Anglers reach their derby limit |

Anglers reach their derby limit

by Dave Price
A young angler smiles while volunteers assist on his catch Sunday during the 27th annual Kids' Fishing Derby at Lampe Park.
Dave Price |

To use a baseball metaphore, the 27th annual Kids’ Fishing Derby batted 1.000 this past weekend at Lampe Park. That is, organizers for the event report that each of the young anglers who turned out under sunny conditions Saturday and Sunday all caught their two-fish limits.

“The Derby went off without a hitch,” derby spokesperson Tiffany Ellis said. “Having planted about 1,200 pounds of fish, each kid limited out.”

This marked only the second time in derby history — it is open free to girls and boys ages 3-12 years of age — that youngsters who stayed for their session reached the fish limit, according to board of directors member Steve Hamilton.

A total of 1,200 young anglers participated during the two days.

Keeping with tradition, the largest catch in each of four sessions held on Saturday and three more on Sunday received special prizes. The largest fish overall for both days was a 4-pound, 2-ounce catch by 12-year-old Landon Tabor during the final session Sunday afternoon.

Session winners, listed on the “Big Fish” board in order for the two days, included:

■ Vanya Gerber, age 12, 3 pounds, 7 ounces

■ Cadence Gurule, 11, 3 pounds. 8 ounces

■ Manuel Garcia, 11, 3 pounds, 1 ounce

■ Juliet Guerra, 11, 3 pounds, 11 ounces

■ Samantha Brown, 8, 3 pounds, 5 ounces

■ Sequoia Ellison, 8, 3 pounds, 12 ounces

■ Landon Tabor, 12, 4 pounds, 2 ounces

Ellis said that about 550 pounds of rainbow trout left over from the weekend have been moved by derby volunteers to Gilman Pond located near Heritage Park in Gardnerville.

She went on to point out that photographs will be available — both in print and digital — to participants and their families until this weekend at Walgreens.

Sunday’s derby emcee Doug “Mac-the-Naw” Busey took time to acknowledge the many volunteers who turn out to help stage the derby.

“They volunteer their time for two days to help kids get hooked on fishing,” he announced. “And what a ride it is when you catch your first fish.”