West Marine Sponsors Northwest Salmon Derby Series

West Marine Sponsors Northwest Salmon Derby Series

Watsonville, CA, July 8, 2016 –

West Marine, the world’s premier Waterlife Outfitter, is the proud title sponsor of this year’s Northwest Salmon Derby Series that will begin today, July 8, in Bellingham, Washington and will continue through December 3 at the Resurrection Salmon Derby Series in Anacortes, Washington.

The West Marine Northwest Salmon Derby Series gives anglers the opportunity to to fill out and submit a free raffle ticket for a chance to win a Hewescraft 220 OceanPro, complete with Mercury 225 Verado, 9.9 ProKicker and EZ-Loader Tandem axle galvanized trailer, valued at $85,000.

The series was created in 2004 by the Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) for the purpose of promoting salmon fishing opportunities in the Pacific Northwest. Since then, it has expanded and joined forces with six other regional fishing derbies to create a total of 12 tournaments in 2016.

The grand-prize drawing for the Hewescraft will take place Sunday, November 6 at Bayside Marine Salmon Derby in Everett, Washington. Customers who shop online using West Marine’s Affiliate Program can elect to donate up to 10 percent of their total order to support the derby of their choice in the series.

In keeping with West Marine’s steadfast mission of supporting safe boating and fishing practices, the series exclusively partnered with derbies that are wild fish-friendly. The events will take place within the guidelines of open fishing seasons, even going so far as to have a “hatchery fish only” tournament to protect wild Chinook and Coho stocks.

“When West Marine was approached to be the title sponsor of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series, we jumped at the chance because we were actively looking for ways to help support the angling community in the Pacific Northwest, and this opportunity seemed a perfect fit,” says Laura Barry, West Marine Senior Marketing Manager. “We value our partnership with NMTA and the Salmon Derby Series, and we’re very much looking forward to this years’ tournaments.”

Upcoming derbies include:

its website, www.westmarine.com/BlueFuture.

  • Bellingham Salmon Derby: July 8-10
  • The Big One Salmon Derby: July 27-31
  • South King County PSA Salmon Derby: August 6
  • Gig Harbor PSA Salmon Derby: August 13
  • Columbia River Fall Salmon Derby: August 20
  • Willapa Bay Salmon Derby: September 3
  • Bayside Salmon Derby: Novemeber 5-6
  • Friday Harbor Salmon Classic: December 1-3
  • Resurrection Salmon Derby Series: December 2-3

“The derby series traditionally lures 7,000 to 8,000 anglers every year and gives them an opportunity to get out on the water, hone their skills, participate in the sport they love and compete for bragging rights,” says George Harris, NMTA President. “The Puget Sound salmon sport fishery also is an important economic engine in Washington, generating more than 500,000 angler trips and $100 million in economic value annually.”

For more information about the West Marine Northwest Salmon Derby Series, plus all the rules and regulations to enter the grand-prize contest to win the Hewescraft 220 OceanPro, please visit nwsalmonderbyseries.com/derbies.

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