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New YouTube Channel and Video

As mentioned in our previous blog post, we have moved into the world of video and YouTube. Our first video is now public – don’t worry, we’ll have more soon! The video, shown below, features the PCW5000 and takes place in the Woods in Vancouver, British Columbia. We think that our spokesperson, Lisa Clark, does a great job explaining how to use the Winch, how to set up the accessories for safety and effectiveness, and just how easy it is for the Portable Winch to pull a log that weighs a ton – literally! But don’t take our word for it – watch the video below, and subscribe for more coming soon!

What do you think of our first video? If you have any questions or comments, or want to make a suggestion for our next video, please let us know in the comments below or on our YouTube channel! Thanks for watching!


Positive Fishing Results in Nanaimo


A fishing marina located in Nanaimo.

We love hearing positive news from the West Coast – especially when it involves fishing! Local fishing guide Andrew Turkstra, who has made his living taking people on fishing charters on Vancouver Island, has recently set up shop in Nanaimo. Until now, the Nanaimo waters were known as the ‘Dead Sea’ by other fishing guides and experienced local fishermen.

The reason for the area’s infamous nickname is due to the lack of fish that can be found there. Scientists have pointed to over fishing, changes to ocean conditions, food resources, migration and too many predators as reasons for the decline in potential trophies. Many have given up on fishing in Nanaimo all together. 

Here is the positive part: Lately, Turkstra and his customers have seen success in this area. 

“We’re beginning to see higher concentrations of salmon coming through local waters from the Columbia River as restoration projects on that waterway, as well as in salmon rivers and streams on the Island, are beginning to take hold,” Turkstra says. “We’re also learning how to fish better in that we used to fish shallow but now we find we are having success fishing at 200 to 1,000 feet. There’s also the fact that the commercial salmon fishery has been downsized in recent years and that has helped stocks recover.” 

This is clearly great news for die-hard fishermen on Vancouver Island. What was once a major problem for Nanaimo is now looking up. 

Do you plan to test your skill in the once proclaimed ‘Dead Sea’? Let us know!