Robert Reid's 33.7-pound king remained the fish to beat Saturday evening going into the final two days of the 2004 Spring King Salmon Derby.
The month-long derby, in its eighth year, closes at 7 p.m. Monday. The last weigh-in station able to accept entries on Monday will be Jerry's Meats at Grants Plaza, 5145 Glacier Highway.
Reid's fish - turned in May 10 - is nearly seven pounds lighter than the smallest winner in the derby's history - Al McKinley Sr.'s 40.6 king, which won in 2001. Last year's winner, Thomas Lee, entered a 42.3-pound king.
Earlier this month, when asked by the Empire if he thought his fish would win, Reid said, "I don't think so. I didn't figure I'd be holding on to it this long."
But Reid's king, caught near Funter Bay on the west side of Admiralty Island, has held up. As of7 p.m. Saturday, John Rust was in second place with a 32.2-pound king, followed by Reggie Demmert (31.8), Dave Garrison (31.7) and Brenda Greenbank (30.8).
The cutoff for 30th place - the last place eligible for prizes - was Gordon Griffin's 26.0-pound king. Among the other anglers on the leaderboard was George Chappell, whose 27.8-pound king was the first fish turned in this year - on May 1 - and remained in 15th place.
The first-place angler will receive nearly $9,500 in cash and prizes.
Spring King Salmon Derby tickets cost $30 and are available at many local retailers. The derby is a scholarship fundraiser for the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.
For the complete derby leaderboard, look on the Scoreboard on Page B2.
For complete rules, ticket vendors and other information about the derby, look on the Internet at www.juneauempire.com/springking.