First Fish Has Last Word At Everett Coho Derby

The very first fish weighed in at this past weekend’s Everett Coho Derby was a 15.68-pounder, and even though 240 other silvers went across the scales on Saturday and Sunday, none could match its size.

That led to a $3,000 payday for angler Randy Warren. He caught the big fish in Area 10.

Second place went to Doug Smith, who brought in a 15.61-pounder from the lower Skykomish River.  It was worth $2,000. A post on Gamefishin indicates it wasn’t brought in until late in the competition because the anglers “didn’t think it was that big and waited until the end of the day.”

Michael Blankenship took third with a 15.28 from the saltwater off Whidbey Island’s eastern side.

Sean McCauley took first in the youth division with a 12.16-pounder from Area 9, the waters off the western and southern sides of Whidbey.

This is the 17th running of the popular derby. It’s put on by the Snohomish Sportsmen’s Club and Everett Steelhead and Salmon Club.

Mike Hillman won the raffle for a 15-foot Alumaweld Super Vee provided by Three Rivers Marine while Gary Curtis was drawn for the Northwest Salmon Derby Series’ 20-foot Stabicraft.

The low catch matched 2008’s effort, when only 246 were weighed, though the winner that year went 18.16 pounds.

Last year saw just over 1,100 coho set down on the scales; 2007 saw 1,166.

Here are 2010’s official results as well as sponsors:

DULT DIVISION Name Weight Where Caught
$3000 1st Placeby Everett Bayside Marine Randy Warren 15.68 Area 10
$2000 2nd Placeby Roy Robinson Chevrolet Doug Smith 15.61 Lower Skykomish
$1500 3rd Placeby Silver Horde Michael Blankenship 15.28 Area 8-2
$1000 4th Place by Kershaw Knives Charles Blankenship 15.04 Area 9
$750 5th Place by Dick Nite Spoons Kyle Bride 14.58 Area 9
$600 6th Place by Ted’s Sport Center Bryan Choate 14.37 Sound
$500 7th Place by John’s Sporting Goods Danny Iverson 14.31 Area 9
Raffle Boat Prize by 3 Rivers Marine Mike Hillman
Raffle 9.9 hp Outboard Motor by Performance Marine
$100 1st Place by First Heritage Bank Sean McCauley 12.16 Area 9
$75 2nd Place by First Heritage Bank Jarett Waldemer 9.10 Sound
$50 3rd Place by First Heritage Bank Floyd Wm Clark 6.83 Area 9
$250 Largest Coho on Silver Horde Product Randy Warren 15.68 Area 10
Number of Adult Tickets Sold 1587
Number of Kids Tickets Given Away 237
Total Number of Fish Weighed In 241
Total Pounds of Fish Weighed In 2146 pounds
Average Weight of Fish 8.91 pounds

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