Winning derby fish weighs 40.6 pounds

Posted: Friday, June 01, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- The winner of this year's Spring King Salmon Derby in Juneau didn't think he'd caught a particularly big fish. He had to be persuaded by his son to actually weigh it.

But when Alfred McKinley Sr. had to fold the fish to fit it into his cooler and a group of tourists wanted to take its picture, McKinley realized his son, Patrick, was right. The fish, which McKinley caught May 25, weighed 40.6 pounds.

When the derby ended Thursday night, no one had landed a bigger king, so McKinley won a new Dodge Neon and other prizes worth $13,355.

McKinley said poor health and boat engine problems kept him from entering the derby in previous years, but this year his son kept the boat engine running, and McKinley said he's in better shape physically.

His doctor told him he should not lift anything larger than 25 pounds. ''But in this case I pushed it a little bit,'' McKinley said.

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