The Bellingham Salmon Derby ended today, and Ron Abbott an angler from the San Juan Islands took home the first place prize of $5,000 after the first morning of the three day tournament with huge 39-pound king.
Abbott caught the king on the west side of Orcas Island. A 37- and 33- pounder took second and third place respectively.
The 39 pound king is the largest king salmon entered in a derby series tournament in the six year history of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series.
Tony Floor director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association and main sponsor of the derby series says not only were record number of hatchery produced king salmon caught, the attendance was the best to date with 450 anglers participating, including 100 kids, representing a 30 percent increase in participation.
“Now, it’s on to the Elliott Bay Salmon Derby next Saturday, July 18th, with hopes of another record breaking turnout by salmon anglers hoping to claim the top prize of $5,000,” Floor said.
For more information, go to the Northwest Salmon Derby Series Web site.