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August has come and gone, and each weekend, a salmon fishing tournament occurred in the South Sound region during all four weekends.
The South King County PSA derby, formerly known as the Des Moines Salmon Derby led the way on Saturday, August 4th. Kyle Klein took top honors landing a 27 pound king salmon while fishing Dolphin Point. The derby hosted 360 anglers and weighed in a total of 47 chinook salmon.
The 17th annual Gig Harbor Salmon Derby was held on the second Saturday of August, the 11th. About 300 anglers participated in the tournament, entering 84 chinook salmon with the winning fish of 17 pounds going to local angler Frank Bidwell.
The South Sound Salmon Derby, formerly hosted the last 11 years at Hoodsport on Hood Canal. Over 20 chinook salmon were entered in the event with Chris McCord taking 1st place with a 23 pound king salmon paying out $1,000. About 225 anglers participated in this one day event, on August 18th.
The Vashon Island Salmon Derby, a first ever tournament hosted at Dockton Park on Vashon Island, was held on Saturday, August 25th. The derby is designed to raise funding to support and prevent homelessness on Vashon Island. About 70 anglers participated in this small salmon derby and Dan Rice claimed first place with a 12 pound chinook salmon.
The Willapa Bay Salmon Derby, held at Tokeland, occurred on Labor Day weekend, September 1st. Fishing was fair and two dressed 16.4 pound chinook, caught by two boys, tied for 1st and 2nd place. They both went home with $700 bucks stuffed in their pockets. Nearly 200 anglers participated in the derby.
The Northwest Salmon Derby Series, presented by Northwest Buick GMC Dealers and Allstate Boat Insurance, continued its tour at the Edmonds Coho Derby. The stars, moon, and tides lined up for this event Saturday, Sept. 8th, with 980 anglers entering 599 coho salmon. The former record for landed catch was around 480 coho salmon. The weather was spectacular, in fact perfect, to host a salmon tournament and coho catching was off the chart. Bryan Thompson placed 1st, with a dressed 11 pound coho, which held up all day against 598 other coho qualifying him to win $5,000 for his big fish. Nicely done!
Allstate Boat Insurance, proud sponsor of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series, was also on-site providing anglers with information and handing out valuable prizes. Be sure to stop by and say hello to the Allstate agents at the upcoming Everett Coho Derby. You could walk away with a new rod and reel from Outdoor Emporium!
Now, the Derby Series sets a course for the biggest salmon fishing tournament on the West Coast, the Everett Coho Derby, Sept. 22-23. On Sunday afternoon, during the awards ceremony, I will draw the winner for this year’s grand prize boat, a fully loaded 21-foot River Hawk boat, powered with a 150 and 9.9 h.p. Mercury. The winner of the boat package can claim their big prize following the last tournament in the Series this year, the Resurection Salmon Derby in Friday Harbor on December 1st. Good luck to all anglers who participated in one or more tournaments in the Northwest Salmon Derby Series this year. One ticket will produce one very happy angler and I’m proud to say this is the 9th grand prize boat we have given away since the Series began in 2004. The winning angler need not be present to win the boat.