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By Dan Rudy 

Big catch blows derby competition out of water

 

Dan Rudy/ Wrangell Sentinel

Washington resident Gary Smart gets help from Wrangell resident James Rowland to heft the 64-pound king salmon he caught off Found Island on May 24. The catch puts him at the top of the derby ladder, and is the biggest the competition has seen in over 30 years.

The competition has really been stepped up in this year's King Salmon Derby.

A 64.1 pound fish was brought to the scales on May 24 by Gary Smart of Sequim, Washington. He and his wife were here visiting family friends for a few weeks, and he was on board the Rowland family's boat when the catch occurred.

James Rowland explained his party of four had been fishing south of Wrangell that morning, near Found Island. The trip was one of a series since the arrival of Smart and Rowland's uncle on May 20.

"We've been fishing every day," he said. "It was good. Man, every night we were like 'what tim...



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