE  multi pocket sleeves.

Anyway, summer is coming to a fast end up here in the Beautiful Pacific Northwest. I have not been sturgeon fishing yet and need to, as they are closing the keeper season below Rock Island Dam the 17th of Sept. I also want to get back down to Banks Lake for a few days in the camper and do some walleye fishing.

Well I am going to keep this short. I just wrote a newsletter that I am mailing out to all I have email addresses for and will be sending out in new orders.

Thanks to all that have posted on my Facebook page and bought our products. I strive to do the best I can on KEEPING YOUR TACKLE COVERED!!

Until next time.. stay safe



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Spring Fishing in the Pacific Northwest

Hello this just in,
WDFW suspends fishing limits for bass, walleye, channel catfish on Columbia River
OLYMPIA – Starting March 3, anglers can fish for bass, walleye and channel catfish without daily catch or size limits from the mouth of the Columbia River 545 miles upstream to Chief Joseph Dam.
Wow just in time for some great spring fishing. I do plan on learning to catch Walleye this year. We have a ton of them in the Columbia river and some great guides that will give me information and hopefully get myself a freezer full of good eating fish.
I am seeing Walleyes starting to pop up on facebook and I caught just a short bit of a siminar put on by someone at the show in Wenatchee. Bottom bouncers for Banks lake not sure about the river but I know they are bottom feeders so sill use downriggers to get to them I suppose.
Last fall before Mom died I had Bob Feil boats in Wenatchee instal the TR1 on my boat… It is the supreme trolling tool that alot of guides and local people are using. That is the hardest part of trolling alone is boat control and this will take it out of my hands pretty much
I cannot wait to get out and dial it in. That along with the Lowrance gen2 depth finder chartplotter, I installed last summer and the new Cannon digi troll 10, I should have no trouble fishing the rivers and lakes as I want.
I also just picked up a Truck camper this winter so I can tow the boat to these launches stay overnight and get early starts on the fishing and in the heat of the day lay in the camper and fish the evening bite. Since I do have 2 cats at home I cannot stay gone more than a couple of days at a time and I do have this business that when I do get orders folks will not want to wait too long to get their merchandise.
So if you see me on the water or towing down the hiways be sure to honk and say Hi.
I will try to keep this up dated!

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Summer Fishing 2016

Well it is summer 2016 and I am ready!!
Seems the winters are too long and the summers to short, same as when I was a kid going to school and now that I am an adult- yep I said it “adult”, reminds me of something I just saw from someone on Facebook about how am I even allowed to be an adult.. I mostly do not do adult things!
Guess now that both my parents have passed on it leaves me to be responsible.
Anyway the fishing season is here and big runs of King Salmon are expected as well as Sockeye salmon. The season opens July 1st for Kings no word yet if they are opening sockeye.
But BIG NEWS is they are opening Sturgeon Season on the Columbia River on Wanapum pool and Priest Rapids pool that is from below Wenatchee at Rock Island Dam to the top of Priest Rapids Dam, here is the official news release:
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

June 21, 2016
Contacts: Chad Jackson, (509) 754-4624, x250;
Jeff Korth, (509) 754-4624, x224
Anglers will be able to harvest hatchery sturgeon starting July 1 in the upper Columbia River
OLYMPIA Beginning July 1, recreational anglers will have the opportunity to harvest hatchery sturgeon from Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs, state fishery managers announced today.
This is the first time in two decades that anglers will be allowed to retain sturgeon in this section of the Columbia River, said Chad Jackson, district fish biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
Several thousand juvenile sturgeon were released into the upper Columbia River in 2003. Recent surveys indicate many of these hatchery fish have grown to harvestable size. About 4,000 hatchery sturgeon are estimated to reside in Wanapum Reservoir and roughly 2,000 in Priest Rapids Reservoir.
“We believe reducing the number of hatchery fish in these reservoirs will help regional conservation efforts to recover wild sturgeon populations,” Jackson said. “We’re hoping to remove as many of these hatchery sturgeon as possible.”
As part the plan to recover the white sturgeon populations, state fish managers approved this fishery to reduce interaction between wild fish and hatchery sturgeon. WDFW is implementing a size restriction for this fishery that is designed to target hatchery sturgeon while protecting larger wild fish, Jackson said.
Between July 1 and Sept. 30, anglers will be allowed to retain two hatchery sturgeon daily that are between 38 and 72 inches (fork-length) from Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs. Sturgeon caught in these reservoirs will not count toward an angler’s annual limit for sturgeon. Anglers will not be required to record sturgeon harvested from the two reservoirs on their catch record cards.
Angler participation and success will determine whether WDFW will reopen the fishery after its scheduled closing date of Sept. 30, Jackson said. WDFW will monitor angler catch and compliance closely.
“We know there are thousands of these hatchery fish residing in Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs,” he said. “We don’t know whether this will be a onetime opening or if there will be future fishing opportunities.”
More details about this fishery can be found on WDFW’s webpage at
So very cool and great timing for me as I was gearing up before this came out to maybe try some catch and release Sturgeon fishing below Rock Island Dam just to try it.
I had to start with an anchoring system, apparently you just can’t throw a coffee can filled with concrete tied to the front of the boat, it is the river and the sturgeon hang in high current just below the dams. Well fortunately for me and the rest of us they have been doing this for many years and also Salmon fish with the same system down in the lower Columbia.
Well, there are a few people that make systems and one is EZMarine out of Oregon another is Leelock out of Ferndale, WA, also Motion Marine and others.
It is funny Sportsman Warehouse in Wenatchee carries EZMarine products and not Leelock and Hooked on Toys carries Leelock and not EZMarine.
So after much thinking I have gone with the
Leelock system. Check out this video it helped me so much I must say that you should watch the instruction videos on both and EZMarine definitely has the best videos I recommend you check them out, I will have the links below.
Leelock looks like a great product. I have not used it yet but am in the process of installing it and hope to try it out soon. Check out this video it is very cool!!
It is quite spendy but figure if you fish the Rivers it is safe to have an anchor that will hold the boat in place. If you go to the Leelock web site that is almost exactly what I am using. I added the link to the Fishing magician’s site check the Fishing TV page to see the video of him and Austin Moser sturgeon fishing they are below Rock Island Dam and show catching and releasing huge fish.
It will be the first for me really anchoring so hope it goes well. My good friend Al is going to come practice with me.
So this summer it is Salmon fishing and now sturgeon fishing.
I did do some walleye fishing this spring at Banks Lake which was fun, different for me cuz I never have fished using bottom bouncers, but for some reason it is exciting. Unfortunately, Banks Lake is over an hour drive, but worth it when you get there. And I want to thank Brian from BJ Guide Service out of Moses Lake for taking me fishing on banks.. Great fun.
I did have a few experiences there that I will talk about some time later. I did see a black bear about 10 miles out of Grand Coulee one after noon which surprised the crap out of me. It was nowhere near the woods where I thought bears hung out. This was close to wheat fields and not far from Barker Canyon turn off.
So just a word of caution no matter where you are camping this year take bear spray and use all you learned or you need to learn about camping in bear country, like don’t leave food out and things like that because I am here to tell you bear do not always stay in the woods!!
So I will try to get some good pictures and videos of my adventures this summer. So stay tuned!
Also I need to give a shout out and a big thank you to Rick Graybill at HOOKED ON TOYS for all the help and assistance with getting my tackle and all ready for the Sturgeon!! They also have a great selection of frozen and fresh bait.
Hope you all have a nice summer..thanks for taking the time to read my blog,

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Sturgeon Harvest Rules

Sturgeon harvest allowed in Wanapum and Priest Rapids Reservoirs
Action: Allow harvest of sturgeon
Effective Dates: July 1 through Sept. 30, 2016
Species affected: White sturgeon between 38 and 72 inches fork length
Location: Priest Rapids Reservoir (from Priest Rapids Dam to Wanapum Dam) and Wanapum Reservoir (from Wanapum Dam to Rock Island Dam)
Reason for action: Hatchery-origin white sturgeon residing in Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs since the early 2000’s are abundant and have grown to a harvestable size. Removal of these hatchery-origin fish is consistent with ongoing actions to rebuild depressed populations of wild-origin White Sturgeon in Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs.
Other information:
Daily limit of two (2) sturgeon between 38 and 72 inches fork length may be harvested from Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs only.
No annual harvest limit of sturgeon between 38 and 72 inches fork length from Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs only.
Anglers are not required to record sturgeon harvested from Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs on a Catch Record Card.
Catch-and-release fishing is allowed in Wanapum and Priest Rapids reservoirs after the daily limit is harvested.
Any sturgeon not to be harvested must be released immediately. Oversized sturgeon cannot be removed totally or in part from the water.
Night fishing for sturgeon is prohibited.
Only one single-point barbless hook and bait is allowed while fishing for sturgeon.
Anglers may fish with two poles with the purchase of a Two-Pole Endorsement license.
In the field, anglers must retain eggs with intact carcass of fish from which they came.
All closed water areas in and around Wanapum, Priest Rapids, and Rock Island dams are still in effect. Check the current sport fishing rules pamphlet for complete details (
Daily and annual limits, harvestable slot length limits, Catch Record Card recording requirements, and all other sport fishing rules governing sturgeon harvest in all other legally open fisheries still apply.
Information Contact: Chad Jackson, District Fish Biologist, (509) 754-4624, ext. 250 or Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager, (509) 754-4624, ext. 224
Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW “Fishing in Washington” rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360) 796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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1st Sturgeon

Hello, Well as I said I geared up to sturgeon fish and finally got the chance

The first trip was just a practice run of sorts. When we arrived at the YoYo Launch below Rock Island Dam the first one we ran across was Stuart Hurd of Hurds guide services, and he gave us a quick run down of the dos and don’t especially low spots in the river and also how deep he has been catching fish..We also got to meet the Travis Maitland of the Fish and Game who was there with his partner checking fish and the fishery.

We boated around checking water depths and checking other boats and places. We did anchor up and did get a few bites that first time, but no fish, we managed to lose some bait and tackle but nothing serious. We scouted and saw where Hurd anchored and made a note of it and would try there when we came back.
Everyone we talked to that day was very nice and very informative. all in all it was a nice first day.
So I had the itch to try again soon as I thought we were on the verge of catching fish.. So the next available day Ernie could go we took the opportunity and started earlier this time. We were on the water before 8:00

There were a handful of boats around but no one where we wanted to try first. So we anchored up and altho it was deeper than we were told the fish may be we tried it anyway.
Well within 10 minutes or so I got a bite and hooked a fish! I could feel it was big but then it wasn’t making a big run so I horsed it close but then it took off and I figured it was bigger than first thought . I fought it for 1/2 hour then gave the pole to Ernie, I could tell it was going to be a fight, and Ernie wanted to fish so he got the chance. He fought it for about an hour, finally giving the pole back to me and I fought it, the fish did not want to come in it was a lot of fun but very tiring. Finally after almost 90 minutes I got the fish in close to the boat and we saw how big it was. Since the limit is 72 inches we thought it looked bigger, so we measured and it was about 83 or so, so after pictures we released him. Ernie wanted to go again so we did but after a few times just checking the bait I realized if we were to catch another I would not be able to bring it in Ernie agreed and we pulled anchor and headed in. I did have my Mobius camera on my cap and it was recording so here is the link to the video here, check it out!! Now I am concentrating on Salmon fishing as the Brewster Derby is not far off and Ernie and I are going to fish that!! fun fun fun.. until next time.. go catch a fish!



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Fishing Lure Covers

For quite a few years after Dad passed in 2004 Mom and I would get up most every morning before daylight and go Salmon Fishing on the Columbia River by our home here in Brewster, WA. After too many times of getting our poles untangled from each other to get them in the water, or getting the hooks out of the carpet or ropes or ourselves we knew there had to be a better way to secure them so we would not need to take the tackle off each time and we also needed a place to store the tackle as we were changing to try something else. This was not only while we were fishing but during transport as well. So LURE SAFE™ is what we finally came up with. After trial and error we finally settled on covers made with clear 16 gauge vinyl and we use 5/8 hook and loop fasteners so the covers can be put on and off with ease. It worked great so now we make lots of sizes and in 4 colors. We also have variety and combo packs as well. We never use glue and the hook and loop is sewn on both edges. We started making Dodger and Flasher sleeves to hold multiple items and from a suggestion of Austin Moser -Austin’s Northwest Adventures we have added a NEW product -Poly Vinyl Mesh for our flasher and dodger sleeves, with the mesh on the rear your choice of Blue, Red or White mesh and our clear vinyl on the front, some with handles and grommets on selected items. For pictures and more information and to order visit or or direct sales 509-449-0605 call or text or email me Contact me for wholesale pricing and we would love to put these in your store and tackle boxes and on your poles!! Custom orders considered!! Proudly made in the USA