Thursday, October 20, 2011

Team Lowrance and Salt Patrol Win Salmon Smackdown Tournament

originally posted 8/10/2011

Team Lowrance fishing onboard Salt Patrol held on to their day one lead winning the Northwest’s newest big dollar salmon tournament the Salmon Smackdown.
Day one found boats leaving the shotgun start at Jeff Head fishing from Bremerton to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Marine Areas 4-11 were are all open. With a 5 PM weigh in back at the Bremerton Marina by 5 PM each of the two day event it was an interesting team strategy to see how far teams would run to find fish.
The tournament fishing format is a 4 man team with the biggest eight fish (4 salmon each day) for total combined tournament weight.

This event is the brain child of Defiance Marine owner Bo Palmer. The idea is to show who the best fishing teams are over a couple of days not just the luckiest one day big fish winner; which is the normal format most NW salmon derby events are setup for. Bo Palmer hopes to explain the event into several tournaments with a grand finally similar to the Red Fish Tournament Series held on the east coast.
Most of the teams found day one fishing very tough, with not many fish turned in across the field of anglers that included teams from the Outdoor Line, All-Star Charters, Team Defiance (corn fed) and Defiance Marine.
Team Lowrance caught the bulk of their fish right at the end of the day Sunday on Mid Channel Bank near Port Townsend fishing a Pro-Troll Coyote Flasher with 40-inches of leader to a Silver Horde White Lighting Coho Killer. We notice the bait starting to setup on the Wilson end of Mid Channel Bank and trolled using our Lowrance Structure Scan to stay on the bait. We were able to land several fish giving us the win.
Team Lowrance Members:
Capt John Keizer, Capt Mark Abetz, Steve Ng, Gary Lukenvill
Overall Results:
1. Team Lowrance
2. Team 8-Balls
3. Team Outdoor line
More information on the Salmon Smackdown visit:

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