Good weather, but not much action greeted 37 members for the opener of our 67th Tengu Derby on Sunday, Doug Hanada, the Tengy Derby president said.
Members reported catching a lot of small shakers as they tried all the usual hot spots in (Elliott) Bay as well as Fourmile Rock and Alki Beach areas.
Only scattered pockets of bait marked everywhere although Fourmile was plugged with small herring in shallow.
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 derby is held at daybreak until 11 a.m. on Sundays, Oct. 23 and 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 27, and Dec. 4, 11 and 18 at the Seacrest Boathouse in West Seattle. Cost is $15 and $5 for kids under age 12.
The Seacrest Boathouse will open at 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.