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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

December 2, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Tengu Blackmouth Derby anglers come home empty handed this past Sunday

10371451_10152920789693185_6980602787394119730_nIt has been a rather time for those participating in the Tengu Blackmouth Derby that meets every Sunday on Elliott Bay.

After the first five Sundays less than a handful of salmon have been weighed in, and the current fish on the leader board was caught way back during the first derby on Oct. 26.

This past Sunday painted a grim result for those who braved the bitter cold winter elements.

“Not much action for 22 members who fished in high winds and bitter cold on Sunday,” said Tengu derby president Doug Hanada.

“The Bay is muddied up now from recent rains and may have pushed the bait out of the area,” he said. “Some bait was reported deep off of the West Waterway but very little elsewhere. Even shakers were hard to come by.”

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. 26. Two other legal-sized blackmouth were caught during the derby but those weren’t brought in by the daily 11 a.m. deadline.

The largest fish caught Oct. 26 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.

 

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