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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

December 9, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Resurrection Derby anglers brave arctic blast in San Juan Islands, and end up catching a good numbers of hatchery chinook

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(Dale Nelsen on left poses with his winning fish. Photo courtesy of the Resurrection Salmon Derby.)

While the majority of folks all across Puget Sound retreated to the warmer comforts of home, there was a big group of anglers who braved fierce freezing cold winds, unbearable temperatures and iced over boats decks all for the chance at winning the Resurrection Salmon Derby in Friday Harbor on Friday and Saturday.

And the payoff for the 85 boats with about 250 anglers was a whopping catch of 185 chinook  (95 were caught on day one), according to Chris Long, a derby spokesman.

“It was pretty cold, but there was some pretty good fishing in the islands,” Long said.

In the end Dale Nelsen of Anacortes took home top honors with a 16.92 pound Chinook.

Second place went to Randy Welch with a 15.8 pound fish; third was Kevin Kurras with a 15.29; fourth went to Jennifer Payne with a 14.68; and fifth was Mike McAuley with a 14.51.

The team with the most weight of fish went to Greg Gorder, Chuck Payne, Hugh Allen and Jennifer Payne who weighed in 79.37 pounds and took home $10,000.

The mystery secret weight was 9.23 pounds, and the closest to that was Erin Parberry with a 9.36 pound fish.

The derby was part of the Northwest Marine Trade Association’s Northwest Salmon Derby Series. Next up in the derby series is the Roche Harbor Salmon Classic on Feb. 6-8. For details, go to http://www.northwestsalmonderbyseries.com/.

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