7th Annual Frank Wilson Memorial fishing derby begins Feb. 1 | Sports

It's that time again... the annual Frank Wilson Memorial Winter Blackmouth Derby, now in it's 7th year, begins Feb. 1. (Image above 2010 derby poster).
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It's time to get the tackle box in order.

The 7th Annual Frank Wilson Memorial Winter Blackmouth Derby is just around the corner.

The derby runs Feb. 1 through April 15. That's more than two months of tight lines and competitive fishing, and it's for a good cause as well.

Founded as a tribute to former EMS Chief Frank Wilson, the derby is a fundraiser for San Juan Island Emergency Medical Services, and all derby proceeds benefit SJI EMS.

The entry fee is $50.

Weekly prizes are awarded for the biggest fish of the week. Grand prizes await those with the three largest fish that hit the scales during the derby's 10-week run. The grand prizes are:

1st Place — $1,000

2nd Place — $500

3rd Place — $250

But that's not all. Cash and prizes will be awarded for the derby Mystery Fish and at an end-of-event raffle drawing.

Tickets can be purchased at King's Marine Center, 110 Spring Street, Friday Harbor.

For info: 378-4593 or e-mail King's Marine at

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