Dwayne Kalynchuk from Victoria caught this 19.5 pound chinook salmon at the Consultant’s Invitational 9th Annual Fishing Derby

Dwayne Kalynchuk from Victoria caught this 19.5 pound chinook salmon at the Consultant’s Invitational 9th Annual Fishing Derby

Great catches, great day for fishers

250 fishers braved the fog and came home with lots of salmon

The 9th Annual Consultant’s Invitational Fishing derby wrapped up on Saturday at the Best Western Prestige Oceanfront Resort, and once again it was a great success. The event is a social derby put on by the B.C. engineering community and their industry partners. A total of 250 fisherman braved the fog and ended up having a great day on the water weighing in almost 60 chinook salmon.

The winner of the event tipped the scales at 28.6 lbs with several other fish being weighed in the mid- 20lb mark. With great music from the band Carmanah, and an incredible dinner from West Coast Grill, the event ended up raising $18,500 in donations towards salmon enhancement/restoration on Vancouver Island. The donations were split between the Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society, Cowichan Lake Salmonoid Enhancement Society, Esquimalt Anglers Association and the Juan De Fuca Salmon Restoration Society.  With that, the derby hit an amazing benchmark to date of $100,000 in total donations towards Vancouver Island salmon restoration projects.

The Consultant’s Invitational Derby, and its organizing committee would like to thank all of our sponsors, volunteer skippers, guides/businesses, the community of Sooke, and many others who helped/volunteered to make this event a success.

Jerrod Pinder