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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 12, 2009 at 7:44 PM

Perfect day for coho and pink fishing in Puget Sound, and Edmonds Coho Derby lures record number of anglers

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Three wonderful things happened today on Puget Sound.

The Edmonds Coho Derby hosted by the Sno-King Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers was a huge success, coho and pink catches remained high and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect.

“The derby went great and there were 1,000 anglers, which broke last year’s record of 750 anglers,” said Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association, the group that organizes the 13 derby series called the Northwest Salmon Derby Series.

Floor said derby anglers landed 483 coho, and about half of those fish were marked hatchery fish that are identified by a missing adipose fin.

The derby winning fish weighed 13 pounds, 7 ounces, and was caught at 11:40 a.m. by Gerald Davis, which earned him $5,000.

Second place went to Roger Atherton II with a 13 pound, 2 ounce coho caught at 8:26 a.m.; and third went to William Macneil with a 12 pound, 11 ounce coho caught at 1:43 p.m.

Others rounding out the top-ten were fourth place, Gleb Kotlovski, 12 pounds, 3.75 ounces caught at 11:13 a.m.; fifth place, Ed Rizk, 11 pounds, 9 ounces caught at 11:42 a.m.; sixth place, Jeff Morgan, 11 pounds, 7.50 ounces, caught at 1:26 p.m.; seventh place, Scott Karelsen, 11 pounds, 5 ounces caught at 11:48 a.m.; eighth place, Jacob Bower, 11 pounds, 4 ounces caught at 10:56 a.m.; ninth place, Peter Del Valle, 11 pounds, 4 ounces caught at 1:11 p.m.; and 10th place, Robert Kaeser, 11 pounds, 3 ounces caught at 10:08 a.m.

In the kids division Keila Kimura took home first place with a 9 pound, 10 ounce coho caught at 8:46 a.m.; second went to Brian Reed with a 9 pound, 9 ounce coho caught at 1:45 p.m.; and third was Brent Lane with a 9 pound, 5 ounce coho caught at 1:10 p.m.

This was the final derby of the series, and the grand prize winner for the drawing of a Stabi-Craft 589 Super Cab Boat fully outfitted with a 140 horse four-stroke Suzuki motor, and a 9.9 horse Suzuki kicker motor worth $45,000 went to Ivan Lee of Sammamish who participated in the Anacortes Salmon Derby back in March.

The sixth season of the derby series drew about 7,000 anglers in the 2009 Northwest Salmon Derby Series.

Floor says next year they plan on a minimum of 14 and possibly 15 derbies total.

It is fall but it sure felt like summer weather this morning, and the coho and pink fishing remained very good throughout Puget Sound.

I fished in front the Edmonds Marina with about 200 boats, and while we only managed to pull one pink salmon from that area we finished the morning with one drift off Richmond Beach and hooked a nice 8 pound hatchery coho before I had to head off my son’s soccer game.

The boat ramp at Shilshole Bay was packed with cars and trailers, and the anglers fishing between Meadow Point and West Point, and clear out into the shipping lanes were catching good numbers of fish.

“Fishing went really well for us, and there are still lots of fresh pinks to be caught,” said Gary Krein, owner of All-Star Charters in Shilshole Bay. “We hooked 40 fish, and kept five coho and 12 pinks. The best bite happened after about 8:30 a.m.”

Krein hooked 40 fish, and in the first part of the day went 10 for 20, and then finished seven for 20. And talk about busy, he also had four quad hook-ups, and landed five of those fish and each of those hook-ups were about 5 to 10 minutes apart.

Pink and coho fishing was also good from Browns Bay clear up to Mukliteo, Possession Bar, the west and east sides of Whidey Island and Port Townsend.

Heading south in Puget Sound, other anglers are still gushing (no blushing) about the great pink fishing occurring from Elliott Bay clear down to Tacoma too.

“We fished the Duwamish [this morning] and it was hot, and the fish were actively biting below I-5,” said Pete Sergeef, a state Fish and Wildlife creel checker who took time off from his job at the Armeni boat ramp to actually fish.

Other good places for pinks were Lincoln Park off West Seattle, the east waterway in Elliott Bay, and the shorelines off Vashon Island’s east side and from Des Moines down to Tacoma.

(Photo taken by Rey Pastores)

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