The Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby held Saturday to Monday saw a record catch of 351 hatchery chinook weighed in, which was one of the highest in the history of this nearly 40 year event.
That beat out the record in 2011 of 248 fish. The derby had a turnout of 820 anglers, the largest in 10 years and easily topped the 650 anglers who attended last year.
“Good weather and a strengthening economy gave us a great derby,” said Dan Tatum, president of the Gardiner Salmon Derby Association.
First place went to Jerry Thomas of Mount Vernon with a 15.90 pound chinook, and earned him $10,000. Second was Lauren Selvig of Port Orchard with a 14.80 pound fish and received $2,000. The $1,000 third place fish of 14.35 pounds went to Don White of Hansville.
The average size of chinook was 7.52 pounds, in the derby that is part of the Northwest Marine Trade Association’s Northwest Salmon Derby Series.
Other top finishers were: 4,Fred Philipsen of Belfair, 14.30; 5, Ralph Thomas of Tacoma, 13.85; 6, Jeff Jenkins of Gig Harbor, 13.60; 7, Mark Reynolds of Port Angeles, 13.40; 8, Mark Griffiths of Seattle, 13.10; 9, Don Arnett of Port Townsend, 13.05; 10, Guy Lipsky of Port Angeles, 12.80; 11, Larry Lack of Port Angeles, 12.80; 12, Ron Lampers of Snohomish, 12.50; 13, Frank Auman of Tacoma, 12.20; 14, Thomas Amos of Port Angeles, 12.10; 15, Ray Lampers of Granite Falls, 11.95.
For more information, go to the Gardiner Salmon Derby webeite.