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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

December 26, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Good catches in Tengu Winter Blackmouth Derby this past Sunday

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The Tengu Winter Blackmouth Derby is heading into the final Sunday, and fishing has been surprisingly better than in past years.

This past Sunday, 30 anglers managed to catch five hatchery blackmouth. The winning fish was caught by Ed Vike weighed 6-pounds, 13-ounces. Second place went to Nelson Park with 6-9; third was Gary Dodobara with a 6-6; fourth was Chris Peeler with a 4-3; and fifth place went to Tim Ratigan with a 3-15.

“Sunday’s derby again produced the most fish caught so far in one day,” said Doug Hanada, the Tengu derby president. “Duwamish Head continues to be the place to be as all five blackmouth were caught there.”

“There were also reports of native fish being caught and released as well,” Hanada said. “Not as many shakers around in the bay, and only scattered bait balls showing up here and there.”

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.

The derby will meet from daybreak to 11 a.m. this Sunday 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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