Fishing trip pays off for Norman woman
While vacationing this summer on Vancouver Island, Norman’s Diane Abernathy placed second in the Ucluelet Salmon Derby.
Abernathy landed a Chinook salmon that weighed 49 pounds, 4 ounces, only six ounces shy of winning the tournament.
Abernathy and her husband were fishing with guide Ken Myers of FishMyster.
They have fished for salmon with Myers on three previous visits to Ucluelet, located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, but this was the first year for a derby.
Participants in the derby paid $10 for each fishing day. The Abernathys were trolling in the Pacific Ocean about eight miles off the coast at a depth of 65 feet, she said.
Abernathy hooked the big salmon on Aug. 28 on a blue and yellow Wonder Spoon. It took her about 10 to 12 minutes to land the fish.
“I was getting a lot of coaching,” she said. “My husband was screaming at me and the guide was screaming at me.”
A 30-pound Chinook salmon is considered “bragging level” in Ucluelet, Abernathy said
The Abernathys had booked two fishing days with Myers, but the first day of fishing had to be canceled because of the weather.
“He worked in an afternoon on a day we were not even scheduled to go when we got that big fish,” Abernathy said.
Abernathy won $2,000. First place paid $7,000.
“It was a ball,” she said. “We really had fun. It’s an awesome place.”