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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 13, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Sekiu Halibut Derby winning fish weighed 71 pounds

How would you like to have been the person who caught a 101 pound off Sekiu on Saturday, and didn’t bother to buy a ticket for the Sekiu Halibut Derby this past Saturday.

“It is kind of like that person who doesn’t buy car insurance, and goes out and gets into a wreck,” Chris Mohr, owner of Van Riper’s Resort in Sekiu who hosted the derby summed up the guy with no ticket story.

“The fish were smaller this year, and the average was about one fish per boat although it was the same old thing where one boat with come in with multiple fish and another wouldn’t have any,” Mohr said.

Larry Bennett, the head state Fish and Wildlife sampler in the Strait of Juan de Fuca says halibut fishing picked up on Saturday after being slow in the days leading up to the derby.

“It kind of picked up over the weekend, and I don’t know what triggered it,” Bennett said. “There was a lot of wind and that made the water rough.”

Derby results: 1, Geoff Elliott of Port Angeles, 71 pounds, $710 ($10 per pound); 2, Grant Bradley of Clallam Bay, 57 pounds, $400; 3, Bill McFadden of Spanaway, 55 1/2 pounds, $100.

Sekiu Fish Checks

Olson’s Resort, Sekiu — June 9: 46 boats with 11 anglers caught two rockfish, 30 halibut, four lingcod and one Pacific cod; June 11: 69 boats with 165 anglers caught 13 rockfish, five lingcod, seven Pacific cod and 49 halibut; June 12: 12 boats with 31 anglers caught 34 rockfish, 10 lingcod, nine kelp greenling and one cabezon.

Van Riper’s Resort, Sekiu — June 9: 32 boats with 52 anglers caught 14 rockfish, 25 halibut, two Pacific cod and two lingcod; June 11: 47 boats with 117 anglers caught two rockfish, 36 halibut, seven Pacific cod and three lingcod.

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