More than 1,850 adult anglers and 200 kids were signed up for the 20th annual Everett Coho Derby this weekend, the largest derby on the West Coast.
As of 2 p.m. on Saturday, about 60 coho were weighed-in and the largest fish in the leader board weighed 14 ½ pounds. There was likely more fish checked Saturday as the deadline was 4 p.m., and it was on a day that anglers were greeted with calm waters and partly cloudy skies. The largest coho is worth $10,000.
The grand prize money is part of the sponsorship by the four Everett retailers, which are Everett Bayside Marine, Harbor Marine, John’s Sporting Goods and Performance Marine of Everett.
The Everett Coho Derby is sponsored by the Everett Salmon Association and proceeds go to promoting fishing, educational and recreational opportunities throughout the greater Puget Sound area.
The event is also part of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series, which hosts 15 derbies throughout the year. Drawing for a Grand Prize Derby Series fully-equipped 21-foot River Hawk boat will be presented to one lucky winner on Sunday, Sept. 22. 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/.
Donations awarded through the Everett Steelhead and Salmon Club and the Snohomish Sportsmen’s Club, provide opportunities for kid’s fishing programs, fish stocking of area lakes, fishing events for disabled veterans and service personnel, and contributions to local high school programs have been made possible.
Last year, the derby lured 1,831 adult anglers and 232 kids who weighed-in 1,259 coho over a two day period, which was the biggest catch in about five years.
The winner last year was Harvey Aney of Everett with a 17.08 pound coho, and he took home $3,000. Second place went to Anthony A. Harrington of Granite Falls with a 16.09 coho and earned $2,000.
In the derby coho are allowed to be caught in certain rivers and saltwater areas. In the derby’s history about three-fourths of the time the winning coho has come from a marine area.
For more information on the derby, go to www.everettcohoderby.com.