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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

December 12, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Renton angler takes over first place in Tengu Derby with three Sundays remaining

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The Tengu Derby in Elliott Bay lured 27 anglers Sunday, and three fish were hooked including the winning 11 pound-9 ounce hatchery chinook caught by derby president Doug Hanada.

“Good action for some of the 27 members as three keepers were weighed in from the Fourmile Rock area (just west of the Elliott Bay Marina) on Sunday,” Hanada said. “The winning blackmouth came late in the morning along with a bunch of shakers including at least two 21 inchers.”

Hanada’s caught his fish at 10:30 a.m., and it took him 10 minutes to land it, leaving just 20 minutes to make it back to the boathouse by the 11 a.m. Hanada has fished in

the derby since 1977, and has placed second twice and third place once.

“Early morning produced the other two keepers more toward the Elliott Bay Marina,” Hanada said. “Plenty of shakers around but only in certain areas of the Bay with bait showing up here and there.”

Two other fish were caught by Benny Wong that weighed in a 6 pound-12 ounce hatchery chinook; and Benson Wong with a 4 pound-1 ounce hatchery chinook.

In second place for the season is a 9 pound-12 ounce fish was caught on Nov. 11 by Justin Wong. Steve Nitta is in third place with an 8 pound-2 ounce fish caught 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.

(Photo courtesy of Doug Hanada)

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