The annual Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions crew derby was held on the 28th of September, the day after the last guests departed from Clover Pass Resort. The derby is open to the crew at each ASE Resort (The Cedars Lodge, Clover Pass Resort, and Silverking Lodge, in addition to ASE vendors and invited guests. This year, over 100 fish were brought in by the 30+ participants in the derby, which requires all anglers to fish from open skiffs without the aid of downriggers or depth finders. The derby pot is split 50/50 between the boat that catches the most fish and the angler landing the biggest fish.
John Swan, who won the cumulative weight prize last year with teammate Joe Griffin, took home the prize for biggest fish with an 11 pound coho! Clover Pass Resort crew member, Marie Crane, finished in second place with a 10.5 pound silver.
The cumulative weight prize went to Ryan and Anna Sinkey, our friends from Experience Alaska Tours. Between the two of them, they caught nearly 100 lbs of salmon from the waters in front of Clover Pass Resort, which I am sure they will enjoy as an alternative to all the dungeness crab they get to eat!
In addition to the prizes for fishing, door prizes donated by Knudson Cove Marina, Signature Seafoods, and Lighthouse Tesoro Services of Ketchikan. Silverking Lodge‘s Kelsi Cluff shows off the new rod and reel she won in the picture above.
Congratulations to everyone who participated. Thanks to the efforts of our crew, we can close the door on another successful season at Alaska Sportfishing Expeditions!