Richardson wins Chimacum Salmon Derby

By Leader Staff
Posted 7/21/15

Chimacum High School alumni swept the top prizes at the sixth Chimacum Alumni Salmon Derby staged last weekend on waters off Jefferson County.

Trevor Richardson won the $1,000 first prize with a …

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Richardson wins Chimacum Salmon Derby

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Chimacum High School alumni swept the top prizes at the sixth Chimacum Alumni Salmon Derby staged last weekend on waters off Jefferson County.

Trevor Richardson won the $1,000 first prize with a 23-pound, 7-ounce chinook salmon that he caught July 18 in the Strait of Juan de Fuca off Fort Worden State Park. Richardson's fish was the first to be brought back to the official weigh station on July 18, and it held up through Sunday's derby hours.

Second place and $500 went to Jared Thacker (who won the derby in 2013 and 2014) with a fish weighing 23-0, and the third-place prize of $250 went to Bob Eldridge for his 22-10 fish. All three of the top prize winners are CHS alumni and Richardson is a recent graduate of Washington State University.

Later on Saturday morning, a fish was brought in by Jayden Minish and his father, Jason Minish. The younger Minish's fish weighed 16-5, and it also held up through the weekend to win the kids' top prize of $100. The second- and third-place kids' entries won bicycles, and there were prizes for other young participants, too. Children ages 14 and under fished for free.

The alumni association's fundraising derby sold 127 adult tickets and 17 kids tickets. This year's total fish count was 66, with 59 weighed in for adults and seven for children. All the fish entered are hatchery chinook, not wild fish.

In 2014, the derby had 120 adult entrants and 32 salmon entered. in 2013, there were 145 entrants and 79 fish entered.

This year, the Chimacum Salmon Derby took part in the Northwest Salmon Derby Series that gives anglers a chance at winning a new fully equipped Hewescraft boat.

Organizers Billy Eldridge and Amy Thompson noted that the fishing weather was sunny and warm, and thank the businesses and individuals who make the event possible.

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