Three-year-old Michael Henry tries his hand at fishing

Three-year-old Michael Henry tries his hand at fishing

Kids reel in some good times during fishing derby

With kids lining the tiny stocked Mayo Lake with fishing poles, their parents, and smiling faces, organizers are calling this year’s Kid’s Derby a success.

With kids lining the tiny stocked Mayo Lake with fishing poles, their parents, and smiling faces, organizers are calling this year’s Kid’s Derby a success.

In all, 28 kids turned out for the 10th annual event, catching eight trout.

Placing first was Conner Mullen, who caught a 13 ounce fish. Conner was followed by second-place finisher Kegan Mullen and Savanna Bell, who placed third.

Despite the first second and third placements, all kids were winners during the weekend derby, aimed at getting kids out during BC’s Family Fishing Weekend, which also lies on the Father’s Day weekend. Every participating child received a prize at the end of the day’s fishing fun, during an awards ceremony at the Valley Fish and Game Club, which hosted the event.

Sponsored in part by the provincial government, the majority of expenses are covered by the Valley Fish and Game Club.

“We think it’s our best investment of the year,” club president Andreas Burglund said.

Burgland was also quick to thank Wally Baas, who has organized the event during all of its 10 years of existence.

Next up, the club will set its sights on the Saturday, June 25, Steak Shoot event.

Following the day’s trap shooting excitement, the club will take its annual summer break. The club’s first meeting of the 2011/2012 season will take place Wednesday, September 7.

It won’t be a full-on break, though, as club volunteers plan on making a number of improvements to the building and property. In preparation for next season’s trap shoot events, the club’s second trap pit is one of the items slated for repairs.