Spots are filling up fast for one of the most popular winter derbies in the San Juan Islands.
The Roche Harbor Salmon Classic Invitational will be held Feb. 6-8 on San Juan Island. The derby is limited to 100 boats with a maximum of four anglers per boat.
Cost is $756.70, and includes tax, all dinners for registered anglers and moorage. First place is $10,000, second place is $5,000, and third place is $3,000.
New this year is a bonus prize of $30,000 will be awarded if the winning fish weighs 30 pounds or more.
Last year, a record total of 196 fish were weighed in for 339 anglers in 100 boats registered for the derby.
First place went to Pete Nelson of Shaw Island who caught a 16.7 pound hatchery chinook on the first day of the derby, and took home $10,000.
The difference between Nelson’s fish and second place finisher Carter Whelan of Friday Harbor was a mere three ounces. Whelan’s fish weighed 16.4 pounds, and earned him $5,000.
Other top finishers were: 3, Brock Warin of Friday Harbor, 15.12 pound chinook, $3,000; 4, Sean Scott of Friday Harbor, 15.6 pound chinook, $2,000; 5, Michael Goldstein of Mercer Island, 14.5 pound chinook, $1,000.
The mystery weight fish went to Tom Cahill of Everett with a 9.5 pound chinook, and was worth $2,000.
The Best Boat Weight Total went to Dusty Rowland, Clyde Hill, Chris Wagemann, Neal Kamrin and Pat Federspiel with 80.12 pounds, and took home $2,000.
In the Youngest Kid Division 5 1/2 year old Christian Thomas of Tacoma caught a 4.08 chinook. Jim Yount of Bow was the boat entry drawing winner.
In 2011, 85 boats with 239 anglers caught 93 hatchery chinook (55 hooked on Friday and 38 on Saturday).
For more details, call Debbie Sandwith at 360-378-5562.