Presidents Message – July 2016


South King County Puget Sound Anglers


July 2016 Presidents Message by Frank Eshpeter


DERBY TIME!!!!!!!!


With the uncertainty of our Salmon season this year we have been on hold. Now that we all know what is going on let the FUN begin. We have several Derby’s canceled this year because of the season uncertainty and Coho closures. That puts our Derby in the hot seat. We are the first Derby of the new Salmon season and one of the largest in the South Sound.


So what happened at the North of Falcon meetings to get us to where we are now? What does this mean in the future? What is next? Oh and it’s DERBY TIME!


Our July Guest will be Mr. Ron Garner State board president of the Puget Sound Anglers.


Ron is one of the top fishermen in our area and was directly involved in this year’s season’s workings. Ron will be talking about Derby Prep. What we need to do to be successful on the water for this year’s Derby. He will also bring us all up to date on what went down with this year’s North of Falcon Season setting process this year.


Puget Sound Anglers have been in the forefront of many issues over the past few years and have been instrumental in many environmental issues for our fisheries. And those effort did not go unnoticed.


 Puget Sound Anglers Named WDFW Organization Of The Year


SKC PSA 15th Annual Salmon Derby Press Release  


South King County Puget Sound Anglers 15th Annual Salmon Derby


The largest Salmon Derby in the Seattle Tacoma and Olympia Washington area will once again be held by South King County Puget Sound Anglers on August 6, 2016 at the Point Defiance Marina in Tacoma WA.


We have increased the prize pool again this year so that everyone has an opportunity to win” noted Derby Chairman Terry Wiest.  “The angler with the largest fish will take home at least $3500 sponsored by 7UP, the 2nd largest $1500 sponsored by SKC Puget Sound Anglers and the 3rd largest $1000 sponsored by Denali Federal Credit Union.  $500 will also be awarded to the Puget Sound Anglers member with the largest fish. To honor our military, we will continue to offer a $500 prize for the largest salmon caught by an active duty military or veteran. Youth 14 and under may fish for free and the youth with the largest fish will take home $300.  In addition, there will be a huge raffle so everyone has an opportunity for a prize. The prize pool is over $25000 with every prize valued at a minimum of $50.


As a part of the NW Salmon Derby series each paid ticket holder will again be entered to win a 21 Hewscraft boat fully rigged and valued at $65000.


The derby, which draws anglers from all over the Pacific Northwest, will have weigh stations at Point Defiance Boathouse, Des Moines Marina, and Narrows Marina. The main weigh station and awards ceremony will be held at Point Defiance Boathouse.


“This is our main fund raising event and supports our efforts to improve fisheries resources in the Pacific NW”  said derby Co- Chair Bill Lee. “Proceeds from the derby benefit fisheries conservation and youth conservation education programs.”


Tickets may be purchased at:  Point Defiance Boathouse, Narrows Marina, Sportco, Outdoor Emporium, C-J Marine, Auburn Sports and Marine, Sportsman’s Warehouse, and online at




Bill Lee


206 914 3213


We still have room for derby sponsors!


Don’t forget it is time to renew your membership. And you can still join online how easy that is! Dues are $30


Remember we are a 501C3 charitable organization.


And did you know you can now become a sponsor or just donate if you want on our web site!


See you at our July 20th SKCPSA meeting come early, get in on the members Raffle, have a dog and let’s talk fishing.


As always we will have a killer RAFFLE Lots of great prizes with a Loomis rod as top prize!


South King County PSA meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month 7pm doors open at 6.


IBEW local 46 Hall in Kent. 19802 62nd AV S Kent WA 98032


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 Mailing Address SKC Puget Sound Anglers PO BOX 13191 Des Moines WA 98198


Keep your tip up and your line tight and we will see you at our July 17th Meeting!