Thompson’s salmon derby win earns big prize / Fishing

Clinton’s Mark Thompson collected $10,000 for winning the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby last week.

Thompson caught a 19.35 blackmouth in Marine Area 9 on Friday morning in the three-day tournament.

Thompson’s catch was by far the biggest in the event. Don Hansen of Port Angeles placed second with a 13.9 pounder, and Chris Gregerson of Poulsbo was third at 13.65.

In all, 237 fish were weighed in at 6 pounds or more with an average weight of 7.95 pounds.

The Gardiner Salmon Derby Association sponsors the annual event, which began in 1973. The proceeds go to community support, emergency services and high school scholarships.

The Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby is part of the Northwest Marine Trade Association’s Northwest Salmon Derby Series. All ticket holders are eligible to win the series’ grand prize, a $75,000 boat.

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