This morning a nasty northeast wind created white caps for the hundreds of anglers who ventured out in the 2011 Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby happening today through Monday.
As of 3:15 p.m., 79 hatchery chinook had been checked-in at the five boat ramp weigh-in stations in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca at Freshwater Bay, Port Angeles, Sequim, Gardiner, and Port Townsend.
Here is the preliminary leader board: 1, Doug Lux of Port Townsend, 17.35 pound hatchery chinook weighed-in at 7:27 a.m. at Port Townsend ramp; 2, Chris Hoff of Shelton, 14.05 weighed-in 1:23 p.m. at Gardiner ramp; 3, Brandon Robichauz of Port Townsend, 11.50 weighed-in 12:30 p.m. at Port Townsend ramp; 4, Louis Miller of Tacoma, 11.15 weighed-in 12:55 p.m. at Sequim ramp; 5, Phil Longborg of Port Angeles, 10.70 weighed-in 10:37 a.m. at PA ramp; 6, Gary Smart of Sequim, 10.70 weighed-in 11:06 a.m. at PA ramp; 7, Alex Updyke of Sequim, 10.70 weighed-in 11:40 a.m. at PA ramp; 8, Andy Callis of Port Angeles, 10.30 weighed-in 10:37 a.m. at PA ramp; 9, Tim Allison of Port Angeles, 10.30 weighed-in 2:03 p.m. at Freshwater Bay ramp; 10, Jeff Belfield of Sequim, 10.25 weighed-in 11:06 a.m. at PA ramp.
More than $22,000 in prizes are being offered, including a $10,000 first prize and second prize is $5,000. Mystery fish is worth $1,000.
This fishing derby was formerly the Discovery Bay Salmon Derby, and is now hosted by the Gardiner Salmon Derby Association, a Washington nonprofit corporation that supports local emergency services and other community needs in the Gardiner and Diamond Point areas.
The event is part of the NMTA’s Northwest Salmon Derby Series, which promotes many fishing events in the area.