120 Blackmouth Caught In SJI Derby; Winner Claims $10K


Forty-seven top-notch teams found exceptionally good fishing in the San Juan Islands last weekend – and hauled a total of 120 fin-clipped hatchery Chinook up the docks during this two day contest while fishing the newest event in the Northwest Marine Trade Association’s Northwest Salmon Derby Series

Lance Husby (Marysville, Wash.), a onetime salmon charter operator in Sitka, Alaska, bested his nearest competitor by almost a pound and a half and saw his 19.29 pound winter blackmouth earn him and the crew of “Team Big  Kahuna” a cool $10,000, a 1st place trophy, and bragging rights for the next year.

“The Friday morning cannon start was one of the best parts of the derby” Husby said.  “On Saturday, Rosario Strait was pretty messed up with the north wind blowing 20-25 knots. In sloppy conditions, we caught 3 fish, and then ran in to weigh the big one.”

He went on to say “I want to thank the organizers for putting on a first class event … What a great derby and we can’t wait till next year.”

Greg Baylis of Mt. Vernon WA, a member of “Team Makai,” won $2500 for his 2nd place finish with a17.90 pounder.

Dale Nelsen of Bellingham, WA, skipper of “Team Blue 52” took home $1,500 for a 3rd place effort with a 17.34 pound fish.

Planners scheduled the event to coincide with the opening week of the winter fishing season in the San Juan Islands.

“The winter season in the San Juans is a selective fishery.  We wanted to raise the awareness of the benefits of fishing on hatchery stocks, while promoting good sportsmanship and resource stewardship” said one derby organizer, Andy Holman.

“Everyone who entered this derby is helping the fishery” said Bobby Wilson, derby organizer.

Wilson went on to say, “All net proceeds from the derby will go directly towards salmon enhancement projects”.

Kevin Klein, Derby Chairman stated “I am very pleased of what we have accomplished here. Everyone I’ve talked to was very complimentary – and all indicated they had a great time. This event is the result of hundreds and hundreds of hours of planning and effort by members of the San Juan Islands Chapter of the Puget Sound Anglers.”

Klein also said, “The derby was conceived by club President Jimmy Lawson as a serious contest for serious anglers. I think our team has successfully developed Jim’s vision, as we saw the best-of-the-best here in Friday Harbor this past weekend.”

He also said, “Not only did this provide an economic benefit for our local economy in a dark time of the year, but also gave us the opportunity to showcase Friday Harbor, and all it has to offer.”

For more information, please go to: http://www.resurrectionderby.com


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