SERIOUS DERBY SERIES
By Tony Floor
As the calendar rolled over into July, so did the big parade of salmon derbies throughout Puget Sound for the next three months as the Northwest Salmon Derby Series moves into high gear.
I recall a story in the Seattle Times regarding salmon derbies, written by Mark Yuasa back in 2007, capturing the history of these kind of fishing tournaments. According to his writing, the first big salmon derby, started with the Ben Paris Salmon Derby held down on the Seattle waterfront, beginning in the early 1930’s. Thousands of dollars in cash, new cars, and the salmon derby game was on.
Overwhelmingly, anglers like salmon derbies, just ask the nearly 7,000 anglers who participated in the 2014 Northwest Salmon Derby Series tournaments. It’s a fishing game of chance, similar to making a trip to Vegas. Here is how it works: anglers have the opportunity to purchase a salmon derby ticket from one of the 10 remaining tournaments in the Series over the next three months (NorthwestSalmonDerbySeries.com) for a chance to win the event by catching the largest chinook or coho salmon. Fishermen, women and their kids come to these events, entering the game for the potential of pocketing thousands of dollars, along with hooking up with fishing friends, and possibly winning tons of prizes, provided by each derby.
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