Unlike the past two weeks, one lucky angler in the Tengu Blackmouth Derby this past Sunday managed to bring her fish to the official weigh-in scale with 20 minutes to spare.
Out of 24 members who headed out onto Elliott Bay just one blackmouth was caught was caught by Kelsey Sardeson which weighed 8 pounds-1 ounce.
“24 members endured gusty winds and rain on Sunday to weigh in one nice blackmouth,” said Doug Hanada, the derby president. “That lone winner was caught deep off Vigor Shipyards late in the morning. Another angler reported releasing a clipped blackmouth there that was a half inch short. Bait reported all over the bay, but members could only catch lots of small shakers there.”
So far just three legal-sized blackmouth (hatchery chinook longer than the 22-inch minimum size limit) have been caught since the derby season began on Oct. 27.
The largest fish caught during since Oct. 27 was by Justin Wong of Seattle and weighed 13 pounds-9 ounces; and the other was landed by his father Benny Wong that weighed 7 pounds-10 ounces.
The Tengu Blackmouth Salmon Fun Derby is held every Sunday through Dec. 28 from daybreak to 11 a.m. at the Seacrest Boathouse in West Seattle. Cost is $15 per person, and $5 for kids under age 12. Details: 206-324-7600.