By Wayne Kruse Special to The Herald
The Elliott Bay Salmon Derby runs Saturday, and while the action will probably not be all that hot, the chance to catch a 20-pound king in downtown Seattle is practically irresistable. First place is worth $2,500; largest women’s fish earns a $200 gift certificate and a one-hour cooking class at Palisade; and largest kids’ (under 12) entry wins a $200 gift certicate at Outdoor Emporium.
Tickets for the event, which benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs, are $40 and available up this way at Ted’s Sport Center in Lynnwood. Ted’s (425-743-9505) can also give you tips on how and where to fish this urban treasure, but the usual procedure is to troll a plug-cut herring down toward the mouth of the Duwamish, very, very early in the morning. “If you have to use a flashlight to hook your first bait, you’re about right,” goes the old saw.
You can also purchase tickets at the Elliott Bay fuel dock, and online at www.elliottbaysalmonderby.com.
Elliott Bay is the seventh event in this year’s Northwest Salmon Derby Series, sponsored by the Northwest Marine Trade Association, so your ticket stub enters you in the September drawing in Edmonds for a fully-loaded 20-foot Stabi-Craft.