It might have been luck. It might have been the boat, a Duckworth 235 Navigator. It could have been the secret spot on the Columbia River which they had to secure at 4AM. Fact is, it was teamwork. The crew of Alex Brauer, Jerry Spiess, Trey Carskadon, Shy Masters and Dave Haukeli have gone from a rag-tag bunch of anglers to a well-oiled machine. Taking their second 1st place finish in as many years at the 2015 NSIA Spring Fishing Classic, and placing on the podium 4 or the last 6 years, it all comes down to hard work on the water. Rods are rigged to precision. Baits are changed religiously every 20 minutes. When a rod goes off everyone knows their tasks; clear the deck, toss the anchor, get the net and stay out of the way (or Jerry will toss you overboard.) Thank you Duckworth for the finest fishing machine on the water!
We snuck out one last time to capture photos for the 2014 brochure. The chances of finding good weather in Oregon, in November, where this shot was taken, has about the same odds as catching a salmon on the Mississippi River. However, this time we got lucky. This is a Duckworth Navigator 215 SE. The “SE” package is a very nicely equipped set of accessories and features that dials the boat in for multipurpose use.
Here are a few images of a recent trip to Astoria, Ore. in the Duckworth Offshore. It’s the perfect chariot for chasing the salmon run and catching limits. Getting cold? Warm up in the luxurious cabin and give the other guys a turn to catch some fish.