Jerry and Larry net 1st, 4th and 5th place in Roche Harbor Salmon Classic

Jerry Thomas of Mount Vernon hooked the winning king in the 14th Annual Roche Salmon Classic and fishing partner Larry Quesnell, also of Mount Vernon, netted the fourth- and fifth-place fish. Thomas earned $10,000 Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 for his 18 pound,12 ounce chinook caught 90 minutes into the two-day derby. Quesnell took home $2,000 and $1,000 for his 13-4 and 12-8 fish.

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Fishing Update from Kevin Klein

Winter Chinook fishing has been pretty good in the islands. Silver Horde 3" spoons have been producing very well, matching the anchovy and small herring that are around right now. The Roche Harbor Salmon Classic is this upcoming weekend. With some larger fish showing up, it will be interesting to see what hit the scales. We will see you on the docks, and at the tent on Thursday, Jan 19, 2017.

Friday Harbor's Floyd Holman, 7 years old, reeled in this 16.5 lb Blackmouth all by himself last weekend aboard the Team Parker Boats. Dad Andy lends a hand holding up the fish for a pic. Great job! We may wish we would've had that fish for the Roche Derby. Photo by Kevin Klein

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Fishing update: Holman wins $1K

Fishing Update by Kevin Klein: The Bluewater Bar and Grill in Friday Harbor hosted a winner take all salmon derby this past weekend. The weather and the fish cooperated, and most anglers had success. Carol Holman, fishing aboard the Team Parker Boats Northwest, won the $1000 top prize with a 12.90 lb Winter Chinook.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Klein

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Fishing Update

Winter Chinook fishing has been fair in the San Juan Islands. Blustery conditions have kept anglers off the water on many days. For those that did get out around the Holidays, there were some larger Blackmouth to be had. Silver Horde spoons in 3-4" sizes have been working just fine. These fish are aggressive, and hardware seems to be working just as well, or better than bait. Crabbing is now closed in Marine Area 7.

Kevin Klein, dressed for cold weather, with a nice sized Blackmouth.

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14.64 lb catch garners $15K prize

The December 1, 2016 Marine Area 7 opener saw pretty darn good Winter Chinook fishing.

The Friday Harbor Salmon Classic saw stormy weather, but fair fishing for the two-day tournament. Team Tailwalker and angler Ray Bone took the top prize of $15,000 with a 14.64 lb Blackmouth. This great event donated $10,000 to Salmon for Soldiers. Thanks to all the organizers and participants for a fun time!

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FHHS Girls Soccer thanks donors

Friday Harbor High School Girls Soccer coach Paul Hopkins sent in this note. It was a year of change. The Friday Harbor High School Wolverine Girls Soccer team enjoyed another successful season that included several changes. The biggest of which was a brand new field. Much larger and very well drained compared to what they’ve played on in the past.

The team thanks the people with the vision to design and start construction of the field and the private donors, large and small, who contributed to making it a reality. Thank you!

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