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Petrolia Family Fishing Derby a Huge Success


Posted: July 13, 2020

The annual family fishing derby looked different in Petrolia this year, but that did not stop residents from getting out there and trying their skills at catching a fish in Petrolia’s Little Lake in Bridgeview Park.

This year, to allow for physical distancing, the derby ran for a little over a week (July 4 -12, 2020), and asked anglers to send in their prized catch as a photo with a measuring tape beside it for confirmation. For those that caught anything but a fish, a special “non-fish” category was created to bring even more fun to the event.

We are pleased to announce eight winners this year:

Largest fish:

3 & under- Julian Smith – 20-inch, Catfish

4-6 years- Paisley Waite- 35-inch, Gar Pike

7-9 year- Tie Richards- 32-inch, Carp

10-12 years- Ava Kedwell- 29-inch, Carp

13+ – Jeremy Demelo- 33.5-inch, Carp

Most Caught- Jadin Vandenberghe- 16 fish caught

Smallest Fish – Jadin Vandenberghe- 2-inch

Non-Fish- Finley Bujak – Fishing Bobber/Mud & Grass

Some quick statistics:

27 youth registered fish
101 fish caught
3 turtles
1 crawfish
1 beer can
1 pink fishing rod
1 clump of mud
2 bobbers
1 mussel

Director of Facilities and Community Services, Dave Menzies said, “Although we have had to make some changes to our events this year, we are very pleased with the outpouring of support from our residents and for their willingness to participate in these events. Our goal is to keep our residents safe, but to provide them some sense of normal during this time. “

Each of the winners can pick up their prize at the Town of Petrolia Municipal Office. We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to The Outdoorsman, CUPE Local 2393 and to the Lambton Central Petrolia Optimist Club for their sponsorship of the prizes. Thank you to all participants, please visit the Town of Petrolia, Ontario Facebook page to view a complete album of the fish, and non-fish.

2020 Fishing Derby 2020 Fishing Dereby 2 Bobber Clump of Mud and Grass Smallest Fish