Unofficial 59th Annual King Salmon Derby Winners Announced
By M.C. Kauffman
June 12, 2006
Ketchikan, Alaska - The 59th Annual King Salmon Derby sponsored by Ketchikan CHARR is now officially over and the unofficial results have been released.
Larry Gotelli of Ketchikan netted the top of the prize ladder with a 50.5 pound king. Gotelli weighed in his prize salmon at Knudson Cove Marina on the last day of the derby, June 11th. Gotelli couldn't be reached for comment; however, a picture is worth a thousand words.
Prizes for first place on the ladder total $13,124. When officially confirmed as the winner, Gotelli will take home prizes that include $12,950 in cash, $1,115.00 in gift certificates and a Gore-Tex weather proof cap.
Reported unofficially in second place by Ketchikan CHARR is Doug Rogers of Ketchikan. Rogers weighed in a 49.2 pound king at Mountain Point on June 10th. Second place ladder prizes total $8,625. Prizes include a 15' 4" Gregor Boat MX-570 Tiller with KB1310 King Trailer valued at $6,265, cash and gift certificates.
Unofficially in third place on the 2006 ladder is Jon VanEssen also of Ketchikan. VanEssen weighed in a 44.8 pound king at Clover Pass on June 10th. Third place ladder prizes total $6,405. Prizes include a 2006 T9.9 Yamaha 4-Cycle Hi-Thrust Trolling Motor with extra long shaft valued at $3,200, a Garmin Handheld GPS 60c with color screen including Blue Chart of Americas valued at $740, $700 in cash, and over $700 in gift certificates.
According to Ketchikan CHARR, a total of 3,542 anglers checked out to fish during the 59th Annual King Salmon Derby that ran over a three weekend period. The participating anglers entered a total of 962 kings over the three weekends. The poundage reported by Ketchikan CHARR of all the kings entered in the 2006 derby was 19,705.2 pounds.
In 2005, 3,335 anglers participated and entered a total of 1,861 kings.Poundage in 2005 totaled 35,768.6 pounds.
Official results will be announced and prizes awarded at the 59th Annual King Salmon Derby Awards Ceremony which will be held Friday, June 16, 2006, at the Ketchikan Entertainment Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. More than $80,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded for the 30 prize rungs on the ladder in addition to a variety of special prize categories.
Ketchikan CHARR has used proceeds
from the Derby to support such projects as training for the local
Search and Rescue group, the Deer Mountain Hatchery, and the
downtown Ketchikan welcome arch. Currently, all proceeds from
the Derby are used to provide scholarships for local students.
Weeks 1, 2, & 3 Unofficial Special Prize Categories at June 12, 2006:
Weeks 1, 2, & 3 Daily Drawings sponsored by IBEW Local 1547 at June 12, 2006 7:06 a.m.
Hidden weights and winners
for youth, women, and men were not been announced by Ketchikan
CHARR as of Monday morning.
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