The 2012 Northwest Marine Salmon Derby Series will kick off this coming weekend (Nov. 5-6) even though the calendar still says 2011.
The Bayside Marine Salmon Derby in Everett is the inaugural kickoff of the 9th annual 14-derby series.
“We had about 7,500 anglers for the entire 2011 derby series, and that was a pretty good turnout,” said Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association and head of the derby series.
The Bayside Derby last year drew 276 anglers, and there was only 38 fish (33 chinook and five chum) that were weighed in. The winning fish a 22 pound-9 ounce hatchery chinook was caught by William Hayes, and just crushed the competition in the derby by more than 7 pounds over the second place fish caught by Donald Ille that weighed 15.04 pounds.
Hayes fish was the largest in the 19 year history of the derby, and he took home $2,000.
While last year’s derby fishing was on the slow side, the good news is that anglers plying the waters currently open in central Puget Sound have been finding some hatchery chinook off Jefferson Head.
Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 1, the hatchery chinook fishery reopens in northern Puget Sound (Marine Catch Area 9), south central Puget Sound (11), Sekiu (5) and the east side of Whidbey Island (8-1 and 8-2).
The entry fee for the Bayside Derby is $30, and bring in five cans of food for the local food drive and get $5 off your ticket price. New this year is the team tournament, which is $50 per boat. There is a captains meeting on Friday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. Entry fee includes a Sunday salmon BBQ and chili cook off.
For more details on the derby, go to the Bayside Marine website or call 425-252-3088.
The rest of the 2012 Salmon Derby Series will be announced by the middle of November. For details, go to the Northwest Salmon Derby Series website.
(Photo courtesy of Bayside Marine)