Gamefishin.com was created by Bruce Pearson in 1998 as
a personal endeavor to share his passion for fishing. Since
it's very beginning, the web site focuses on providing a
meaningful resource for fishing information and to create
a medium for anglers to come together as a community and
The community is full of anglers from around the State of
Washington, who are ever helpful and willing to share their
own experiences and knowledge. Today, the community has
grown to host various contributing volunteer experts, guides,
and professional fishermen with the goal of helping and
sharing with fellow anglers.
We welcome any of your comments and your feedback. Click
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Big_Daddy aka Randy
Webmaster - Editor - Owner
Jason Caywood aka Telkibear
Reports Page - Development & Administrator
I was born, raised, and spent my entire life living
in Northwest Washington. I spent a good portion of
my youth fishing in Capital Lake and the Puget Sound,
but without a mentor I didn't catch much. My favorite
spot was this small railroad bridge that ran over
a small channel. As the tide came in the flats behind
the bridge would fill full of water and as the tide
went out all that water would rush back out and force
all the fish that were there out through this little
channel that couldn't have been more than 10ft wide.
As I remember back on it I can almost feel that railroad
bridge underneath me now, feel the sun beating down
on my already burned face, and smell KFC fried chicken
wafting across the water. Shortly after those days
all of my gear was stolen and I stopped fishing.
In 2002 I became friends with one of my co-workers
who also happened to be an avid fisherman. It didn't
take long for the bug to replant itself in my brain
and the next thing I knew I was blowing money on gear
and getting my friend in trouble with his wife for
going fish so often. After a few months of this I
finally got my first fish, a 14" 1.5lb trout
out of Tiger Lake.
That did nothing to help my addiction, let me tell
you! I began searching for more information... MORE
INFORMATION! It wasn't easy to come by. I mean, if
you do a search on, say, "fishing" you'll
turn up 10,203,493.4 sites all dedicated to bass.
Eventually I found Gamefishin.com. The site was clean,
no clutter to navigate through, the reports were useful
and current, and the people on the forums were nicer
than one could hope for on the internet these days.
So I began sucking up all the information I could
and in turn shared information on the rare occasions
I felt I could answer a question.
Then, after missing an event I really wanted to attend,
I decided to try writing an event "calendar"
in ASP for the site. Nothing complex, just a little
thing to help notify people when events were nearing
and the like (I gotta finish that someday). When Bruce
saw the partially completed project he approached
me about coding a new reports page for him. I refused
at first... then offered to give it a go, but no promises.
I mean, I'm not an advanced ASP coder. The next thing
I knew I had created a monster!
And that's why I've got this blurb on the About Gamefishin.com
page. I didn't do this alone, though. I have to thank
D.W. Close for laying me off so I had lots of time
on my hands, Bruce for his encouragement and always
constructive criticisms, and Kurt and Wader for transferring
the old reports to the new setup in such a short amount
of time. Beta Testers included TRAPPER, Kurt, Fish
Guy Keith, and Bruce. Thanks guys!
Wade Samuelson aka Wader
I am a lifetime resident of Lewis County and began
trout fishing in grade school. It never became a passion
though and I would go years at a time without any
fishing whatsoever. Then about five years ago, my
dad bought a 14 foot aluminum boat and we started
lake fishing. We were hooked immediately. We have
since expanded our interests to include salmon, steelhead,
and sturgeon fishing. We have a very versatile 19
foot Wooldridge and have fished it in almost every
body of water between Puget Sound and Buoy 10.
I love analyzing gear and am forever experimenting
with and testing various hooks, lines, and other tackle.
I enjoy tying leaders and giving them to friends.
I have recently joined the world in the quest for
the perfect egg cure (but Im convinced there
isnt oneits more a matter of the
perfect cure for whatever spot of river youre
I am married and have three daughters. My oldest
daughter is five and likes fishing, but loves catchinghey,
dont we all?! During the week I am an attorney
and have fishing tackle scattered throughout my office.
I love being a moderator here at gamefishin.com! It
gives me the opportunity to meet and fish with some
of the nicest people that have ever owned both a computer
and a fishing rod. Be sure to register on the forum
and send me a message introducing yourself. Tight
Im one of the many transplanted midwesterns
to make the journey out to the West Coast. I grew
up fishing for walleye and northern pike with my grandfather
in the lakes and rivers of North Dakota. After moving
from NoDak to SoDak to WA to GA to London to New Orleans
and back to WA, Ive finally stayed in one place
long enough to learn the the rivers and lakes again.
For the past few years, Ive been gaining the
knowledge and experience necessary to give tournament
fishing a go. Northwest walleye fishing is a different
type of fishing from the Midwest lakes that I grew
up on so it has been an enjoyable experience learning
new techniques and waters. The pressure on walleye
is light out here but there are some great walleye
fishermen to learn from and the next world record
walleye is just waiting for me to find her.
Although I will always be a walleye fisherman at
heart, the Northwest has provided some great fishing
adventures away from the warm water. Thanks to the
people on this board, Ive also enjoyed fishing
for salmon, steelhead, halibut, and even those slimy
trout. The range of knowledge and experience on Gamefishin.com
and the fantastic people have made these new ventures
both possible and enjoyable.
I am married to a soon-to-be school teacher who supports
my fishing addiction even if she doesnt quite
understand it yet. I have learned great fishing techniques
since first joining Gamefishin.com and enjoy reading
the posts daily. I hope I can contribute to others'
fishing enjoyment as I continue to learn from all
Carl Costenbader aka Easy Limits
I am a native Washingtonian. Born, raised, and still
live in Federal Way. I am the sixth of seven children
in my family.
I have been around boats and fishing my whole life.
Granted, with some interruptions in either boating
or fishing in my life I always seem to find my way
back to what really is important
When I was a kid my family had a 24 Bayliner.
I can remember getting up early on foggy summer mornings
to fish in the Boeing Salmon Derby around Point No
Point. At the time our boat was not equipped with
downriggers. Heck, I dont know if downriggers
even existed back then. I can remember one year my
brother Chris taking seventh place in the Boeing Salmon
Derby. My mom use to swear by the pink squid
as her favorite king salmon getter.
With seven kids running around my dad decided to
get my mom a 37 Californian motor yacht for
Valentines Day. After that, we spent our summers living
on the Californian while it was moored in Eagle Harbor
(Bainbridge Island) at the outpost for Queen City
Yacht Club. Whats a kid to do during the summer
while being stuck on a boat with no place to go? Fishing
of course. My brother Craig and I use to pull the
piling worms off the bottom of the docks and hand
line fish for perch. Perch were very abundant back
then and big too. My brother and I would catch so
many perch we would give them to the other folks moored
at the outpost.
Life goes on. Parents get divorced, boat gets sold,
school, girlfriends. Where does the time go?
Around 1999 I found myself with an ex-fiance and
lots of spare time on my hands. A friend of mine calls
me up and says I have a 12 fiberglass
boat collecting dust in my backyard. Do you want it?
Of course, I said YES. Ever since then I have re-discovered
fishing and boating. With the help of my buddy and
mentor Barry Dubnow I re-learned salmon fishing in
the salt and rivers. He also taught me a ton about
trout fishing in lakes. I eventually moved up to a
14 aluminum boat so I could have more access
to saltwater areas and larger lakes.
I now make Redondo my saltwater fishing home for
salmon in the summer and winter. I consider the Green
River to be my home river.
When I was not actually out on the water fishing
I was needing to read and talk about fishing. With
the help of computers and internet on-line services
I discovered Gamefishin.com. My first thoughts about
Gamefishin.com were local, small, and very user
friendly. Hard to imagine in just the few short
years that I have been participating on Gamefishin.com
it has become such a large community of fine fisherman
and women. I have met and fished with several fisherman
and women from the on-line fishing world and I am
always impressed with the quality of individuals who
love doing what I love to do, FISHING.