Can’t help but do a little (tardy) crowing about Team Northwest Sportsman‘s finish at Buoy 10: We came in second!!
No doubt our squad’s high placement at the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association’s 13th Annual Salmon Challenge was related to keeping the editor and his myriad of unlucky blue coolers far, far away from the event (he was packing for an extended family camping trip).
But it may ultimately have been jinxed when ad sales manager Brian Lull called in early last Friday morning to cackle that with seven kings and silvers in the box, first place was all but sewn up, “neener neener STS.”
Indeed, despite the hot start to the day, those last three hatchery coho that might have done just that refused to bite for Lull, skipper Jim Stahl, Jim’s wife Jennifer, Richard Mortenson and Rick Mortenson.
Lull says the fish were biting herring behind UV Fish Flashes and lead.
Ultimately, Ron Staub and crew had the highest sized average catch while Dan Grogan of Fisherman’s Marine took home top individual honors — and a $1,000 check — for big fish with his 30.5-pound Chinook.
Rick Mortenson did place second with a 27.9-pounder, good for $500.
Josh Hughes and Tim Bush and Gabe Miller from Outdoor Emporium/Sportco came in with the third highest average catch, Lull reports.
NSIA said it would issue a press release.
You may recall the Buoy 10 downrigger fishing story that appeared in the August Northwest Sportsman. The gent who wrote that, Don Talbot, reports that one team of North-central Washington anglers using the devices, 11-inch Pro Troll flashers and Super Bait Cut Plugs placed eighth by average weight
The derby raises money for sportfishing advocacy.
One final note from the challenge: Lull began the derby by continuing his contrarian ways. The known bass troller and freshwater clam jigger managed to somehow catch a Dungeness crab first thing in the morning, but the male was undersized and had to go back.