Dennis Mills

Fish were biting at Legion Branch 293 derby in Alberni Inlet

Whether you had a blue spoon lure or were fishing near The Wall, the salmon were interested: boding well for this weekend's Salmon Fest.

The Royal Canadian Legion fishing derby is always the precursor to Salmon Fest, and despite smaller numbers the fish were biting.

The Legion sold 150 tickets and 65 coho and springs were caught.

Richard Derkson won with a 19.3-pounder. Dennis Mills was second at 12.5 lbs. followed by Terry Rodinsky (12 lbs).

Junior winners were Johnathan Rhyno (9.7 lbs.), Brock Lamont (9.6 lbs.) and Christian Kawula (9.3 lbs.).

“The actual catch was certainly not as much as we’ve had in other years,” Legion spokesperson Graham Fox said, nor were the number of competitors. But that was to be expected, he said.

editor@albernivalleynews.com