Annual Fishing Derby
Derby News and Association History
2018 DERBY WINNERS:
1st place Chris Flint - 23.1 pounds
2nd place Kate Cole - 21.0 pounds
3rd place Mickey Webster - 17.2 pounds
2017 DERBY WINNERS:
1st place Carol Holman - 23.1 pounds
2nd place Len Rasile - 22.6 pounds
3rd place Clare Hansen - 22.8 pounds
2016 DERBY WINNERS:
1st place Kevin Hicks - 25.3 pounds
2nd place Dick Price - 22.4 pounds
3rd place Ward Bond - 21.8 pounds
2015 DERBY WINNER:
1st place Len Rasile - 21.8 pounds
In May 1977, the Sidney Anglers Association (SAA) was formed with an initial membership of 30 anglers. The Association in quick order established its executive, its purpose, fishing boundaries, constitution, annual membership dues, a ladder board system and created a quarterly newsletter.
The stated purpose of the Association was “to foster interest in rod and reel fishing, to foster interest in Canada’s greatest game fish, the salmon, to promote recreational fishing in the Sidney area, and to participate in measures for the propagation and conservation of salmon and the protection of its environment”
The Association held its first derby in June 1977. The first place prize went to Elwood Thompson, the second place was awarded to Rick Sansbury and third place was captured by Tom Davis. Over the years, membership has grown to over 100 and the number of internal derbies for members has increased to six a year held on Sundays.
The SAA in keeping with its proud tradition of participating in salmon conservation and salmon habitat restoration has held an annual fundraising salmon derby since 2011 raising close to $177,000 to date with all net proceeds going to salmon enhancement projects ranging from stream restoration to live pen operations on southern Vancouver Island. Today’s association is a salmon fishing and conservation club with committed members ensuring the ongoing future of salmon.