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Droege nets early lead in SS Derby


August 18, 2016 | View PDF

Mother Nature may have made the first day of action at the 61st Annual Silver Salmon Derby a bit hectic for some but that didn’t stop Michele Droege and Phil Collins from setting the bar high.

Droege and Collins took the top spots in the women’s and men’s divisions of the tournament on Saturday by landing impressive fish despite rainy conditions.

“The derby saw a good variety of silvers coming in to contend for the lead,” said GeNeil Flaher, the PR & Events representative with the Seward Chamber of Commerce.

Collins took the early lead in the men’s competition. The Sterling angler hauled in a silver weighing in at 14.41 pounds.

Droege, a resident of Anchorage, vaulted to the top of the overall leaderboard with a catch that tipped the scales at 14.47-pounder.

Eight-year-old Hazel Fuhs of Anchorage grabbed the lead in the Youth division. She brought in a fish weighing in at 12.38 pounds.

“That is definitely something to be proud of,” said Flaher.

The 61st Annual Silver Salmon Derby runs through August 21.

Derby tickets are $10 for a single day and $50 for the entire derby. With a derby ticket, entrants can win a tagged fish that can be worth $50,000, a pair of round-trip tickets from Alaska Airlines or the Derby Double, a 2016 Chevy Silverado and a 2016 Chevy Equinox. All 15 fish were tagged earlier this week within Resurrection Bay.

Soldotna’s Jerry Bixby won last year Silver Salmon Derby honors with a fish weighing in at 16.19 pounds.

For more information on the 61st Annual Silver Salmon Derby visit the event’s Facebook page.


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