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With time running out, 36.2-pound king leads Ship Creek derby

  • Author: Alaska Dispatch News
  • Updated: June 17, 2017
  • Published June 17, 2017

Dozens gather at Ship Creek to compete in the Slam'n Salm'n Derby on June 14, 2017, in Anchorage. The fishing derby will continue until June 18. (Rugile Kaladyte / Alaska Dispatch News)

With one day remaining in the Ship Creek Slam'n Salm'n Derby, a 36.2-pound king salmon leads the competition.

Anglers have until 11 p.m. Saturday and from 6 a.m. to noon Sunday to try to knock Michael Tinker from the top spot. The winner will receive 200 ounces of silver from Alaska Mint Coin.

Second place belongs to Lance Pruitt with a 33.75-pound fish, a catch that puts him in line to win the derby's active-duty military award.

Prizes will be awarded to the anglers with the 10 heftiest catches at the downtown fishery. As of Saturday afternoon, the 10th-place fish was a 31.75 pounder.

Last year's winner, Terrance Shanigan, hauled in a 38.5-pound king.

There is no entry fee for the week-long derby, but a $20 donation to the Anchorage Soup Kitchen is encouraged.
Derby leaders (through Saturday afternoon)

Michael Tinker, 36.20
Lance Pruitt, 33.75
James Jones, 32.75
Martin Meigs, 32.55
Jeffrey Ganotisi, 32.45
Chang Thao, 32.30
Pug Taulia, 32.25
Richard Beltz, 32.10
Liona Piliati, 31.80
Jerry Herrod, 31.75.

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