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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Annual Youth Fishing Derby brings families together

  • The eighth annual Youth Fishing Derby sponsored by McPherson Recreation Commission and the McPherson Junior Bass Masters Club brought together hundreds last Saturday at Lakeside Park.
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  • The eighth annual Youth Fishing Derby sponsored by McPherson Recreation Commission and the McPherson Junior Bass Masters Club brought together hundreds last Saturday at Lakeside Park.
    Lyle Starr, event coordinator, said as a child growing up in McPherson, he participated in several fishing derby events. When the derbies went away for several years, the Junior Bass Masters Club decided to bring them back to the city in 2006.
    “Fishing is a family activity. Seeing families enjoying our park system is very rewarding,” he said.
    The Junior Bass Masters Fishing Club is open to children ages 4-18. Members meet one time per month and have monthly tournaments. They also fish in several state tournaments.
    Starr said the derby was an any species tournament. In his experiences at Lakeside, he has seen catfish, carp and even some bass.
    Participants in the tournament used a wide variety of bait, including artificial lures, hot dogs, chicken liver, bread and night crawlers.
    Additional sponsors for the tournament in cluded Peoples Bank, Bill's Outdoor Sports, NCRA, Wendy's, and Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Lloyd.
    Each child participating received a prize, a tackle package and a free frosty. In addition, one boy and one girl participant received a new bicycle donated by NCRA. Winners were Elli Pulscher and Jed Moody.
    Father and son duo William Bennetts and his 4-year-old son Mark were first-time participants to this year’s event. They hoped to catch a turtle or a catfish. Mark won a fishing pole during the prize drawing.
    Brock Richardson took home the prize for catching the first turtle.
    Winners of each age group were as follows:
    6 and younger winners: Hunter Brown, first place, 40.5 inches; Caden Wenderott, second place, 27.25 inches; Dane Becker, third place, 17 inches
    7-11 winners: Trinity Huhn, first place, 42.75 inches; Devin Gunter, second place, 35.5 inches; Collin Pearson, third place, 29.75 inches
    12-15 winners: Gage Jarvis, first place, 28.5 inches; Zach Wankum, second place, 21 inches; Logan Miller, third place, 20 inches.

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