September 22, 2013 at 4:06 PM
Everett Coho Derby lures more than 2,000 anglers, and winning fish weighed 15.50 pounds
Wow what a difference one day can make in the weather at the Everett Coho Derby, the largest derby of the West Coast.
After a beautiful Saturday with calm seas and partly cloudy weather, it turned for the worse as the morning went on Sunday and by the early afternoon it was whitecapping with winds gusting up to 25 to 35 mph.
That didn’t hold back more than 1,850 adult anglers and 200 kids who were signed up for the 20th annual derby, including overall winner Don Pittwood who caught a 15.50 pound coho on Sunday off the east side of Possession Bar to take home the first place prize of $10,000.
Second place przie of $5,000 went to Saturday’s leading coho a 14.20 pound coho, which was caught by Hut Phanhthaavilay using on a Dick Nite spoon near the 522 Bridge on the Snohomish River.
In all about 850 coho were weighed-in (775 in the adult division and 75 in the kids division).
That figure couldn’t top last year’s derby high five-year catch of 1,259 coho, but is still a fairly good number of fish weighed for the two-day derby.
Jason Edwards of Arlington got the surprise call of the day when he was notified by Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association and the Northwest Salmon Derby Series.
Edwards, a mechanic at Everett’s Harbor Marina, had his name drawn for the Grand Prize Derby Series fully-equipped 21-foot River Hawk boat.
Floor says that Edwards who fished in the Harbor Marina Derby was ecstatic about winning the nice fishing boat.
“Wow was he excited and he doesn’t own a boat so this was great,” Floor said.
Floor says Edwards will get the keys for the boat during the week of December when the 2013 15-event derby series ends.
Anglers participating in derby events after Sept. 22 will be entered to win the 2014 Series grand prize. For details, go to http://www.northwestsalmonderbyseries.com/.
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