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By David Pan
Beacon reporter 

Nice catch! Mukilteo man takes second place in Everett fishing derby


Last updated 4/28/2020 at 5:51pm

Photo courtesy of Chris Sherwood

Chris Sherwood of Mukilteo caught a 15-pound juvenile king salmon to take second place in last month's Everett Blackmouth Fishing Derby.

Chris Sherwood only recently started fishing again after not having picked up a pole in many years.

But despite the extended break, the Mukilteo resident seems to have the magic touch.

Sherwood took second place with a 15-pound catch in last month's Everett Blackmouth Fishing Derby.

The competition was just the second fishing derby Sherwood has entered as an adult.

"I haven't fished since I was a little kid," Sherwood said.

The March 21-22 derby, organized by the Everett Steelhead and Salmon Club, featured 474 anglers on 150 boats.

Sherwood caught his second-place juvenile king salmon around 10 a.m. on Saturday.

"It definitely made the rest of the tournament pretty fun," Sherwood said. "We knew we had a good fish."

As it turned out, Sherwood edged out the third-place finisher by less than an eighth of an ounce.

"Someone turned in a fish on Sunday that was 1/100 of a pound less," Sherwood said. "They said it was one of the closest finishes they've ever seen."

The difference between second and third place turned out to be fairly significant, at least in terms of cash. Sherwood pocketed $1,500 for his second-place finish, while Michael May won $500 for finishing third. Winner Mike Virdell took home $3,000 for his 16.69-pound catch.

Sherwood caught his fish aboard a boat skippered by Matt Chandler, owner of the Get Hooked NW charter company, based out of Mukilteo.

The two were the only boat from Mukilteo that caught fish, and the boatswere launched from Mukilteo Lighthouse Park.


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