REPORTING · 3rd September 2013
The 26th annual Kitimat Fish Derby took place over the Labour Day long weekend. 607 participants came out to fish, weigh in and aim for the top.
“Today is our 26th Annual Kitimat Fish Derby and Fish Fest being held in Heritage Park in front of the Chamber of Commerce. We had a couple of changes to the Fish Derby this year, with some of the limitations on Halibut sizes, we decided to go with ‘It’s all about Coho’ this year,” said Trish Parsons, Manager of the Chamber of Commerce.
The entrants came from all over. There were people from Alberta coming in to weigh fish.
This year, replacing Largest Halibut was a category for Men’s Largest Coho. The overall Largest Coho would win $1000 cash. In addition, there were other grand prizes which were drawn for. This year, the winners did not have to be present to win a prize.
At Heritage Park, there was music, food venders and games for the kids. There were plenty of opportunities to win prizes. One of the contests was a scavenger hunt. The idea behind the scavenger hunt was to get both locals and visitors to explore the community and learn about it and its history.
Throughout the afternoon people came in with more and more fish, family and stories. At 7:00 Mayor Joanne Monaghan and Chamber of Commerce Chair Derrick Stinson.
“It’s been an absolutely beautiful two days for this fish derby and I hope you all had a good time,” said Monaghan. She thanked the Chamber and Parsons for the work she does putting on the derby.
The Men’s Largest Coho went to Cory Eisenberger at 14 pounds, 12 and 5/8 Ounces, who also caught the largest Coho. The Largest Jr. Coho went to Dawson Calkins who caught a 13 pound, 7/8 ounce fish and who was celebrating his 11th birthday. The Largest Woman’s Coho went to his mother Sharmin Calkins at 10 pounds, 15 and 1/8 ounces. Interestingly enough, Dawson was born on the day his father won the fish derby 11 years ago.
“[I’d like to give] special thanks to all of our sponsors and all of our participants. Not just in the fish derby itself but those that come up and enjoy the scavenger hunt and enjoy the games,” said Parsons.
Cory Eisenberger had the biggest fish.
Saya Dodd, Bert and Leah McConnell play with an extra large version of Kerplunk