WCFT PRO STAFF
WESTCOAST FISHING TACKLE is proud to support it's PRO STAFF who consist of certified Fishing Guides/Charters, Avid Fisherman, and Television Celebrities all throughout British Columbia and Western USA. Our goal in selecting representatives of our brand, is to have anglers who are passionate about the sport, have a voice to speak about our fishery, and share the culture of inclusion to all.
The recruitment process for Pro Staff is based annually as contracts are renewed on a performance basis every year. We select Pro Staff based on geographic locations, trying to cover all key fishing areas, allowing them to showcase products and at the same time speak to their fishing conditions in their designated area. Only 1 representative will be selected per region.
12 Geographic Regions:
All candidates are required to fill out an application that meet our qualifications and then followed up with an interview. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the application and information package. We thank all candidates for submitting their applications in advance, but only those who are qualified will be contacted for an interview.
An annual retreat is held at the end of the year where we gather all our Pro Staff and Ambassadors together to recap the season, have guest speakers and seminars, and showcase our new line of tackle for the following year.
We have a very tight group of individuals, a family feel, and a group of amazing anglers to represent our brand!
Below is our current Pro Staff and their contact information. Please feel free to reach out to any of them with questions in regards to our tackle. We are happy to recommend any of the below Fishing Guide/Charter companies:
We are super excited to welcome Mark Pendlington to join our PRO STAFF! With 30 years television filming experience fishing on the West Coast, Mark brings with him a wealth of experience. Having tested our products Mark states, “I tested all Westcoast gear this filming season and could not believe the difference in quality components from their mooching rods, jigging rods, swim baits, turd hootchies and unique new flashers on big salmon. These guys know quality and innovative gear from the magic Little Phat-E Gold UV 2.5 on big chinook salmon feeding off 50ft gravel shoals targeting sand lance and the bullet proof Black & Blue 3.5 Phat-E matched this years smaller herring spawn size perfectly for the most consistent number of big fish episodes in years! I look forward to continued testing of Westcoast Fishing Tackle quality innovative gear for years to come!”
You can watch his Westcoast Sporting Journal TV program airing 4 times a week 52 weeks a year on World Fishing Network America, Sportsman Channel Canada, Root Sports Northwest USA and locally on Chek TV Channel 6 Vancouver/Vancouver Island.
James Fisher - Director of Sales
James joins the WCFT CREW as our Director of Sales. Based on Vancouver Island, James leads the charge educating retailers all about our locally designed and sourced products. Having been in the industry for over 19 years, James is also a professional fishing guide, and owns his own fishing charter company @fisherislandadventures.
Phone: 250 702 6309
Jason Mok - Director of Product Development
Jason joins the WCFT CREW as Director of Product Development. Based in Vancouver, Jason works tirelessly reviewing the latest products and focuses on research and development designing and producing new product lines. He is out often testing products for durability and effectiveness.
Harry Rihela - Sales Manager
Harry joins the WCFT CREW as Sales Manager. Based in Vancouver, Harry is responsible for visiting retailers in the lower mainland and the interior. Being retired, Harry has lots of time to fish and enjoys spending time in Bamfield fishing the West Coast as well our local waters.
Capt Travis Nesimiuk - Saltwater Fishing Guide/Owner
Integrity Sportfishing Inc. - Prince Rupert
Darian Mant - Saltwater Fishing Guide
Queen Charlotte Lodge - Haida Gwai
Owner - Capt Ivan Chu
AMAZING FISHING CHARTERS - Lower Mainland
Having guided in Vancouver, Central Coast and Haida Gwai since 2001, Ivan is a well seasoned Certified Tidal Angling Guide. He mainly charters now in the lower mainland waters and has always been a champion of our gear. I think more people watch Ivan's feed for the amazing meals he makes with all his fresh seafood!
Phone: 604 837 5347
Owner - Marcus Kennett
Marcus Kennett Fishing Charters - Port Renfrew
Marcus has been guiding out of Port Refrew since 2000. His family also owns and operates Bucky's Sports Store out of Duncan. Definitley a generation of fishing expertise with him and his family. Marcus has been a champion of our gear since we started and we are looking forward to him testing all our new products for 2023.
Phone: 250 701 3663
Owner: Wade Dayley
Bear Cove Cottages - Port Hardy
Owner: Jeff Easingwood - Prince Rupert
Born and raised mostly on Vancouver Island, I have lived and fished on both the West and East coast of Canada. I started fishing at such a young age I can only remember it through stories my dad's told me. We would jig off Pender bluffs for Lings and Salmon out of our 14' K&C close to home in the early 90s before downrigging was really a thing and on the East Coast for Mackerel, Cod and Mako.
As time went on I discovered all the different types and styles of fishing at our fingertips here in BC, from month-long trips solo on the mighty Thompson River in search of the coveted Thompson Steelhead, to cut-plugging for trophy Chinook on the North Coast near Alaska and everything in between - avidly. I've developed my entire life to revolve around the great outdoors, fishing and life by the sea. I am an avid hunter and conservation advocate and I reside in the Salmon Capital of the World, Campbell River, where the ocean and adventure is a stone's throw away. I have my own thriving charter business "Go fishing with Sam" fishing aboard my lavishly outfitted Grady White 282 Sailfish. The 2024 season will be my 18th consecutive season guiding on the salt-chuck, my first as an independent and I couldn't be more excited for the adventure and to be a part of such a fun, motivated and genuine group of individuals on the West Coast Fishing Tackle team and also to continue growing our amazing community of Anglers and outdoor enthusiasts.GO FISHING WITH SAM
JIM RAMOS Aka: SAMMY HOOKER - Washington State, USA
OWNER: JONATAHN SKUCAS- Comox Valley
RUGGED WESTCOAST SPORTFISHING Charters
Jonathan (Jon) grew up on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. His love for the ocean started at a very young age. He spent many hours on the beach in front of the family home checking out crabs and other marine life. Naturally when Jon was introduced to fishing it became a lifelong hobby and passion for him.
Today Jon is a co-owner of Rugged Westcoast Sport Fishing out of Deep Bay. He is also the lead in a nonprofit salmon enhancement group called “Salmon Are Life” formally known as Fish Army. As Jon not only loves to catch fish but also feels a strong responsibility of giving back to the salmon and community.
FB: Jon Skucas, Rugged West Coast Sport Fishing
YouTube: Skucy Fishing
IG: @Skucy_fishing, Rugged West Coast Sport Fishing
Phone: 250 268 9970
OWNER: DAN "BISH" BISHOP - Bamfield
Bish 'N" Sons Fishing Adventures
As the owner and runner of Bish N Son Fishing Adventures, I am proud to say that I have been in the chartering business for over 30 years. My family has a long history of fishing on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, spanning generations. This experience has given me the deep knowledge and understanding of the area and its waters. What sets me apart from other charter companies is that I handle all apsects of the the business myself. From organizing and planning trips to guiding and providing top notch customer service, I am involved in every step of the process. This allows me to ensure that each and every guest has an unforgettable experience on our fishing adventures. My passion for fishing and commitment to providing the best possible service has driven me to build a successful business that has stood the test of time. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Westcoast Fishing Tackle ProStaff and to share my love for fishing with others. Operating out of Bamfield, BC, this summer is going to be awesome!
Phone: 250 722-2256
Capt. Paul Kim is the owner/operator of Fish PNW Guide Service based in Seattle, Washington. He has been a resident of the Pacific NW for 25 years and loves sharing his passion for fishing with guests aboard his custom made Lee Shore walk around catamaran with reliable Yamaha outboard power. Come join us and fish in comfort and safety aboard the 'Kraken' which includes a premium suite of Garmin electronics, high speed Scotty downriggers, Islander Reels, and of course West Coast Fishing Tackle. We specialize in Salmon, Squid, Crab and Bottomfish.
CPK has been a seminar presenter at the Seattle Boat Show and the Sportsman Show, published in several magazine articles, speaker for local Puget Sound Anglers club events, and has been on local radio (ESPN - The Outdoor Line) along with TV: Fish Hunt Northwest (Root Sports). He currently serves as a volunteer for the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) as a spot prawn and crab advisor advocating on behalf of recreational fishermen.
"Welcome aboard, we look forward to fishing with you this season!"
FB and IG: 'Seattle Squid'
OWNER: MARK ROBERTS
Lake Cowichan Fly & Tackle Shop - Cowichan Valley
Mark Roberts has been immersed in the world of fishing since the tender age of 4, under the tutelage of his father, who instilled in him a profound understanding of the sport. The majority of his career has been spent navigating the waters around the Nitinat Bar and the West Coast of Vancouver Island. This extensive experience has granted him invaluable insights into the West Coast, upper North, and Central coast, where he guided for renowned establishments like West Coast resorts, specializing in big-time sport fishing.
A seasoned entrepreneur, Mark has been involved in business for most of his life. Two years ago, he took the helm of Gordon's Fly Box, rebranding it into Lake Cowichan Fly and Tackle. This move not only reflected his business acumen but also showcased his commitment to keeping something significant within the community.
Fishing is not just a passion for Mark; it's a lifelong love. While the core of his business revolves around tackle, he brings a wealth of knowledge, techniques, and a genuine enthusiasm for the sport. Mark is more than just a business owner; he's a source of valuable information and expertise for fellow fishing enthusiasts.
Grateful for the opportunity to showcase what he and his business can offer, Mark is dedicated to promoting a product that goes beyond being well-built—it is underpinned by actions rather than mere words. His biography is a testament to a life dedicated to fishing, community, and the pursuit of excellence in the world of tackle.