Press Release

Westport, WA

We are looking forward to the Albacore Tuna Tournament, which will also include a Salmon Derby plus the IGFA Kids’ Passport to Fishing Derby on August 5th and 6th.

The Washington Tuna Classic (WTC) Team consists of Ryan Elwell, President of Mission Outdoors, Shannan Hansen, Executive Director of Mission Outdoors, and Fly Navarro, owner of “Fly Zone” and publisher of “Catch 2020,” which highlights 60 of the best saltwater inshore tournaments. Coastal Food Banks receives all the fish caught after processing and canned by Merinos Seafood – approximately 5,000 pounds.

Mission Outdoors, whose motto is “Hope grows outdoors,” is a nonprofit organization working with Veterans to provide outdoor experiences to help with service-related issues like feelings of isolation and loneliness. For more information, click on

A big shout-out to the volunteer teams hosting local Veterans for the two-day sportfishing event each year and the many sponsors that support them, Robertson and Olson Constructions Inc, Defiance Marine, Allied Boats, Renaissance Marine Group, Ray marine, Island Lodge, Al Lago Restaurant, Guaranteed Rate, Accurate Fishing, Englund’s Marine, Aloha Alabama, Ocean Gold, and Merinos Seafood Market.

Some comments from the Veterans who have attended the Mission Outdoors “Hope Grows Outdoors” event –  

It’s about family!
“Mission Outdoors, to me, is a family. They ask how I’m doing. They’ve gone out of their way to do things that other organizations have never done,” He continued, “Just … thank you. Thank you for what everyone is doing for us, for helping us succeed in doing things that we’ve lost but can still be part of and do.” …Shane

I thought to myself; I have these skills. I can help get my brothers and sisters out of their pain.

“With Mission Outdoors, I can do something I’ve been dreaming about for my whole disabled life. This event is not just a one-time experience; it is a family. You come on a trip with us, and you become part of the family. You can call me any time, and I will answer.”…Matt

For more information about this exciting upcoming event, visit or contact Shannan Hansen, Executive Director, at [email protected]

That Baja Guy-Gary Graham, the BD Outdoors Baja Editor, has more than five decades fishing experience off of Southern California and the Baja Peninsula. From light tackle and fly up to offshore marlin fishing, Gary has experienced all facets of this fishery. He's set several fly-fishing world record...