There are more than 200 free seminars during the show, including about 65 sessions on various aspects of fishing and crabbing. This year’s lineup of speakers includes Tom Ohaus, a nationally recognized outdoor writing and Sitka fishing guide who will teach anglers how to improve their fishing skills for salmon, halibut, lingcod and rockfish.
“He is hands down the most cerebral speaker on the circuit and we are excited he has joined the Seattle Boat Show fishing seminar team,” said Tony Floor, Director of Fishing Affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association, who co-produces the show.
“He understands how fish think, their life histories and diet. (He is) a must-see at the Seattle Boat Show for all anglers.”
Fishing and crabbing seminars are scheduled every day during the 10-day show. Topics include saltwater fishing in British Columbia, Dungeness crabbing in Washington, how to catch Chinook and coho salmon, and salmon fishing in north Puget Sound. Most of the seminars are repeated during the show, so if you can’t make it one day, chances are that the seminar will be offered other days as well.
Other topics on the seminar agenda including ocean salmon-catching techniques, top tactics for winter blackmouth, learning to mooch for Puget Sound salmon, and fishing in the San Juan Islands. Wondering how and where to catch albacore? Interested in fishing from a kayak? There are seminars on those topics too.
Showgoers can check out the grand prize for this year’s Northwest Salmon Derby Series – a 21-foot welded aluminum River Hawk boat with a Mercury 150-horsepower four-stroke Verado outboard motor and Karavan galvanized trailer, outfitted with Scotty downriggers, Lowrance electronics and a dual stereo system.
The boat will be unveiled by the show, which is followed by 14 tournaments, the first being the Roche Harbor Salmon Classic Feb. 2 to 4. The series wraps up with the Resurrection Salmon Derby in Friday Harbor next December.
Other seminars offered during the show run the gamut from talks on skills such as knot-tying and docking to seminars about cruising destinations, weather, boating equipment and boat systems. The seminars have become a hallmark of show, billed as the biggest boat show on the West Coast.
The Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat, runs from Jan. 27 through Feb. 5 at CenturyLink Field Event Center and on South Lake Union. Online tickets and additional information are available on the show’s website.