Boise man wins Juneau salmon derby

Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2000

JUNEAU (AP) -- A Boise, Idaho man caught a 36.9-pound king salmon to claim Juneau's 54th annual Golden North Salmon Derby.

Wayne Sutherland caught his fish Friday morning near Aaron Island, shortly after the derby opened.

Results of the derby are expected to be certified Tuesday night, clearing the way for Sutherland to claim the $15,000 cash prize for the biggest fish.

Sutherland's fish is the largest derby fish since Roger Drapeaux of Juneau won the 1990 derby with a 55-pound king.

Richard Wallace of Juneau caught a 36-pound king salmon early Sunday by Piling Point, big enough to give Sutherland a scare and to win $5,400 for second place.

Ryan Beason, 11, of Douglas took third place with a 26.3-pound king caught Friday night to win two round-trip tickets anywhere Alaska Airlines flies, including Mexico, a prize worth $3,500.

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