Terry Bates, Tandyn Hunt top fishers at Father’s Day derby

Despite the Father’s Day Weekend continually be one of the busiest of the year in Fort St. John, in terms of sports activities and options, the annual Father’s Day Fishing Derby continues to be one of the top draws. Organizer Tammi Miller estimated around 300 people were out on Charlie Lake on June 16 participating in the eighth annual derby.

She also held the Kid’s Learn to Fish Day for the ninth year on June 15, and had 50 kids try fishing for the first time.

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“The event continues to get bigger each year, and my heart is full at how many people come. I’m overwhelmed by the support and that’s why I continue to do it,” Miller said.

This year, Terry Bates won the top prize of a Rentco Equipment $750 gift certificate for bringing in the biggest fish (a 4lb 14 oz, 28-inch pike). Tandyn Hunt won the top kid’s prize, a half-hour helicopter ride, for bringing in a 4lb 3oz, 25-inch pike.

Here are the top finishers in both the kids and adult classes.

1. Tandyn Hunt - 4lbs 3oz, 25”
2. Hailey Hamm - 4lb 1oz 25.5”
3. Shayl Salmona - 3lbs 6oz 25 3/4”
4. Josilin Campbell - 3lbs 1oz 24”

1. Terry Bates - 4lbs 14oz 28”
2. Kehlan Huhn - 4lbs 5oz 26.5”
3. Trenton Mason - 3lbs 6oz 24.5” 

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca.

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