First derby weekend in the book

  • Sep. 25, 2013 1:00 p.m.

submitted article–The winds of the equinox roared, however the timing was excellent and Copper Bay was boat-able both days. Saturday was the most productive with 15 Coho weighed in and Sunday recorded five. It was a good first weekend with lots of interest and enough Coho to keep the competition active. Some stories of Coho escapement from the anglers in the boats and off the shore. Ray K. was busy in the Shack feeding the participants and the observers with his hamburgers, hot dogs, etc. both days. The sourdough breakfast was a little slow however as the word spreads how good it is the usual crowds will appear. Thanks to the volunteers who showed up to help get the first weekend off to a good start.1st Weekend Results1. Jamie Matson 11# 03 oz. 1st Weekend Winner2. Tammy Matson 11# 01 oz.3. Clint Matson 10# 14 oz.4. Cameron Leslie 10# 11 oz.5. Bernie Zimmerman 10# 06 oz.6. Mysti Lutz 09# 15 oz.7. Alex Matson 09# 06 oz.8. Billy Yovanovich 08# 14 oz.9. Jason Wourms 08# 14 oz.10. Phil Oates 08# 04 oz.Top Lady1. Tammy Matson 11# 01 oz.2. Mysti Lutz 09# 15 oz.Juniors1. Greyson Gould 08# 04 oz.As one can tell from the leaderboard one of the regulars and his family are dominating the top ten. Some are claiming that the Coho are still out in Hecate Strait and that is where Alex likes to fish. Of course, there is a story to go with this family. His family thinks he can walk on water however his outboard doesn’t do well with water in the carb. Hope it didn’t do any damage and Alex and his family can enjoy the second weekend too! One of the ladies was concerned about how her name was spelled and we finally got the y’s and i’s and e’s figured out. And this was done without anyone getting misty! The ladies and junior categories had some action and there will likely be more participants in the coming weeks. A derby ticket is not required to fish in the Junior category (15 and under) but the Derby rules are the same. Speaking of the flasher, the anglers need to look over their selection of hootchies, spoons, teasers, bait, etc. to determine the best combination to land the ‘braggin’ rights’ to this year’s derby. With three weekends to go and enough water in the creeks to motivate the Coho to come in, the opportunity is in the water. Good luck (and may it be smaller than mine) and continue to have a safe and enjoyable derby.