A nice-sized immature king was the top fish at last weekend’s Everett No-Coho Blackmouth Salmon Derby.
Lance Husby caught the 15.62-pounder on Sunday, topping the fish of first day leader Derek Floyd by nearly a pound.
The derby was a mashup of the usual early November Everett Blackmouth Derby and September’s Everett Coho Derby, which was cancelled this year due to low forecasted returns. The winner of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series grand prize boat was also drawn, Matt Griffin.
Husby, who is a derby regular and once operated a Sitka charter, won $4,000, and Floyd, who runs Anglers Choice Charters in Admiralty Inlet and the San Juan Islands, scored $2,000 for his 14.64-pounder.
Third place finisher Dylan Cochran went home with $1,000 for his 12.70 and Scott Bumstead won $500 for his 12.33.
In the kids division, Kozmo Zajac took first and $300 for a 9.05-pound blackmouth, while Ella Trout scored $200 for her 7.46-pounder. Tyler Nance came in third with a 6.18 that was good for $100.
In the team competition, Team Quickspin’s 9.33-pound average led all boats by a wide margin.
Organizers report selling a total of 550 tickets, and that 146 blackmouth were put on the scale for a total weight of 976 pounds and an average of 6.63 pounds per fish.
The derby was put on by the Everett Salmon Association.
Sponsors included Les Schwab, Dick Nite, Bayside Marine, Harbor Marine, Silver Horde, Roy Robinson Chevrolet, John’s Sporting Goods, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Bickford Motors, among others.