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July 18, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Bellingham Salmon Derby draws plenty of anglers, but slow king fishing

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The Puget Sound Anglers Bellingham Salmon Derby was held July 13-15, and fishing was slower than it had been in past years.

The unsettled weather, and tough fishing made for an interesting tournament,” said Kevin Klein, A member of the San Juan Island Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers.

Klein said the salmon were not as big, or as plentiful as 2011’s record breaker.

“I really think all the weird weather put the bite off in the Islands. We marked a lot of fish and a huge amount of (maybe too much) bait, but just couldn’t get ’em to take,” Klein said. “The bulk of the summer salmon are definitely not in yet.”

A total of 181 fish we’re weighed in by almost 500 anglers.

Derby results: 1. Kevin Geoghegan, 28.52 pound king, $5,000; 2. Doug Marr, 25.52, $2,500; 3. Kelli Martin, 25.34, $1,000

Kid’s derby results: 1. Morgan Pease, 17.14; 2. Jake Pease, 16.16; 3. Trey Krause, 14.74.

(Photo courtesy of Kevin Klein. Pictured is Chuck Payne of San Juan Sportsman Charters in the derby with a 16.58 pound king.)

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