Angler wins Slam'n Salm'n Derby with 29.1-pound king

mtheriault@adn.comJune 16, 2013 

Tom Baker of Chugiak is all smiles after weighing a 44.5 lb. king at 1 p.m. Sunday -- an hour after the Downtown Soup Kitchen Slam'n Salm'n Derby officially closed. Baker kept the fish on the scales for 45 minutes so anglers and little kids at the derby awards ceremony could have their picture taken with it. For being "such a good sport", said derby coordinator Chip Gallagher, Baker won the 2013 Andy Sorensen Sportsmanship Award.Jim Lavrakas / Far North Photo


Veteran angler Jioji Lino took the top prize at this year's Downtown Soup Kitchen Slam'n Salm'n Derby fishing contest Sunday for his 29.1-pound king salmon, winning a boat, motor, trailer and bragging rights.

But Lino's fish wasn't the biggest king to come from the shores of Ship Creek this weekend. Just 15 minutes after the competition closed at noon Sunday, angler Tom Baker caught a 44.5-pounder, said organizer Chip Gallagher.

"He was a great sport about it," Gallagher said. "We put it on the scale so he could weigh it and he was letting tourists take pictures of him and with the fish."

Baker won the sportsmanship award, Gallagher said.

Lino's prize includes a boat package valued at around $8,000, as well as an ulu and an Alaska Mint coin.

This year's derby drew 1,400 entrants, up from last year's 1,200, Gallagher said.

It is expected to raise between $40,000-50,000 for the Downtown Soup Kitchen.


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