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July 11, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Bellingham PSA Salmon Derby gives up five kings over 30 pounds

The Bellingham Salmon Derby July 8-10 generated some of the best king fishing locals had ever seen.

“It was unbelievable, and the best fishing ever was what a lot of guys were saying,” said Craig Hougen, vice president of the Bellingham Puget Sound Anglers Chapter. “Some of the boats caught and released quite a few fish over 20 pounds to just try and catch a bigger one. We had five kings over 30 pounds.”

Hougen says perfect weather greeted more than 312 adults and 47 children to compete for the $5,000 first place price in the 7th annual derby.

A total of 265 chinook were weighed in during the 2 1/2 day fishing event, a was new derby record for the number of fish caught.

Boats traveled from as far away as Sequim to take part in the derby. The winning fish was caught by Cory Warnock from Ferndale, a PSA member, and weighed in at 34.85 pounds.

The winning fish in the kids derby was caught by Jake Pease from Oak Harbor and weighed in at 20.64 pounds.

A total of 84 fish were weighed in at over 20 pounds. Total prizes given away were valued at over $22,000.

Adult derby results: 1. Cory Warnock, 34.85 pounds; Shawn Ensley, 31.95 pounds; 3, Kip Smith, 31.50 pounds.

Kids derby results: 1. Jake Pease, 20.64 pounds; Abbey Lee, 19.64 pounds; 3, Morgan Pease 19.54 pounds.

The Bellingham Chapter of The Puget Sound Anglers is a nonprofit organization and the proceeds from the derby will be donated to local salmon enhancement programs. The organization has so far donated over $24,000 to local high schools and other fish hatchery projects.

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