Tenth annual Chinook Derby in Sooke has many winners

The Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society (SSES) has just completed its first decade of Chinook Salmon Derby.

Del Clark won the Open Category with a catch weighing in at 34.20 pounds. Dave Powell and John Redlick came in second and third

The Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society (SSES) has just completed its first decade of Chinook Salmon Derby. This year’s derby was held on Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4.

“This year at the Jack Brooks Hatchery we produced 276,054 Chinook, with a final release weight of 5.71 Grams, and 110,951 Coho, with a final release weight of 3.96 Grams,” reflects SSES president Robert Gamache.

SSES has supported numerous community and educational organizations of the year, including Sooke Community Association, Sooke Lions Club, Rotary Club, Scouts and Guides Canada, Salmon in the Classroom, and Edward Milne biology students.

“We have just finished up with our annual salmon derby which was a great success again this year,” writes Gamache in his year end summary. “This marks the end of our work year thank goodness, because we are one tired group! We manage to have a lot of fun and meet some very interesting people during the year.”