Messmer tops first ever Juneau Chum Derby

The first ever Juneau Chum Derby wrapped up with first place finisher Adam Messmer taking home $5,000 cash for his 16.65-pound chum salmon, according to Thunder Mountain High School girls basketball coach Tanya Nizich.


Second place went to Ryan Lee for his 14.9-pound fish. He took home $1,000 cash. Third place was awarded to Jackson Pavitt who turned in a 14.7-pound fish for $500 cash.

In an email this week, Nizich said Bryce Saviers, Chase Saviers, Cory Mahar won an award for bringing in the most fish, tallying 17 chum, while Adam Messmer, Jeff Smith and Dave Berger, came in second with seven chum.

The event was a fundraiser, Nizich said, for the TMHS basketball and baseball teams.

“(We) would like to extend a special thank you to all derby sponsors,” she wrote in an email.

Sponsors of this years derby include Douglas Island Pink and Chum Inc., S.E. Charters Association, S.E. Seiners Association, Morris Engineering and the Juneau Moose Lodge.

Nizich also wanted to thank parents for helping organize the event, Taku Smokeries and Alaska Glacier Seafoods for being weigh stations and this year’s participants.

“The derby was a fun way to raise money for local youth sports programs, while giving people the opportunity to win some good cash prizes,” Nizich wrote.

Funds raised from the derby will help the three teams with travel expenses, gear and equipment.

Fish were donated to local seafood companies.


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