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Mielke is unofficial derby winner

Posted: August 11, 2014 - 12:03am

The Territorial Sportsmen, Inc. board will make its final tally of the fish caught in the 68th annual Golden North Salmon Derby on Tuesday, but as of Sunday night, the unofficial winner of the derby is Juneau’s Max Mielke.

Mielke brought in a 27.9-pound king salmon at 2:44 p.m. Friday, this year’s first-place fish so far. Last year’s front-runner was a 29.2 pound king salmon reeled in by Juneau’s Jody Hass.

This year’s first-place winner will receive $10,000 in cash from Territorial Sportsmen; a limousine ride courtesy of Juneau Limousine Service to and from Thursday’s Awards Night; a sterling silver 2014 derby buckle from Alaska Bronze Works; one roundtrip Alaska Airlines ticket; Alaska Litho boat and truck decals; and a winner’s jacket from Capital Embroidery.

The top 68 fish will be finalized at a board meeting at noon Tuesday. Territorial Sportsmen will then announce the official winners of the derby. Awards Night will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Centennial Hall.

So far, the rest of 2014’s top 10 winners are as follows:

• Second place: Mark Pusich with a 23.9-pound king at 1:10 p.m. Sunday

• Third place: Gerald Voss with a 22.8-pound king at 11:20 a.m. Saturday

• Fourth place: Tanya Nizich with a 22.5-pound king at 1:36 p.m. Saturday

• Fifth place: Jerry Godkin with a 22.4-pound king at 4:18 p.m. Saturday

• Sixth place: Ellie Fitzgerald with a 22.2-pound king at 11:44 a.m. Saturday

• Seventh place: Elizabeth Walatka Hays with a 21.9-pound king at 7:33 a.m. Sunday

• Eighth place: Larry Hays with a 21.3-pound king at 11:50 a.m. Friday

• Ninth place: Brad Smathers with a 21-pound coho at 4:14 p.m. Saturday

• Tenth place: Mark Fitzjarrald with a 20.6-pound king at 12:49 p.m. Sunday

View all unofficial top 68 fish online at goldennorthsalmonderby.org/topfishmain.html.

• Contact reporter Katie Moritz at 523-2294 or at katherine.moritz@juneauempire.com.

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