2018 Tuna/Coho Derby

There will be no Tuna/Coho Derby in the 2019 season. Watch this space for other derby info. 


On August 26, 27, 28 and 29, Nootka Marine Adventures will be holding its 3rd annual Tuna/Coho Derby in the waters off Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet. This year, the winning fish will be a Coho Salmon unless tuna fishing becomes a viable option, in which case the winning fish will be an Albacore Tuna. 

An orientation will take place at Newton Cove Resort on the evening of August 25. 


Newton Cove Resort will serve as headquarters for the derby, where the fish weigh-in and prize ceremonies will take place.

This year there is a $100 per contestant entry fee. 

Participants are encouraged to pre-register with Guest Services in advance of arrival. All participants must be registered guests of Newton Cove Resort. Participants must be present for the prize presentation in order to qualify.


Our derby is successful because of the generous support of our sponsors. Sponsors have the option to support our derby through donations of cash, merchandise, or a combination of both. View our list of derby sponsors.

Our Purpose

Our Tuna/Coho Derby is designed to raise funds for salmon enhancement and habitat restoration within the Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet watersheds.

The net proceeds from this event go toward the Nootka Sound Watershed Society and the Pacific Salmon Foundation.

Our goal is that by actively promoting and participating in these essential projects, we will bring awareness of the importance of environmental programs to the angling community.

Nootka Sound Watershed Society

The NSWS is a group of local community members including First Nations representatives, biologists, sport fishermen, industry representatives, and stewards with the common goal of working to protect, restore, and enhance Pacific salmon stocks in the Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet watersheds.

Derby Rules

Stay tuned for 2018 Derby Rules & Regulations. For further information, please contact Guest Services.


Tuna/Coho Derby

Official 2017 Tuna Derby Results

Tuna/Coho Derby

1st Place: Mike Hudson and the “Fish Burglars”

Congratulations to all the participants and thanks to all our sponsors! Thank you all so very much for coming out and we hope to see you again next year.