Calling all avid fishermen and attendees, it’s time for the fishing event of the year! We are thrilled to announce the return of our famous Fisherman of the Year contest, now rebranded as the Coastal Challenge, and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever before. Sponsored by the Port of Seattle Booth #2600, this event promises to be an unforgettable experience for you and your crew, with the chance to win a substantial cash prize!

 The Coastal Challenge is designed to test the courage of your fishing skills and push your knowledge to the limit through a series of exhilarating trials. This challenge is not for the faint of heart; it’s for those who are ready to step up, showcase their expertise, and compete for the ultimate title of a Coastal Challenge Champion.

Here are the key details that make the Coastal Challenge an event you won’t want to miss:

Three Skill Sets, One Winner (Each Day): To win the Coastal Challenge, you’ll need to prove your mastery in one of three skill sets, each offering a unique test of your abilities. The winners of each skill set will advance to the final round, and they will each earn a handsome cash prize.

1. Knot Tying: Think you’ve got what it takes to tie the most secure and efficient knots? Show off your knot-tying skills and compete against fellow anglers to secure your spot in the finals.

2. Net Mending: Repairing fishing nets is a crucial skill for any fisherman. Test your net-mending prowess and demonstrate your ability to keep your gear in top shape during this thrilling challenge.

3. Rope Splicing: Precision and speed are key in rope splicing. Put your skills to the test as you splice ropes under pressure and prove that you have what it takes to make it to the final round.

Survival Suit Sprint: All finalists will don survival suits, and it’s a race to see who can put one on the fastest. The quickest competitor to suit up will be declared the winner of this thrilling sprint challenge.

Want to try your hand at the Coastal Challenge? A competition will take place each day; check out the schedule below:

November 8, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
November 9, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
November 10, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Location: National Fisherman’s Arena Booth #4300, located in the Alaska Hall

A $100 cash prize will be awarded to the winner of each skillset, where you will advance and compete for a $450 dollar cash and a SWAG bucket filled with fantastic gear. In addition to, the ultimate honor of being crowned Coastal Challenge Champion, where a new champion will be crowed each day of the expo.

The Coastal Challenge promises to be an event like no other, providing a platform for you and your crew to demonstrate your fishing skills and earn recognition for your expertise. Whether you’re a seasoned fisherman or a newcomer to the world of angling, this event is your opportunity to be part of something cool.

Gather your crew, sharpen your skills, and get ready to compete in the Coastal Challenge. It’s time to prove that you have what it takes to conquer the sea and emerge as a true fishing champion. We look forward to seeing you at the National Fisherman’s Arena from November 8th to 10th!

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