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Eagle River woman makes history at Homer Winter King derby

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: March 26
  • Published March 26

Shayna Perry celebrates her win in the 24th annual Homer Winter King Tournament last Saturday. From left to right: Chris Lawson, Shayna Perry, skipper Krzysztof Balaban, and Shayna’s boyfriend Luke Graham. She's the first woman to win the derby. (Photo by Jim Lavrakas Far North Photography)

An Eagle River woman is the first female champion in the history of the Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament.

Shayna Perry claimed first place in the 26th annual derby Saturday in Kachemak Bay when she caught a 26.7-pound king while fishing aboard the Stella Maris 2 with skipper Krzysztof Balaban.

For her victory, Perry received a $28,040 cash prize. She also won the AJ’s Oldtown Steakhouse prize for the biggest “white” king caught in the derby.

Second place went to Chad Webb and his 25.44-pound catch.

The one-day derby attracted 1,402 anglers and 426 boats who caught a combined 180 kings.

Perry’s catch didn’t approach the derby record of 41.82 pounds, set in 2002 by Homer angler Phil Christensen.

Top 10

First Place: Shayna Perry — 26.70 lbs — Stella Maris 2 — $28,040.00

Second Place: Chad Webb — 25.44 lbs — Yeah Bouy — $18,226.00

Third Place: William Freeman — 24.56 lbs — La’samo — $12,618.00

Fourth Place: Cody Dutcher — 24.52 lbs — Time Off — $9,814.00

Fifth Place: Bill Comer — 24.22 lbs — Toni Marie — $8,412.00

Sixth Place: Dustin Sena — 22.90 lbs — Savage — $7,010.00

Seventh Place: Jason Herndon — 22.44 lbs — Balls Deep — $5,608.00

Eighth Place: Luke Graham — 22.26 lbs — Stella Maris 2 — $4,206.00

Ninth Place: Shoshana Wilhite — 22.24 lbs — Obsession — $2,804.00

Tenth Place: Fletcher Darr — 22.14 lbs — One Finger Jack — $1,402.00

Shayna Perry shows off her winning fish. (Photo by Jim Lavrakas Far North Photography)

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