11.89-pounder Wins Weekend Everett Blackmouth Derby

A near-12-pound Chinook won last weekend’s Everett No-Coho Blackmouth Derby, while last year’s winner was part of the crew that took first place in the team category.

With his 11.89-pounder, lucky local angler Adam Burke scored a $4,000 check.

ADAM BURKE HAD A NICE PAYDAY THIS PAST SUNDAY, SCORING A $4,000 CHECK AT THE EVERETT NO-COHO BLACKMOUTH DERBY WITH HIS WINNING 11.89-POUND IMMATURE CHINOOK. (EVERETT COHO DERBY)

Coming in second was Timothy Quinn of Camano Island with an 11.24-pounder, good for $2,500.

Lilaine Leonardo of Bothell and Troy Moe of Lake Stevens finished third and fourth with fish just hundredths of an ounce apart, 10.93 and 10.90 pounds, but translated into $1,000 and $500 paydays.

In the youth division, Alex Davis caught the largest immature Chinook, a 9.29-pounder.

In the team category, the sharpies of the Big Kahuna crew — Lance Husby (overall winner of the 2016 derby) along with Moe, Derek Floyd and Scot Bumstead — came in first with an average weight of 8.52 pounds, far outpacing second-place finishers, Team Accurate Automotive and their 4.8-pound average.

The winner of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series grand prize boat was also drawn, but has not been announced yet.

The catch and size of blackmouth at the Everett derby was down somewhat from 2016’s edition, though about the same number of adult and youth anglers took part.

Organizers say they weighed 109 blackmouth — 70 percent of which were caught on Saturday — for a total of 671 pounds and average weight of 6.22 pounds.

Last year saw 146 brought in with an average of around 6.65 pounds or so.

Still, everybody who put a fish on the scale went home with a prize, organizers reported.

The event is put on by the Everett Salmon Association. The no-coho in the derby’s name refers to the big Everett salmon derby which has been cancelled the last two falls due to poor predicted returns and no fishing allowed in prime saltwater venues.

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