THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NORTHWEST MARINE TRADE ASSOCIATION
Trevor Everitt of Lynnwood was at home when his brother Keaton Everitt called him in the late evening hours of Sept. 22 after viewing the feed of the grand prize boat name drawing on Facebook from the Everett Coho Derby.
“My brother told me that I had won the derby boat and I was in disbelief,” Everitt said. “I told him I’m not getting excited until I hear from the derby folks that I had actually won.”
Little did the Kirkland native realize, but his name had been randomly drawn from almost 7,000 anglers following the conclusion of the 2019 Northwest Salmon Derby Series.
Mark Yuasa the director of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series tried calling him soon after Everitt’s name was drawn that he’d won a grand prize, fully equipped aluminum boat valued at around $75,000, but it went directly into voicemail.
The next morning Yuasa finally got in touch with Everitt to notify him and turned his disbelief into reality.
“(Yuasa) told me I won the boat and then I knew it was indeed for real,” said Everitt who entered the derby series drawing after fishing in Edmonds Coho Derby on Sept. 7.
“This was the first time I bought a ticket to the derby and that came after my brother had convinced us to enter,” he said. “We grew up doing all kinds of salmon fishing with our grandpa up in Bellingham, but then high school and college got in the way and we hadn’t been fishing for about 15 years.”
Everitt said his grandpa had passed away and left his family a small inheritance. At the end of the 2018 fishing season they decided to use that money to purchase a 19-foot Bayliner Trophy Boat.
“We fixed it up and this season was the first time we got it on the water,” Everitt said. “It was a great way to hang out with my dad (Bob Everitt) and brother and it brought our families closer together. My brother is a total gear head fisherman and he saw a poster for the Edmonds Coho Derby at the Edmonds Marina and talked my dad and I into entering. My brother caught a fish but that was the only one we hooked during the derby. My brother and I have young kids and are starting to get them out fishing. Now that we’ve got this new boat hopefully we can also get our wives to go out as well.”
The boat is the 16th grand prize boat, motor, and trailer package that has been given away since the Series was created in 2004. This year’s Weldcraft 202 Hardtop boat is powered by a 200-horsepower Yamaha and a 9.9-horsepower trolling motor, on an EZ Loader tandem axle trailer. The boat came fully equipped with Raymarine electronics, Scotty Downriggers, a WhoDat Tower, Burnewiin accessories and a Dual Electronics stereo.
“It was a joy to hear how excited he was and his plans to get their family out on the water,” said Yuasa. “This boat and motor package are top-of-the-line and will provide Trevor quality time on the water. He plans to get the boat out as soon as possible before the coho fishing winds down and looks forward to winter crabbing.”
The Northwest Salmon Derby Series is a fishing promotion program directed by the NMTA that encourages boating and fishing in the Northwest. In 2019, the series included 14 derbies in Washington, Idaho and British Columbia, Canada. For each derby an angler competes in, they get one entry into the drawing for the grand prize boat held at the final derby in the Series.
For more information, visit www.NorthwestSalmonDerbySeries.com.