SALMON FISHING -- Out with his family for their first ocean fishing experience, 8-year-old Jared Clark of Veradale topped all anglers in last week's Ilwaco king salmon derby with the bright beauty he's posing with above.
Jared had just begun reeling in to check his bait when the chinook struck.
His dad had to help steady the rod, but Jared manned the reel, reports his mother, Shelly.
"The captain got so excited when he saw what Jared had on his line, he ran down to net the fish himself, even though there were two deck hands helping the fishermen," Shelly said.
The king salmon weighed 21.90 pounds after it was cleaned, earning Jared a handsome $100 prize in addition to being able to take home enough dinner for the neighborhood.