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Cunningham Holds On Through Week Three To Win 63rd Annual Derby


June 15, 2010

Ketchikan, Alaska - Robert Cunningham had to wait from his home in Nampa, Idaho, unable to participate in the final weekend of the 63rd Annual Ketchikan CHARR King Salmon Derby, and just hoping that no one would best his 42.4-pound king caught during the second weekend. He breathed a sigh of relief at 11:01 pm Mountain Standard Time as the derby ended with him on top.

jpg Robert Cunningham holds on through week three to win  63rd Annual Derby with a 42.4-pound king

Robert Cunningham holds on through week three to win 63rd Annual Derby with a 42.4-pound king weighed in at Clover Pass Resort.
Photograph courtesy Ketchikan CHARR King Salmon Derby

Cunningham, who has frequented Ketchikan over the years to fish with local friends, has only participated in the derby one other time. "It was the biggest king I've ever caught," he said by phone from his home. "Everyone keeps asking me how long it took to reel in. To be honest, I can't remember. I was so excited that I don't know how long it took." The winning king was caught near Survey Point and spooled a bunch of line the first time it got close to the boat. The second time around the fish had tired and Cunningham's fishing partners were able to net the fish worth $10,063. The fish was weighed in at the Clover Pass Resort weigh-in station minutes after being caught.

Jessie Embree (photo), the leader after week one, held on to finish in second.

Keenan Sanderson (photo) swept in with a 27.8 pound king on June 12 and a 27.6-pound king on June 13, both weighed in at Clover Pass Resort, winning the youth ladder introduced into this year's derby. Sanderson's two entries earned him the top two spots on the ladder, although derby rules will only allow him to be eligible for one ladder prize. Matthew Jessen held the 3rd, 4th, and 5th places on the youth ladder with kings turned in at Mountain Point on Friday.

Winners on both the adult and youth ladder will choose their prize packages from over $90,000 in donated cash and prizes based on their position on the ladder. The awards ceremony will take place on Friday, June 18th, at 6:30 PM, at the Ted Ferry Civic Center. Admission is free to derby participants. In addition to prize selection, door prizes from local vendors will also be offered.

Results from the 63rd Annual Ketchikan CHARR King Salmon Derby will remain unofficial until the derby committee meets this week to certify the results. All results are available online at

All anglers are encouraged to check the results for accuracy and to report any discrepancies to the derby committee prior to the results being certified.


On the Web:

Ketchikan King Salmon Derby 2010 Leader Board and Photographs


Source of News & Photograph:

Ketchikan CHARR King Salmon Derby



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