Fishing and Crabbing Seminar Line-Up Announced for 2019 Seattle Boat Show

SEATTLE – November 29, 2018 – The Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat, is known far and wide for the quantity, quality and variety of its free boating and fishing seminars. For the 2019 show, there will be more than 200 free seminars on everything from Wi-Fi in the wilderness to boat and engine maintenance, and advanced seminars for a fee through Boat Show University. On the fishing and crabbing stage there will be 78 fishing seminars (up from 55 last year) by the Northwest’s top-notch fishing experts. Whether it’s learning to mooch, learning dirty downrigger techniques, mastering kayak fishing, or learning about San Juan Islands salmon secrets, the Seattle Boat Show is the place to be, Friday, Jan. 25 through Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

“Every year we work hard to make sure that the presenters are remarkable, and this year is no exception— we have an all-star line-up covering the entire state and all kinds of fishing from tuna off the coast to kokanee and walleye in central and eastern Washington, lingcod and salmon in Puget Sound and springers on the Columbia,” says Mark Yuasa, director of Grow Boating Programs/NW Salmon Derby Series for the Northwest Marine Trade Association. “There is no better way for an angler to improve his or her success on the water than investing in an hour or two at one of the show’s seminars.”

All seminars take place at CenturyLink Field Event Center. The complete schedule of seminars can be viewed at The schedule is searchable by type, topic, date, stage and key word, making it easy for attendees to research and plan their show visits. 

New presenters for 2019 include:

  • Mike Surdyk, the Northwest Regional Sales Manager for Raymarine Electronics. Surdyk truly believes that having great electronics and a firm understanding of how they work will create better opportunities to catch fish. He’ll share his tips on how to maximize your electronics to target trophy fish.
  • Kent Alger, owner of Guides NW charter service and a Team Shimano pro staff member, will share his vast knowledge and tips on improving your success on trolling for salmon with downriggers as well as hooking you into lingcod and halibut.
  • Hung Nguyen and Keith Creameans, Outdoor Emporium Hobie Kayak Pro-Staff Ambassadors, chase all type of fish in their kayaks in lakes, ponds, rivers and other local waterways. David Nguyen, also an Outdoor Emporium Hobie Kayak Pro-Staff Ambassador, focuses much of his fishing time pursuing kokanee and other fish in local lakes on-board his Hobie Pro Angler 12. They will be sharing their kayak fishing tips and secrets.

Other experts include:

  • Tommy Donlin, Defiance Marine Pro Staffer Captain, with tips for a successful coastal tuna outing.
  • Dave Graybill, noted central Washington writer and radio show host, on central Washington fishing.
  • Brad Hole, kayak fishing guide, founder of Kayak Fishing Washington and Outdoor Emporium Northwest Regional Manager of the Hobie Fishing team.
  • John Keizer Northwest Lowrance Fishing Team Captain on catching blackmouth and coastal summer salmon.
  • All-Star Charter fishing captains Gary Krein and Nick Kester on salmon and lingcod fishing.
  • Austin Moser, owner of Austin’s Northwest Adventures, on kokanee and walleye in central and eastern Washington.
  • 710 ESPN The Outdoor Line radio personality Tom Nelson covering crabbing, shrimping and salmon fishing.
  • Keith Robbins, owner of A Spot Tail Salmon in Seattle, on mooching for salmon and fly-fishing for cutthroat trout.

Northwest Salmon Derby Series

While at the show, stop by to view the grand prize for the 2019 Northwest Salmon Derby Series, a Weldcraft Rebel 202 Hardtop Boat from Renaissance Marine Group powered with a Yamaha 200 hp motor and 9.9 hp trolling motor on an EZ-loader galvanized trailer. It is also fully rigged with Scotty Downriggers; Raymarine Electronics; WhoDat Towers; and a Dual Electronics Stereo and valued at $75,000.

The Northwest Salmon Derby Series is heading into the 16th season and has grown from six derbies in 2004 to 15 in 2019. When an angler purchases a derby ticket to any of the 15 derbies, they are automatically entered the drawing for the grand prize boat, which will take place at the conclusion of the Everett Derby in September 2019. If an angler enters all 15 derbies, the angler’s name will be entered 15 times into the drawing.

For details and derby dates, go to