Those who participated in the Everett Coho Derby this past weekend saw two different sides to Mother Nature with good weather on Saturday followed by some windy and rough water conditions on Sunday.
In all 1,854 adults and 216 youth tickets were sold with 833 fish weighed-in for a total weight of 5,727.60 pounds of fish. Of that 34 fish topped the scales over 12 pounds and 86 weighed more than 10 pounds. The average size of coho was 7.41 pounds.
First place of $10,000 went to Don Pittwood who caught his 15.50-pounds on Sunday off the east side of Possession Bar.
The second place $5,000 prize was given to Hut Phanhthaavilay who caught his 14.20-pound coho on a Dick Nite spoon near the 522 Bridge on the Snohomish River. He edged out third place finisher Dylan Alexander who took home $2,500 for a 14.19-pound coho he also on a Dick Nite spoon in the Lower Skykomish River. Gary Tisdale Sr. earned $1,000 fourth place prize with a 14.07-pound coho he caught off Possession Bar using a Silver Horde lure.
Curt Wikel caught a 13.91-pound coho on the Snohomish River with a Wiggle Wart and earned a Cannon Downrigger, and was followed by George Wyse with a 13.76-pound coho tossing eggs in the Skykomish River and Marcus Requa with a Dick Nite on the Lower Skykomish River.
In the derby, five of the top ten fish came from the Snohomish River system, and many were caught on Dick Nite spoons.
In the kids division, the first place prize of $100 went to Dean Fagan who caught an 11.13-pound coho at Haller Park on the Stillaguamish River. Second place of $75 went to Shane Nelson who caught a 9.98-pound coho and was caught on the west side of Possession Bar trolling a Silver Horde squid. Third place of $50 went to Campen Pa who caught a 9.90-pound coo on Possession Bar using a Silver Horde lure.
The Sportsman’s Channel sponsored a “Hunt, Fish, Feed” outreach program for the Volunteers of America Food Bank processed more than 600 pounds of salmon fillets that were donated to feed the needy.
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/.