By The Hermiston Herald

BOARDMAN — The team of Kirby and Leah Gamble claimed the top prize in the $16,000 11th annual Smoker Craft/Sullivan Marine Spring Walleye Classic over the weekend in Boardman.

The Gambles, of Kennewick, Wash. cashed in for $7,289, including a $2,000 Smoker Craft Bonus and $1,500 for Sunday’s biggest fish. The fish weighed in at 13.38 pounds and helped the team total 34.84 pounds of fish.

Boardman’s Travis and Wren Hyder paced all local teams with a second place showing with a 26.2 pound total. The Boardman team totaled $2,408 in the event.

Saturday’s big fish was a 14.42 pound specimen, hauled in by the team of John and Jacob Grubenhoff, of Pasco, Wash.

The catch and release event was held in Boardman for the first time and drew 128 anglers to the competition. The derby was the first of three in the Columbia River Walleye Circuit. Future events will be held in Boardman July 14-15 and Umatilla Sept. 8-9. The top point earning angler in the three events will earn a season ending $2,000 bonus.

Teams totaled 245.04 pounds of walleye Saturday and weighed in 98.44 pounds of fish Sunday. Eighteen of the fish came in at more than 10 pounds.

(For complete coverage, see the March 27 edition of The Hermiston Herald)

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