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November 28, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Tengu Blackmouth Derby in Elliott Bay produces one keeper chinook for participants

A heavy layer of fog slowed down the Tengu Blackmouth Derby this past Sunday for the 32 members who tried their luck in Elliott Bay, but one luck angler managed to catch one hatchery chinook.

Bob Vick stayed close to shore and caught a 5 pound, 14 ounce chinook off the Salty’s Restaurant located immediately south of the boat ramp and boathouse.

“It was slow action except for the numerous shakers all over the derby boundary areas,” said Doug Hanada, the Tengu Derby president. “Members reported good pockets of bait off of Salty’s and Alki Point.”

The season leading chinook a 9 pound-12 ounce fish was caught on Nov. 11 by Justin Wong of Seattle. Steve Nitta is in second place with an 8 pound-2 ounce chinook on the opening Sunday, Nov. 4.

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.

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