86-year-old wins Sitka Salmon Derby with 40-pound chinook

Bob Bernhardt won both total pounds and largest fish.

SITKA, Alaska (AP)  This year's winner of the Sitka Salmon Derby has participated in the annual event in most years since it began more than 60 years ago, and finally earned the grand prize after landing a 40.5-pound chinook.

The Sitka Sentinel reports that the five-day event hosted by the Sitka Sportsman's Association wrapped up Saturday, with 86-year-old Bob Bernhardt winning for both the largest fish and total pounds. The 15 kings he entered this year totaled 293.1 pounds.

The derby was first held in 1956, when Bernhardt participated with his brother-in-law. Over the years, Bernhardt has won a number of titles in the total pounds category while fishing with son, Gary, who helped him in this year's derby.

Nearly 800 king salmon were turned in by 206 participants this year.

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