Kevin Hansen Week 1 Leader in King Salmon Derby
June 01, 2012
(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The Ketchikan CHARR King Salmon Derby wrapped up the first of three weekends of fishing last weekend, with Kevin Hansen leading the pack. Hansen’s 43.2 lb king was weighed in at the Clover Pass Resort weigh-in station at noon during the second day of the tournament. He will now have to anxiously await results through two more weekends of fishing as more than 1,000 derby participants try to knock him out of first place. Hansen’s fish could stay atop the leader board through the end of the derby, with winners in 2008 and 2010 landing fish smaller than the current leader.
This is the 65th annual king salmon derby, with an event held each year since 1949 with the exception of 1974. From 1949 In 1976 (excluding 74) both “derby days” and a seasonal derby were held. “Derby Days” mimicked the current event, with fishing dates generally coinciding with Memorial Day weekend and subsequent weekends. The seasonal derby lasted through the entire summer. Since 1977, only one local derby has been held.
Should Hansen hold on to his top spot through the final two weekends of the derby, he would claim the derby’s $10,000 cash grand prize. Over $85,000 in cash and prizes are available to the grand prize winner, 30 ladder place holders on the adult ladder, 10 ladder place holders on the youth ladder, and a handful of special prizes including men’s and women’s hidden weights, biggest fish from a skiff, and biggest fish by a permanent license holder.
Hansen was one of 894 anglers that checked out during week one. 197 kings were weighed in over the three-day weekend, just barely more than half of the 384 weighed in during week one of the 2011 derby.
Ava Widmeyer lead the youth prize ladder (under 16 years old) with a 23.6 lb king, caught on Monday and weighed in at the Bar Harbor weigh station.
Ava Widmeyer lead the youth prize ladder (under 16 years old) with a 23.6 lb king
All participants are eligible for the $10,000 grand prize. Individual ticket holders are eligible for prizes on the adult prize ladder, and youths fishing with a valid ticket holder can enter fish on the youth prize ladder. Proceeds from the annual event benefit the Ketchikan CHARR Educational Fund, which provides scholarship monies to local college students.
The derby continues for two more weekends, June 2 & 3, and June 9 & 10. Results will be certified one week following the end of the derby.
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