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September 22, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Everett Coho Derby lures more than 2,000 on the water this past weekend


The Everett Coho Derby, dubbed the biggest on the West Coast, was held this past weekend, and 1,939 adult and 252 youth anglers all tried their luck at winning the $10,000 grand prize.

Anglers were greeted by some of the best weather, and the 928 coho were weighed-in for a total combined weight of 5,677 pounds and an average per fish weight of 6.12 pounds.

The fish were on the small side noted Mark Spada, the Everett Coho Derby coordinator.

The winning fish was caught on Sunday by Gary Hamlin of Marysville who was fishing the shipping lanes south of Mukilteo trolling a purple haze flasher and plastic squid.

Hamlin just edged the other top three coho by mere ounces with Matthew Thoura of Snohomish with a 11.82 pound coho caught on Sunday that earned him $5,000, and third place going to Lillie Ludwig of Snohomish who caught a 11.63 pound coho on Saturday and earned her $2,500.

The remaining top ten placers were Rusty Breedlove of Mukilteo who took fourth with a 11.10 pound coho; fifth was Nevin Booth of Poulsbo with a 10.48 coho; sixth was David Rau of Granite Falls with 10.44 coho; seventh was Charles Peterson of Lynnwood with a 10.32 coho; eighth was Gary Buzzard of Marysville with a 10.29 coho; ninth was Billy Wallace of Lake Stevens with a 10.26 coho; and 10th was Ricke Lankford of Granite Falls with a 10.18 coho.

The youth division winner was Samantha Bratton of Everett with a 8.97 pound coho; second was Renna Skinner of Renton with a 8.81 coho; third was Noah Bratton of Everett with 8.34 coho; fourth was Truss Abemroth of Edmonds with a 8.26 coho; and fifth was Mallory Warnock of Ferndale with a 8.08 coho.


Team leaders were Boats and Hos with 31.26 pounds of coho; We Love Yoga Pants with 24.57 pounds; Go Hawks with 24.25 pounds; Salmon Assassin with 23.76 pounds; and Team Pizza with 17.54 pounds.

That compares to 2013 when 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 last year went to Don Pittwood who caught his 15.50-pound coho off the east side of Possession Bar.

Nothing can match the huge catch in 2012 that lured 1,831 adult anglers and 232 kids who weighed-in 1,259 coho over a two day period, which was one of the biggest catches in the derby’s history.

Coho fishing action has picked up this week with good numbers of fish being caught from the Edmonds oil docks north to the Edmonds Marina; Mukilteo south to the Shipwreck area; Browns Bay; Possession Bar’s west and east sides; east side of Whidbey Island; Shilshole Bay; Richmond Beach; and Point No Point.




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