We have been watching a ton of boats arriving lately, a lot of them with campers. Our campground has been packed with fishermen. They are here for the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby for Presidents Day Weekend. We visited several of the boat ramps and the John Wayne Marina to view some of the fish weighing. We were disappointed they don't display them. They weigh them and send home with the owners. We did get to see a few of the boats arriving in Sequim and in Port Angeles. It was exciting to watch. I am adding a photo of the winners and the prizes.
The three prize winners. From left to right, Gardiner Salmon Derby Association President Dan Tatum, presenting $10,000 to Rob Schmidt of Sequim (18.90 pounds); second from right is Ray Lampers of Snohomish ($5,000 for 18.05 pounds, plus a bonus $200 donated by Dick and Bev Howe for the biggest fish on Sunday); on right is Mike Thacker of Chimacum ($1,500 for 17.35 pounds).
Here is a paste of information from the derby website:
The event spans a wide geographic area, from west of Port Angeles to Whidbey island, and is centered on Gardiner Washington. Gardiner is located in Jefferson County on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula – on beautiful Discovery Bay which opens onto the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The nonprofit salmon derby generates funds to support emergency and other services that benefit the community.
The derby is from Saturday February 19th 2011 through Monday the 21st. Highlights include:
$10,000 first prize
Many other great prizes donated by our generous sponsors
Five launch ramps with weigh stations:
Ediz Hook Boat Ramp (Port Angeles)
John Wayne Marina (Sequim)
Gardiner Boat Ramp
Port Townsend Boat Haven