Trout Derby a (wet) success!

  • May. 20, 2009 12:00 p.m.

Submitted by Sandspit Rod & Gun Club–The 36th Sandspit Rod & Gun annual Mosquito Lake Trout Derby was held Sunday under weather conditions better suited for watching the Stanley Cup playoffs. Yes, it did rain and was cool enough that long sessions in an open boat were not the standard of the day. However the weather didn’t deter the determined and enthusiastic fisher kids and guides (parents). Approximately 50 tough (crazy) participants hit the water and proved that there were fish to be had. As usual, there was plenty of competition and the leader board was watched with keen interest as the fish were weighed in.There were plenty of campers in the campground and even though the Saturday evening wind (storm force) encouraged a few to batten the hatches and head home, the tough hung in. This being the start of summer outdoor activities, one wonders where the global warming is when you need it.The campfire at the scales was well used and the provided hot dog and hot chocolate were eagerly consumed.Of course, there are always Derby stories. This one related to the prevailing weather. A number of female guides (mums) were skeptical about the boat thing. The male guides (dads) provided their rain gear, let them have the dry seat and carried them to and from the boat. I heard that kisses and other things were being given as rewards for such thoughtful behavior. Way to go men, as you made it as comfortable and enjoyable as possible for the participants.Biggest Fish Brett Servatius 3# 02 ozUnder 6 David Putterill 2# 13 oz6 & 7 Hannah Putterill 1# 01 oz8 & 9 Keiana Die Bold 1# 11 oz10 &I 11 Chloe Parker 1# 10 oz12 & 15 No Entry 16 & Older Jack Die Bold 1# 10 ozYoungest fisher Gregory Putterill 2yrs Fishing RodMost determined fisher Kirah Brady Fishing RodThanks to Willows Golf and Kelly Parker for the fishing rods and the gift certificates for winner prizes. Thanks to all the participants for making this a safe and enjoyable event again this year.