About Our Team Guides
Mark Coleman - Guide/Owner, USCG Licensed & Insured
Captain Mark Coleman is the founder and lead guide at All Rivers & Saltwater Charters. Mark operates saltwater charters in both the inland water and offshore waters, jet sled trips in a variety of Washington rivers, and drift boat adventures throughout Washington state. Mark's fishing experience includes both sportfishing and commercial diciplines. When you call or email ARSC you will often be working with Mark himself. Mark is skilled in coordinating with our clients to ensure that the logistics of their trip are as much of a success as the fishing we hope they experience.
"My passion for fishing is being a part of others catching fish"
Washington fishing guide Mark Coleman has had great success in pursuing, catching, and teaching others the key techniques to hooking trophy fish. As a USCG Licensed Captain and insured Seattle fishing guide, Mark Coleman has put his years of fishing experience and knowledge into mastering the prolific Salmon, Steelhead, Tuna, Sturgeon, Lingcod, and Halibut fisheries of Western Washington, and Alaska. Our exclusive charter permit allows us to offer both freshwater and saltwater fishing charters. It's not un-common to see Washington fishing guide Mark Coleman guiding a variety of different species in different locations all in the same week! Mark has also guided a number of seasons in Bristol Bay, Alaska on the world famous Nushagak River and Togiak River systems.
Merry Coleman - Reservations Coordinator, Admin
Along with answering our busy phone-line and email server, Merry is the anchor of our hectic fishing schedule. She's a pro at explaining each one of our trips, answering your questions, and coordinating our reservations and team guides. Merry often joins our team on the water where she helps us find fish and deckhand! Merry’s passion for fishing is unquestioned, and her ability to catch fish and offer up sage words of fishing wisdom really brings another level of excellence to our guided charters.
Merry also volunteers her free time (when she has any) to fin clip smolt salmon and steelhead at local hatcheries, and at charity fishing events such as the Washington Tuna Classic (WTC)..
Merry is crucial in the ground operations of the enitre company. She's a marine and fishing supplies specialist putting thousands of miles on the road keeping our charters up and running. Not to mention answering our very busy phone line and the office responsibilities she takes on every day. We really couldn't do it without Merry or the other wives of the members of the ARSC team!
Ray Vermillion - Associate Independent Guide,
USCG Licensed & Insured
Ray has been guiding clients in Washington's salmon & steelhead streams for several decades and was my (Mark Coleman's) inpiration for becoming a fishing guide. Our team sometimes refers to Ray as the "Guide Father". His infinite wisom, corney jokes, and fishing finding and catching characteristics are the best in the business. Ray offers guided drift boat and jet boat adventures on Seattle area & Olympic Peninsula Rivers. Ray also has experience guiding in Cordova, AK. Join Ray for a trip of a lifetime!
"This why I do what I do"
As a Washington State fishing guide have been fishing for Steelhead and Salmon for over 33 years and as you can tell...this is my passion. Being a part of someone else catching there first Steelhead or Salmon or maybe the biggest fish of their life gets me excited too. I am a people person and I love to coach my fisherman and women as they are fighting their fish and to see that look on there face when they finally land it... that's why I am a Seattle Fishing Guide!
Mike Ainsworth - Associate Independent Guide, USCG Licensed & Insured
Mike guides anglers on a variety of fishing experiences in both freshwater and saltwater. He has been working with us for the longest of all of our associates and is extremely productive, knowledgable, friendly, and patient. Mike offers drift boat and jet sled adventures. Join Mike for Columbia River springers, Olympic Peninsula salmon & steelhead, Puget Sound Salmon and crab, Seattle area sturgeon and Seattle area salmon fishing today!
"One of my greatest joys is helping people catch fish"
I have been fishing in Washington State for over seventeen years and Washington fishing guide for almost 8 years. I have fished in many parts in the world from Hawaii to India, if it swims, I have tried to catch it and there are a lot more fish to be caught. Fishing is not just a job or a hobby for me, it's my passion. I have always loved fishing since I was a small boy. I like everything that fishing has to offer. Whether it's the natural beauty of the rivers and forests of Washington, or the thrill of catching a new type of fish. I also love helping people catch fish they have never caught before or may have never been able to catch on there own. One of the best things for me as guide is to see the look on some ones face when they hook in to there first wild steelhead, or there first big salmon or trout. The look on there face and the thrill that they get is what great memories are made of, that goes double for young kids.
Ian Winder - Associate Independent Guide, USCG Licensed & Insured
Captian Ian runs saltwater charters in Westport aboard our 29' Defiance Pilothouse boat "Reel Elite" and other vessels in the industry. Throughout the year, Ian can be found chasing halibut, lingcod, albacore tuna, steelhead and salmon. He spends the fall and winter months offering his own drift boat adventures on the Olympic Peninsula. Ian is super friendly, funny, positive, and very good and producing fish which naturally makes him our top captain!
I have been a fisherman my entire life. Fishing is something I am very passionate about. I love sharing this great sport; introducing people to the wilderness fishing experience, teaching new techniques and being a part of the excitement that every trophy brings is what I live for.
The best part of the day is seeing the huge smiles on my clients’ faces as they catch their first salmon, first steelhead or maybe the biggest fish of their life.