This August will be my third trip to the Pier 73 Marina on the Fraser River mouth and Pacific Gateway Hotel in Richmond B.C. to fish in the 6th annual Vancouver Chinook Classic.
I’m already getting excited to see friends, have a blast, and put my team’s skills to the test competing for $25,000 in prize money. The tournament is the newest entry in the Northwest Salmon Derby Series. I’m sure that will mean more boats from the U.S. will be headed North to take on the challenge but I sure hope they do. And a challenge it is.
This is a catch and release derby, where each Chinook that is deemed worthy of a check by the team landing it is measured and assigned an official weight. The derby check boats have a good system for accomplishing this, and what a great way for sports fishers to show care and concern for the resource while raising funds for Pacific Salmon Foundation. The fishing for Kings…or Springs as you should refer to them while in Canada, can be very good during this event. A fish over 30 lbs. has taken top honors, and upper 20’s may land you in the money. You never know when one of the big Fraser Tyee class tankers could hit. That next bite could be your ticket to big money!
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