Port Angeles Halibut Derby draws hundreds

by Tim Flanagan on May 27, 2009

Mark Yuasa has this report at his Seattle Times Reel Time Northwest blog:

The Port Angeles Halibut Derby hosted by the Port Angeles Salmon Club was held this past weekend (May 23-24), sale and 690 participants turned out to try their luck at catching the winning flattie.

“We had a good derby considering the Hood Canal Bridge was still closed, and the terrible traffic we had over the holiday weekend,” said derby spokesman Norm Metzler. “We were really close to the turn out we had last year and the minus low tides really didn’t affect fishing that much.”

Norm’s got that right as the top-30 halibut on the leader-board all weighed 40 pounds or more.

“On the first day we had about 75 to 100 fish weighed in, and we had a lot of people who didn’t weigh any fish under 30 pounds,” Metzler said.

While no big barn doors were weighed into the derby like those caught in the past weeks that have topped 240 pounds, there was the quantity factor that made anglers just as happy.

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