Misty Pattison caught a monster of a king salmon Sunday. The 48.6-pound fish is now the leader in the Ketchikan King Salmon Derby.
The derby website lists the fish as being weighed in about 1 p.m. at the Knudson Cove Marina.
Bar Harbor weigh-in station volunteer Glenn Brown said fishermen in his area were excited.
“That took the lead by 15 pounds. That’s a beautiful fish. It’s giant and everybody’s happy to see a good-size fish coming in, after the winner last year being just over 40 pounds,” Brown said.
In second place is last week’s leader, a 33.7-pounder caught by Mary Ringeisen. And in third is a 33.2-pound Chinook caught Sunday by Darrell Welk.
The youth leader is a 23.5-pounder caught on Memorial Day by Paxton Swaim. In second is a 22.2-pound Chinook caught Sunday by Hunter Matthews. And in third is a 21.9-pounder caught Sunday by Nathan Chapel.
Brown, of the Ketchikan Lions Club, said the Bar Harbor station saw plenty of fish, just not huge ones.
“We weighed a 24-pounder that I think might have spent the night in a cooler. But that’s the biggest for today. We had a 27-pounder yesterday, which was a nice fish, all chrome, a really pretty fish. And a lot of fish in the mid-to-high teens in weight, about 20 pounds,” he said.
The derby continues next weekend. Rules and leader lists are on its website.