The Tengu Blackmouth Derby – canceled last fall and winter due to closures – was held on Sunday and 24 members managed to reel-in only one blackmouth in Elliott Bay.
“Windy weather again hampered angler effort as the winning fish came deep off Fourmile Rock (off Magnolia Bluff),” said Doug Hanada, president of the longstanding derby, which began in 1937 and up until last year was held every season since the end of World War II.
“Large amounts of bait reported in the same area,” Hanada said. “Lots of shaker (chinook under the 22-inch minimum size limit) action all morning caused some members to run out of bait.”
The winning hatchery chinook caught this past Sunday was by Justin Wong of Seattle with a 7 pounds, 9 ounce fish. The season-long leading fish was caught by his father Benny Wong of Seattle with a 10 pound, 1 ounce fish.
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This is the fourth derby event since it began on Nov. 6, and is held every Sunday from daybreak until 11 a.m. through Dec. 18 at the Seacrest Boathouse in West Seattle.
In the derby, only mooching (fishing using a banana-style lead weight to a leader with a herring) is allowed. No artificial lures, flashers, hoochies (plastic squids) or other gear like downriggers are permitted. This winter the boundary has been extended to West Point.
Doors to the boathouse will be open at 6 a.m. Rental boats will be available from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., and cost is $65 boat or $85 for a boat and motor. Membership fee is $15 and $5 for children age 12-and-under. Tickets are available at Seacrest Boathouse, Linc’s Tackle and Outdoor Emporium in Seattle. For details, call 206-324-7600.