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12th Annual Elk Lake ‘Take a Kid Fishing’ Derby

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Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our 12th annual Elk Lake ‘Take a Kid Fishing’ derby this past Saturday!  With 306 adults and 85 juniors entered, this was the largest turn out we have had yet.  Saturday was filled with lots of fish weighed in, good weather, great prizes thanks to our sponsors, and happy smiles on the kids’ faces (which is what this derby is all about)!
The derby was a huge success and thanks to all of you, we are able to support the kid’s TLC Fund as well as encourage the next generation of anglers to get out on the water every chance they get.  We value our youth in the fishing industry; after all, they are what keeps this sport alive for the future!

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We would like to thank all of our sponsors who continue to give generously to events like this one – without them, these events would not be possible.  Thanks to our sponsors, each junior received a prize pack and a rod or net!  We were also able to have some great fish and draw prizes for both juniors and adults.  A huge thank you to:
Boat Tote, Berkley, Canoe Cove, Deadly Dick, Dura Baits, Gibbs Delta, G Hjukstrom Knives, Islander Precision Reels, Johns Place, Larry Dalziel, Maritime Museum, Mercury, Navico, Paynes Marine, Pure Fishing, Rapala, Scotty, Sea Pro, SG Power and Yamaha the Q, Rio, the Zone, Times Colonist, Forged Fly Fishing, Okuma, Alpine Marine, Pro Cure, Spro Baits, Big Rock Sports, Lure Jensen, Scientific Anglers, Amundson and all of our supporters!

The trout fishing was awesome on Saturday with over 75 trout weighed in!  The top five fish weighed in were all very close; congratulations to Bob Johnson who caught the largest Trout.  At 3 lbs 1 oz, his trout won him a $1000 cheque.  Great work everyone out trout fishing!

Top 5 Trout Prize Winners

Place Name Weight
1st Bob Johnson 3 lb 1 oz
2nd Rick Cohen 2 lb 9 oz (10:29)
3rd Ethan Buyne (Junior!) 2 lb 9 oz (2:47)
4th Mason Richman (Junior!) 2 lb 3 oz
5th Rob Rouchard 2 lb 2 oz

[caption id="attachment_19912" align="aligncenter" width="464"] Here is Bob Johnson with his winning 3 lb 1 oz Trout.[/caption]

The bass competition was also very close; there was a total of 40 Bass weighed in.  Andrew Grant took home 1st place with a 7 lb 2 oz Bass.
Congratulations to everyone who weighed in a fish in the derby - you all did great!

Top 5 Bass Prize Winners

Place Name Weight
1st Andrew Grant 7 lb 2 oz
2nd Nolan Barron 6 lb 15 oz
3rd Chris Remple 6 lb 12 oz
4th Drew Mackie 6 lb 0 oz
5th Cody Cliffard 5 lb 15 oz

[caption id="attachment_19913" align="aligncenter" width="465"] Andrew Grant with his winning 7 lb 2 oz Bass[/caption]

We would also like to recognize all the juniors that weighed in a fish on Saturday.  The top junior bass was weighed in at 5 lbs 4 oz by Nick Robbins and the top junior trout was weighed in by Ethan Buyne at 2 lbs 9 oz.  Nick and Ethan won a Victoria Salmon or Halibut fishing charter with us for themselves and a guest!
There was also a couple of Carp weighed in.  The first was weighed in by Tom Vaida at 5 lbs and the second was weighed in at 6 lbs 6 oz by Kaitlyn Gear, a junior!  This was Kaitlyn's first big fish she has ever caught - way to go!

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Although there were many great fish and draw prizes, the moment many wait for is the grand adult draw prize.  This year, the prize was a 12′ Lowe boat and a 6 Hp Yamaha Motor.  The grand draw prize went to Russell Cote – congratulations!  A huge thank you to Yamaha and SG Power for supporting the Elk Lake derby year after year.

Again, thank you to every angler out on the water this past Saturday.  We are so thankful to be able to put this derby on each year for the kids and we wouldn't be able to do it without all of you.  Check out our Facebook page for more photos from the 12th Annual Elk Lake Derby.  We hope to see you all again next year!