Port of Brookings Harbor Director Ted Fitzgerald presents the 2012 Slam’n Salmon Derby winner, Becky Hannen with her check. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
It weighed just 36.4 pounds, but it was enough to garner it’s captor, Becky Hannen of Brookings, a $5,000 check, and a custom gold ring by Harbrook Jewelers as winner of the 2012 Slam’n Salmon Ocean Derby on Sunday.
The Chinook salmon caught during the second day of the event also – when combined with its sibling – brought Hannen an additional $1,000 for having the highest combined weight for the Derby.
Hannen is the owner of Whale’s Tale Candy and Gifts in the Port shops and was very excited to win the prize.
Second place in the big fish category went to Greg Parsons who caught a 30.2-pound Chinook for a $2,500 prize, and the $1,000 prize for third-largest fish went to George Doty.
Doty’s fish of 27.9 pounds allowed him to claim the Lee Faust Memorial “Almost 28-pound fish” Award. The prize is awarded to the fisherman who catches the fish closest in weight to 28 pounds without going over.
Smallest fish of the derby belonged to Brandon Tron of Klamath Falls, who brought a 4.7-pound Chinook into the boat to take home a prize.
There were 445 fishermen who registered for the Derby in 2012 and they brought in 594 fish, weighing a total of 7,279.9 pounds. According to the emcee for the day, Ken Byrtus, the fish were worth more than $50,000 at current market prices.