HATS OFF TO A SUCCESSFUL 2019 ROTARY FISHING DERBY
Our derby is all about you, our anglers. Each year, you bring a special vibe to our south shore communities of Lake Ontario during the first half of August. Your enthusiasm for sport fishing is contagious. I love how you fight to be on our leaderboard.
We had two young lads who finished in the top five in our Lake Trout Division. Their Dads were telling me that on the 18th, yes – on the very last half day of the 2019 Derby, these Dads and their sons played dodge ball with the early morning rain storms. Then, as they neared home these young lads said, “We want to go back and fish, we want to get the big fish.” Being good fathers, they turned around and went fishing again, for the third time that day. One caught a 15 lbs. 3 oz., and the other landed a 14 lb. 6 oz. worthy of 3rd and 5th place respectively. I sure wish I had been there when these boy’s trout were weighed. They were sure excited at our Award’s Celebration.
Maybe, there was something special in the water in the last 24-hours of the derby. Julie, who had been called home mid-derby, and her family just returned for the final few days to enjoy their hobby. As a 2016 Grand Prize winner, Julie knew there were big salmon out there and she was determined to repeat the Grand Prize win. You may remember, Friday, August 16 had a late afternoon T-storm warning, as it moved towards us Julie fought a 29 lb. 6 oz. salmon into their boat. By the time, Julie arrived at Narby’s to weigh it in -it was raining; in fact, Sharon says it was teeming when she went out to confirm that Julie’s fish had toppled Larry’s 27 lb. 8 oz. salmon from the top spot. Sorry Larry, you sure held the lead for days. See our Final 2019 Leaderboard for all resultsLeaderboard – 08182019 Final Results
I am so impressed with our Registration Sellers and especially, those Official Weigh Stations. Your sales and organizational skills are to be complemented as I am sure all too often everyone arrives within minutes. YIKES. It must be exciting to share when someone achieve Leaderboard status and heart wrenching when mere ounces means no leading spot. As a not-for-profit service organization, our prize money is funded from the revenues of our registration fees. Our stations do an excellent job for us. We are so fortunate to have built such great partnerships. You are the best! Together, we achieved a pretty great derby. We hope you enjoyed it.
Our community helped us out so much with sponsorships and prize table items. Our committee had a significant number of new members as we reformatted the derby into an internal project of our Rotary Club; but for, our stalwart returning members, we could have gone off the rails. While, we haven’t finalized all the numbers yet, we do know our registrations were up considerable over the last few years. Thank you, registrants!
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Marlee Diehl, Chair
Rotary Fishing Derby, an Albion Rotary event
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