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By Ben Muir 

Karrie Byrer wins 2017 salmon derby with 34.3 lb. king


Ben Muir / Petersburg Pilot

Karrie Byrer with her 34.3 pound derby-winning salmon on Monday, May 29.

A seemingly routine 2017 salmon derby shifted to shock and thrill Monday after Karrie Byrer caught a 34.3 pound king salmon just minutes before the derby closed.

Byrer and her fiancé, Chris Malcom, idled their boat into the dock at about 4:50 p.m., 10 minutes before deadline. Malcolm hopped off and rushed a burly king salmon to the weigh station, grinning fervently, with Byrer close behind.

"I knew it was decent size," Malcom said. "Once I netted it and put it on the boat, I said, 'holy smokes, let's go, we're going in."

At 4:52 p.m., as it was documented in real time, Malcom placed a...

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