Jamie Harrison weighs in with Jeremy Sandeman at the James Denton Memorial Fish Derby.

Denton derby a success

The inaugural memorial derby for James Denton draws a large field.

The inaugural James Denton Memorial Fishing Derby netted a large field of competitors in Port Hardy this weekend.

Organizer Jeremy Sandeman said that 104 tickets had been sold for the event, with all funds raised going back in as prizes.

First prize went to American Rick Beecroft, who took the $800 back home with his 30.15 lb salmon. Second prize and $600 went to local man James Trueman after he landed a 34lb halibut.

There were also three hidden weight prizes with Shayla Greif, Quinn Mellow and Trevor Olsen each taking home a $300 prize.

The winner will also be the first name on a memorial plaque which is to hang in Captain Hardy’s restaurant.

Denton’s mother and father joined competitors at the Quatse Hatchery after the weigh-ins for a barbeque. Sandeman said that the event had a great turn out and was a success. Next year, he said, they would look to moving the event to the long weekend as many of the competitors travelled from down island and were unable to stay for the barbeque.

The event, which organizers hope to make an annual fixture, is dedicated to the memory of the teenager who was murdered last year in Courtenay.