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March 28, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Anacortes Salmon Derby was slow, but generated some large-sized fish


The ever popular and sold out Anacortes Salmon Derby was held this past weekend, and while fishing was somewhat on the slow side the anglers were greeted with some fairly nice weather and those lucky enough to catch a fish found out these weren’t just some small run-of-the-mill hatchery-marked winter chinook.

More than 1,100 anglers turned out to catch a total of 101 fish were weighed-in (78 on Staurday and 23 on Sunday) for an average weight size of 10.7 pounds (1,081 pounds total).

“Fishing was slow overall and it averaged about one fish caught out of every 11 people, and that was not very good,” said Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association the sponsors on the Northwest Salmon Derby Series.

“It was no surprise on how slow it was, and that is just the way the islands have bene the last couple of weeks,” Floor said. “What makes up for it is the nice size of the fish caught.”

Floor says he’s gotten good reports from Salmon Bank and the northwest corner of Hein Bank in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca.

“As tough as the weather has been it’s nearly impossible to get to them on the exposed banks, but there are fish on there,” Floor said.

Floor and George Harris, president of the NMTA fished with Mike Lindquist owner of Salmonator Charters in Anacortes. Harris hooked and released a 60 pound halibut off Fidalgo Head, and caught one 9 pound chinook.

The winner of the derby hosted by the Fidalgo Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers was Mike Campion of Bellingham with a 18.96 pound chinook caught at the Hummer Hole off Sucia Island using a Coyote spoon. Campion’s large fish earned him $15,000.

Second place went to Patrick Barton of Bellingham with 18.74 pound chinook and $5,000; third was Brett Engholm of Bellingham, 18.44, $2,500; fourth was Shane George, 18.41, and won a Maritime Yamaha EF1000IS Inverter; fifth was Lester Cole, 18.19, and took home a Salt Patrol Lowarance HDS5; sixth was Barry Northcutt, 16.86, and won a Ace Line Hauler; seventh was Eric Pedersen, 16.68, and won a Furuno FM3000 VHF Marine Radio; eighth was Jay Pedersen, 16.48, and won a Scotty Electric Downrigger; ninth was Kyle Butterfield, 16.44, and won a Cannon Downrigger MAG5HS; and tenth was Patrick Monroe, 16.42, and won a Claremont Industrial Drill set.

The Secret Weight fish of the derby was Randy Geoghegan of Burlington with a 11.85. In the Women’s Division the winner was Mary Ramage of Mount Vernon with a 12.45, who won a gold necklace and $500. In the Active Military Division the winner was Geoffrey Smyth, 14.18. In the Senior 70-plus Division the winner was George Kammenga, 10.88.

(Photo courtesy of Mark Schinman with the Anacortes Salmon Derby staff)



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