If you think your fishing skills will stack up against the best in the nation, put them to the test in National Fisherman’s Fisherman of the Year competition.

The deck of a fishing boat, no matter the size, is a complex and demanding workplace. This contest forces fisherman to bring their sea-skills to the showroom floor and compete for the title, currently held by Bristol Bay fisherman Eike Ten Kley of the Iliamna Fishing Co.

Competitors will test their abilities in net mending, knot tying and rope splicing before the winners of those heats race to see who can slip into a survival suit the fastest. The winner of each of the three first-round competitions will take home $100. The race winner will take home another $100, a National Fisherman fleece vest and other prizes. All contestants take home a t-shirt.

Join us in the keynote area at 1 p.m. on Friday to fight for first place or be a spectator at one of Pacific Marine Expo’s premier events.

Samuel Hill is the former associate editor for National Fisherman. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine where he got his start in journalism at the campus’ newspaper, the Free Press. He has also written for the Bangor Daily News, the Outline, Motherboard and other publications about technology and culture.

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