By Kevin Klein
The 2014 Resurrection Derby took place this last weekend in Friday Harbor.
This is a two-day event held on Friday Dec. 5 and Saturday Dec. 6, put on by Puget Sound Angler’s Fidalgo-San Juan Islands Chapter.
All proceeds from this event go to salmon enhancement projects in the San Juan Islands. This a selective fishery tournament, with only fin-clipped hatchery origin fish being legal to keep and weigh in.
The first derby to take place in Marine Area 7 after the Dec. 1 winter chinook season opening, it is also the last stop of the year on the Northwest Salmon derby Series. This year was sold out, as the maximum of 100 teams signed up.
A total of 313 participants weighed-in an astounding 413 Chinook. This was a group of very good fishermen and women, and great fishing.
The Resurrection Derby, since its inception, has been widely acknowledged as the “Best of the Best” hardcore salmon tournament in the region, attracting saltwater anglers from all over the Northwest and Canada. For more info, go to resurrectionderby.com, or their Facebook page.
A big thank you to derby Chairman Chris Long and all the volunteers that make this great event possible. It sounds like over $6,000, and possibly much more will be going to buy needed equipment for local hatcheries. This will help to put more Chinook salmon in the water for all fisher folks, and Orcas alike. That’s what I call a win-win for a good cause.
And the businesses in Friday Harbor who provided lodging, food, groceries, beverages, fuel, tackle, and such great hospitality would agree, I’m sure.
The results for 2014 are as follows:
• 1st place: Steve Martin, Bellingham, 18.89 pounds, $10,000
• 2nd place: Pete Nelsen, Shaw Island,18.22 pounds $2,500
• 3rd place: Bill Havland, Bellingham, 17.27 pounds $1,500
—Editor’s note: Kevin Klein is co-founder and past chairman of the Resurrection Derby.