Neal atop Derby leaderboard with 32-pound king

Posted: Wednesday, June 02, 2010

JUNEAU - May's annual Spring King Salmon Derby has come to an end, with Dan Neal sitting atop the leaderboard with a 32.65-pound salmon he caught on May 20.

Neal was in the lead according to the derby's website, but final standings won't be official until 4 p.m. today. The leaderboard can be viewed at

As of press time on Tuesday, Neal barely beat out Peter Castillo, whose May 16 catch weighed in at 32.60 pounds.

Ole Taug III finished in third place with a 31.25-pound salmon, also caught May 16, and Renato Lumba showed in fourth place with a 30.90-pound fish.

There were six fish that weighed at least 30 pounds, and Chet Durand and Greg Mitchell rounded off that top six with a 30.05-pound salmon caught May 21 and a 30-pound fish caught on Memorial Day, respectively.

The annual fishing derby is sponsored by Central Counsel Tlingit and Haida.

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