The 2017 Fermilab Fishing Derby was a great success! More than 75 people of all ages came out to fish, despite the threatening storms. The weather was perfect and the fish were biting!
There was a three-way tie for first place: Suzanne Saxer, Barry Horn and Joaquin Colmenares (age 5) all caught 13-inch bass fish.
Other prizes were given as well:
- Smallest Bass went to Quentin Eiffes.
- First Snapping Turtle Catch went to Quentin’s father, Albert Eiffes.
- Most Fish Per Age Group awards went to Guin Hazelwood and Charlie Saperston.
- Best Fish Question (about how to catch an octopus) went to Ershaleen Saini.
- Most Squeamish went to Ershaleen’s mother, Lovedeep Saini.
- Smallest Fish went to Trent Wiedman 3 ¼-inch bluegill.
The Fishing Derby was organized by Fermilab Global Services and fishing aficionados Kyle Hazelwood, Denton Morris and Aron Soha.
Thank you to Fermilab Natural Areas, who came and set up an educational table with fish stickers for the kids. Also a big thank you to “Gills,” a large bluegill who sat on display in a fish tank as children looked on in wonder and competed to name him. He was caught by Kyle Morris and his father Denton and was happy to return to the lake at the end of the event.
Overall, it was a great event.
“I can’t wait until next year!” said Derby judge and co-planner Denton Morris.
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