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Resurrection winner nets 22.34 pound Chinook

Bellingham’s Walt Vanwingerden and grandson Tommy Vanwingerden bagged a 22.3 pounder on Day 1 of the 2nd annual Resurrection Derby, Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 in Friday Harbor, to net the derby’s grand prize, $10,000.   - Contributed photo
Bellingham’s Walt Vanwingerden and grandson Tommy Vanwingerden bagged a 22.3 pounder on Day 1 of the 2nd annual Resurrection Derby, Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 in Friday Harbor, to net the derby’s grand prize, $10,000.
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Walt and Tommy Vanwingerden netted a 22.34 pound Chinook on Day 1 of the 2nd annual Resurrection Derby to take an early and what proved to be an insurmountable lead over the course of the two-day fishing tournament in Friday Harbor.

The grandfather and grandson team out of Bellingham bested the rest of the field, which this year consisted of more than 200 fisherman spread across 69 teams, to bag the derby’s top prize, a $10,000 check.

Proceeds from the derby, sponsored by Puget Sound Anglers, support salmon enhancement and hatchery projects.

A total of 96 “hatchery origin” salmon tipped the scales in this year’s derby.

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