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Dan Coates

I started fishing about 10 years ago, and it has turned into a passion for the sport. If I can take a passion and convert it to helping others and maintaining the psssion it is a win win. Catfish Buy the Pound allows that completely. We can fish, introduce people to fishing, fish some more, raise funds while fishing, fish some more, fish with my wife, fish some more, it doesn’t get any better than that. My work travel takes me to many of the top bass destinations in the US, which has granted me the opportunity to fish in Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Missouri. I know this list will grow. Locally I fish mainly along the Manitoba-Ontario border from the Whiteshell to Atikaki park. I have master angler & species specialist awards for small mouth bass and channel catfish. I have recently started crappie, perch, and walleye fishing too.

Back to catfish - I was originally introduced to channel cat fishing by Donovan Pearase of Blackwater Cats. I have developed an interest in the sport of cat fishing and hope to fish the Red River and the Mississippi over the coming years. I have had the fun of noodling for catfish in North Carolina but I prefer the line and hook style we use here in Manitoba.

I have had good luck over the last few years on channel cats having boated many master angler length, and having guests boating many master angler lengths as well. I enjoy introducing people to the sport of cat fishing and know any day of the water is better than any day in the office.

In October of 2016, I was talking with my son Iain and told him that I was setting a personal goal of boating 5,000 pounds of catfish in 2017. He challenged me about the motivation for such a feat, and inspired me to focus on using cat fishing for a good cause. That is how Catfish Buy the Pound came to be. This year we are proud to support Wounded Warriors Canada, and the programs they provide to first responders in all fields of duty. Please consider supporting us as we pursue this feat for those in need.

Have fun, tight lines, and FISH ON!

Eileen Coates

Eileen Coates - wife of Dan Coates, fishing enthusiast - has had opportunity to travel, fish, and meet many pro anglers throughout the southern USA. Most weekends find the couple somewhere on a boat.

Born in southern Saskatchewan, the prairie girl realized the enjoyment of being on the water 6 years ago. As an amateur photographer and nature lover, boating provides Eileen many opportunities for spectacular photographs.

Joining forces to fundraise and catch 10,000 pounds will assist Wounded Warriors Canada in their mission to honour and support Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, First Responders and their families.

Please consider sponsoring Dan and Eileen in this worthwhile cause by donating today.