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Local fisherman wins big money for big fish

Published on Tue, Aug 16, 2011 by JOURNAL STAFF

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Michael Claymore with his award winning 37 pound salmon.

Michael Claymore of Lake Stevens took first place in the July 2011 Ucluelet Salmon Fishing Derby held in Ucluelet BC after catching a 37 pound 10 ounce Chinook Salmon. The cash prize was a whopping $5,000. Ucluelet is a small fishing village on the west coast of Vancouver Island. 

“I have been fishing annually here for the last 10 years and have really grown to love the area,” Claymore said. “Several years ago I landed a 42 pound Chinook salmon there. Any Chinook over 30 pounds is called a “Tyee” and you become part of an exclusive club when you catch a fish of this size.”

The winners of the top three fish caught for each month of the derby and the top 50 remaining largest fish caught for the season are invited back to the “Fish-Off” to compete for cash and prizes totaling more than $30,000. 

By catching the largest salmon in July, he has automatically been entered to compete in the September “Fish-Off” derby which occurs September 9 to 11.

“I have not yet decided whether I will return for the ‘Fish-Off’,” Claymore said.  

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