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Fishing and Crabbing Seminar Line-Up Announced for the 2024 Seattle Boat Show

Learn how to, when to, and where to go fishing, crabbing, shrimping and squidding from some of the foremost experts in the Northwest

SEATTLE – December 13, 2023 – The Seattle Boat Show has always been known for its outstanding lineup of free seminars. The tradition continues for 2024, and the seminars are back to the pre- pandemic formula of three stages, with one devoted exclusively to fishing. There will be a total of 124 fishing and boating seminars (44% more than 2023), 32 of them fishing. The fishing seminar topics are as diverse as the fishing options in Washington state and cover crabbing, shrimping, razor clams, squid, halibut, lingcod, tuna and, of course, salmon. More in-depth boating courses for a fee are available through Boat Show University.

The show, with two locations – indoors at Lumen Field and on the water at the Port of Seattle’s Bell Harbor Marina – runs Friday, Feb. 2 through Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024. A free shuttle runs continuously between both show locations.

Topics range from learning downrigger tricks and deep water ocean salmon trolling techniques to how to utilize GPS guided electric bow mount motors to maximize your success to getting started in squidding, crabbing or clamming. There is no better way for an angler to improve his or her success on the water than investing in an hour or two at one of the show’s seminars and hearing from some of the Northwest’s top-notch fishing experts.

Or, as presenter Jamie Peth of Anglers Unlimited puts it, “You can Google ANYTHING and get 100 “how to” videos showing you exactly how to do something, but you can’t Google your way into local experience and expertise. There’s no substitute for hearing first hand from locals who are willing to share their know-how and insider knowledge and answer your questions; it’s invaluable.”

Click here the full schedule of seminars. It is sortable by keywords, seminar and class descriptions, and presenter biographies.

New Fishing Seminars for 2024 include:

  • Fish Smoking
  • Networked Ocean Observing for Tuna Fishers: Forecast Information & Data Products
  • Couples Fishing Therapy: How to Create a Winning Fishing Experience for Couples
  • Digging Deep: How to Get Started Targeting Razor Clams

Also NEW for 2024 are two panels:

  • Sunday Feb. 4, 3-5pm. Ask the Experts: An Open Q & A from some of the NW’s Best Fishermen
  • Monday Feb. 5, 1-3pm. Reel Women Fish: Women’s Salmon Fishing Workshop

Ask the Experts

This is an opportunity for anglers to bring any and all questions and tap into the combined 125+ years of collective experience of these panelists:

  • Scott Propst, angler with more than 50 years experience, owner, Goat Unlimited Charters in Anacortes, and also a lead instructor for Anglers Unlimited.
  • Steve Chamberlin a 36-year professional with a background as a Navy SONAR technician. His passion lies in fishing and helping anglers optimize their electronics for maximum success.
  • Steve Stout has fished Northwest waters for over 50 years and retired after 43 years as regional hatchery program manager for WDFW.
  • Mike Henderson, has fly fished for 20 years, and guided salmon and other fisheries.

Reel Women Fish

The women’s panel is designed to inspire women who want to learn to fish and connect with other like- minded women. Panelists who will share their joy, passion and lessons learned along the way include:

  • Jamie Peth, Anglers Unlimited
  • Brianna Bruce, owner and operator Livin’ Life Adventures charter
  • Karey Small, president, Fildago/San Juan Islands chapter of Puget Sound Anglers
  • Leanne Gardiner, owner/operator, The Reel Alibi, specializing in custom fishing rods
  • Kendra Fisher, lifelong angler and mom of young kids who will share tips on fishing with young children

Not only will this be an inspiring and fun panel, but as an added bonus, Monday, Feb. 5 is Women’s Day at the show and women get in for free by downloading a coupon here. There’s also an all-women’s sailing panel that day.

Returning and ever-popular presenters include Tom Nelson, Joey Pyburn, John Keizer, Paul Kim and Tommy Donlin. Nelson, of KIRO 710 ESPN’s Outdoor Line and named one “The 25 Most Influential Anglers In The West” by Salmon and Steelhead Journal will be presenting nine times.


Adult Ticket – $20.00 online and $22 at the box office at Lumen Field or Bell Harbor Marina

9-Day Pass – $40.00 online and $42 at the box office at Lumen Field or Bell Harbor Marina

Kids 17 & Under – Free

Boat Show University (BSU tickets must be purchased in advance online.)

  • $39: Includes a specific 90-minute class, same day admission to show, one Tunnel Club drink voucher.
  • $99: Includes a specific 6-hour class, same day admission to the show, one Tunnel Club drink voucher.
  • $249: Includes admission to all classes, nine days of admission to the show, nine Tunnel Club drink vouchers, and access to all 2024 Boat Show recordings online after the close of the show on February 10.

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Media Contact

Media: Lisa Samuelson, Samuelson Communications
Contact: or 206-954-2574
Photos: Show photos available here

The Seattle Boat Show is presented by Sundance Yacht Sales and the Port of Seattle.