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October 8, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Winter salmon derby in San Juan Islands coincides with blackmouth fishing opener

This is definitely one derby that you’ll want to register way ahead as last winter it filled up pretty quickly.

The San Juan Islands Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers is hosting the Resurrection Derby Dec. 2-3 at Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.

The derby is limited to 100 teams of up to four anglers per boat, and costs $400.

First place is worth $10,000; second place is $2,500; third place is $1,500; and $1,000 for total team weight, plus free 2012 entry for the winner of the Mystery Fish prize.

“I envisioned a serious winter derby for serious salmon anglers; the best-of-the-best … an event very similar to the old Rosario Derby” said derby executive committee member, Jimmy Lawson.

Derby planners have scheduled the derby to coincide with the opening week of the winter salmon fishing season in the San Juan Islands.

“The winter season in the San Juans is a selective fishery,” Holman said. “We want to raise the awareness of the benefits of selective fishing, while promoting good sportsmanship and resource stewardship.”

All net proceeds from the derby, which is staffed by club and community volunteers, will go directly towards salmon enhancement projects.

“We couldn’t do this without the support of The Port of Friday Harbor, the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce, area businesses and the local community” said event Chairman Kevin Klein.

“This not only provides an real economic benefit for our local economy in a dark time of the year, but also gives us the opportunity to showcase Friday Harbor and all it has to offer, while providing needed funds for salmon enhancement.”

Tickets for the Resurrection Derby at Friday Harbor will go on sale Oct. 15. For more information, visit the Resurrection Derby website.

Kevin Klein will also be hosting a salmon fishing presentation at the Puget Sound Anglers Fidalgo Chapter meeting 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Village Pizza, 807 Commercial Ave. in Anacortes. For details, visit the PSA Fidalgo Chapter website.

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