The Resurrection Salmon Derby was held Friday and Saturday at Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, and anglers found some excellent hatchery chinook fishing.
The derby lured 75 teams who ended up with more than 200 fish weighed in, Bob Norling and Mark Shinman of Anacortes took home the first place prize of $10,000.
“In the end the team of Norling and Shinman caught a 15.67 pound chinook on the first day to win,” said Kevin Klein with the Fidalgo-San Juan Islands Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers.
Last year, 69 teams weighed-in 96 hatchery-marked chinook so the most recent derby saw twice as many fish caught. In 2010, 47 teams weighed in 120 fish last year although bad weather conditions on the final day slowed down the action.
The derby is hosted by the Fidalgo-San Juan Islands Chapter of the Puget Sound Anglers, and the final event in the Northwest Salmon Derby Series.
Kris Maudslin, Troy Unke and Mike Sorenson of Seattle took second place with a 14.68 pound chinook and earned $2,500, and third went to Kevin and Duane Zender with a 14.46 pound chinook and won $1,500.
The total boat weight went to Troy Moe’s team with 93.56 pounds of fish and won $1,000/
(Photo courtesy of Kevin Klein, and pictured is the winner Bob Norling.)