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June Slab of the Month Results

Thanks for the 706 votes Chum Nation - nice community contribution for sure!  June was a tough one.   As such, we're making an executive decision to announce Co-Winners.

Sammy Hignell-Stark (the people's choice) and Alex Lovett-Woodsum (the choice where pure slabbage simply cannot be ignored) should be proud.  Many a entry was worthy and these ladies kicked a very solid amount of buttocks.

Stay tuned for July voting. We've got another slab infested situation brewing.



Skagit Master

Discover the secrets of Skagit Casting and the man driving its evolution. Visit beginning August 2009 to purchase "Skagit Master--Featuring Ed Ward". A New Water Media film produced by Jeff Mishler.

(Via: Deneki Outdoors)


Dispatch from Unalakleet

These great photos just hit the inbox from buddy Matt Jones.  Written dispatch can be read on Somethinsfishy.


July Slab of the Month Entry: King Mackerel

Can you ever truly have enough mackerel in your life? 

Laurence Schwing (apropos as hell I say) was jetty focused around Port O' Connor Texas when he took your highness here.  Captain Tom Horbey was a catalyst.


Vote early and vote often

If you've been with us this long, you understand our believe that wild salmon and steelhead conservation is the ticket to sustainable, quality fisheries.  And, we feel it is paramount that our Washington state leaders understand that we are not alone in this belief. 

If this is important to you too, then we encourage you to fill out the 1 minute survey on the right sidebar right here on the WDFW website


Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission
July 13, 2009
Contact: Susan Yeager, (360) 902-2267

Commission surveys public priorities
for a new fish and wildlife director

OLYMPIA – Should the next director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) focus on restoring wild salmon and steelhead populations, or on improving statewide fishing and hunting opportunities?

That is one of several options posed in an online public survey by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, which is currently accepting applications for the state’s top job in fish and wildlife management.

Anyone interested in sharing their ideas about qualifications for that position can do so on the commission’s website at . A job description and application form are also available at that site.

Phil Anderson has been serving as interim director since December, when Jeff Koenings resigned after 10 years as director of the agency.

“We’d like to hear from anglers, hunters and everyone interested in the future of our state’s natural resources,” said Miranda Wecker, who chairs the nine-member citizen commission responsible for setting policy – and hiring a director – for WDFW. “We’ll consider those responses as we get down to the business of selecting a new director.”

So far, 21 candidates have applied for the position, said Anthony Cesario, a state Department of Personnel recruiting consultant, who updated the commission on the executive search during a public meeting July 10-11 in Olympia. “About five of those candidates appear to be qualified,” he said.

Wecker said the commission will review the qualifications of specific applicants at a meeting scheduled Aug. 6-8 in Colville. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, she said.


When art imitates life

Artist Susan Luckey Higdon first saw this Tim Pask photo at one of Dylan Tomine's steelhead readings.

Susan contacted Tim and asked if she could paint the image and Tim agreed and then proceeded to forget about it. Well Susan finished the painting which is now hanging in her gallery in Bend.

Check out some of Susan's other fish work. LINK