Tickets On Sale Now For $10K Disco Bay Salmon Derby

(DISCOVERY BAY SALMON DERBY PRESS RELEASE)

It’s just five weeks until the 2011 Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby, on Presidents Day Weekend, February 19-21 2011. This huge fishing competition is for Winter Blackmouth Chinook salmon, and boasts 500 square miles of water, five weigh stations, and a great prize list – including $10,000 and $5,000 top prizes, plus a $1,000 “mystery fish prize” that any submitted fish can win. Great donations are starting to appear, and organizers expect a final list of 40-50 prizes, many in cash. Tickets are limited, so get yours early!

This fishing derby, formerly the Discovery Bay Salmon Derby, is part of the NMTA’s Northwest Salmon Derby Series. It is hosted by the Gardiner Salmon Derby Association, a Washington State Nonprofit Corporation supporting local emergency services and other community needs in the Gardiner and Diamond Point areas.

Derby president Dan Tatum is excited: “Early signs look promising, and everybody should have a good chance to land some fish, especially with so many good spots to hit.”

Despite its size, Tatum expects a smooth event.

“We won’t be cleaning and collecting fish, and with five weigh stations we can handle many boats and lots of salmon.”

The event’s five launch ramps are at Freshwater Bay, Port Angeles, Sequim, Gardiner, and Port Townsend, and all have weigh stations. The awards ceremony is at 2:00PM Monday the 21st at the Gardiner Boat Ramp. (Note that for legal reasons, some prizes will be distributed by mail shortly after the derby.)

Tickets for the event cost $40 for one day or all three days; tickets went on sale during the first week of January, and can be found at many area merchants (see website for details).

Advance tickets are also available on-line at www.SwainsInc.com.

Tickets will be available at the five launch ramps but ONLY on Saturday 2/19 and ONLY as long as they last. This event uses selective fishery – clipped-fin hatchery fish only.

For more information and event rules, visit www.GardinerSalmonDerby.org. And good luck!

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