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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

December 19, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Tengu Blackmouth Derby sees best fishing of the season this past Sunday

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The Tengu Derby in Elliott Bay lured 29 anglers Sunday, and four fish were hooked making it the most productive day of the season.

“Sunday’s derby produced the most fish caught so far in one day for 29 members,” said Doug Hanada, the Tengu Derby president. “This time the hot bite was off Duwamish Head as one boat checked in three keepers including the top two fish.”

“The third place blackmouth was taken off the grain terminal later in the morning,” Hanada said. “There was also a report of a large blackmouth lost off Salty’s. Shakers remain in the Bay but only in certain areas with large bait balls showing up here and there.”

The winning hatchery chinook was caught by Tim Ratigan and weighed 6 pounds-7 ounces. Second went to Chris Peeler with a 5-11; third was Benson Wong with a 4-2; and fourth was John Mirante with a 4-6.

The season leading fish was caught by Hanada and weighed 11 pounds-9 ounces on Dec. 9. 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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