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Approximately 380 anglers took to the water Saturday, August 6th in search of a $3,000.00 fish. In the end it was Dennis Graham who boated a 23lb 9oz Chinook off Jefferson Head that would claim the top prize in the 10th Annual South King County Puget Sound Anglers Salmon Derby.
A total of 57 fish were weighed in between Marine Areas 10, 11 and 13 with most fish coming from MA 11.
“We’re very proud of the fact that all participants who weighed a fish and showed up to the ceremony walked away with a prize valued at a minimum of $50.00 for their efforts” said Co-chairman Terry Wiest.
“Because of our generous sponsors we had prizes lined out through 50th place totaling over $10,000 which included $3,000, $1,500 and $1,000 for the top three fish”.
The top 5 fish were:
1st Dennis Graham 23lb 9oz $3,000
2nd Andrew Clark 22lb 15oz $1,500
3rd Jerry Holly 22lb 6oz $1,000
4th Rick Owens 21lb 9oz Electric Downrigger
5th Bart Mahugh 19lb 12oz Fetha Styx Rod
* The top 3 prizes were cash, after that it was an open prize lot with the fisherman/woman choosing the prize of their choice.
“We’re already working on next year” said Co-chairman Bill Lee, “we want to be able to carry on the tradition of providing a top quality derby, providing top quality prizes and most importantly being able to donate the proceeds to our designated charities.”