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September 21, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Everett Coho Derby results and side notes

Here is the press release from the derby:

The 16th Everett Coho Salmon Derby is completed and the results are as follows.

There were 1,861 adult tickets sold and 252 youth tickets given away to those 12 and under.

The weather for the first day was less than favorable in the morning with rain, wind and any other weather factor that can make a good fishing day less than perfect. The fishing though, for those who braved the bad weather was actually pretty good with just about 500 fish weighed in on Saturday, Sept. 19.

On Sunday, Sept. 20 the weather did a complete turn around with sun, little wind and it was warm. The fish cooperated on Sunday and more fish were turned in for a total of 904 adult fish and 91 youth fish on the final tally (of course many more fish were caught and not weighed in).

Sean McCauley had the largest fish by a youth at 14.64 pounds. Sean caught his fish at Scatchet Head and he won the $100 first prize donated by First Heritage Bank. Second place and $75 went to Andy Haider with a 14.58 pound coho caught in area 9 and third went to Braiden Braaten with a 13.10 pound coho caught in area 8.2.

The 91 youth fish weighed in ranged in size from 2.18 pounds to the winner at 14.64 pounds and all the youth with tickets ended up taking home a prize.

Jim Brauch, a derby spokesman said he would like to give credit to adults who let the young ones weigh in big fish since the largest fish would have taken tenth place and a good prize in the adult category (the second would have taken eleventh place).

In the adult derby, first place and $3,000 from Bayside Marine was won with a 16.72 pound coho caught by Jay Kemp in the Mukilteo are with Silver Horde gear. Jay also won the $250 bonus for the largest fish caught on a Silver Horde lure.

Pat Flynn won second place and $2,000 from Silver Horde for a 16.52 pound fish caught in Ares 9 with a “splatter back” squid and flasher combo.

Third place and $1,000 from Kershaw went to John Stone with a 15.74 pond salmon caught in the Snohomish River above the 522 Bridge using a “wee” Dick Nite spoon. He also took the $250 bonus for the largest fish on a Dick Nite Spoon.

Gerald Johnson fished the Shipwreck for his 15.62 pound forth place winner and $750 from Dick Nite, and the fifth place was Kyle Willis with his 15.48 pound coho also caught at the Shipwreck.

Large fish were the rule this year with 70 fish weighed in over twelve pounds 133 over eleven pounds and 242 over ten pounds. The average fish was 8.34 ponds and over 400 merchandize prizes were given out.

There were side prizes for largest fish caught in an Alumaweld boat (14.32 pounds by Aaron Burt), largest caught on a Dick Nite spoon or Silver hoard gear (see above) the largest by an active duty and retired military, by the oldest angler, ticket bought at Three Rivers Marine, fish caught in the Skagit River and many, many other categories. The Costal Conservation Association (CCA) gave a $500 prize to Steve Genier for his 13.66 pound coho, the largest caught by a CCA member.

The $25,000 “Mystery Fish” weight sponsored by Haggens/Top Foods was not matched this year but the sixth place fish came very close. The fish weight was 15.36 and the mystery envelope held the numbers “35”. So close and yet so far!

The $16,000 boat, motor and trailer furnished by Three Rivers Marine and Tackle was won by Heidi Jacobson who was the second name called; she was present and proudly accepted the boat with her husband and child.

The Everett Coho Derby Committee would like to thank their many sponsors for making this yet another successful fishing derby and thank those who bought tickets to this event. The money raised will be used for fish enhancement and youth activities.

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