Candidates running in the provincial election for the Juan de Fuca riding chat before the All Candidates' Meeting held on May 1. From left

All Candidates’ Meeting well attended

May 1 meeting introduced Juan de Fuca candidates to Sooke

If you are one of the 600 to 700 fishermen mourning the second year in a row without a Juan De Fuca Salmon Derby on the father’s day weekend then this might cheer you up.

The first annual Sport Fishing BC Banana Challenge fishing derby will run this Father’s Day weekend. This is being designed as a fun derby and an important fundraiser for three worthy recipients.

All ticket revenues from the sale of regular derby tickets will be donated to the Southern Vancouver Island Anglers Coalition (www.anglerscoalition.com). Proceeds from a 50/50 draw and food sales at the award ceremony  are destined for the Charters River Salmon Interpretive Centre side channel project. The Sooke Food bank will also benefit with many pounds of fresh salmon and halibut from those who donate a portion of their catch. Those entrants donating will be entered into a separate draw for a special prize.

So far, there are about $10,000 worth of donated prizes for  entrants to win. All regular fish prizes will be awarded by draw to those who register a salmon or halibut, so a five- pound fish has an equal chance at a nice prize as a 20-pound catch. There will be hidden weight prizes and  a few special categories.  A prize is being offered for the person with the most encounters with  those pesky seals.  Just bring in the portion of each fish that the seals didn’t take and the person with the most  will be the winner.

Custom one-of-a-kind trophies will be awarded for the largest salmon and halibut. These trophies are very unique pieces of art and are designed to be boat mounted. Side bet tickets for the largest salmon and halibut are also being sold. These will be winner-take-all. Tickets for each side bet are $50 each and with 400 salmon tickets printed that could be  a $20,000 jackpot for the winner.  There are 250 halibut tickets printed which could make a $12,500 payout. Side bet tickets will be sold on Tuesday May 21 at Buffy’s Pub from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Wednesday, May 22 at the 6 Mile Pub from 5 to  9 p.m.  They will also be available on Friday, June 14 at Wise Buys in Colwood  from 5 to 7 p.m.

Regular derby ticket are available at these outlets: Eagle Eye, Wise Buys, Pedder Bay Marina and Island Outfitters.

Derby Details

Saturday, June 15 – fishing dawn to 4 p.m.       Sunday June 16 – fishing dawn to 1 p.m.

Host – Pedder Bay Marina – scales open 8 a.m. both days – closing ceremony 2 p.m. Sunday June 16.

Boundaries – all waters of areas 18, 19 and 20 are open  (Duncan waters and around to Bonilla Point).

Enter any legal salmon or halibut – onesalmon and one halibut per day per ticket

Ticket Prices –  Single ticket = $100  two tickets = $80 each  three or more = $60  – members of SVIAC or SFBC $20 discount per ticket

Tickets are per person not per rod. Follow the derby news and updates at (www.sportfishingbc.com) in the fishing forum or contact Rollie at sscl@shaw.ca

Fishing report for the past week has been good. Sooke anglers are still catching quality halibut in all local hot spot as well early running Chinooks are starting show up. Charter operator John Wells of Port Renfrew reports stellar Hali fishing and good chinook action on the beach with biggest reported at 28 pounds. As well lots of Coho out at the bank getting ready for the June 1st opening.

Keep your rod tip up!

Kiwi Magic

Want to fish in Port Renfrew? Trailhead Resort 250-647-5468.

Just Posted

Population growth on West Shore strains wait lists for family services

Funding not keeping pace with demand at Pacific Family Services Association

West Shore RCMP arrest man accused in Port Renfrew theft, Duncan fraud

Man charged after $300 in fraudulent charges, two phones and wallet stolen

Monster Truck Chaos comes to Victoria, tickets on sale Friday

Monster Truck Chaos rumbles into Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre Jan. 25 and 26

Victoria immigration lawyer has rights revoked after lying to many clients

James Edward Turner will not be eligible to practise law again for 10 years

WATCH: Sooke’s top stories

A round-up of this week’s top stories

Petition for free hospital parking presented to MP Jody Wilson-Raybould

What started as a B.C. campaign became a national issue, organizer said

POLL: Do you support CUPE workers in their dispute with School District 63?

SD63 schools to remain closed as strike continues Tuesday

WATCH: Sooke’s top stories

A round-up of this week’s top stories

Petition to ‘bring back Don Cherry’ goes viral after immigrant poppy rant

Cherry was fired from his co-hosting role for the Coach’s Corner segment on Nov. 11.

B.C.’s high gasoline prices still a mystery, Premier John Horgan says

NDP plans legislation this month, seeks action from Justin Trudeau

Group walking on thin ice at B.C. lake sparks warning from RCMP

At least seven people were spotted on Joffre Lakes, although the ice is not thick enough to be walked on

One dead after fiery crash in Duncan

A man has died after a fiery motor vehicle collision Monday night,… Continue reading

VIDEO: Don Cherry says he was fired, not sorry for ‘Coach’s Corner’ poppy rant

Cherry denies he was singling out visible minorities with his comments

Most Read