The Puget Sound Anglers Sno-King Chapter’s annual Edmonds Coho Derby saw a new record catch of 599, but a slightly smaller winning fish from past years.
Bryan Thomson took home bragging rights, $5,000 and 11 pounds of Omega-3, fatty-acid-rich deliciousness. In the Kids 14 & Under Division, Hunter Wood took first place with a 9-pound 13.12-ounce silver.
The Saturday event drew quite the crowd — there was an hour-long wait at the Port of Edmonds lift at 5 a.m. Despite the inevitable hassle of navigating a crowded and bustling marina on a Saturday, let alone a derby day, we were out and fishing off Spanish house just in time to catch a fine sunrise. Puget Sound was placid, like nothing I had seen before. But the calm was soon shattered.
We were able to put two fish in the boat by 7:30. Granted, they weren’t derby winners by any count but pound-for-pound coho have to be the best fighting fish in the sound. We were given aerial displays and long runs both at and away from the boat. They truly are a hoot.
Fishing got so good that we were forced to play the release-and-hope game when we approached our limits. In all we caught 15 ocean-bright silvers and kept eight for our boat limit. All of our silvers were taken on plug-cut herring and the hits were anything but timid. Many times we hooked up while making vertical changes in the water column: dropping the downriggers to depth or reeling in to check bait.
To round out the day of great fishing, our last fish was seen finning on the surface and and taken with a surface bait, rod in hand. So get out there and enjoy whats left of this summer! As the weather gets worse, the coho should only get better and bigger.
The Northwest Salmon Derby Series continues this month with the Everett Coho Derby the weekend of the 22nd & 23rd. Tickets can be picked up at locations across the Northwest: Outdoor Emporium, Three Rivers Marine, Everett Bayside Marine, John’s Sporting Goods, Possession Bait, Cabela’s and may more. Check out everettcohoderby.com then Bonk some chrome! – NWS