The third week of the Tengu Blackmouth Derby was this past Sunday, and lured 28 anglers journeyed out into Elliott Bay, and Justin Wong of Seattle held the lucky fishing rod which managed to catch two nice hatchery chinook.
“One hot stick caught all the blackmouth weighed in,” said Doug Hanada, the Tengu derby president. “Both fish came off the grain terminal area in Elliott Bay where there were good concentrations of bait. Members tried all over the bay as well as outside from Alki beach to Fourmile Rock in search of action. There’re still a lot of shakers around and some bait showed up late off Todd Shipyards.”
The winning fish were caught by Wong, who just happened to catch the only fish the Sunday before, weighed 9 pounds, 12 ounces, and 5 pouds, 14 ounces.
Wong took the season lead which was held by Steve Nitta who caught an 8 pound-2 ounce chinook on the opening Sunday.
The derby meets 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 opens at 6 a.m.
Cost is $15 for the derby. Rental boats available at 7 a.m. will cost $65 boat only, and $85 for boat and motor.
Tickets are available 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 Doug Hanada)