Tri-City-based fishing charter business expands to Australia

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A Tri-City fishing business will expand its operations to open a branch more than 7,000 miles away next year.

DownUnderSportFishing, which offers sightseeing trips and fishing excursions, will offer fishing charters in Australia.

Mike Palmus and his wife, Rosemary, of Kennewick say Australia is the perfect destination for their fishing business.

“Australia is pretty phenomenal, and the fishing is not really developed,” said Palmus, whose wife is from the land down under. “Other than a plane ride, basically it’s like a trip to Alaska. People go to Alaska, and we think we can offer them fishing in Australia for the same type of experience.”

Palmus and his future wife met in Australia, although they didn’t marry until two decades after their first encounter. Both were avid anglers, but Palmus moved back to the states. In the 1990s, he settled in the Tri-Cities and started working at Apollo.

“I became a contractor, but the owner knew that I had fished extensively and asked if I would do it for Apollo clients, customer appreciation and employees. I started running a corporate boat. The company paid me and I took people fishing. During the salmon season, I was never even on projects,” he said.

During that same time, social media reconnected Palmus with the girl he’d met when he was 21.

“We hadn’t spoken in 20 years. We got back together, and we’ve been married for five years,” he said.

Life has been good for the couple, but Palmus was lured by the idea of starting his own business. With his wife’s support, they started DownUnderSportFishing.

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Jessica Hoefer

Jessica Hoefer

Jessica Hoefer is a freelance writer based in Prosser and a contributor to numerous print and online publications. When she’s not working on a news story, she can be found on the soccer field, at her local library or holed up in her office working on her next Young Adult novel.

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