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Teen told no fish story: He's the official derby winner

June 05. 2013 5:32PM
Winni Derby "Victor Apparent" Dakota Wright, at right, stands with Winni Derby chair Diane LaBrie at the derby's award ceremony Sunday. (COURTESY)

LACONIA — A teenager from Laconia is now officially the champion of the 2013 Winni Derby.

Tournament officials say Dakota Wright, 17, passed a polygraph test that was required under Rule 15 of the salmon fishing contest on Lake Winnipesaukee.

Wright reeled in a 22 1/2-inch salmon that weighed in at 3.7 pounds. He caught the salmon May 18 during the tournament off Welch's Island.

Laconia Rotary President Mike Moriarity said tournament officials had no concerns Wright's catch had come from elsewhere, but had decided before the fishing began to enact the polygraph rule.

"When we looked at the weights and comparable weights of all the entries, it was apparent that was a salmon from Lake Winnipesaukee," Moriarity said.

Moriarity said Wright, a junior at Bishop Brady High School in Concord, passed the test without any problems. He also gets the derby grand prize of $12,500.

Derby officials decided this year to enforce its Rule 15 to dispell any suspicions of cheating.

"Everyone we spoke with said this is actually a good thing and creates a fair playing field for everyone," Moriarity said.

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