Eagle River woman becomes first female champ in Homer winter king derby history

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 10:39
  • Shayna Perry celebrates her first place win in the 24th annual Homer Winter King Tournament Saturday, March 23, 2019. Perry is the first woman champion in the history of the one-day tournament. (Photo by Jim Lavrakas/Courtesy Homer Chamber of Commerce)

An Eagle River woman is the first female champion in the history of the Home Winter King Salmon Tournament.

Shayna Perry claimed first place in the 26th annual derby March 23 in Kachemak Bay when she caught a 26.7-pound king while fishing aboard the Stella Maris 2 with skipper Krzysztof Balaban. For winning the derby, Perry received a $28,040 cash prize. She also won the “AJ’s Oldtown Steakhouse” prize for the largest “white” king caught in the derby.

The annual derby attracted 1,402 anglers and 426 boats who between them caught 180 kings.

Top 10

First Place: Shayna Perry - 26.70lbs - Stella Maris 2 - $28,040.00

Second Place: Chad Webb - 25.44lbs - Yeah Bouy - $18,226.00

Third Place: William Freeman - 24.56lbs - La’samo - $12,618.00

Fourth Place: Cody Dutcher 24.52lbs - Time Off - $9,814.00

Fifth Place: Bill Comer - 24.22lbs - Toni Marie - $8,412.00

Sixth Place: - Dustin Sena - 22.90lbs – Savage - $7,010.00

Seventh Place: Jason Herndon - 22.44lbs - Balls Deep - $5,608.00

Eighth Place: Luke Graham - 22.26lbs - Stella Maris 2 - $4,206.00

Ninth Place: Shoshana Wilhite - 22.24lbs – Obsession - $2,804.00

Tenth Place: Fletcher Darr 22.14lbs - One Finger Jack - $1,402.00

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