San Juan Island's Andy Holman braved the cold and the wind, and bested a field of 343 other anglers to snare the grand prize — $10,000 — in the 11th annual Salmon Classic hosted Feb. 7-8 by Roche Harbor Resort.
In addition, Holman, whose 20.2-pounder earned him the classic's first-place prize, snagged another $1,000 for landing the largest fish weighed in on Friday, the first day of the two-day fishing derby, a new category introduced as part of this year's classic.
A total of 172 fish were weighed in over the course of the two-day winter time fishing extravaganza, in which 344 fisherman and 100 boats competed for $26,000 in cash prizes. The 2014 Classic was a sold-out event.
At six-and-a-half years of age, Tacoma's Christian Thomas was the youngest competitor, and Barry Allyn of Snohomish won the drawing for free entry in the 2015 classic.
Bellevue's Pat Federsiel won the second-place prize of $5,000 with a 16.2-pound fish, besting Frank Finch of Friday Harbor, whose 15.12-pounder landed him $3,000 for third place.
In fourth place, Brent Melvin of Anacortes (15.8 lbs) earned $2,000 and Donald Harford of Coeur d' Alene, Wash., snared $1,000 for fifth place.
The classic's $2,000 Mystery Fish prize went to Darin Danner of Woodinville and Craig Hougen, Brian James and Tim Melton split the Best Boat Total Weight prize of $2,000. The Bellingham boat-mates landed 10 fish that together weighed 78.8 pounds.
— Scott Rasmussen