Two major fall salmon fishing derbies this weekend coincided with the opening of northern Puget Sound and the east side of Whidbey Island up into Saratoga Passage.
While the weather was dicey at times it appears the action was fairly good for chinook at Point No Point, Possession Bar, Camano Head, Elger Bay and Jefferson Head.
“Fishing was actually pretty good, but not great, and we got bounced around on Sunday as the winds were blowing 20 mph at times,” said Keith Robbins, owner of A Spot Tail Salmon Guide who fished in the Jacobsen’s Marine Grady White Invitational.
“We fished at Possession Bar, and I got out Friday and Sunday, and our boat ended up taking second and fourth place,” Robbins said. “On Friday there was bunch of fish around and the trollers were kicking our rear.”
“The total catch numbers were better than they had been in past years,” Robbins said.
In all there was 70 anglers in 28 boats in the Grady White Derby who weighed-in eight chinook between 7.06 pounds and 5.11 pounds.
Tom Regney of Snohomish took first place fishing aboard the 24-foot Grady White Knotty Dawg, and caught a 7.06 pound chinook with a Kingfisher Spoon at Possession Bar.
Second was Kris Bundy of Bellingham with a 7.02 pound chinook; third was Stan Hoffman of Issaquah with a 6.12 pound chinook; and fourth was Darryl Robbins of Seattle with a 6.12 pound chinook.
The Bayside Marine Salmon Fishing Derby in Everett was also held this past weekend, and they sold 250 tickets with 83 fish weighed-in.
Scott Bumstad caught the winning chinook a 14.4 pounder on Saturday and took home $2,000.
Second place was Wayne Brem with 14.2 pound chinook; and third was Daron Smith with an 11.16 pound chinook.
The boat with the most weight of chinook was the team of Derek Floyd with a total of 86.83 pounds, and they caught 54.81 pounds on first day of the derby.