2017 Golden North Salmon Derby
As of Friday afternoon, exactly 60 fish had been turned in at Auke Bay. Every boat the Empire talked to from the deck of the Sea Pirate, the Melino’s Marine Services boat we reported from Friday, had at least one fish on board.
None were catching more than Dylan Kubley, who had 10 fish on board by 1:30 p.m. Kubley and his partner Abbey Wilwert were shaking smaller coho from their lines to stay out longer. They would have had to quit fishing if either landed their sixth fish — that would have put them at Fish and Game’s daily limit for coho.
“We shook probably 12 cohos and 20 kings,” Kubley said. “Right before you guys showed up we had a king, a nice 31 incher we had to shake.”