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September 26, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Everett Coho Derby draws 1,904 participants, and winning fish was caught by a Stanwood angler

The West Coast’s largest salmon derby, the Everett Coho Derby was held over the weekend and lured more than 1,904 (1,704 adult ticket holders and about 200 free kid tickets) anglers out onto the water of Puget Sound and local rivers.

“The weather on Saturday was cooperative but Sunday, with the rain and strong winds, many of the boats did not make it onto the water,” said Jim Brauch, an Everett Coho Derby spokesman.

The Northwest Marine Trade Association held its eighth drawing for a boat/motor/trailer package given to 7,500 participants who had tickets in sixteen fishing derbies held throughout this past season. The winning ticket drawn was for Randy Aden of Hoodsport who fished in the Hood Canal Derby.

The Everett Coho Salmon Derby also had a boat/motor/trailer package dedicated to this derby, and the winning name drawn was Jennifer Brager of Stanwood who was present with her husband and two children and proudly took custody of her prize.

“The funny thing about (Brager) was her neighbor had won the raffle last year,” said Carl Reinstra, an Everett Coho Derby spokesman. “She had just said how she was at a party (Saturday night) with woman who won it last year.”

This annual derby is co-sponsored by the Everett Steelhead and Salmon Club, the Snohomish Sportsmen’s Club and the Northwest Sportsfishing Industry Association.

There were 497 salmon weighed in on Saturday and 176 fish on Sunday for a total of 673 salmon. Some of the fish weighed on Sunday were “upgrades” for the Saturday fish. Seven of the fish over 15 pounds, and 109 over ten pounds.

Last year the derby had 1,586 adult tickets (1,861 in 2009) and 270 kids tickets (252 in 2009). The total coho weighed in the 2010 derby was 225 for adult division and 13 in the kid division.

The winners of the adult cash prizes were:

1, Mike Fure of Stanwood, 16.55 pound coho caught in Area 8.2 on a green flasher/green squid combination, and won $3,000.

2, Terry Metzger with a 15.70 pound coho caught in Area 9 on a Silver Hoard flasher/squid combination, and won $2,000.

3, Mike Brower with a 15.60 pound coho caught in Area 10 also on a Silver Hoard flasher/squid combination, and won $1,500.

4, Adam Davis with a 15.53 pound coho in the Snohomish River using a Dick Nite Spoon, and won $1,000.

5, Peter Kline with a 15.20 pound coho in the Snohomish River using a Dick Nite Spoon, and won $750.

6, Nelson Goodsell with a 15.13 pound coho in Area 8.2 using a Silver Hoard Spoon, and won $500.

Of the top 30 fish weighed in by adults, nine were caught in the Snohomish River, one came from the Skagit River and twenty came from the saltwater.

There were 168 youth tickets (12 years and younger) given away and of those, there were 47 fish weighed in.

The top five youth fish were:

1, Hunter Steltz who caught his 13.02 pound coho in the Snohomish River, and won $100.

2, Braydon Pittwood who also caught his 11.98 pound coho in the Snohomish River, and won $75.

3, Kathryn Holland with a 10.49 pound coho caught in the Snohomish River, and won $50.

4, James Trainer with a 10.37 pound coho caught in Area 9, and won a merchandise prize.

5, Amanda Davis with a 10.34 pound coho caught in the Stillaguamish River, and won a merchandise prize.

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