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December 5, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Tengu Blackmouth Derby in Elliott Bay generates two chinook for diehard anglers

The Tengu Blackmouth Derby gave up two hatchery chinook for the 26 anglers who wet a line in Elliott Bay this past Sunday.

Tim Ratigan took home the winning fish that weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and second place was Steve Nitta who caught a 6 pound, 4 ounce fish, his second fish of the season.

“Only 26 members ventured out, but did manage to bring two keepers to the weigh-in,” said Doug Hanada, the Tengu Derby president. “The winning blackmouth came off the West Waterway and the other taken off the East Waterway.”

“There were reports by others of catching shakers just short of legal and at least one nice wild fish that had to be released,” he said. “Lots of shakers are still being taken throughout the Bay with bait showing up here and there.”

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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