Record coho wins Seward derby

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2002

ANCHORAGE - No one could beat Shirley Baysinger's catch after all.

The 22.24-pound fish caught last week is the largest of the 47-year history of the Seward Silver Salmon Derby, which ended Sunday.

Baysinger's silver salmon was caught Wednesday, earning the Cooper Landing resident $10,000 for first place. She won another $10,000 for besting the previous record holder, a 20.59-pound fish taken in 1994.

"I'm numb," Baysinger said Sunday just before the award ceremony. "I can't believe it."

Albert Verrall of Palmer placed second with a 21.31-pound fish that would have won every previous derby.

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