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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 24, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Everett Coho Derby first day ends with plenty of fish weighed-in

The first day of the Everett Coho Derby was greeted by flat, calm water and good coho fishing in northern Puget Sound with the best action coming from the area between the Shipwreck and southeast side of Whidbey Island.

“The turnout was big, but I hadn’t heard any total number of anglers,” said Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association and Northwest Salmon Derby Series.

Floor said the first day of the derby generated 497 coho, compared to less than 238 last year for two days. Last year the derby had 1,586 adult tickets (1,861 in 2009) sold with 270 kids tickets (252) given away for free.

Mike Fura of Stanwood is the current leader of the derby with 16.9 pound coho, which holds a 5-ounce lead over the second place fish. The winning fish last year weighed 15.61 pounds.

The weather forecast for the final day of the derby, the largest derby on the West Coast, calls for winds and rain, which could put a damper on fishing.

It is co-sponsored by the Snohomish Sportsmen’s Club and the Everett Steelhead and Salmon Club.

Top prize for the biggest coho is $3,000, and other big giveaways include a raffle for a 14-foot Smoker Craft, trailer, and 9.9 Suzuki, plus as part of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series there will be a drawing for a 22-foot River Hawk.

In the derby coho are allowed to be caught in certain rivers and saltwater areas. During the 18 years of the derby’s history about three-fourths of the time the winning coho has come from a marine area.

For more information visit the Everett Coho Derby website.

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