Local Kevin Cawley caught the largest king so far, which weighs in at 49.5 pounds and 44 inches long. The second largest is 44 inches long with no weight given, caught by Patrick Jacobsen from Port Angeles, Washington.
KACO president Dave Jacobs thinks a bigger fish will probably be caught before the end.
“I would think someone will catch a bigger one, but it’s hard to tell,” Jacobs said.
“There’s been several fish, even almost up to 70 pounds, caught this spring, and a couple were (caught) during the derby, but the contestants didn’t have tickets.”
The derby runs from May 15 to August 15. A ticket costs $20, and one must be purchased before fishing. Jacobs didn’t know exactly how many had been sold so far, but guessed it was about 200.
“There’s been lots of fishing activity, I’ve noticed,” Jacobs said. “There’s been a lot more fish caught than tickets bought. Lots of folks maybe haven’t heard about the contest.”
In the past, fish weighing over 70 pounds have won the contest. The person with the heaviest king wins $5,000. Second place receives $3,500, and third place wins $2,500. Fourteen randomly-drawn entrants, with kings measuring at least 24 inches in length, will receive cash prizes ranging from $500 to $2,500.
Tickets can be bought at Mack’s Sport Shop, Olds River Inn and AlpenView Wilderness Lodge. They can also be bought onboard the U-Rascal, operated by Kodiak Island Charters, and the Three Bears, operated by Pristine Charters, prior to fishing.
Entries can be emailed to KACO or entered by weight at Mack’s Sport Shop between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. More information can be found online at www.kodiakaco.com.
KACO is a public service organization, dedicated to preserving and promoting sport fishing in Kodiak, according to their website. The net proceeds from the contest are used by the Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association costs relating to king salmon enhancement projects in the area.
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