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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 5, 2013 at 10:16 AM

South King County PSA Salmon Derby on Saturday was a great success

The South King County Puget Sound Anglers Salmon Derby was held this past Saturday, Aug. 3, and about 400 anglers weighed-in 63 fish.

The majority were kings but there were a couple of silvers and some pinks also, according to Terry Weist, a member of South King County Puget Sound Anglers.

The winning hatchery king weighed 22 pounds, 6 ounces, and was caught by Jason Buddle on a jig at Point Evans off the south side of Vashon Island.  Buddle was fishing by himself and he took home $7,500 in cash and prizes.

In addition to his first place prize of $3,500 donated by Larson Power Boats Northwest, Mercury Outboards and the NMTA will be giving Buddle $3,000 since his boat was powered by a 2008 Mercury outboard.

The second place fish weighed 20 pounds, 11 ounces and was caught by Skip Yant who earned $1,500.  Adam Land took third with a fish of 18.6 pound king, and earned $1,000 plus a $500 bonus for being a member of Puget Sound Anglers.

First place in the kids division was Alex Harrington with a 16 pound, 9 ounce king.  Harrington also purchased an adult ticket and was eligible for the $150 first place kids prize, plus a prize from the adult ladder where he placed fifth overall. He also scored a guided fishing trip.

The derby benefits fisheries conservation and youth education, and proceeds help send kids to conservation camps, fund fisheries scholarships and programs targeted at improveing fisheries resources.  The derby is supported by the Point Defiance Marina who hosts the event, Larson Power Boats Northwest, Ducks Unlimited, Cabela’s, Sportco and the Northwest Marine Trade Association.

 

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