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Smith’s same 50-pounder, and another 23-pound king also took first and second prize in last weekend’s first-ever Sitka Tribe of Alaska Salmon Derby. Smith will collect 40-thousand air miles and $1-thousand dollars cash for that effort.
Second-place in the Sportsman’s Derby went to Patrick Davis, with a 46.6 pound king. Davis wins a Mercury 4-stroke kicker donated by Gary’s Outboard. Ted Wolff took third with a 41-point-1 pound fish – he’ll collect $15-hundred dollars cash from AC/Lakeside.
And fifteen-year-old Parker White has won $1-thousand dollars cash for his fourth-place king weighing 40-pounds even.
White also was number-two in the overall poundage contest. He turned in 268-pounds of salmon, about 40 pounds behind Gary Bernhardt’s 310-pounds.
186 people turned in fish in this year’s derby – up from the past two years, but according to Bob Kluting, of the Sitka Sportsman’s Association, quite a bit fewer than in the derby’s peak years. Kluting says he can recall many derbies with around 300 participants.
Almost 10-thousand pounds of fish were landed in the five-day contest – 500 fish in all. The average weight was just shy of 20 pounds.
Derby results are unofficial until the awards ceremony later in the summer.
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