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Story last updated at 6:25 PM on Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Ninilchik wraps up salmon, halibut derbies



By McKibben Jackinsky
Staff Writer


 

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Jim Duyck of North Pole wins the Ninilchik Chamber of Commerce Halibut Derby with a 133.5-pound halibut caught while fishing with Capt. Garett Mclean of Cook Inlet Charters of Ninilchik.


 

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Jason Media of Ninilchik wins the Ninilchik Chamber of Commerce king salmon derby with a 54.8-pound king caught while fishing with Fishing Fever Charters of Ninilchik.

The Ninilchik Chamber of Commerce has announced winners in its salmon and halibut derbies.

Jason Media of Ninilchik took first place with a 54.8-pound king salmon caught while fishing with Fishing Fever Charters. He is the charter-owner's son and was out on a family fun day when he hooked the prize fish, according to derby spokesperson Sue Dionne-Kaffke of Bluff House Inn.

Media's winnings include a $1,547 check from the chamber, a $300 cash prize donated by Tanner's Fresh Fish Processing of Ninilchik and a $100 gift certificate donated by the Fishing Shack.

In second place is Michael Snyder of Florida with a 53.3-pound king salmon caught while fishing with Spinner Dave's Sport Fishing Adventures. Snyder will receive a $250 check from the chamber and a lifetime subscription for Fish Alaska Magazine.

Third place was claimed by Nate Vanvalkenburg of Utah, with a 40.9-pound king salmon caught while fishing with Spinner Dave. Vanvalkenburg will receive a $100 check from the chamber, a pack of spinners donated by Spinner Dave and a necklace donated by the Frances Rose Store in Ninilchik.

Jim Duyck of North Pole claimed first place in the halibut competition with a 133.5-pound halibut caught while fishing with Capt. Garett Mclean of Cook Inlet Charters. Duyck's winnings include a $1,547 check from the chamber and a $500 gift certificate from Alaska Butcher Equipment and Supply of Anchorage. As captain of the boat with the biggest halibut, Mclean also will receive a $500 gift certificate from Alaska Butcher Equipment and Supply.

In second place is Al Moenaert of California with a 125.3-pound halibut. Although Dionne-Kaffke was uncertain whom Moenaert was fishing with at the time, he will receive $250 from the chamber and a lifetime subscription for Fish Alaska Magazine.

Third place goes to Alaskan Amy Bock with a 123.3-pound halibut. Dionne-Kaffke said it was unknown with whom Bock was fishing, but her winnings include a $100 check from the chamber, a pack of spinners donated by Spinner Dave's Custom Designs and a necklace donated by the Frances Rose Store.

The idea of a Ninilchik salmon derby began with Dave Kaffke of Spinner Dave's Sport Fishing Adventures and Jason Tanner of Tanner's Fresh Fish Processing, said Dionne-Kaffke.

"They thought it would be a good way to bring business into the community by targeting that fishery," she said.

Support from the Ninilchik Fair Association made it possible to put the idea into motion, running the halibut and king salmon derby from July 1-Aug. 5. Tickets were $10, with businesses helping raise prize money.

"We are very happy with how it turned out this year," said Dionne-Kaffke. "Some local charters feel we should have it all year and some also feel we should have the salmon derby in May when there are more charter operators doing combo salmon and halibut trips. There are some bugs to work out, but we are open to suggestions and you can bring them up at any chamber meeting and we will listen. ... We have all been hit by the economy and whatever we can do to make people know you can get a unique and quality fishing trip here in Ninilchik is important."

Derby sponsors include Alaska Butcher Equipment and Supply, SALA Remote Medics, Tanner's Fresh Fish Processing, the Bluff House Inn, Spinner Dave's Sport Fishing, The Fishing Shack, Afishunt Charters, Meander In B&B, Beluga Realty, Fish Alaska Magazine, Frances Rose Store and Spinner Dave's Custom Designs.

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