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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 4, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Two major salmon derbies produce good catches of salmon despite stormy weather

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It was an exciting weekend of salmon derbies, and catches were fairly good when northern Puget Sound opened on Friday.

“Fishing was pretty good on Friday in Area 9 (northern Puget Sound), but surprisingly there weren’t that many blackmouth (resident Chinook) and a lot of chums that were actually biting,” said Keith Robbins, owner of A Spot Tail Salmon Guide who also fished in the Jacobsen’s Marine Grady White Invitational on Sunday. “There is a lot of bait at the bar, and it looked good.”

Robbins fished  Friday at Possession Bar with Benny Wong of Seattle, and they brought five fish to the boat. Another friend of Robbins was trolling and they hooked 11 fish all caught trolling with downriggers at 120 feet.

Other places on the opener that produced good catches were Point No Point, Camano Head, Elger Bay, Saratoga Pass and Double Bluff off the south side of Whidbey Island. No reports from the opener came off Midchannel Bank at Port Townsend.

In central Puget Sound, fishing remains fair to good for a mix of Chinook, chum and coho at Jefferson Head.

One look outside on Saturday and most anglers would’ve been amazed that anyone actually got out to wet a line as high winds screamed across Puget Sound.

The Everett Bayside Marine Salmon Derby was held on Saturday and Sunday, and anglers actually managed to get out onto Puget Sound in that windstorm that closed the 520 Bridge on Lake Washington.

“Very few people headed out (on Saturday), but they did manage to catch eight fish,” said Dan Hatch at Bayside Marine. “Sunday was a much better day weather wise, and we had a total of 58 fish (the majority of the catch was chinook) for 164 anglers entered in the derby.”

The winning fish was a coho caught on the derby’s first day by Kaytheen Olson of Everett that weighed 10.36 pounds. Olson caught the fish just south of Mukilteo and took home a new Yamaha outboard motor.

Second place was Mike Vogt of Everett with a 10.32 pound coho and earned him a $300 gift certificate. Third place was Cory Myron of Everett with a 9.9 pound coho and received a $200 gift certificate.

“We typically would’ve had about 250 entrants, but I think a lot of people were watching the weather forecast,” Hatch said.

Last year, the Bayside Marine Salmon Fishing Derby sold 250 tickets with 83 fish weighed-in.

Much better weather greeted anglers who fished Sunday in the Jacobsen’s Marine Grady White Invitational.

“It was a great day of fishing, and we had a total of 29 boats with 80 anglers caught 33 fish,” said Roxanne Atkins at Jacobsen’s Marine in West Seattle.

First place went to John Laws of Lynnwood with a 14.2 pound chum he caught off Possession Bar. Second was Rob Powers of Medina with 12,4 pound, and third was Scott Clements of Mercer Island with a 10.1 pound chum.

Fourth to 10th place were all withing 9.13 through 8.13 pounds, and were a mixture of Chinook, chum and coho.

Last year, 70 anglers in 28 boats in the Grady White Derby who weighed-in eight chinook between 7.06 pounds and 5.11 pounds.

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