Bill Rieger was a key volunteer organizer of the annual Coho Derby for the past 20 years. (Photo: Facebook)

Second weekend of the Sandspit 68th Annual Coho Derby begins

Long-time volunteer and organizer will be missed

  • Sep. 24, 2021 12:00 a.m.

Fishers will hit the waters of Gray and Copper Bays during the second of four weekends, in the 68th Sandspit Annual Coho Derby, on Sept. 25 and Sept. 26.

This event will be without one of the key organizers and volunteers, Jim Henry, who passed away earlier this year.

Jim and his wife, Gail, gave much of their time throughout the years to make the event a success each year, Bill Rieger, derby volunteer, told The Haida Gwaii Observer.

“Gail’s wishes are that the Derby continue on,” Rieger said. “We were all blessed to be able to suspend the reality of the pandemic and have some normalcy surround our lives. This was, as it has been for around 20 years, possible because of two amazing key organizers, Jim and Gail Henry.”

Henry was a volunteer, organizer, weigh master, fisher and storyteller and he will be missed immensely, Rieger said.

This will be the second of the four total weekends for this year’s derby. The event will continue on the first and second weekends of October. Anyone planning to participate in the annual event must purchase a ticket the day before the derby from Super Value or Charlisles.

Fishers will be able to weigh in their best Coho catch between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. at The Coho Shack, in Cooper Bay.

Last week’s largest catch weighed in at 12 pounds and 13 ounces (5.8 kg)

Weekend results of the largest catch will be released online on the Sandspit Peeps Facebook page and at Super Value.


Norman Galimski | Journalist 

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