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September 8, 2012 at 12:50 PM

UPDATE: PSA Sno-King Chapter Edmonds Coho Derby sets a new record catch

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What more of a perfect day to have the Edmonds Coho Derby hosted by the PSA Sno-King Chapter with a record catch that smashed the old one!

A wall of boats were gathered off the Edmonds area, and many more filled Puget Sound in all directions with the coho still on a feeding frenzy.

I made a call to Tim Stumpf, president of the PSA Sno-King Chapter who says the count was at 599 coho at 2:48 p.m., and still climbing non-stop as a line of anglers checked in their fish at Everett ramp and Edmonds Marina.

According to Stumpf they sold a record number of 975 tickets for the derby and only printed 1,000 tickets total. The old record of fish weighed in was 400.

“This has been one of the best derbies we’ve had so far,” Stumpf said.

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On the leaderboard currently in first place is Bryan Thomson with a 11 pound coho, which was weighed in at 9:19 a.m.

Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association who are also in charge of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series went out to the west side of Whidbey Island at 6 a.m., and in a little over an hour they brought 12 coho to the boat, and had five doubleheaders.

“It was incredible, and we we’re done by 8 a.m.,” Floor said. “The fishing is just amazing, and I can’t imagine a derby or fishing being any better than this.”

Others on the leaderboard are: 2, Nick Uhrict, 10 pounds-15.84 ounces; 3, Cyndee Devore, 10-12.16; 4, Angela Small, 10-11.84; 5, Walt Wojcik, 10-10.00; 6, Cheri Morgan, 10-8.48; 7, Charles Malmgrem, 10-7.20; 8, David Broom, 10-5.92; 9, Dobie Steikunas, 10-5.92; 10, Jim Nicklor, 10-5.92.

111 of the coho weighed in were 4 pounds; 98 fish were 5 pounds; 66 fish were 6 pounds; 59 fish were 7 pounds; 37 were 8 pounds; 12 fish were 9 pounds; and 10 fish were 10 pounds.

The derby catch is well on its way to a record pace with 803 anglers who caught 284 coho last year, and doubled the catch of 145 in 2010.

Coho fishing action was also excellent from Meadow Point off Shilshole Bay north to Richmond Beach, Edmonds oil dock, Point Wells north to Edmonds Marina, Browns Bay, Possession Bar, east side of Whidbey Island, Mukilteo south to Meadowdale and Point No Point.

Here is a link to the Edmonds Coho Derby website. Check out the updated weight totals of fish at the bottom of the link.

(Photos by Mark Yuasa)

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