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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 7, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Monster hatchery chinook caught in Roche Harbor Salmon Classic


Before the Roche Harbor Salmon Classic Invitational held this past Friday and Saturday the buzz coming from the San Juan Islands was the winter chinook fishery was all about quality (sheer size of large fish being caught) over quantity, and that surely showed its true color.

“The record blackmouth for the 8th annual Roche Harbor Salmon Classic was a 26-pounder, caught back in 2004, and Derek Floyd (of Stanwood) smashed that record,” said Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association and coordinator of the derby series.

Floyd landed the 28.10 pound hatchery chinook in Obstruction Pass on Saturday, and also had fish weighing 13, 14, 15 and 17 pounds to take the most total weight in his boat along with a side bet that earned him $21,000 in the derby.

“Overall the number of fish caught in the derby wasn’t spectacular, but the sheer size of the fish caught was incredible, and I’ve heard in the preliminary forecast that we might be seeing lots of 5’s (five-year-old chinook) returning this year,” Floor said. “It is a great way to kick off the derby series.”

In the Roche Derby there was 100 boats with 337 anglers who had 43 fish weighed-in on Friday (Feb. 4), and 25 fish weighed-in on Saturday (Feb. 5). A total of 38 boats weighed in 68 fish.

Derby results: 1, Derek Floyd, Stanwood, 28.10, $10,000; 2, Richard Sakuma, Bellingham, 22.04, $5,000; 3, David Arnold, Bellingham, 20.16, $3,000; 4, Kirk Hawley, Bellingham, 19.15, $2,000; 5, Tony Petosa, Bothell, 19.0, $1,000. Winning mystery fish weight was caught by Neal Kamrin, Bellevue, 9.0, $2,000.

Best boat total weight of 108.04 pounds and $2,000 went to Derek and Julie Floyd of Stanwood, and Scott and Shannon Bumstead of Everett.

Next up is the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby on Feb. 19-21, formerly the Discovery Bay Salmon Derby with more than $22,000 in prizes and $10,000 for the largest hatcher chinook.

“I think there should be some great catches coming out of the next derby, and my expectations are very high for a great turnout and great catches,” Floor said. “Now all we need is some better weather to get more boats on the water. They have also expanded the fishing area of the derby to include Port Angeles and Freshwater Bay areas.”

The derby will span 500 square miles of water, with five weigh stations.

“We cover so many launch ramps and fishing areas that everybody should have a good chance to catch some fish,” said Dan Tatum, the president of the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby.

The event’s five launch ramps are at Freshwater Bay, Port Angeles, Sequim, Gardiner and Port Townsend, and all have weigh stations. The awards ceremony is 2 p.m. at the Gardiner boat ramp. Cost is $40. For details, go to Salmon Derby for additional information.

Derby schedule: March 5-6, Geoduck Restaurant Salmon Derby; March 19, Everett Blackmouth Derby; March 26-27, Anacortes Salmon Derby; July 8-10, Bellingham Salmon Derby; Aug. 6, South King County Puget Sound Anglers Salmon Derby; Aug. 13, Gig Harbor Salmon Derby; Aug. 20-21, Hood Canal Salmon Derby; Aug. 27, Kitsap Poggie Club Salmon Derby; Sept. 3, Willapa Bay Salmon Derby; Sept. 10, Edmonds Coho Derby; Sept. 24-25, Everett Coho Derby; Sept. 29-Oct. 2, Einar Nielsen-Becky Barr Fishing Classic, Roche Harbor; Nov. 5-6, Bayside Marine Derby in Everett; Dec. 2-3, Resurrection Salmon Derby, Friday Harbor. For more information, go to

NMTA Salmon Derby Series.

(Photo taken by Tony Floor, NMTA)



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