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By From Valdez Fish Derbies
For the Star 

Silver salmon derby opens while pinks take a bow

Kids throng to Valdez shores for special derby for the younger set

 

Photo courtesy Valdez Fish Derbies

Jace Branshaw of Valdez won his age division (5-7 year olds) and took top honors for largest fish in the Kids Pink Salmon derby with a 6.22 pound humpy.

Salmon took center stage in Valdez last weekend.

The silver salmon derby opened for competition and youngsters from far and wide lined the shores Saturday for the eighth annual pink salmon derby for kids.

Hopes are high for a great year. In the Silver Salmon Derby, Victona Herman of Montgomery, Texas took an early lead with a 12.88 pound silver she picked up July 19 aboard the "Sound Affair." Bud Corbin of Santa Barbara, California is currently in second place overall with a 11.28 pound silver he caught July 19 aboard the "Martie Kay" while Eloisa Saunders of Jelm, Washington is currently in third place overall with a 10.34 pound silver she caught July 18 aboard "Reel Nuts."

The weigh-in station gave away 300 t-shirts Saturday to kids age 5 to 16 that wet a line. The winner of the 5 to 7 year-old age division was seven-year old Jace Branshaw of Valdez – who won his age division and also took top honors for largest fish in the derby with a 6.22 pound pink salmon. Abby Wease took second place and had the third largest fish with a 5.44 pound pink. Seven-year old Autumn Boone of Valdez sealed third place in her age division with a 5.36 pound pink.

Photo courtesy Valdez Fish Derbies

Victona Herman of Montgomery, Texas took an early lead in the Silver Salmon Derby with a 12.88 pound Coho she picked up July 19 aboard the "Sound Affair."

In the 8 to 10 year old division, Calvin Todd of Fairbanks took top honors as well as the first place prize of a longboard and a 5 year subscription to Fish Alaska Magazine after catching a 5.4 pound pink salmon. Aaron Williams of Fairbanks was back again to take first place - two years in a row - in the 11 to 13 year old age division with a 5.46 pound pink. Logan Heckathorn won the 14 to 16 year old division with a 5.28 pounder. First place winners in each age division received a longboard and five-year subscription to Fish Alaska Magazine. The second-place winners received a skateboard and three-year subscription to Fish Alaska Magazine Third-place finishers took home a fishing pole from Prospector and a one-year magazine subscription.

In the Valdez Halibut Derby, Fred Hyder still leads the way with the 253.8 pound halibut he caught July 10 aboard the "Jaime Lynn." Milton Fujino of Hawaii is currently in second place overall with a 216.8 pound halibut he caught July 12 aboard the "Jaime Lynn" and Candice Janke caught her first halibut ever and got on the board in third place overall with a 215.8 pound halibut.

 

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