The Edmonds Coho Derby hosted by the Sno-King Puget Sound Anglers sold close to 1,000 tickets and had 287 coho weighed-in on Saturday under great weather conditions, but the concern lies within the sheer size of the fish.
“The winning fish was (7.480 pounds), and was a record low size for the derby’s winning fish and that is just the tip of iceberg,” said Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association in Seattle. “I saw more 2 and 2 ½ pound fish than I’ve ever seen in my life, and they looked more like small resident coho than the mature fish type.”
The winning fish was caught by Glen Kincaid and weighed 7.480 pounds (11.50 pound was the winning fish weight last year). Second place went to Gerrie Counsellor with a 6.810 pound fish, and third place was Steve Nuss with an 6.690 pound coho.
Only the top five fish weighed 6 pounds or more compared to 23 fish that filled that bracket last year.
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In the Kids 14 and Under Division the winner was Logan Weidner with a 5.660 pound coho; 2, Isabella Marker, 4.850; 3, Connor Macaulay, 4.700.
Last year’s Edmonds Coho Derby produced 331 coho for more than 950 tickets sold.
The record catch for the derby occurred in 2012 when 975 anglers landed 599 coho. For a complete list of fish weighed in the derby, go to http://www.fisharc.com/derbies/69-2015_Edmonds_Coho_Derby_Limited.
The event is part of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series, which hosts 14 derbies throughout the year. Drawing for a Grand Prize Derby Series fully-equipped aluminum boat will be presented to one lucky winner during the Everett Coho Derby Sept. 19-20. For details, go to http://www.northwestsalmonderbyseries.com/.