Halibut Derby standings remain static
After being crowned Queen of the Silver Salmon Sisterhood, Renee Canavan of Cottonwood, California said she was “kind of overwhelmed.” A cheering crowd of approximately 600 women cheered for Canavan as she sat in a throne at the Civic Center and was serenaded with this year’s Crowning Song “Derby Queen.”
Canavan has come to Valdez four times to participate in the Women’s Silver Salmon Derby, but said winning was “sheer luck.” The transmission in the boat she was on failed and they were actually returning to Port Valdez with one small silver in the hold when the derby winner hit her line.
“I keep coming back because it’s fun,” remarked Canavan. “It’s women having a good time, it’s beautiful country.”
Canavan is a Community Service Officer for the Police Department in Anderson, California and said she might have a hard time explaining this to her friends back home.
“I’m not a big fisher person back home,” she said. “I like catching, so I come to Valdez.”
Local angler Amber Burton reeled in a 14.88 pound silver salmon to capture second place in the Women’s Silver Salmon Derby. Burton said she fished for seven solid hours before finally reeling up the fish she would weigh-in to take second place. Burton said she was fishing by Gold Creek and they also had problems with their motor and had to putt back into Port on their kicker motor. Last year, Burton placed 12th in the Women’s Derby.
“This year proved you need to keep your pole in the water and not give up,” Burton said.
Third place in the Women’s Derby was captured by Katherine Hartley of Kenai who reeled in a 14.64 pound silver.
Todd Gibb and Lindy Meuller of Carhartt flew in from Seattle and Michigan and were welcomed with applause at the Valdez Civic Center after it was announced that their company provided the 700 Carhartt Hoodies for participants. In addition to door prizes, the Fox River Sock Toss and Fish Olympics Wheel of Chocolate Prizes, the top 50 anglers received a Women’s Derby fleece vest and prizes donated by Prospector Outfitters. Next year’s Women’s Derby is set for Saturday, August 10, with the opening ceremony Friday, August 9.
The standings in the Valdez Halibut Derby remain the same with Norman Darling in third place with his 202.3 pounder, Scott Jumgblom in second with his 205 pound flat fish and still leading the derby is Marvin Knapp with his 227.6 pound halibut.
There was also no change in the Valdez Silver Salmon Derby standings. Nicole Schutz is in third with her 15.52 pound silver and Candace Prossner is in second place with her 16.02 pound salmon. Diana Doodchenko is still in first place with her sizeable 17.88 pound silver salmon caught on July 25 aboard the Faithful.
Information, pictures and standings for the Women’s Derby, Silver Salmon Derby and Halibut Derby, can be found on the www.valdezfishderbies.com website.