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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 8, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Roche Harbor Salmon Classic produces 172 chinook in the two-day event

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(Andy Holman with his winning Chinook. Photo courtesy of Tony Floor.)

The two-day Roche Harbor Salmon Classic ended Saturday with a very nice catch of hatchery chinook.

In all 100 derby boats with 344 anglers caught 99 hatchery chinook on Friday, Feb. 7, and then another 73 on Saturday, Feb. 8.

The first place prize of $10,000 went to Andy Holman of Friday Harbor who caught a 20.2 pound chinook on Friday.

Second went to Pat Federspiel of Bellevue with a 16.2 pound chinook and took home $5,000; third was Frank Finch of Friday Harbor with a 15.12 that earned him $3,000; fourth was Brent Melsin of Anacortes with a 15.8 and received $2,000; and fifth went to Donald Harford who traveled all the way from Coeur d’Alene to take home $1,000 with a 15.7 fish.

The Mystery fish went to Darin Danner of Woodinville who got $2,000 for a 4.15 pound fish. The total boat weight leader was Craig Hougen; Tim Melton; and Brian James of Bellingham wth 10 fish that weighed 78.8 pounds and earned them $2,000.

The youngest winning angler was 6 ½ year old Christian Thomas of Tacoma.

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