The 68th annual Tengu Blackmouth Salmon Derby will begin Oct. 28 in Elliott Bay.
“Last year fishing was on the slow side, but it was better than in (2010),” said Doug Handa, the derby president.
The derby was named after Tengu, a fabled Japanese character who stretched the truth. Like Pinocchio, Tengu’s nose grew with every lie.
In the derby, only mooching (fishing using a banana-style lead weight to a leader with a herring) is allowed. No artificial lures, flashers, hoochies (plastic squids) or other gear like downriggers are permitted.
The derby will meet from daybreak to 11 a.m. every Sunday through Dec. 30 at the Seacrest Boathouse, which is now home to Marination Ma Kai Restaurant in West Seattle near Alki. The boathouse will open at 5:30 a.m. on Oct. 28, and 6 a.m. every other Sunday. Cost is $10 for the derby. Rental boats available at 7 a.m. will cost $65 boat only, and $85 for boat and motor.
Tickets will be available soon at the Seacrest Boathouse, Linc’s Tackle Shop in Seattle, Auburn Sports and Marine, and Outdoor Emporium in Seattle. Details: 206-324-7600.
(Photo courtesy of the Tengu Blackmouth Derby. Pictured is Irene Kiga with her winning blackmouth from last year.)