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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 15, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Longstanding Tengu Winter Blackmouth Derby starts Sunday in Elliott Bay

The 10-week Tengu Winter Blackmouth Derby starts on Sunday, Oct. 16 at the Seacrest Boathouse in West Seattle.

In the derby only mooching (drift fishing using a banana-style lead weight to a leader with a herring) may be used. No artificial lures, flashers, hoochies (plastic squids) or other gear like downriggers are allowed.

The derby was named after Tengu, a fabled Japanese character who stretched the truth. Like Pinocchio, Tengu’s nose grew with every lie.

The 67th annual derby will be held at daybreak until 11 a.m. Other dates are Oct. 23 and 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 27, and Dec. 4, 11 and 18. Cost is $15 and $5 for kids under age 12.

The Seacrest Boathouse will open at 5:30 a.m. on Oct. 16, and 6 a.m. every Sunday for the remainder of the derby. Rental boats are available 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., and costs $65 for boat only, and $85 for boat and motor.

Tickets are available at the Seacrest Boathouse, Linc’s Tackle Shop in Seattle, Auburn Sports and Marine, Outdoor Emporium in Seattle, and Sportco in Fife.

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