Winters lands whopper, derby lead

Man's 35.6-pound king at top of Golden North Salmon Derby

Posted: Sunday, August 10, 2008

Sheldon Winters was the leader of the Golden North Salmon Derby as of Saturday afternoon.

Winters, who is co-chairman of this year's derby, caught a 35.6-pound king salmon south of Shelter Island on Friday just before the 7 p.m. deadline for weighing in.

He said he missed making it back to the official Auke Bay weigh station by three minutes and had to keep the fish on ice overnight. He said the fish lost about a half pound during the wait.

Earlier Friday, Winters said he caught a 14 pound fish but was urged by his fishing buddy, Mitch Horn, to toss it back in hopes of catching a bigger one. There is a one king a day limit.

Winters said the rest of the day involved heated arguments between the two men as to whether they should have kept the fish. Winters said at one point he contemplated throwing Horn into the water.

The argument ended after Winters caught the big king.

"He was lucky he was right," Winters said.

The three-day event ends Sunday evening.

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