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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 2, 2011 at 8:08 AM

First salmon caught in Tengu Blackmouth Derby, but not the species anglers are looking for

After two fruitless weeks of fishing in the Tengu Blackmouth Derby on Elliott Bay there was finally some fish caught.

On Sunday, 37 members didn’t catch any legal winter chinook, but Nelson Park caught a 6 pound-1 ounce coho.

“The first legal salmon was finally weighed in on Sunday, but unfortunately it was a silver and doesn’t count on our leader board,” Doug Hanada, the Tengu Club president said. “At least two anglers did catch nice 6 to 8 pound blackmouth somewhere in the bay, but had to release the wild fish.

Hanada said members still report catching a lot of small shakers (chinook under the 22-inch minimum size limit) as they tried all over the bay as well as outside from Alki Point to Fourmile Rock.

There was also limited amounts of bait marked everywhere.

The derby is held at daybreak until 11 a.n. every Sunday at the Seacrest Boathouse in West Seattle. Demaining dates are Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 27, and Dec. 4, 11 and 18. Cost is $15 and $5 for kids under age 12. Rental boats are available 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., and costs $65 for boat only, and $85 for boat and motor.

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.

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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