Tag: Fishing Derby

Human Powered Fishing Derby is Just Days Away

| May 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Tim P. Dillon

Human Powered Fishing Derby Featured in Alaska Coast Magazine

| April 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

by Jenny Chissus
Coast MagazineTim and Ila Dillon have been organizing the Human Powered Fishing Derby for 5 years now, and it has become quite the annual event for Seldovians and visitors alike!

This Memorial Day weekend will be the 6th Annual Human Powered Fishing Derby in Seldovia, and if you think fishing is fun out in the big ocean in a big boat – you will be pleasantly surprised with the maneuvering and skill required when you fish from a kayak, or small boat – it is a whole new experience and almost a whole new sport!  Landing a big fish has a whole different meaning when it has the power to pull you out to sea, with only oars and strong arms to resist the fish’s fright and flight!

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Enjoy this great article on page 8 of the Alaska Coast magazine!  Click on the magazine image to open the interactive magazine to read the article!

Memorial Day weekend is the opening of summer in Seldovia, and there is a lot going on this year! The Seldovia Arts Council is sponsoring a great concert on Saturday night, May 24th with the Hot Club of Nunaka, playing acoustic blues and swing!  Also, that Saturday, there’s an afternoon art class of  Zentangle  from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.    It is going to be a fun weekend in Seldovia.

The Third Annual Chinook Challenge Was a Success

| June 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Tim P. Dillon 


Seldovia’s third annual Chinook Challenge benefitting the Seldovia Volunteer Fire Department took place last Saturday. Anglers were invited to join the derby for a $100 entry fee and try their luck at catching a king salmon. Unlike the Human Powered Fishing Derby, this was a motorized derby and the target species was only king salmon.

21 anglers entered the derby and were treated to one of the best weather days seen on the bay this year. Boats spread out from Chrome Bay and Elizabeth Island to 4th of July Creek. Sitings of Humpback whales & mountain goats, and catches of red salmon, chum salmon and king salmon were just a few of the things lucky anglers were treated to.  A 30% catch ratio for king salmon was achieved.


From the talk heard on the VHF radio, it was a slow day for charters catching kings; we had hoped for more and bigger fish, but that’s fishing. In the end Joe Miller on the Veronica Mae took home the prize for the biggest fish. Of equal importance was the $1000.00 that the derby was able to donate to our local fire department. Chief Haller attended the ceremonies and graciously accepted the donation and thanked all of the anglers involved.

Mayor Keith Gain presided as the official weigh-in judge and his motto was heard loud and clear: “All judge’s rulings are final!”

Angler                                     Category                            Prize 
Joe Miller                               1st Place                            $600.00
Christine Kashavarof            2nd Place                        $350.00
Ed Shleeth/Amelia Dillon     3rd Place (Tie)                $150.00
Franky Kash                     Fish & Game citation             $100.00 fine
(Thanks for being such a good sport Franky)

3rd Annual Chinook Challenge – King Salmon Derby

| June 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Tim P. Dillon

The third annual Chinook Challenge registration takes place this Friday June 8th, fishing begins at 8:00am Saturday!   This event is sponsored by the Seldovia Volunteer Fire Department and is in conjunction with Tim P. Dillon and Joe & Heather Miller of the Linwood Bar & Grill.

All proceeds go to the fire department so come join in the fishing. After I started the Human Powered Derby five years ago, there were quite a few fishermen who wanted a derby for motorized craft. Well this is your chance!  Any kind of power goes with this derby and there are no limits as to where you can fish, only that lines are in at 8:00 a.m. and out at 5:00 p.m.
This is a king salmon only derby. The largest king salmon is guaranteed $500 and other prizes and amounts depend on the number of entrants. All anglers must file a float plan and then immediately upon return to the harbor sign in as “returned” at the Linwood. The official scale and weigh person will be weighing fish From 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Linwood.
You can call me, Tim P. Dillon, @ 299-3710 with any questions.

4th Annual Human-Powered Fishing Derby – A Great Success!

| June 4, 2012 | 3 Comments

by Tim Dillon

The 4th annual Human- Powered Fishing Derby was held in Seldovia last weekend over the Memorial Day holiday. It was a great success with 32 boats registered carrying 39 anglers.  The weather was very cooperative with a few drizzles on Saturday, and then sunshine and fair weather prevailed on Sunday long enough to make it through the fish fry without getting wet.

When I first initiated this derby, my goal was to get local folks turning their engines off for a day or two, dragging their rowboats and kayaks out of the shed and launching them for a some quiet fishing and enjoying the bay right in our backyard. If this year is any indication, that goal was reached and surpassed. We saw both young and old Seldovian’s join in and cast their luck from a wide variety of vessels. Next time you see young three-year-old Duna or perhaps Nancy Opheim, ask them how they enjoyed their first derby. The whole mouth of Seldovia Bay and into Kachemak Bay was spotted with human-powered craft. It was a great sight.

This year’s grand prize was won by local Kirby Corwin. We have gotten away from the big fish big prize syndrome, and Kirby’s name was pulled from a hat Continue Reading

Human Powered Fishing Derby Starts Tomorrow!

| May 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

by Jenny Chissus

Don’t miss your perfect opportunity to get out in a boat, with a friend (or two) and a fishing pole for a day on the water!

Tomorrow starts the 4th annual Human Powered Fishing Derby!  Click here or on the poster to the left to see the flier full size!

This event is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce but put together entirely by Tim and Ila Dillon, who can’t wait for an excuse to go fishing!  There will be many great prizes along with an amazing opportunity to win the grand prize,  a brand new rowboat!  Call Tim or Ila for more information or just show up at the tent by the small boat harbor Saturday morning at 9am with $35, a life vest, a coat (darn – it is kind of cold this weekend) a rowboat, kayak,  canoe or driftboat and be ready to go fishing!

If you are sticking around the whole weekend, the fish fry is a community potluck to die for!  Fresh fish and the BEST potluck participants in the State of Alaska!  Seldovians know how to potluck in style – you will NOT go hungry!   You WILL leave HAPPY!  See you on the docks!