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Resurrection Derby

by Kurt Hoehne

Jen Payne, part of the winning team.
The winning team.
The leader board on day 1.
Dale Nelson and crew.
WSU football legend Jack Thompson and ESPN's Tom Nelson.

Through a couple of great sources, here’s the scoop on the 2013 Resurrection Derby at Friday Harbor, Washington. The team of Greg Goder, Chuck Payne, Hugh Allen and Jennifer Payne were the big winners with a total fish weight, 9.37 pounds. They took home the $10,000 prize.

From Kevin Klein after Day 1:

A true old fashioned Nor’ Easter brought strong winds and low temps to the
first day of the 2013 Resurrection Derby. Anglers battled freezing spray and
icy decks to weigh in an amazing 95 Chinook on Friday. The derby continues
Saturday with the same conditions. Dale Nelsen sits atop the leader board
with an almost 17 lb Blackmouth. Will someone bring in a bigger fish to take
the $10,000 top prize? Weigh in ends at 4:30 pm Saturday, at Friday Harbor
Seafoods at the Port of Friday Harbor. We shall see whose

shivering hand is
raised in victory!

(Klein also supplied the photos)


From Mark Yuasa’s Seattle Times Reel Time Northwest blog:

Resurrection Derby anglers brave arctic blast in San Juan Islands, and end up catching a good numbers of hatchery chinook

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While the majority of folks all across Puget Sound retreated to the warmer comforts of home, there was a big group of anglers who braved fierce freezing cold winds, unbearable temperatures and iced over boats decks all for the chance at winning the Resurrection Salmon Derby in Friday Harbor on Friday and Saturday.

And the payoff for the 85 boats with about 250 anglers was a whopping catch of 185 chinook  (95 were caught on day one), according to Chris Long, a derby spokesman.

“It was pretty cold, but there was some pretty good fishing in the islands,” Long said.

In the end Dale Nelsen of Anacortes took home top honors with a 16.92 pound Chinook.

Second place went to Randy Welch with a 15.8 pound fish; third was Kevin Kurras with a 15.29; fourth went to Jennifer Payne with a 14.68; and fifth was Mike McAuley with a 14.51.

The team with the most weight of fish went to Greg Gorder, Chuck Payne, Hugh Allen and Jennifer Payne who weighed in 79.37 pounds and took home $10,000.

The mystery secret weight was 9.23 pounds, and the closest to that was Erin Parberry with a 9.36 pound fish.

The derby was part of the Northwest Marine Trade Association’s Northwest Salmon Derby Series. Next up in the derby series is the Roche Harbor Salmon Classic on Feb. 6-8. For details, go tohttp://www.northwestsalmonderbyseries.com/.

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