By M.C. Kauffman
May 23, 2006
Jardine and his wife Nikki were fishing this past Sunday just off Survey Point. "It was slow going for the first few hours, so I changed my gear and put it out for another go around and all hell broke loose," said Jardine. "I was sure I had a halibut on by the way it took off for bottom."
When Jardine looked over to his wife's down rigger, it was banging up and down. He said, "I thought WOW a double hook up! I worked it up and saw my wife's flasher and bait rapped around my down rigger and my heart sank. I thought there was no way I would get this fish in the boat." Jardine said, "But God was watching over my shoulder cause some how I got all the gear free and my wife scooped him up in the net."
The good luck catch was a King Salmon weighing in at just over 52 pounds. Jardine said, "Like I say good luck on the wrong weekend." Jardine's good luck came a week early as the 59th Annual King Salmon Derby starts at 7:00 am, Saturday, May 27th.
More than $80,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded in 2006. There are 30 prize rungs on the ladder in addition to a variety of special prize categories. This year's derby winner will take home more than $12,000 in cash plus other prizes.
According to Ketchikan CHARR, derby tickets for the 2006 Ketchikan King Salmon Derby are available at the following ticket sale outlets: Clover Pass Resort, Knudson Cove Marina, Lighthouse Grocery, Safeway, Newtown Liquor, Murray Pacific, Tongass Trading, and South Tongass Service.
Craig Cannon claimed the top
prize last year with a 49.7 pound king.
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