Chappell's 27.8-pound fish holding early lead

Posted: Tuesday, May 04, 2004

George Chappell was the first angler to weigh in a fish in the 2004 Spring King Salmon Derby, and he remained in the lead as of Monday afternoon.

Chappell weighed in his 27.8-pound king at 2:07 p.m. Saturday - the opening day of the month-long derby.

As of 1:44 p.m. Monday, Allen Risley was in second place with a 26.2-pound king weighed in at 7:50 a.m. Monday. Gerald Duncan was in third place with a 23.4-pound king weighed in at 3:45 p.m. Sunday.

Seventeen fish had been weighed in as of Monday afternoon; the top 30 are eligible for prizes in the derby.

Last year's first-place king, caught by Thomas Lee, weighed 42.3 pounds.

There have been some changes to weigh-in stations. Jerry's Meats and Seafoods - near Western Auto - and Taku Fisheries in downtown Juneau are the only weigh-in sites.

The DeHart's and Alaska Seafood Co. weigh-in stations were closed because the scales did not meet state weights and measures regulations.

The Taku Fisheries station is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The station at Jerry's Meats and Seafoods is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

The derby - now in its eighth year - closes at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 31. Tickets cost $30 and are available at a number of local retailers. The derby is sponsored by the Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska and raises money for scholarships.

This year's derby standings - as of Monday afternoon - can be found on the Scoreboard on Page B2. Updated standings and additional derby information is available on the Web at www.juneauempire.com/springking.



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