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Woman wins derby with some 'kelp' from her husband

 

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Karen Malcom is the first woman to win the derby since 2008.

Karen Malcom won this year's King Salmon Derby after battling a 46.4-pound Chinook last Saturday afternoon.

Besides fishing the derby one day last year, Malcom hasn't fished during the annual event for 15 years until last weekend.

"My husband invited me to spend the weekend fishing with him and I took him up on it," Malcom said. "It was good quality time with he I and my dog. It was a family outing."

Stan Malcom and Karen Malcom got skunked Friday. Stan Malcom caught a halibut on Saturday and about an hour later Karen Malcom saw a strike on her rod.

The husband and wife team had quite the adventure bringing it in. Stan Malcom gave an impromptu fishing lesson while he unwrapped the line the fish had wrapped around his line.

"I'm reeling and reeling while husband is yelling about how to catch the fish," Karen Malcom joked. "It was a lot of 'don't do this' and 'don't do that.' I was saying 'don't yell at me.'"

Meanwhile, the fish wrapped the line around the bottom of an iceberg. And, if things weren't chaotic enough, a piece of kelp that had a rock attached to it fell off the iceberg down around on her line.

"I've got this heavy kelp rock on my line and Stan's down on the swim step trying to get that off and the whole time the fish is still taking line out," Malcom said. "My arm was getting pretty sore."

After unwrapping the line from every possible obstruction the sea could throw at them, Karen Malcom finally brought the fish up to the surface.

"We brought it on board and I was doing my happy dance," Karen Malcom said. "The first thought in my head was I get to have a coat like Stan's because he won the derby in 2011.

I always envied that coat."

Karen Malcom clocked in the prize-winning fish at 1:31 p.m. on Saturday. She said when she told somebody about how her line was caught up on an iceberg, it tipped people off that she caught the fish near Jap Creek.

"I had all the rest of Saturday, all of Sunday and all of Monday to sweat it out," Karen Malcom said. "On Saturday there were probably 20 boats out there (Jap Creek). On Sunday there were over 35. It was like combat fishing."

Besides the jacket, she won $7,000. She plans to use the money to pay some bills, pay her boat share and buy an airline ticket to see her parents in Washington.

As far as the prize king salmon goes, she plans to smoke it and share it around town.

She might even share some with her husband.

"I have thanked him numerous times, and I told him he could teach me how to fish anytime he wants," Karen Malcom said.

2014 Salmon Derby Results:

# Weight Name

1 46.4 Karen Malcom

2 43.7 Neil Caskey

3 39.2 Wally Swanson

4 38.4 Thomas Drennan

5 36.6 Guy Grebe

6 35.8 Greg Severson

7 35.1 Wade Washke

8 34.3 Aaron Severson

9 34.2 Dennis Oneil

10 34.2 Greg Fulkerson

11 32.9 Richard Lowell

12 32.9 Heather O'Neil

13 32.4 Stan Malcom

14 30.9 Holli Flint

15 30.7 Kathy Orear

16 30.5 Daniel Oneil

17 30.2 Erica Washke

18 29.9 Zephrie Whitethorn

19 29.7 Dan Oneil

20 29.7 Greg Lutton

21 29.6 John Snyder

22 29.5 Thomas McKeown

23 29.2 Kaitlin Quigley

24 29.1 David Grebe

25 28.5 Morris Mattson

26 28.5 Walt Payne

27 28.0 Toby Valkenburg

28 28.0 Aden Cole Martinsen

29 27.6 Helmer Olson

30 27.5 Rob Swanson

31 27.5 Max Worhatch IV

32 27.5 Candi Snyder

33 27.4 Terry Durkin

34 27.2 Eric Evens

35 27.1 Derek Lopez

36 26.7 Jeff Gibson

37 26.4 Donald Reyes

38 26.3 Franc Fernandez

39 26.3 Franc Fernandez

40 26.2 Kevin Volk

41 26.1 Wade Washke

42 26.1 Mike Payne

43 25.9 Desi Burrell

44 25.8 Greg Fulkerson

45 25.8 Richard Ellerby

46 25.7 Gail Conaway

47 25.7 Gail Conaway

48 25.3 Kelly Peterson

49 25.3 Anne Volk

50 25.2 Sam Volk

51 25.1 John Homme

52 24.9 Chase Lister

53 24.9 Sharon Reynolds

54 24.8 Rick Ellerby

55 24.7 Kennith Caulum

56 24.7 Dan Elstad

57 24.7 Dennis O'Neil

58 24.6 Elias Lucas

59 24.4 Curt Birchell

60 24.3 Christopher Lopez

61 24.2 Gunnar Payne

62 23.8 Paul Marnane

63 23.6 Bob Ziemke

64 23.6 Morris Mattson

65 23.5 Desi Burrell

66 23.4 Paul Alsing

67 23.4 Will Ware

68 23.4 Merlita Honma

69 23.3 Dan Elstad

70 23.2 Stephen Berry

71 23.2 Peter Kowalski

72 23.1 Chandler Strickland

73 22.9 Casey Knight

74 22.9 Robin Leekley

75 22.8 Kevin Volk

76 22.8 Cody Wegener

77 22.6 Jerry Dahl

78 22.5 Winter Skeek

79 22.4 Seth McCallum

80 22.2 Aden Cole Martinsen

81 22.2 Donald Reyes

82 22.0 Walt Payne

83 21.9 Brian Whitethorn

84 21.8 Scott O'Neil

85 21.7 Wade Washke

86 21.7 Sam Volk

87 21.7 Chadam Lopez

88 21.6 Rodney Littleton

89 21.5 Drue Vernon

90 21.3 Casey Flint

91 21.3 Derek Lopez

92 21.3 Kim Stromdahl

93 21.2 Rikki Lewis

94 21.2 Craig Anderson

95 21.0 Rachel Knernvik

96 21.0 Kaitlin Duross

97 21.0 Brian Whitethorn

98 20.9 Audrey Magou

99 20.9 Sam Volk

100 20.8 Victor T. Damain

101 20.8 Dennis O'Neil

102 20.8 Eileen Cham

103 20.7 James Schramek

104 20.6 Raymond Evens

105 20.5 Greg Lutton

106 20.5 Michelle lopez

107 20.4 David Warner

108 20.4 Brian Whitethorn

109 20.3 Max Worhatch IV

110 20.2 Julie Ruhle

111 20.1 Garret Lewis

112 20.1 Neil Caskey

113 20.1 Cody Wegener

114 20.1 Brennan Skeek

115 20.0 Toby Valkenburg

116 20.0 Howard Versteeg

117 20.0 Marsha Diane

Fernandez

118 20.0 Meredith Spears

119 19.9 Dan Elstad

120 19.8 Nichola Martinsen

121 19.7 Bryon Lyons

122 19.7 Tristan Welton

123 19.7 Eric Evens

124 19.6 Koby Pennington

125 19.6 Ashley Duross

126 19.6 Chadam Lopez

127 19.6 Kristi Birchell

128 19.5 Carol Martinez

129 19.5 Jordan Reid

130 19.5 Dennis O'Neil

131 19.4 Cynthia Mathisen

132 19.4 Nichola Martinsen

133 19.4 Greg Fulkerson Jr.

134 19.4 Mike Payne

135 19.3 Helen Olson

136 19.3 Annette Olson

137 19.3 Paul Anderson

138 19.2 Rob Swanson

139 19.1 Carol Martinez

140 19.0 John Haug

141 19.0 Derek Lopez

142 19.0 Susan Payne

143 18.9 Andy Kittams

144 18.8 Mike Turpen

145 18.8 Alan Honma

146 18.8 Paul Lund

147 18.8 Howard Versteeg

148 18.5 David Janzen Jr

149 18.5 Chase Lister

150 18.5 Casey Knight

151 18.3 Chris Whittlesey

152 18.3 John Snyder

153 18.2 Trevor McCay

154 18.2 Sam Volk

155 18.2 Olivia Reid

156 18.1 Chris Thorsteinson

157 18.1 Kelly Luczak

158 18.1 Emily Luczak

159 18.1 Chadam Lopez

160 18.1 Holli Flint

161 18.0 Bert Dersham

162 18.0 Chadam Lopez

163 17.9 Howard Versteeg

164 17.9 Betty Rogers

165 17.9 Jeff McFadyen

166 17.9 Serena Newman

167 17.9 Denise Loucks

168 17.8 Jennifer Thynes

169 17.8 Aden Cole Martinsen

170 17.7 Brian Doyle

171 17.7 Allen Lund

172 17.7 Jeff Pfundt

173 17.7 Meredith Spears

174 17.7 Walt Payne

175 17.6 Jeffery Meucci

176 17.5 Chandler Strickland

177 17.5 Kent Wegener

178 17.5 Walt Payne

179 17.4 Deirdre Toyomura

180 17.4 Allen Lund

181 17.4 Bryon Lyons

182 17.2 Sandra Briggs

183 17.1 Max Kamp

184 17.1 Patrick Valkenbury

185 17.1 Bret Martinsen

186 17.0 Michelle lopez

187 16.9 Joscelyn Ware

188 16.9 Alec Schramek

189 16.9 Dan Elstad

190 16.7 Toby Valkenburg

191 16.7 Peggy Mooney

192 16.7 Eric Crome

193 16.7 Chandler Strickland

194 16.6 Betty Rogers

195 16.6 Annette Olson

196 16.5 Lito Skeek

197 16.5 Don Huse

198 16.5 George Doyle

199 16.5 Paul Wilson

200 16.5 Aaron Severson

201 16.5 Ashley Duross

202 16.4 Ryan Littelton

203 16.3 Daniel Oneil

204 16.3 Curt Birchell

205 16.1 Dan Oneil

206 16.1 Camie Pederson

207 16.1 Heather O'Neil

208 16.0 Brad Knabe

209 16.0 Casey Knight

210 16.0 Nick Martinsen

211 15.9 Rikki Lewis

212 15.8 Kim Titus

213 15.8 Curt Birchell

214 15.8 Christy Ware

215 15.8 Elmer Davis

216 15.8 Jared Volk

217 15.8 Greg Lutton

218 15.8 Danny Thompson

219 15.7 Jonathon Wilder

220 15.7 Robert R. Thomasson

221 15.7 Cris Thorsteinson

222 15.6 Aaron Severson

223 15.6 Koby Pennington

224 15.6 David Marifern

225 15.6 Robert Thomason

226 15.6 Kent Wegener

227 15.6 Elias Lucas

228 15.5 Aaron Severson

229 15.4 Paula Akers

230 15.4 Stewart Vick

231 15.4 John Hoag

232 15.3 Renee Volk

233 15.3 Greg Richeson

234 15.2 Kim Titus

235 15.2 Stacy Kittams

236 15.1 Mattias Volk

237 15.1 Allen Lund

238 15.1 Kersten Lewis

239 15.0 Cody Wegener

240 14.9 Noah File

241 14.9 Arlyn Sheldon

242 14.9 Terry Durkin

243 14.9 Mollly Volk

244 14.9 michelle lopez

245 14.9 Chandler Strickland

246 14.8 Paul Lund

247 14.8 David Warner

248 14.8 Max Kamp

249 14.8 Kent Wegener

250 14.7 Robert McVicar

251 14.7 Sharon Bennett

252 14.6 Merlita Honma

253 14.6 Cris Hausler

254 14.6 Erica Washke

255 14.6 Casey Knight

256 14.5 Annette Olson

257 14.2 James Reid

258 14.1 Wally Swanson

259 14.1 Ken Duncan

260 14.1 Greg Lutton

261 14.1 Michelle lopez

262 14.0 Norris Swanson

263 13.9 Richard Lowell

264 13.9 Rob Swanson

265 13.9 Kirk Evens

266 13.8 Noah File

267 13.7 Trygve Thorsen

268 13.7 Kersten Lewis

269 13.6 Paul Marnane

270 13.6 Brian Doyle

271 13.6 Desi Burrell

272 13.6 Danny Thompson

273 13.5 Paul Marnane

274 13.3 Nolan Keegan

275 13.3 Walt Payne

276 13.2 Kaitlin Duross

277 13.1 Blane Volk

278 13.1 Patrick Valkenbury

279 13.0 Cory Volk

280 13.0 Sig Mathisen

281 12.9 Derek Lopez

282 12.9 Julie Walker

283 12.8 Will Ware

284 12.8 Rhiannon Kivisto

285 12.8 James Schramek

286 12.5 Jared Volk

287 12.5 Madeleene McPherson

288 12.4 John (Mickey) Knight

289 12.4 Wade Washke

290 12.2 Greg Richeson

291 12.0 Marva Thynes

292 12.0 Morris Mattson

293 11.9 Rickey Williaws

294 11.9 Samuel Heimdahl

295 11.8 Marva Thynes

296 11.8 Robin Leekley

297 11.8 Eric Evens

298 11.7 Seth McCallum

299 11.7 Sharon Bennett

300 11.6 Hank Cantrell

301 11.6 Greg Fulkerson

302 11.5 John (Mickey)

Knight

303 11.3 Kaitlin Duross

304 11.2 Susan Posenjak

305 11.1 James Schramek

306 11.0 Sam Volk

307 11.0 Molly Volk

308 11.0 Renee Volk

309 10.8 Danny Thompson

310 10.7 Tammy Strickland

311 10.6 Brennan Skeek

312 10.5 Hank Cantrell

313 10.4 Cameron Severson

314 10.3 Cody Wegener

315 10.3 Alicia Kittams

316 10.2 Cameron Severson

317 10.2 Kirk Evens

318 10.1 John (Mickey) Knight

319 10.1 Leonard Madson

320 10.1 Brian Newman

321 10.1 Jared Volk

322 10.1 Trent Kittams

323 9.7 Daniel Vick

324 9.6 Holly Knabe

325 9.2 Chadam Lopez

 

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