2011 Quatsino Sound Fishing Derby Summary

The 6th Annual Quatsino Sound Fishing Derby started with liquid sunshine but ended up with the real stuff as local and visiting fisher men, women and children competed for over $5,000.00 in awards and ticket draw prizes. Beginning at dawn Saturday and ending at 1:00pm Sunday boats of all sizes worked the waters around Quatsino Sound.  One young teen, Kathleen Nelson, spent 6 hours in her open boat, in the rain and all alone, before bringing in the first of her three entries. True North Island determination and perseverance.
Stories of monster Springs lost, forgotten dip-nets and spectacular whales sightings were shared throughout the day. The final 12:45pm weigh-in flurry brought out Derby entrants and spectators alike to cheer on the last fishers, before trouping up to the Quatsino School for a the Volunteer Fire Brigade’s  much-applauded hot lunch concession.
At end of the day volunteers at the Weigh-In Station had recorded 206 fish, from 83 lbs down to 0.2 lbs (a wiggly perch caught by 3 ½ year old Stella Hardy.)
Hats off to Ray Logan for pointing out a computer error at the Awards Presentation which named him Grand Prize Winner.  The corrected results acknowledged Cathy Moore as the true winner of $1,000.00 for her 25.6 lb Spring.  Many were very impressed with Ray’s honesty.
This was the first year that cash prizes were presented for the 3 Top Weight catches by a Derby Kid (12 yrs. & under).  It took the younger winners a little while to realize the prize envelopes were full of cash, and then smiles were shining everywhere, from kids and parents alike.
Once the last of the Ticket Draw prizes were whisked away the Quatsino Sound Fishing Derby came to an end.  As the fishers slowly headed back to their boats rafted up at the Government Wharf for the quick trip back to Port Alice or Coal Harbour, many others just headed down the road to their homes or cabins to recap this busy weekend’s event.

Grand Prize Winners:
25.6 lb Spring – Cathy Moore @ $1,000.00 (Port Hardy)
10.6 lb Coho – Joshua Williamson @ $500.00 (Port Hardy)
83 lb Halibut – Todd Servatius @ $500.00 (Port McNeill)
29.6 lb “Other” (Ling Cod) – Henry Lacourse @ $500.00


Second Prize Winners:

24.6 lb Spring – Brian Kenny
10.2 lb Coho (tie) – Fred McLauglin and Randy Peterson
71 lb Halibut – David McLauglin
28.8 lb “Other” (Ling Cod) – Larry Maharaj

Third Prize Winners:

24.4 lb Spring – Mike Lind
9.8 lb Coho – Fred McLauglin