Capt. John’s Bio

Capt. John Keizer Bio

Capt. John Keizer, a well known outdoor writer for local fishing magazines, newspapers and national sport fishing publications, is best known in the Northwest as a lecturer at events such as the Seattle International Boat Show, Northwest fishing clubs, International Sportsman’s shows, and as a host/organizer of salmon fishing classes and seminars from Canada to Oregon.

He began his fishing career at age 14 as a deckhand on the Westport charter fleet. Years on the ocean fisheries sparked his love of big game sport fishing. While serving in the Navy, he pursued billfish in exotic locations such as Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Mid Way Island, Tonga, Hawaii and other locations around the South Pacific.

After returning to Washington, John devoted his time to fishing the waters of the Northwest, Alaska and British Columbia. His love of the sport and his concern for its preservation led him to become a founding member of the Gig Harbor Puget Sound Anglers Chapter where he served as its first president and on the Puget Sound Anglers State Board for several years.

During this period, he honed his skills as a writer, lecturer and television personality. His passion for introducing new anglers to the sport led to his co-founding of Salmon University. This annual seminar and its accompanying website grew in popularity over several years. Anticipated changes to the salmon fishery prompted Capt. John to sell his interests in Salmon University and develop a new, all encompassing project aptly named

Capt. John and his wife, Norine, currently reside in University Place Washington where he is regularly featured on local radio and television shows promoting salmon and tuna fishing opportunities. He holds a USCG Master License, is an International Game Fish Association (IFGA) Certified Captain. He also holds current active memberships in the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association and the Outdoor Writers Association of America. John also spends time each fall black powder hunting deer, elk and duck hunting excursions across the Northwest.

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