The 27th annual Neilsen/Barr Fishing Classic took place out of Roche Harbor on San Juan Island from Thursday to Sunday, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, as more than 200 anglers competed for a $5,000 top prize.
“The coho bite was fast and furious with 143 salmon weighed in, the vast majority of which were hatchery silvers,” said Kevin Klein of Friday Harbor with the Puget Sound Anglers San Juan Islands Chapter and CCA Northsound. “But, in the end, some big white kings came through to take the lead.”
Rich Warin and his son Brock Warin of Friday Harbor delivered a one two punch as their boat took both first and second place, which totaled $8,000, but donated $500 to the Derby Scholarship Fund.
“That was a class move for a class event that does a lot of good for kids,” Klein said.
The father/son team bumped Eric Haviland of Bellingham and Jay Field of Anacortes down to third and fourth place respectively.
“It was great to see such a wide open coho show, and smiles all around for contestants young and old alike,” Klein said. “The weather couldn’t have been better, and the companionship around the tents in the evening at the weigh in is a special way to wind up a fantastic season.”
Fishing for salmon in the San Juan Islands is open until Oct. 31.
Kline says hootchies 32-inch behind a flasher seemed to be the hot ticket on his boat. Troll a little faster, shallower and further off shore than you would for kings.
“But, don’t be suprised if a late season chinook grabs your gear and tries to run back to the river with it,” he said. “Some blackmouth could be around now as well.”
Final results: 1, Rich Warin, 20.90 pounds; 2, Brock Warin, 16.40; 3, Eric Haviland, 14.80, $1,000; 4, Jay Field, 13.12, propane powered lawn mower courtesy of San Juan Propane. Kids division results: 1, Chase Wilson, 7.15.
(Photos courtesy of Kevin Klein. Picture are of winning fathe-son team Rich Warin and son Brock Warin.)