Paul Whitson was the runaway winner at this past Saturday’s well-attended 17th Annual South King County Puget Sound Anglers Derby.
His 19.45-pound Chinook was 5 pounds heavier than the two next closest fish, and scored him $3,500.
Terry Wiest, one of the event’s organizers, says it was the biggest of 100 weighed during a “huge turnout” of nearly 400 participants.
He estimates that 80 percent of the salmon were landed on spoons, 20 percent on hoochies, and though Areas 10 and 13 were included in the fishing zone, Area 11 dominated.
“Most fish at Pt. Defiance and Owens Beach, right off the bottom,” Wiest notes.
The catch was also up over 2017, when 72 salmon were weighed in.
In the kids division, Bryce Johnson came in first with a 14.50-pounder, scoring $300.