CHINOOK - The morning of June 17 started with rain for those derby participants who got an early start but the weather cleared with calm winds resulting in a perfect day for another very successful sturgeon derby.
Thanks to the 40 people who volunteered for this event, including South West Washington Anglers (SWWA) club members and non-members from the local communities, this special event was a big success.
SWWA gives special thanks to our many generous sponsors who support the club with donations of products and services.
The derby's list of sponsors includes: Boater's World, Brad's Killer Fishing Gear, Chinook Bait and Tackle, Danner Shoe Manufacturing Co., Dennis Company, D & G Bait Inc., Fred Meyer, Inc. of Warrenton, Gartner's Country Meat Market, OrDella Rods, Jensen Communications Inc., Lamiglas, Pacific Northwest Plastics, Promotion Fishing Products, Tom Posey Company, Sea Tow PDX, Snap-On Tools, Sportsman's Warehouse, Super Printers, and Western Filament. We also appreciated the support of the Port of Chinook, the Chinook Country Store, C.A.S.T. for Kids, Bob's Merchandise, S2 Imaging Signs and Displays and Tiki Charter's.
A total of 623 entrants competed in the derby completing 200 teams plus individuals, compared with 559 entrants last year. Fishing was spotty with those teams finding fish often completing their limit of three fish for the team.
A total of 90 sturgeon were presented to the weigh station before the legal cut-off time of 3 p.m., with an average weight of 26.85 lbs. This compares with last year's 76 fish with an average weight of 25.91 lbs. Derby winners consisted of the following:
TOP 10 INDIVIDUAL
Disa Wells 48.50 lbs.
T.J. Crawford 47.20 lbs.
Jason Wynn 45.20 lbs.
Kristopher Holmes 44.70 lbs
John Schmidt 42.90 lbs.
Ron Wagner 40.90 lbs.
Kevin Obersteller 40.65 lbs.
Jim Eastham 40.55 lbs.
Jim Lehman 39.70 lbs.
Steve Humphry 38.75 lbs.
Klarice Schmidt, John Schmidt, T.J. Dennis 99.30 lbs
Disa Wells, Jeff Wells, Mike Neketuk 99.25 lbs.
Brenda Vicars, Howard Vicars, Craig Hughes 97.15 lbs
TOP INDIVIDUAL LADIES WINNER
Disa Wells 48.50 lbs.
TOP KID INDIVIDUAL WINNER
Bobby Wagner 28.70 lbs.
TOP PARENT/KID WINNER
Ron Wagner/Bobby Wagner (aged 16) 69.60 lbs.