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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 6, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Reel Time Trivia winner hails from Renton

Congratulations to Michael Oakley of Renton who is this week’s Reel Time Trivia winner.

The trivia question of the week was:

There is a hook (more like a huge rock pile) that protects the inner harbor of this eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca fishing ground that this week came alive for hatchery chinook fishing.

Many will fish just off the long jetty, and others will trek just northwest to three unmarked humps in the middle of the Strait with the only marker being a green buoy.

The correct answer Oakley gave was Port Angeles.

“I was born and raised in Long Beach, CA, (and) dad was a longtime member of the Sportsmen’s Club and casting club so I learned to cast and honed my skills at their monthly barbeques,” Oakley said. “We used to go to the Sierras for vacation every summer – I grew up knowing my way around June Lake, Mammoth, Rock Creek, Ridgecrest and others almost as well as Long Beach.”

“I remember one December deep-sea fishing trip because I was about five-years-old, and the seas were really rough and we’d left the dock about 5 a.m. Nobody was fishing, everyone was griping about the cold and rain while they turned green, a few were throwing up and I was walking around happy as a clam with the cocoa with marshmallows the captain kept me well supplied with,” he said. “I think up here, we’d call that weather a good day. In my mid-teens, I got interested in sailing, and Dad (had) health issues, so fishing trips became fewer and farther between.”

“My interest in fishing was rekindled about 18 months ago when I decided to make more time to get outside and enjoy the natural beauty of Washington. I’d always been fascinated by fly-fishing (in fact, Dad used to tie and I know some great gear went to the club after his death), so I took some free classes at Orvis in Bellevue and the addiction has taken hold.”

“I spent more than a few cold and wet evenings by the fireplace in the dining room tying flies like a fiend,” Oakley said.

Oakley wins a nice outdoors prize.

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, July 9. Winners are announced the following Friday.

Here are our rules for The Seattle Times contest.

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