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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Fishing Update:

Kevin Klein of Parker Boats Northwest sent in this fishing update: Chinook fishing in the San Juan Islands has picked up a bit in the last week, and it may get better as the month goes on. Rain and shorter days will trigger fish to move through on their way to the rivers. We could see some bigger fish caught later this season.

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$40k prize possible for a really big fish

A $30,000 bonus will be added to the $10,000 first place prize if the winning fish at the 14th Annual Roche Harbor Salmon Classic weighs 30 pounds or more. Register now for the derby that takes place January 19, 20 and 21, 2017. There is $25,000 in guaranteed cash prizes, three nights of hosted dinners, including prime rib night. On-site lodging is available (not included in the entry fee) with options for everyone to stay together on the property.

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43 Boats Finish Shaw Island Race

The rare combination of being an “either way” race with sun and wind made the 46th Annual Shaw Island Classic one to remember. Hosted by the San Juan Island Yacht Club, the race starts and finishes in Friday Harbor and circumnavigates scenic Shaw Island in either a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. It presents a navigational challenge as currents, wind and projected boat speed must be considered to determine which way to ‘round the island.

Boats head off in two directions at the start of the 2016 Shaw Classic. Marc Forlenza photos

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Fishing Update by Kevin Klein

Crabbing has been good in the San Juans. A feast of Dungeness has been pretty easy to come by, depending on the location. That's been about the best thing to report, as salmon fishing is slow right now.

 We got crab legs! - Kevin Klein, Team Parker Boats

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Holman reels in a big prize in Bellingham derby

Fishing Update from Kevin Klein: The Bellingham Puget Sound Anglers Derby took place last weekend. This event was a bit different than in years past, due to the changes in retention this year. In July, only hatchery fin clipped Chinook may be retained in Marine Area 7. The fishing wasn't red hot, but some larger clipped fish did hit the scales.

Jeff Brown ended up with the biggest King, a 22.04 lber, weighed in at the start of the first day. This derby is a very fun, kid friendly event, with proceeds going to various worthy causes. Thanks to all who participated, and who ran the show.

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