Tom Lee wins Spring King Salmon Derby

Posted: Monday, June 02, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) Tom Lee won the seventh annual Spring King Salmon Derby, sponsored by Tlingit-Haida Central Council, with the 42.3 pound, gutted and gilled king salmon.

Lee caught the fish May 24 near the Shrine of St. Therese. He won $7,000 in cash and prizes. To make things just a little bit sweeter, Lee said he caught the winning fish on 20-pound test.

''It's kind of amazing to catch a 40-pounder on 20-pound test, but you got to know how to play them,'' he said. ''I just kept the tension, and didn't give him a chance to spit the hooks.''

This year's Derby was dedicated to veterans. A veteran and 2001 Spring King Salmon Derby champion, Al McKinley Sr., secured the second-place spot with a 38.6 pound king.

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