The 2011 Northwest Marine Salmon Derby Series started this past weekend even though the calendar still says 2010.
The Bayside Marine Salmon Derby in Everett was held over the weekend and is inaugural kickoff of the 16-derby series.
“Last year, 172 anglers entered the derby, and this year we had 276 anglers,” said Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association and salmon derby series coordinator. “Fishing was slow and there was only 38 fish (33 chinook and five chum) were weighed in, and this 22 pound-9 ounce chinook (caught by William Hayes) just crushed the competition in the derby.”
Hayes fish was the largest in the 19 year history of the derby, and he took home $2,000.
Floor’s boat which consisted of Tom Nelson from the Outdoor Line Radio Show, and Jay Field with the Anacortes Puget Sound Anglers Club had the hottest boat in the derby with four nice chinook.
Field’s 13 pound-6 ounce chinook took sixth place, Floor’s 12 pound-1 ounce chinook took seventh, and Nelson’s 14 pound-4 ounce chinook took fourth.
Floor who said they caught their fish in Elger Bay also had another 12 pound chinook to be the only lucky angler in the derby to get a two-fish daily limit.