The 18th Annual Salmon Arm Kids’ Fishing Derby, hosted by the Shuswap Recreation Society, took place under cold, grey skies this past Sunday morning, June 15 at the end of the wharf at Marine Park.
In spite of the weather, more than 500 people showed up to take part.
As in past years, it did not take long for the first fish to be caught.
Anthony Materi received First Fish honours along with a plaque, a $100 education certificate and a fishing outfit. Materi also caught the second largest number of fish, but chose to relinquish that prize so that another child could win.
Throughout the morning, Cadence Tulak made a total of 11 trips to the weigh-in station to secure first place in the Most Fish category.
She received the Most Fish Trophy, as well as a rod and reel outfit, a $100 education certificate and a $100 gift certificate.
Cameron Bouchard placed second and Charleigh Lemay placed third.
Both received rod and reel outfits. All three received plaques as well.
Jayda Kopel won in the Largest Fish category and will have her name inscribed on the William J. Murray Memorial Trophy.
She also received a glass “keeper” trophy, a rod and reel outfit, a $200 scholarship and will be taking her whole family on an all-expenses-paid fishing trip to Beaver Lake Lodge.
Evan Hollatz placed second and received a rod and reel outfit as well as a $100 scholarship.
Alex Smolne placed third and received a rod and reel outfit and the Crook Family scholarship. Both also received plaques.
Emily Alcott and Levi Alyward won in the Hidden Weight category and both received brand new mountain bikes and helmets.
Patrice LeBlanc received $500 in groceries for the Parent Appreciation prize.
“As one of the organizers of the Kids’ Fishing Derby, it certainly gives me a tremendous sense of satisfaction when I see former participants like Aly Vann and Jorden Hofer coming back year after year to volunteer and help out with the derby,” said James Murray.
“They are not only mentors for the younger kids, they are pretty darned good role models.”
This year, 238 young anglers registered for the derby with 52 kids catching a total of 148 coarse fish. Close to $5,000 in scholarships and prizes were handed out.