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Most Recent Report: Kokabow Fishing Tackle
Date: May 23, 19

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I ran into Allan Greenhalgh of Kokabow Fishing Tackle LLC. At a Sportsmans show. We specialize in kokanee and salmon tackle we have kokanee spinners, kokanee hooches, kokanee and Trout trolls and also what we consider a Dodger or a flasher. We have two sizes of Dodgers a 5.5 inch custom hand painted, 16 colors and we also have a smaller dodger and a three point seventy five inch which again are in 16 colors and are all hand painted and we inlay our glitter into our dodgers to try to pick up light in the water to throw out a flash. So these are pretty effective? Very effective. I don't use plastic in any of my tackle making everything is glass and crystals I'm using European crystals and European glass for our product nothing is glued. None of our beads are glued everything is free floating. Another thing that kind of sets us apart is we're using quality line and quality hooks so we're using Damakatsu hooks and we're using Maxima line. So we want to try to put the most quality product out that we possibly can. I know that personally and a lot of folks will say the same thing in sense that we got away from the plastic glued beads. We went to have our free floating beads that are glass and crystal that our hit rates have gone up 3, 4, 5 to 1. Very effective. Kokanee, My favorite beer but Kokanee fishing? It's becoming the most popular fishery in the entire West. Kokabow tackl.com.


Sportsman’s Spotlight
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PRIMARY              ~ People who Hunt and Fish in the Northwest, from the novice to the guide.
SECONDARY      ~ People who might gain a better understanding of the outdoor sportsman through interesting stories and antidotes.
To entertain and educate, thus creating a desire to go fishing, hunting and explore the outdoors.  In these short radio vignettes we take the listener on an audio adventure far away from their current environment, to a place they would rather be… The great outdoors!
Passion defines the work of David Sparks Ph.D., a veteran of television and host of Sportsman’s Spotlight.  David's resume includes features on the Outdoor Channel (winner of eight Telly Awards),  host and producer of ESPN’s Ultimate Outdoors, Jeep National Trails and a bevy of network television including  PM Magazine, NBC game shows and stints guest hosting the Oprah Winfrey Show. During David’s tenure with ESPN’s Ultimate Outdoors, he acquired hunting and fishing tips from the “Master” internationally famous outdoorsman/guide Wayne Pearson . “On location” took on a whole new meaning as the pair hunted game in various locations around the U.S.; from upland birds in the Dakotas to gators in Louisiana but it was David’s riveting quest for the great marlin in Puerto Rico and sword and sailfish in Venezuela that endeared him to his fans.  In addition to his wealth of television work David Sparks earned his doctorate in biomedical engineering at Northwestern University and taught at the University of Washington.
Watch out!  David's enthusiasm for hunting and fishing is contagious, humorous and .....sometimes cantankerous but one thing for certain with Sparks it’s always entertaining and the spotlight is always on you the outdoorsman.

% of population that fishes
Number of Anglers
% of population that hunts
Number of Hunters


Average dolla spent per Sportsman per year


Recreation Expenditures in Idaho
(Total: $923 million)
Fishing Expenditures in Idaho
(Total: $283 million)
Hunting Expenditures in Idaho
(Total: $260 million)
Wildlife-Associated Recreation
Expenditures in Oregon
(Total: $2.0 billion)
Fishing Expenditures
in Oregon
(Total: $497 million)
Hunting Expenditures
in Oregon
(Total: $374 million)
Wildlife-Associated Recreation
Expenditures in Washington
(Total: $3.1 billion)
Fishing Expenditures
in Washington
(Total: $905 million)
Hunting Expenditures
in Washington
(Total: $313 million)

*National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, 2006 (FHWAR) http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/fishing.html


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