Windy conditions on Saturday during the Anacortes Salmon Derby didn’t stop more than 1,100 anglers registered who weighed in a total of 156 hatchery chinook.
The winner of the $15,000 first place prize was Bill Robillard of Anacortes who caught a 24.62 pound chinook on Sunday.
Mike Bredeson of Everson who caught a 20.24 pound chinook on Saturday took home the second place prize of $5,000, and Steve Martin of Bellingham placed third with an 18.72 pound fish worth $2,500.
The “mystery weight fish” went to Paul Mcabee of Bellingham whose 9.72 pound fish came closest to a pre-determined weight and was worth $2,500.
In the Women’s Division, Kelli Martin of Lynden was the winner with a 13.66 pound fish. In the Youth Division, Trevor Westman of Oak Harbor had top honors with his 14.64 pound chinook that edged out 40 other kids and 14-and-under.
“I know I say it every year … this year’s event was the best one to date” Event Chairman, Terry Nemeth said in a news release. “Everyone I’ve talked to was having a great time. Most indicated that this was their favorite fishing derby. This event is the result of hundreds and hundreds of hours of planning and effort by the Board of Directors of the Anacortes Salmon Derby and members of the host organization: the Fidalgo-San Juan Islands Chapter of the Puget Sound Anglers.”
The Great Anacortes Fishing Film Festival was held on Friday with a group of more than 500 turning out to see the show. Winner of the Pro Division was charter captain and radio show host Rob Ensley of Gig Harbor.
Winner of the Amateur Division was Jim Ramos of Sedro-Woolley, who also took home the crowd’s choice for the Silver Horde Anglers’ Choice Award.
“I think it was a good success and a great encore to the inaugural “event-within-an-event” Derby Board Chairman and Event Founder, Jay Field said in a news release.
Last year’s derby saw a record catch by 1,100 registered anglers who weighed in 256 fish.
The derby is hosted by volunteer members of the Fidalgo-San Juan Islands Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers. Proceeds of the derby go to funding for scholarships that benefit students pursuing careers in fishery management and related science. Nearly $200,000 in scholarships and grants have been awarded during the past seven years.
For more information, go to www.anacortessalmonderby.com.