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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 6, 2011 at 12:45 PM

A 70-plus pound king reigns supreme at Salmon Masters Tournament in British Columbia

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Nobody could top the huge 70.8 pound king salon that was caught by Steve Fancsy from Ontario, Canada as the three-day 9th Annual Salmon Masters Tournament held at three lodges run by West Coast Resorts in British Columbia came to an end on Saturday, June 4.

Fancsy caught his king at the Englefield Bay Lodge on the west side of Queen Charlotte Islands using a cut-plug herring at Cape Henry, and it took over an hour to land the big one.

The tournament is held at three of West Coast’s lodges including The Lodge at Hippa Island, The Lodge at Englefield Bay and The Lodge at Whale Channel on the central coastline of British Columbia just north of Bella Bella.

Anglers compete for a whopping $360,000 cash prize pool, and Fancsy took home $115,000 for the largest chinook caught, and enjoys a seat in the IGFA Offshore Championship Tournament the following year in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Before the tournament the lodge throws a big pre-event reception in Vancouver, B.C. where all the 128 anglers attend.

Proceeds from the tournament go to support salmon enhancement by the Pacific Salmon Foundation and the Children’s Make A Wish Foundation.

About a third of the anglers who participate in the tournament come from Washington state. Entry fee which includes all the transportation and accommodations is $7,000 per person.

For details go to the West Coast Resorts website.

(Photo courtesy of West Coast Resorts)

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