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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 13, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Everett Coho Derby, the biggest on the West Coast, is Sept. 20-21


(Photo courtesy of Adventure Charters owner Steve Kesling)

The Everett Coho Derby – the largest derby on the West Coast – is Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 20-21), and coho catches have picked up this week.

Cost is $30, and kids 12 and under are free. The largest coho is worth $10,000, second place will earn $5,000, and third will take home $2,500.

On Friday, Sept. 19 there will be a coho fishing seminar presented by John Martinis of John’s Sporting Goods in Everett. There is no charge for the 7 p.m. seminar at Everett’s Bayside Marine.

The Everett Coho Derby is sponsored by the Everett Salmon Association and proceeds go to promoting fishing, educational and recreational opportunities throughout the greater Puget Sound area.


(Photo courtesy of Everett Coho Derby)

The event is also part of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series, which hosts 15 derbies throughout the year. Drawing for a Grand Prize Derby Series fully-equipped 21-foot River Hawk boat will be presented to one lucky winner on Sept. 21. Anglers participating in derby events after Sept. 21 will be entered to win the 2015 Series grand prize. For details, go to

Donations awarded through the Everett Steelhead and Salmon Club and the Snohomish Sportsmen’s Club, provide opportunities for kid’s fishing programs, fish stocking of area lakes, fishing events for disabled veterans and service personnel, and contributions to local high school programs have been made possible.

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Last year, anglers saw two different sides to Mother Nature with good weather on Saturday followed by some windy and rough water conditions on Sunday.

In all 1,854 adults and 216 youth tickets were sold with 833 fish weighed-in for a total weight of 5,727.60 pounds of fish. Of that 34 fish topped the scales over 12 pounds and 86 weighed more than 10 pounds. The average size of coho was 7.41 pounds.

First place of $10,000 went to Don Pittwood who caught his 15.50-pounds on Sunday off the east side of Possession Bar.

The second place $5,000 prize was given to Hut Phanhthaavilay who caught his 14.20-pound coho on a Dick Nite spoon near the 522 Bridge on the Snohomish River.  He edged out third place finisher Dylan Alexander who took home $2,500 for a 14.19-pound coho he also on a Dick Nite spoon in the Lower Skykomish River. Gary Tisdale Sr. earned $1,000 fourth place prize with a 14.07-pound coho he caught off Possession Bar using a Silver Horde lure.

Curt Wikel caught a 13.91-pound coho on the Snohomish River with a Wiggle Wart and earned a Cannon Downrigger, and was followed by George Wyse with a 13.76-pound coho tossing eggs in the Skykomish River and Marcus Requa with a Dick Nite on the Lower Skykomish River.

In the derby, five of the top ten fish came from the Snohomish River system, and many were caught on Dick Nite spoons.

In 2012, the derby lured 1,831 adult anglers and 232 kids who weighed-in 1,259 coho over a two day period, which was the biggest catch in about five years. In 2011, the derby had more than 1,900 anglers out onto the water of Puget Sound and local rivers who weighed-in 673 coho.

In the derby coho are allowed to be caught in certain rivers and saltwater areas. In the derby’s history about three-fourths of the time the winning coho has come from a marine area.

For more information on the derby, go to







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