The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Valdez Fish Derbies
For the Star 

Timing is everything when it comes to fishing

Third place silver salmon winner had close competition


Anglers are having to fish a bit harder for silvers than normal, but some big fish have been brought into Port Valdez. And we found out this week that timing can be the key to winning in the Valdez Derby. Randy Main of Anchorage reeled in a 17.08 pound silver on Saturday from aboard the "Tom N Jo." Just 40 minutes after Main brought his fish to the weigh-in station, Terri Walters of Fairbanks brought a silver salmon to the weigh-in that was also exactly 17.08 pounds.

Since Main's silver was weighed in first, he got the first place daily prize in the Valdez Silver Salmon Derby and Walters took second place in the daily. Being first also won Main the chance to take the third place spot on the leader board. The third place prize in the Silver Salmon Derby is $2,000 cash – if it keeps its place for the rest of the season. Dan Eide of Valdez is currently in second place for the Silver Salmon Derby and stands to win $5,000 cash. Amanda Towne, the 18-year-old Valdez woman who won this year's Women's Silver Salmon Derby, is holding onto first place. If Towne's silver salmon remains the largest through August 31, she will take home a $15,000 cash prize. Towne said in an interview following the Women's Derby that she would use her winnings to pay for college.

Photo courtesy Valdez Fish Derbies

Randy Main of Anchorage landed this impressive Coho Saturday, which weighed in at 17.08 pounds. Terri Walters of Fairbanks weighed in a second silver of the exact same weight 40 minutes later. Main was declared the day's winner, as his fish was weighed in first. It also netted him third place in the overall salmon derby.

Storms prevented many anglers from heading out for halibut this past week. According to Bonnie Woods, many of the halibut charters switched over to silver salmon fishing for the week. Weather should improve in the coming days and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game says, "Your best bet is heading out to ocean entrances, but if you don't have the gas, try Blackstone and maybe out by Applegate".

If you're headed to Valdez and looking for a quick break along the way, you might consider dropping a line at Thompson Lake. That's the lower lake next to Blueberry Lake just off the Richardson Highway. ADF&G says they have stocked both Thompson Lake and Ruth Pond in Valdez to provide some great family fishing opportunities. They suggest using small flies, spinners or bait below a bobber. The blueberry picking has been reported as tremendous in Thompson Pass.

There will be another Big Prize Friday on August 29. The angler catching the largest silver that day will win $500 cash in addition to the daily prizes. Every derby ticket purchased in Valdez is a chance to win a Ford 4x4 F-150 Truck from Seekins Ford and the Valdez Fish Derbies. The drawing for the truck will be held Sunday, August 31.


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