VALDEZ, Alaska – The Valdez Kids Pink Salmon Derby brought hundreds of children to Valdez Saturday in hopes of winning a longboard, skateboard or fishing pole in the Valdez Kids Pink Salmon Derby. This is the 8th Annual Kids Pink Salmon Derby.
The weigh-in station gave away 300 free t-shirts to kids age 5 to 16 that got a line wet. 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 took top honors for largest fish in the derby with a 6.22 pound pink salmon. Abby Wease took 2nd place and had the 3rd largest fish with a 5.44 pound pink. And Valdez local, seven year old Autumn Boone, sealed 3rd place in her age division with a 5.36 pound pink.
In the 8 to 10 year old division, Calvin Todd of Fairbanks took top honors as well as the 1st place prize of a longboard and a 5 year subscription to Fish Alaska Magazine with a 5.40 pound pink salmon. Aaron Williams of Fairbanks was back again to take 1st 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 pound pink salmon. First place winners in each age division received a longboard and 5 year subscription to Fish Alaska Magazine. The 2nd place winners received a skateboard and 3 year subscription to Fish Alaska Magazine and the 3rd 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 10th aboard the Jaime Lynn. Milton Fujino of Hawaii is currently in 2nd place overall with a 216.8 pound halibut he caught July 12th aboard the Jaime Lynn and Candice Janke caught her first halibut ever and got on the board in 3rd place overall with a 215.8 pound halibut. The Silver Derby started Saturday and 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 19th aboard the Sound Affair. Bud Corbin of Santa Barbara, California is currently 2nd place overall with a 11.28 pound silver he caught July 19th aboard the Martie Kay and Eloisa Saunders of Jelm, Washington is currently in 3rd place overall with a 10.34 pound silver she caught July 18th aboard Reel Nuts.