Surfside fishing derby success despite rain

<I>KEVIN HEIMBIGNER photo</I><BR>Father helps two sons during the annual Surfside Homeowner's Association Fishing Derby help Saturday at the canal in Surfside under a steady rainfall. The winning trout was over 16 inches and weighed one pound, six ounces.

SURFSIDE - Kaeleb Sio won the 2006 Surfside Homeowner's Association Fishing Derby Saturday with a one pound, six ounce rainbow trout that measured 16 1/2 inches long and weighed in at one pound, six ounces while competing in the five year and younger division.

Jake Mineard won the six through eight-year-old division and Justin Smith was the champion in the nine to 12-year-old division. Mineard's and Smith's fish each weighed one pound, four ounces. The annual derby is run by SHOA volunteers and this year was under the direction of Cassy Moorhead.

The young fishers and their parents were treated to a hot dog lunch at the SHOA office located on the banks of the canal. More than 5,000 rainbow trout were planted in March and allowed to grow to the average size of about nine to ten inches, according to Chris Moorhead, who also was among the dozens of people who helped with the event.

Cassy announced the following winners in the five and under division from second place to fifth place: Blake Kukula, Ian Powers, Tanner Brasket, and Ryan Marcil. In the six through eight division Jake Starkel, Parker Tolboe, Braeden Sio, and Allison Frank were pronounced winners. The nine through twelve division saw Riley Gill, Rilee Helsel, Mark Mineard, and Chelsea Comstock finish second through fifth places.

A total of 104 young people registered and caught 262 trout on Saturday. The number was down from the 144 kids who fished last year according to Mrs. Moorhead, but a steady rain didn't stop the 104 who registered this year and their parents from having a good time catching the feisty trout in the canal.

The most competitors were in the oldest age group with 49 signed up and they caught 107 fish. The middle age group, while only having 33 participants, latched onto 113 trout, and the youngest children numbered 22 and they caught 42 trout.

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