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Xtaero Introduces New Skiff Boat

The new Xtaero Skiff is an awesome boat!  And we have this one ready to go!!

22’ aluminum boats are the most versatile and best selling boat of any kind in the world. It fulfills the ‘one boat does it all’  needs of many families.  It can go in the shallows even inches with a jet outboard and a factory delta pad which helps usher water into the jet, but this one is stock for a regular outboard.  The bottom has 12.5 degree dead rise (degrees of vee) so it will ride well in tougher water.  The 17′ deck provides ample room for storing coolers, totes, and fishing gear.  This one would be a tiller handle. More details below.

The most important part?? We can customize!!  Adding a center console or steering station is already in our wheelhouse.  We can do windshields, duck boats, bow hunting boats, different style cleats, a 90hp outboard, a 150hp outboard. We get two or three calls every day from folks telling us to do one thing different or another.  I say yes to everyone because we can do many things.  We love it.

We proudly offer this beautiful vessel at a price we feel represents our very high quality with a much lower price than other 22′ aluminum boats.

XTAERO CORAX (again with the Raven soul)
Length 22′ with 12.5 degree dead rise and 24″ freeboard above the waterline
Length with outboard 25′
Beam 80″
Beam at waterline 65.5″
Construction: The full frame and girder design with Center Vertical Keel and breast hook. Will prove to be one of the best little boats you’ve ever been on.  Designed by Jarek Kanios who designs the larger very successful Xtaero boats is well known for great ride and overbuilding.
Weight 600lbs boat only
Squared gunwales
Long gunwale shelves for rods and gear
Forward storage for gear
Heavy grade 3/4″ deck sitting on full frame and girder construction

Price boat only, as shown: $18,503 (choice of paint color)
Price boat/outboard Suzuki DF90ATX2/Trailer Package: $28,156 (choice of paint color)

We need owners in Alaska so we can display some at the 2018 Great Alaskan Sportsman Show in April 2018. And in OR and WA also, as well as around the country.

Mercury Marine Showcasing Custom Joystick Piloting for Outboards

The following press release is courtesy of Mercury Marine: 

Mercury Marine’s next generation joystick piloting system takes the innovation and art of a joystick-enabled vessel to the next level.  In 2013, Mercury introduced Joystick Piloting for Outboards, the first of its kind in the marine marketplace.  It remains the most precise system on the market and the only system from helm to stern designed to work with a Mercury engine.

Mercury’s new and improved Joystick Piloting for Outboards will be on display and available for demo on multiple boats during the 2018 Miami International Boat Show.  Advanced features that typically require complex user interfaces with third-party systems are fully integrated into one location on the Mercury system.  As the leader in innovation and systems development, Mercury has ensured an outstanding boating experience that benefits the OEMs, dealers and the end consumer.  Boaters now have more confidence when docking a boat or maneuvering at low speeds in the marina.

“Mercury continues to advance its leadership position with our fully integrated joystick control system and no one else in the market can integrate its system technology with the engine like we can,” said Rob Hackbarth, Mercury Marine director of controls and rigging. “Boaters who use Mercury’s Joystick Piloting for Outboards enjoy more control of their boat, quieter operation, steering that is far more responsive than any other system on the market and an aesthetically pleasing design that has an integrated autopilot and autoheading for ease of boating.”

“Not all joystick systems are created equally, and boaters are looking for a manufacturer that can provide them integrated technology that pairs with their engine,” said Dan Balogh, Mercury Marine director of electrical, electronics and software engineering.  “No other outboard joystick control system offers the same set of advanced features as Mercury’s Joystick Piloting for Outboards, which includes Skyhook virtual anchor, VesselView engine information display, and an integrated autopilot system.”

Mercury’s engineering team recently made several evolutionary improvements to the Joystick Piloting System, which is part of the SmartCraft digital technology suite. Together, these enhancements will take boaters to an entirely new level of driving ease and enjoyment.  Some of the new and improved features exclusive to Mercury:

  • New advanced Skyhook modes
    • Drifthook: Maintain heading while allowing boat to drift; perfect for kite fishing
    • Bowhook: Maintain position while allowing heading to change
    • Skyhook Adjust: Adjust skyhook heading in 1 and 10-degree increments
  • Significant improvements in steering capacity, reverse thrust, side-to-side translation speed, rotational spinning
  • Reduced power consumption
  • Improved diagnostics
  • Improved system intelligence

“We have been able to provide the boater an improved joystick experience with 40 percent more available reverse thrust,” said Balogh. “Boaters want an integrated system and what sets our joystick apart from any other in the marketplace is that our remote controls, steering, joystick and engine are all designed to work together.”

These improvements are in addition to the improvements made in 2016 including new contemporary styling, integrated Precision Pilot Pad functionality, LED light ring that changes color to indicate status of Joystick operating mode and the award winning Electronic Steering Helm that replaces the electric steering motor, and provides the operator more intuitive feedback on boat speed, steering angle, wheel turning rate and acceleration. This technology has been widely adopted by Mercury’s boat builder partners who value high precision, responsive steering for their Verado powered joystick boats vs an aftermarket joystick steering system.


Quicksilver Getting The Job Done

Photos by Chris Mitchell

The following press release is courtesy of Quicksilver Marine Parts and Accessories: 

With this afternoon’s weigh-in at Lake Martin near Alexander City, Alabama, the newly assembled Quicksilver “QCrew” Water Team will launch into the 2018 Bassmaster Elite Series tournament-fishing season with the highest degree of confidence in the performance of their boats and engines.

This year, new members Mark Daniels, Jr. and Dustin Connell join Quicksilver pros Jacob Powroznik and Stetson Blaylock to round out the four-man team. The team members agree that lubricants and additives from Quicksilver Marine Parts & Accessories will help their boats and engines stand up to the rigors of competitive tournament fishing.

“Every day we fish out here on the Elites we push our gear to the absolute maximum,” said Powroznik, a four-time B.A.S.S. event winner and third-year QCrew member. “Fuel economy, the performance of our motors, protection against wear-and-tear — every bit contributes to our doing our jobs, and I can’t imagine running a full, eleven-event season without Quicksilver products in my boat and motor.”

Blaylock, a second-year Elite pro and winner of several FLW events, begins his second year as part of the QCrew.“Your engine is one of the most important parts of your success on the water, and having reliable oil, parts and accessories is crucial to keeping your engine performing at its best,” said Blaylock.

Daniels, Connell new additions to QCrew

Alabama natives Daniels and Connell are first-year QCrew Water Team members. Both are second-year Elite Series pros coming off highly successful rookie seasons. Connell claimed the 2017 Rookie of the Year honors and won the Ross Barnett event. Daniels, a four-year FLW Tour pro before qualifying for the Elite Series, earned two Top 10 finishes and finished in the top 20 in Angler of the Year standings in 2017.

“Maintenance is one of the most important elements in professional bass fishing, and Quicksilver makes the best lubricants on the market,” Daniels said. “From my fishing reels to my truck and outboard engine, they have me covered.”

“Quicksilver products give me the confidence I need in running my motor at its top performance,” Connell said. “They offer every product to keep my outboard running smoothly and reliably.”

“Quicksilver has expanded the QCrew because of the outstanding fan support, professionalism of the anglers and the overall coverage of Bassmaster Elite events,” said Eric Reilley, Quicksilver Products marketing manager, aftermarket products. “Obviously, the excitement of the tournaments captures fans’ attention, and Quicksilver wants all marine enthusiasts to be aware of our commitment to performance, protection and the peace of mind of our customers.”


Since 1950, discriminating customers in the marine and powersports industries have depended on the Quicksilver brand for their parts, accessories, and engine-care-product needs. Quicksilver Marine Lubricants are engineered to meet and exceed OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) testing standards. Quicksilver’s 4-Stroke oil technology guarantees industry-leading strength and viscosity retention, and ultimate corrosion and wear protection in marine elements. Look for the Marine, Personal Watercraft, Motorcycle, ATV/UTV, V-Twin Motorcycle, and Snowmobile product lines at Wal-Mart and other major retail locations.


Jacob Powroznik’s boat in full competition livery.

Stetson Blaylock’s boat in full competition livery.

Mark Daniels, Jr.’s boat in full competition livery.

Dustin Connell’s boat in full competition livery.



Wildlife Forever CEO Retiring After 25 Years


The following press release is courtesy of Wildlife Forever: 

White Bear Lake, MN – After 25 years of service to fish and wildlife conservation, Wildlife Forever’s President & CEO, Douglas Grann has announced his retirement and turned over the leadership reins to Pat Conzemius, Executive Vice President.

Grann joined the non-profit organization in March of 1992. Prior to Wildlife Forever, he was Executive Vice President, Voyageur Art specializing in state duck-stamp prints and created the Australia “First of Nation” Duck Stamp Program.  He also served as Director of Operations for the National Wild Turkey Federation, starting their popular Super Fund Banquet program.

Mr. Grann’s responsibilities included the leadership of Wildlife Forever, management of staff and programs, plus creation and development of national campaigns. Grann states his greatest achievement was ensuring no less than 80% of every dollar raised was spent on conservation.  This goal was accomplished for 25 years with 94% of all revenue going directly to mission, confirmed by independent audits, in recent years.

“Wildlife Forever was built and supported by individuals who care deeply about the future of fish and wildlife.” said Mr. Grann.  “I am most thankful for those dedicated members, directors, staff and sponsors who invested in conservation and believed in developing stewardship in America’s youth. Thank you all, it has been a privilege to guide Wildlife Forever.”

Under his direction, numerous national initiatives have flourished.  He was instrumental in the creation of the State-Fish Art Contest (SFA); Master’s Walleye Circuit (MWC), World Walleye Championship (WWC); Handicapped Americans for Wildlife Conservation (HAWC); Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Alliance (TRCA); “Racing for Wildlife” (NASCAR); and the Clean Drain Dry (CD2) Initiative.

One of the best measures of success comes from credibility and what others say about one’s work. Over Grann’s 25-year span, Wildlife Forever has received 60 special recognitions and major awards from state and federal agencies, corporations and governmental organizations.

“It’s been an honor and a pleasure to work with Doug Grann,” said Scott Grieve, Chairman, Wildlife Forever.  “I have served on the Board during Doug’s building of the organization and developing programs.  His tireless work on behalf of conservation and education is admired by everyone who knows him. We look forward to his continued leadership and new role as President of the Board.”

Grieve further said, “Wildlife Forever believes conservation education will ultimately determine the future of America’s fish & wildlife heritage. It is only through education and participation that we will pass on the stewardship of our natural resources to the next generation.”

As Wildlife Forever moves forward this vision remains the same for Pat Conzemius.  Pat has served for the past 10 years as Conservation Director and has handled all conservation projects, partnerships, grants and campaigns.  Conzemius concluded, “I am proud to continue this legacy Doug has built and will do all I can to ensure we maintain the highest of standards and always work to conserve America’s fish and wildlife.”

Wildlife Forever (WF): Wildlife Forever’s mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife.  For 30 years, WF members have helped to conduct thousands of fish, game and habitat conservation projects across the country. Recent audit reveals a 94% to mission rating.  To join and learn more about the award-winning programs, including work to engage America’s youth, visit


Looking for an inflatable boat or a kayak this holiday season? Or perhaps you need a new motor or some boat accessories?

Well, you just may find what you’re looking for – and for a steal! – at the Ballard Inflatable Boats auction on Saturday, December 2.


Conducted by the James G. Murphy Company, the Ballard Inflatable Boats auction will be held in conjunction with a heavy equipment auction, featuring trucks, vehicles, construction equipment and other machinery.

The heavy equipment auction features at least one item of note for our fishy friends: a 21’ 2015 Thunder Jet Luxor aluminum boat.

The auction will take place both on-site at the company’s 6-acre headquarters in Kenmore, Washington, as well as online at

A preview will be held Friday, December 1, so interested buyers can come check out the inventory and ask questions before the auction goes live on Saturday.

“There is a lot of inventory and everything must go,” said Mike Smith with Murphy Co. “And there are no minimums and no reserves, so it could go for a buck, or it could go for a million.”

The auction will feature around 100 inflatable boats, 50 kayaks, 40 unused outboard motors (some still in the box), seats, consoles, cables and other accessories.

Said Smith, “Anything you can screw or glue to a boat, we’ve got it.”

And don’t worry, if you can’t make it to Kenmore, you can bid online with MurphyLIVE!, a live online bidding system. All you need to do is register at and download the necessary software. According to Smith, people from all over the country go online to bid during these popular heavy equipment auctions. Absentee bids are also accepted.

Check out the auction page online to find out more.

More details:



Preview 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, Dec 1

James G. Murphy Company
18226 68th Avenue NE
Kenmore, WA 98028

Mattracks A Leader In ATV Track Conversions


Mattracks, located in Karlstad, Minnesota, manufactures over 100 different models of Rubber Track Conversion systems for ATV’s, UTV’s, trucks, tractors, custom harvesters, swathers, sprayers, construction equipment, trailers, and more. Mattracks serves both the recreational and commercial markets, and provides mobility solutions to applications that need to either access off-road sites or minimize compaction in fields or other sensitive areas.

Mattracks has been the leader in the rubber track conversion market since its inception in 1994, since then has shipped products to over 100 countries and can be found in operation on all seven continents. Contact Mattracks 218-683-9800; Toll-Free US & Canada 877-436-7800 or or


Double X Tackle Launches New Website, Gear


Double X Tackle has relaunched its website to bring all of its brands together in one place.  Double X Tackle is proud to announce that all four American-made fishing tackle brands, Vance’s Tackle, CAGI Sonic Attractors, ClearBoard planer boards and Double X Tackle (formerly Rainbow Plastics) are now all on one site.  Offering the full catalogs of all of these brands makes it easy to reach the $50 limit for free shipping, and that includes the trolling rods!

The new website also provides the opportunity to snag more savings by buying in larger quantities.  Most items offer a larger pack quantity that comes with built in savings, take for example the 1/4-ounce A-Just-A-Bubble, a 12-pack offers an awesome 18-percent discount over the single-pack price!

Now through the end of August, Double X Tackle is offering a special discount to all followers of Media Inc. Publishing magazines; enter code NWSAUG at checkout and receive an extra 5-percent off along with the everyday free shipping for orders over $50.  America- made fishing tackle done right!.

Look for us at

Always Be Aware Of Possible Fires

The following press release is courtesy of the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center: 

Wildfire starts are caused by campfires, debris burning, barbecue grills, use of all-terrain vehicles, fireworks, target shooting and other favorite recreational activities people enjoy.

Keep campfires small and contained to help prevent fires from escaping. Alaska Division of Forestry photo

While the 2017 Alaska wildland fire season is off to a slow start, that can change with a few hot, sunny days that dry fuels out and make them ripe for ignition. So far this season, there have been 115 fires that have burned 2,251 acres in Alaska. Most of the fires to date have been small blazes that have been quickly brought under control. All but four of this year’s fires have been human caused; the others were started by lightning.

Here are a few tips from the Alaska Division of Forestry and BLM Alaska Fire Service to keep in mind this weekend to help reduce the potential for wildfires:

  • Never leave a fire of any kind unattended for any length of time.
  • In areas where open burning is allowed, make sure you have a Division of Forestry burn permit and follow the safe burning guidelines listed on it. You must call your local state forestry office or go online to ensure burning is allowed on the day you want to burn. For burn permit information, go to
  • Keep campfires small and away from grasses and other vegetation that can catch fire.
  • Make sure campfires are completely extinguished by repeatedly drowning them with water and stirring the coals/ashes until they are cold to the touch.
  • Have tools and water on site to prevent fires from escaping.
  • Dispose of barbecue ashes or coals in a fireproof container; do not dump them in the woods.
  • Call 911 immediately if there is a wildland fire emergency.

State and federal fire managers encourage Alaskans and visitors to be careful with any kind of activity that could spark a wildfire. Remember, anyone responsible for starting a wildfire can be held responsible for the suppression costs associated with that fire.

For statewide fire information, visit the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center website at or go to

Mattracks Goes Back To The Movies

Mattracks, the original and No. 1 manufacturer of rubber track conversions, is no stranger to the Motion Picture industry.  Since its “inception” 25 years ago, Mattracks has been involved in many motion pictures, both behind the scenes and in front of the camera.   In 2003, Mattracks was called on to build the base for the T1 Robot in Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines.   Several smaller pictures followed that incorporated Mattracks in some capacity, and then in 2010 they were featured on a HMMWV in the blockbuster Inception starring Leonardo DiCaprio.  In 2015, Mattracks provided tracks for a camera truck in order to get extremely difficult mountain shots in the James Bond installment, Spectre.

Now, in 2017, Mattracks will be featured in the eighth installment of the massively successful Fast and the Furious franchise dubbed The Fate of the Furious.  Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Luke Hobbs will be driving a Dodge Ram with Mattracks 150M1A2-SAs.  “When it’s time to save the world in the snow, Hobbs becomes the Abominable Iceman in his ICE RAM,” writes Johnson on Twitter last summer.   Fate of the Furious opens April 14 worldwide.

Mattracks is located in Karlstan, Minnesota, and manufactures over 100 different models of Rubber Track Conversion systems.  These systems are found on ATVs, UTVs, trucks, tractors, agricultural equipment, construction equipment, and military vehicles.  Mattracks also designs many systems for custom applications servicing many different industries including the film industry.

Additional information is available by contacting Mattracks, Inc. at 218-683-9800, 877-436-7800 (toll-free US & Canada) or 218-436-7000. Visit us online at, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube or email us at

ARSC announces Costa Rica expansion!

Merry and I would like to officially announce that we are the new owners of the Sportfishing operation Pelagic Pursuits Costa Rica and the 31′ Luhrs Go Fish.  The boat is located at the world renowned Los Suenos Marina and Resort near Jaco, Costa Rica on the central pacific coast.
We now offer Offshore fishing for Sailfish, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Stripe Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, and Wahoo. If Inshore fishing is your game then you’ll love the Rooster fish, Cubera, Grouper, Jacks, Snook, and Tarpon.
Together with Captain Randall, mates Luis and Abrancy, we plan to offer our clients, friends, and family the same quality of experience we’re known for in the PNW! You can also expect to see and use the best products from Okuma, Raymarine, Tuf-line, P-line, and more.
Dedicated to customer service, reliable charter boats, friendly crew, and CATCHING FISH, we plan to bring our charter fishing experience to the table in Costa Rica!
Getting there is easy!  Most major airlines (including Alaska Airlines) fly to San Jose International Airport (SJO).  From there the drive SW to the Jaco area is less than 90 minutes on modern highways.  Rental cars are inexpensive as are transfers if you prefer not to rent a car.  Transfers, lodging and fishing can all be reserved through Merry or myself.
What about All Rivers & Saltwater Charters???  Everything will be business as usual at ARSC with plans only to continue and improve our 13 year charter service in Washington State!  Merry and I will be in Washington State May-October, managing ARSC on the ground, and travel back and forth every other month to Costa Rica November-April.  We will always be available via email, and phone 365 days a year.

Take a look at this HD Video of one of our Offshore fishing trips!

The Go Fish!

Over the next year the Go Fish will get quite a make-over.  To name just a few things on the list:

  • – Install the full compliment of Raymarine Electronics, including high power CHIRP Sonar, and a large display.
  • – Outfit the boat with new Okuma fishing rods & reels, and many other cutting edge products.
  • – Re-upholster the cockpit bolsters, tower seat cushions, and client seating area.
  • – Have on-hand mission critical back-up parts that will reduce down time when break-downs occur.


  • Year-Round, Full-Day Offshore or Inshore…$1350, 4 ppl, $50 add’l for a fifth person, 5 max.
  • Year-Round, Half-Day Inshore…$1150, 4 ppl, $50 add’l for a fifth person, 5 max.
  • Full-Day Tortuga Island, no fishing, $1150, 4 ppl, $50 add’l passengers, 6 max.
  • Half-Day, Tortuga Island, no fishing, $1050, 4 ppl, $50 add’l passengers, 6 max.
  • Sunset Cruise, $300 (max 6 passengers)
  • *Peak Season Charter, December 24thJanuary 4th, Add $100 per trip. 
  • *Don’t forget fishing licenses (purchased at the dock for $), and gratuities for crew, 20% is customary and the guys really work for you to earn it.
“We look forward to getting you out fishing again!”
Mark & Merry Coleman – Pelagic Pursuits Costa Rica
“Go Fish”, Los Suenos Marina, Slip 12, Herradura, Puntarenas, CR
+506-4001-8430 (CR) (Let it ring) (We respond FAST!)