REPORTING · 4th September 2012
The Kitimat Chamber of Commerce played host to the 25th Annual Fish Derby which took place over Labour Day Weekend, Saturday, September 1st and 2nd. There were 500 participants in this year’s Fish Derby.
“We’re having Fish Fest, celebrating the 25th Fish Derby. We’ve got all sorts of games for the kids to play and this year, we’re celebrating 25 years,” said Trish Parsons, Manager of the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce.
There was more then just games for the kids, provided by the Child Development at Chamber of Commerce. There were also representatives from the Kitimat Fish Hatchery with a display of live Coho. The Kitimat Humane Society was selling food.
“The Fish Derby benefits lots of our local community groups and that’s one of the things making it a community event,” said Parsons.
There were a lot of prizes being given out this year which were donated by businesses in Kitimat. Participants in the Derby have two weeks to pick up their randomly drawn prizes at the visitors centre.
Parsons stated there were people participating from Smithers, Kitimat, Terrace, Prince Rupert and even Alberta.
The winners with the best catches were:
Adam Langgeger had the Largest Junior Coho at 11 pounds, 5 Ounces.
Kristean Moon caught the Largest Woman’s Coho at 11 pounds, 3 Ounces.
Sam Avila had the Largest Halibut at 66 pounds.
Finally, Steven Pisiak caught the largest Coho. It weighed 12 pounds, 10 ounces.
Marion Rodgers from Morinville Alberta weighs her catch