The Edmonds Coho Derby hosted by the PSA Sno-King Chapter on Saturday produced 395 coho for almost 1,000 anglers, and while it wasn’t close to last year’s record catch it did produce many happy times for those who turned out for the event.
The highlight was the winning 11 pound, 8.16 ounce coho caught at 7 a.m. by 10-year-old Essix Kelly of Richmond Beach who was plying the waters about 750 yards off the Edmonds Marina breakwater. She took home the grand prize of $5,000, and caught her big coho on a flasher and opalescent plastic squid.
Essix caugh the fish onboard her dad Sean P. Kelly’s boat, the recently named ‘Queen of Derby’, and credits her catch to being fiercely resistant to getting out of bed Saturday morning, delaying her father’s desired departure time by 40 minutes.
Any earlier, she maintains, and she would have missed the rip, the fish, and the prize her father said.
“Fishing certainly wasn’t as good as last year (when a record 599 coho were caught by 975 anglers), but I think last year’s catch was spectacular and Saturday’s number was more normal coho fishing in terms of abundance,” said Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association and Northwest Salmon Derby Series.
“When we have torrential rains that will change the behavior of the fish, and the fish have a tendency to move on although it is usually replenished by new fish,” Floor said.
Other top finishers were: 2, Michael Roth, 10 pound-15.36 ounces; 3, Bob Fakkema, 10-12.64; 4, Mike Chow, 10-8.32; 5, Alex Davis, 9-13.92; 6, Pete Howell, 9-7.36; 7, Dina Khries, 9-6.56; 8, Aaron Burdette, 9-4.00; 9, Matt Grimm, 9-2.08; 10, Doug Haldeman, 9-0.
The derby catch lured 803 anglers who caught 284 coho in 2011, and doubled the catch of 145 in 2010.
The link for the Edmonds Coho Derby is http://www.fisharc.com/derbies/55-2013_Edmonds_Coho_Derby_Limited.
Coho and pink fishing on Sunday morning was fairly good off Edmonds, Possession Bar, Kingston, Jefferson Head, Point No Point, west side of Whidbey Island, Shipwreck north to Mukilteo, and from Richmond Beach south to West Point near Shilshole Bay.