The third annual Kodiak King Salmon
Sportfishing Tournament is underway. This year's derby-style tournament features
over 30,000 dollars in cash prizes spread across three weight divisions, nine
major prizes and 20 mystery weight cash prizes. Proceeds from the tournament
benefit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Kodiak king salmon enhancement
Tournament administrator Judi Kidder
said this year's derby will differ significantly from those of previous years,
with more prize money up for grabs and a shift in focus.
1 37 sec. "We've actually come up with ... father of the project.")
said that raising money for the tournament has taken many hours of phone calls
and e-mails. She said the tournament's many sponsors make the event possible.
This year's sponsors include ISA Seafoods, Bio-Oregon and Mack's Sport Shop for
the three major prize categories and many others for the tournament's mystery fish
category. Kidder noted that the tournament benefits the local economy in
addition to the enhancement project by bringing in contestants from outside of
2 28 sec. "This tournament wouldn't ...
spin-off from the tournament.")
According to Kidder, the total
prize pool this year is 37,500 dollars split across the three weight divisions.
She said this allows anglers to take home prize money even if they don't
necessarily land the biggest king.
3 40 sec. "You don't have to catch ... that weight range either.")
tournament's mystery fish competition, in which contestants can win money for
catching fish of a specific weight, includes 19 prizes. There will be 12 prizes
worth 100 dollars each, six 500-dollar prizes and one 1,000-dollar prize. Kidder
said she is the only one who knows what the winning mystery weights are, and
that those weights will only be revealed as they are won.
4 34 sec. "They have been pre-selected
... weight has been verified.")
Kidder said 4,000 dollars
have already been raised for the salmon enhancement project through early ticket
sales. The 50-dollar tickets are available at Mack's Sport
Shop, Cy's Sporting Goods, the Kodiak Unlimited Charters kiosk or directly from
Kidder. She said contestants must be in possession of a ticket before going
fishing. A valid fishing license and king stamp are also required to enter. The
tournament runs through July 5th. For more information visit Kodiak fishing
derby dot org.