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May 27, 2009 at 3:00 PM

Port Angeles Halibut Derby on Memorial Day Weekend draws hundreds of anglers out on the water

The Port Angeles Halibut Derby hosted by the Port Angeles Salmon Club was held this past weekend (May 23-24), and 690 participants turned out to try their luck at catching the winning flattie.

“We had a good derby considering the Hood Canal Bridge was still closed, and the terrible traffic we had over the holiday weekend,” said derby spokesman Norm Metzler. “We were really close to the turn out we had last year and the minus low tides really didn’t affect fishing that much.”

Norm’s got that right as the top-30 halibut on the leader-board all weighed 40 pounds or more.

“On the first day we had about 75 to 100 fish weighed in, and we had a lot of people who didn’t weigh any fish under 30 pounds,” Metzler said.

While no big barn doors were weighed into the derby like those caught in the past weeks that have topped 240 pounds, there was the quantity factor that made anglers just as happy.

The top finisher was Steve Marmon of Bellingham who caught a 77 pound halibut on the final day and earned him $5,000. Second was caught by Stratos Flanders of Corvallis, Oregon, that weighed 75 pounds and he took home $2,500. Third was Mike Buss of Bonney Lake with a 74 pound halibut that earned him $1,500.

Other results: 4, Frank Casey of Belfair, 72 pounds, $1,200; 5, Sean Jefferson of Salem, Oregon, 70 pounds, $1,100; 6, Kirk Chilson of Port Angeles, 67 pounds, $1,000; 7, Jonathan Johnson of Port Angeles, 67 pounds, $800; 8, Kathy Townsend of Port Angeles, 64 pounds, $700; 9, Cleo Kennedy of Olympia, 60 pounds, $600; 10, Zahn Russell, 59 pounds, $500; 11, Ron Wray of Port Angeles, 59 pounds, $450; 12, Norm Olson Jr. of Port Orchard, 55 pounds, $425; 13, Phil Flanders of Seal Rock, Oregon, 55 pounds, $400; 14, David Raymond of Port Orchard, 55 pounds, $375; 15, Scott Schwitzer of Belfair, 55 pounds, $350.

The derby is part of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series hosted by the Northwest Marine Trade Association.

Other derbies coming up are: Bellingham Salmon Derby, July 10-12; Elliott Bay Salmon Derby, July 18; Des Moines Salmon Derby, Aug. 1; Gig Harbor Puget Sound Anglers Salmon Derby, Aug. 8; Hood Canal Salmon Derby, Aug. 15-16; Sinclair Inlet Salmon Derby, Aug. 22-23; Tokeland Marina Salmon Derby, Willapa Bay, Sept. 5; and Edmonds Coho Salmon Derby, Sept. 12. For more information go to the Northwest Salmon Derby Series

Web site.

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