Monday December 27, 2010
Big Fish Bite If You Got Good Bait
Vedder Boxing Day Derby draws hundreds of hopefuls
Submitted by Chris Gadsden with thanks to Fishing With Rod
Some of the prize steelhead weighed in yesterday during the annual derby. Video grabs courtesy of Chris Gadsden's film.
ifteen big steelhead were weighed in yesterday in the Annual Boxing Day Vedder River Steelhead Derby with 280 vying for top prizes.
Just over 280 anglers took part in yesterday in the contest sponsored by the Chilliwack Fish and Game Club. Last year 9 fish were caught in the derby.
The Derby Winners
King Fish, Richard Sheremeto, 14 pounds 14 ounces
Second, Jim Couers, 12 pounds 7 ounces
Third, P. Thomas, 11 pounds 13 ounces
Fourth, R. Lee, 11 pounds 10 ounces
Fifth, Steve Rosebloom, 10 pounds 9 ounces
Heaviest by a club member, Willy Grunenwald, 8 pounds 10 ounces
First weighted in Gwyn Joiner, 7 pounds 7 ounces at 7:56am
Heaviest by a senior, Gwyn Joiner, 7 pounds 7 ounces
Smallest steelhead M. Carson, 5 pounds 5 ounces
Hidden weight, N. Karpinski, with a 8 pound 13 ounce fish
A Little Fishtory
Wade Gienow who won the derby in 2006 and 2007 brought another fish in this year again but his 10 pound 7 ounce steelhead was only 2 ounces out of the running for a 5th place finish.
The derby was first held in 1938 when Carl Wilson caught the King Fish.
Heaviest ever derby fish was a 21 pound 5 ounce fish taken by the late Walt Engle taken in the 1970 derby.
The smallest ever winning entry was 9 pounds 13 ounces caught by Wilfred Clark in 1942.
Sheremento's fish is the 3rd largest in the last 11 derbies. Gord Gadsden, 15 pounds 14 ounces in 2000 and Jon Beaty in 2001 with a 15 pound 7 ounce fish run first and second.
Thanks to the donations from many local tackle shops and businesses, many anglers who did not catch a fish took home some valuable prizes.
A lot of thanks also goes to club president Paul Dulong and his committee for putting on the 67th edition of the derby with money made from the derby going right back into fish enhancement projects.
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