Kingfisher's Josh Jones wins Alaska fishing derby

Josh Jones, 25, of Kingfisher reeled in a 34.85-pound king salmon last weekend to win the 2012 Downtown Soup Kitchen Slam'n Salm'n fishing derby in Anchorage, Alaska.
by Ed Godfrey Published: June 23, 2012
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Josh Jones, 25, of Kingfisher reeled in a 34.85-pound king salmon last weekend to win the 2012 Downtown Soup Kitchen Slam'n Salm'n fishing derby in Anchorage, Alaska.

Using a pole purchased at a yard sale, Jones hauled in the monster on Ship Creek, a popular salmon fishery just steps from downtown hotels and office buildings.

Jones is no stranger to big fish. He's caught catfish in the Midwest. But this is the first fish he's reeled in since being stationed in Alaska at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in May.

Jones won a 14-foot boat, 25-horsepower motor and trailer. He also won an additional $500 for the top catch by a military member and $100 for the top fish on Saturday.

Nicholas Cavoulas of Tucson, Ariz., was the derby runner-up with a 33.3-pound fish and won a four-day Ketchikan fishing package with 50,000 Alaska Airlines miles.

The eight day Slam'n Salm'n Derby wrapped up June 17 on Ship Creek.

by Ed Godfrey
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Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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