Artist and Fisherman Creates Fishing Boat Designs | Grant’s Getaway


Brad Baker of Coho Design has been creating colorful backgrounds, imaginative overlays and large fonts for fishing boats for the past two decades.

ASTORIA, Oregon – This week we are traveling to the famous salmon fishing mecca on the lower Columbia River called “Buoy 10” to see a unique floating art gallery and meet the artist who makes fishing dreams come true.

The 10 Buoy Salmon Angling is the greatest angling spectacle in the Pacific Northwest. Every day hundreds of boats transport thousands of anglers to catch salmon, but not everyone comes here to fish.

Brad Baker, of coho designis an entertainer and fisherman who loves the best of both worlds: he travels the West, from Baja to Alaska, casting lines for fun and helping boat owners build a brand.

“Buoy 10 has always been my art gallery or showroom,” Baker said. “This time of year, there are so many guides and clients here whose boats I’ve packed, so it’s pretty cool to meet them.”

Baker is the wrap that designs and installs creative boat boards that make a statement about the owner.

For over two decades, Baker has created colorful backgrounds, imaginative overlays and large fonts to satisfy the growing fishing guide industry. It’s a package that really knows its beat,

“I don’t always remember names, but I remember wraps,” he said. “Sometimes I forget how long I’ve been doing the wrap. I think it’s been 10 years and it’s been 15. I mean, some of these wraps have been around for 20 years, believe it or not.

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“It protects the boat for one and advertises the guide service as well,” the guide said. Evan Lafki. “I get phone calls and when you catch fish people see it, and I think that’s good for the business.”

The transition from computer design to a giant printer uses special 3M vinyl that protects against sunlight, salty air and puncture.

“There are adhesion microbeads that break off when I press down with my squeegee,” Baker said. “It releases the adhesive and seals a bond with the boat. It’s a fantastic material that has really revolutionized the packaging industry.

Baker is a Portland kid whose love affair with fishing opened up the outdoors. Also, her mother was an artist, so drawing and painting was easy.

“I went to art school in New York majoring in fine art graphic design and illustration,” he said. everything.”

Baker said each envelope means hours – if not days – filled with designing, printing and applying. Everything is made from scratch.

“When I started it was trial and error and I learned the hard way. I remember one of my first wraps I did outside and I had the whole thing on the boat and I started scraping it when a big gust of wind blew the whole thing right next to the boat.

Baker has packed over 2,000 boats, so he’s a well-known figure in the 10-buoy mecca.

“They want the boat to look great,” he said. “They want to be on the water and people to notice and say, ‘Wow, watch this movie. This guy needs to know what he’s doing and needs to have his A-Game on the water.

So do wraps catch more fish?

“Oh yeah,” the longtime entertainer said with a smirk. “I always tell my customers that every wrap comes with a fishing mojo and they can expect to catch a lot more fish. Sometimes it works, but that’s my selling point. The wrap is free , but peach mojo is expensive. It’s what you pay for.

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