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Gotelli Claims First Place In Derby With 50.5 Pound King
Unofficial 59th Annual King Salmon Derby Winners Announced
By M.C. Kauffman


June 12, 2006

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Larry Gotelli and his 50.5 pound King Salmon
Photograph courtesy Knudson Cove Marina

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.

Craig Cannon claimed the top prize last year with a 49.7 pound king.


Unofficial Ladder Results


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Weeks 1, 2, & 3 Unofficial Special Prize Categories at June 12, 2006:

  • Biggest King in a 16 foot or less Skiff: Doug Rogers, 49.2# King
  • Angler between the age of 6 and 15 for Week 1: Connor Mickel, 31.1# King (sponsored by IBEW Local 1547)
  • Angler between the age of 6 and 15 for Week 2: Colby Slanaker 31.1# King (sponsored by Kj's Raven's Roost)
  • Angler between the age of 6 and 15 for Week 3: Colby Slanaker 31.6# Kiing (sponsored by IBEW Local 1547)
  • Angler w/Alaska Fish & Game Permanent Fishing License: Mary Whitesides, 41.5# King

Weeks 1, 2, & 3 Daily Drawings sponsored by IBEW Local 1547 at June 12, 2006 7:06 a.m.

  • Day 1 - May 27, 2006: Kris Williams, 19.1# King
  • Day 2 - May 28, 2006: Mark Johnson, 19.4# King
  • Day 3 - May 29, 2006: John Dempsey, 25.6# King
  • Day 4 - June 3, 2006: Dennis Northrup, 26.4# King
  • Day 5 - June 4, 2006: Benjamin Atwood, 25.6# King
  • Day 6 - June 10, 2006: Tim Eide, Sr., 10.8# King
  • Day 7 - June 11, 2006: Louise Pattison, 15.5# King

Hidden weights and winners for youth, women, and men were not been announced by Ketchikan CHARR as of Monday morning.

On the Web:

Full list of derby prizes for all ladder rungs and prize categories

Ketchikan CHARR


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