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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 9, 2011 at 8:15 PM

A 31-plus pound king leads the Bellingham Salmon Derby after the first day

Here is how the Bellingham Derby finished up on the first day of fishing on Friday. I haven’t heard yet what happened Saturday as I just got back from a Boy Scout camping trip in Hood Canal, but will post it as soon as I get word. The derby continues on Sunday.

“Fishing is unbelievable,” said derby chairman Roy Lentz. “I heard of boats hooking up to 14 fish looking for the monster. Although I was not on it, my boat caught the first place fish for the day.”

The total adult participants is 311 and 47 kids. A total of 104 fish were weighed in the

first day, an all time record for the derby.

Fishing is reported as being “fantastic”. Many boats hooked and released multiple fish trying to catch the biggest one in hopes of winning the $5,000 first prize.

The top ten fish in the adult derby at the end of the day Friday were: Shawn Ensley, 31.95 pounds; Kip Smith, 31.50; Kevin Geoghagan, 31.0; Ron Lamperes, 30.50; Steve Rietman, 29.40; Randy Geoghagan, 28.22; Dan Johnson, 27.40; Breanne Hendricks, 25.68; Troy Jensen, 25.32; and Don Radder, 25.28.

Kids results: Parker Hanson, 9.44; Kalen Nelsen, 9.64; Emma Lerch, 14.40; Alex Davis, 14.86; Kaylee Melton, 16.74; Jake Pease, 17.30; Sage Sharp, 18.26; Bryce Tanner, 18.90; and Morgan Pease, 19.54.

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