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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

December 16, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Reel Time trivia winner hails from Puyallup

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Congratulations to Tomas J. Tabisola of Puyallup who is this week’s Reel Time Trivia winner, and answered first by saying it was the “Cowlitz River.”

Tabisola was born and raised on Maui, Hawaii. Lucky guy!

“My fishing passion started when my older brother took me fishing with him even before I started grade school and even before I learned to ride my own bike,” Tabisola said. “We lived about three miles from the ocean and I had to sit on the front bar on his bike to get there. We used little bamboo poles, 2# test line, #20 hooks and baited with tiny pieces we bit off a prawn tail. One prawn tail lasted all morning. Back then we targeted various reef fish from the breakwater wharfs at Kahului Harbor.”

From there Tabisola progressed to spinning rods and reels and then to surf casting for ulua or jack crevalle.

“After college, I enlisted and in the 24 years I was in the U.S. Army, during my off-duty time I was able to fish in all the places I was assigned from Virginia (and the East Coast), back to Hawaii, to California, to Panama, to Washington and to Alaska.”

His last assignment had Tabisola returning to Fort Lewis, where he retired from the army to what he considers the best fresh water fishing in the world, albeit with some pretty good fishing in the Puget Sound and coastal waters as well.

“It’s here that I’ve been able to spend more time fly fishing,” he said.

Then Tabisola added spey casting into his fishing repertoire.

“What a great way to fish! The steelhead is my most admired quarry and spey casting for them makes it even more wonderful.”

I remember fishing the Cowlitz River when I was first stationed at Fort Lewis,” Tabisola recalled.

“It is true that this river has been the number one steelhead producer year in and year out for the state of Washington. I’m going to visit Michigan soon and I’m looking forward to fishing for steelhead there. From what I’ve read, I think the Manistee or the Muskegon River is the Cowlitz River equivalent for that state. It will be fun checking them out!”

Tabisola wins a nice outdoor book.

This will be an ongoing weekly trivia contest where the winner who answers the question first will receive an outdoor prize that will range from books, Berkley bait, lures and other nifty items from the outdoors gunnysack.

The next trivia question will posted on Monday, Dec. 19. Winners are announced the following Friday.

Here are our rules for The Seattle Times contest.

(Photo courtesy of Tomas J. Tabisola)

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