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Hansen Holds On Through Final Weekend to Win 65th Annual King Salmon Derby
Youth Top Ten sees eight new entrants in final weekend of fishing


June 12, 2012

jpg Hansen Holds On Through Final Weekend to Win 65th Annual King Salmon Derby

Kevin Hansen Holds On Through Final Weekend to Win 65th Annual King Salmon Derby
Photo courtesy Ketchikan CHARR King Salmon Derby

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The Ketchikan CHARR King Salmon Derby wrapped its third and final weekend of the annual event, capping the derby’s 65th  birthday. Kevin Hansen held out through the final two weekends of the event to win with a 43.2 lb king he hooked during the first weekend of the tournament.  2011 winner Kyle Worman also hooked his fish on the first weekend of derby fishing – both anglers then had to wait and watch (and fish!) as others tried to best their entry.

 Hansen’s fish will net him the derby’s $10,065 cash purse, in addition to a large photograph of the winning entry.  Hansen’s king was weighed in at the Clover Pass Resort weigh-in station at noon during the second day of the tournament.

Mathew Murphy will be claiming the second place prize with his 38.6 pound Chinook Salmon and John Dickinson hooks third place with a 36.9 pound Chinook Salmon. Mike Ramsay came in fourth with his 36.6 pound Chinook Salmon.

Participation in the event was consistently about 100 anglers down from where it was during the 2011 derby.  A total of 723 anglers checked in at one of four weigh-in stations during the final weekend of the event.    

Ten new entrants made their way onto the adult leader during week three.  Only two of the new entrants placed in the top ten, including Jesse Bozak (35.1 lbs – Clover Pass Resort) and Bill “Skip” Pattison (32.5 lbs – Knudson Cove Marina).

During weeks one and two, only about half of the total number of fish weighed in during the 2011 derby crossed the dock for the 2012 event.  Week three totals were about two-thirds of the 2011 week three numbers.  695 total fish crossed the dock during this year’s event, with a cumulative weight of 11,800.

Cassandra Adams also held off a charge from other youth trying to knock her off her spot atop the youth ladder.  Adams weighed in a 27.6 lb king during week two of the derby at Knudson Cove Marina. Although no one was able to steal the youth crown from Adams, eight youth contestants that held ladder positions going into week three lost their spots as a slug of new entrants claimed ladder positions.  New entrants onto the youth ladder included:  Collin Workman (24.7 – Bar Harbor), Victoria Adams (21.5 – Knudson Cove Marina), Jocelyn Cannon (21.2 lbs – Mountain Point), Cody Workman (20.7 – Bar Harbor), Ciara Northrup (20.1 – Knudson Cove Marina), Brendon Nix (19.6 – Mountain Point), and Rylie Welk (19.3 – Knudson Cove Marina).  Welk also captured the youth cumulative weight prize, new to the 2012 derby. Holding the second spot in the youth ladder is Ava Widmyer with a 23.6 pound Chinook Salmon.

Cassandra Adams tops the youth ladder with a 27.6 lb king
Photo courtesy Ketchikan CHARR King Salmon Derby

Proceeds from the annual event benefit the Ketchikan CHARR Educational Fund, which provides scholarship monies to local college students.

The awards ceremony will be held June 22, at 6:30 PM, at the Ted Ferry Civic Center.  There is no charge for the event and all derby ticket holders are invited to attend.  As in years past, derby ladder holders will choose their prize package in the order that they appear on the derby ladder.

Results will be certified on June 18, 2012.



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