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By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

Salmon Derby set to begin on Saturday

 

August 10, 2017 | View PDF



Anglers from throughout the state—as well as the rest of the nation—will be converging on Seward over the next few days hoping to turn silver into green.

Silver salmon, that is.

The 62nd Annual Seward Silver Salmon Derby is scheduled to get under way on Saturday morning. The week-long tournament will be offering up more than $20,000 in cash and prizes to fishermen who land the largest coho.

“It should be a great event,” Seward Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cindy Clock told members of the Seward City Council recently. “There has been a lot of interest shown.”

According to Clock, the tournament will begin at 6 a.m. on August 12 and run through noon on Sunday, August 20. Anglers who have purchased a derby ticket will be eligible to compete for a $10,000 first-place prize. One-day and 9-day tickets are available.

According to tournament rules, all fish must be turned in at designated weigh stations by 10 p.m. each night. Once weighed and recorded, the fish will be sold according to Alaska Department of Fish & Game special permit regulations, or sold back to the angler for $5. At the end of the tournament, the angler landing the largest fish will earn $10,000 plus the fish’s weight in Kaladi Brothers Coffee.

The top nine fishermen will all earn cash prizes. Second-place will pocket $5,000, while third-place will earn $2,500. Second- and third-place winners will also receive their fish’s weight in Kaladi Brothers Coffee. Fourth-place will net a $1,000 Cabela’s gift card. Fifth will net $750, while sixth through ninth will earn $500 each. The 10th place finisher will receive an Alaska SeaLife Center Adventure Pass. Those placing 11th through 20th will also receive prizes.

Winners of the tournament will be announced at a special awards ceremony on August 20.

Last year, Anchorage’s Mark Hanson landed the top spot in the event with a 16.22-pound coho caught near Tonsina Point. Howard Lazar placed second with a fish weighing 16.18. Nick Hunter was third at 15.42.

Several Seward anglers will be competing in the tournament this season in hopes of ending a 4-year drought by hometown anglers. The last Seward fisherman to win the derby was Earl Cagle in 2012.

Over the course of the tournament’s history, only seven Seward anglers have won the top prize. In addition to Cagle, other hometown winners included Kenny Blatchford (1980), Dorothy Urbach (1979), Eileen Albertson (1977), Dan Wheeler Sr. (1976), Herb Stetson (1962) and Ed Burgen (1957).

Tickets for this year’s tournament are available at the Seward Chamber of Commerce’s derby booth, The Fish House, Aurora Charters, J-Dock Seafood, J-Dock Charters, Miller’s Landing and Bay Barge Company.

 

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