Buoy 10 Salmon Challenge
Time: 4 pm
Location: Camp Rilea - Warrenton, OR
NSIA’s Buoy 10 Salmon Challenge a success for sportfishing!
On August 22, 2014 the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association hosted their 15th Annual Buoy 10 Salmon Challenge with over 300 participants. The event kicked off Thursday night with a captain’s party that raised funds, as well as, excitement for fishing the next day. Early Friday, participants loaded up their boats in search of the enormous salmon the Columbia River is known for. By 1:00 p.m., weigh in time, the derby participants started to trickle in.
The first place winning team captain was R.J. Bennett with an average weight of the boat at 22.18 lbs. per angler. Second place was Cory Cooper’s team with an average 20.2 lbs. per angler. Third place came in at 18.58 lbs. per angler for Cameron Black’s boat. Team Lamiglas fishing with Jason Hambly caught 16 lbs. per angler for fourth place. Fifth place was awarded to team Shimano and captain Scott Weedman with 15.47 average pounds per angler.
Steve Apple caught the biggest fish of the tournament with a 29.35 lb. chinook salmon and at the final hour Jerek Wall brought in a 10.95 lb. coho salmon to win the heaviest coho category. All fish were weighed after being gut and gilled.
On top of a successful derby, NSIA held a silent auction, dutch auction and a bucket raffle to raise money for better fishing in the northwest. The Buoy 10 Salmon Challenge is the biggest fundraiser NSIA holds every year. This event helps fund keeping hatcheries open, providing more boat launches with river access and protecting our wild fish.
NSIA also would like to thank all their event sponsors for coming together for the good of sportfishing. Their support helps strengthen NSIA’s voice in front of our legislators and commissioners all year round.
**Please send NSIA any pictures YOU would like to share, either fishing Buoy 10 or at our event, to firstname.lastname@example.org