According to event organizers, the day began bright and early, the kids were excited and everyone was ready to fish.
The 24th annual Libby Pond Kid’s Fishing Derby brought together 113 youth between the ages of newborn and 14 with 14 volunteers from the Curry Anadromous Fishermen, U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon South Coast Fishermen to catch 261 trout and eat 223 hot dogs.
Attendees came from Brookings, Gold Beach and Port Orford and as far away as Nampa and Payette, Idaho.
The biggest fish of the event was an 11.5 inch trout caught by Devin Wolford out of Gold Beach.
In the 0-5 age group; third place was awarded to River Harris of Brookings, second place went to Jayden Kay of Gold Beach and first was claimed by Raina Harris of Brookings.
In the 6-9 age group; third place was awarded to Peyton Armentrout of Gold Beach, second place went to Tori Sandquist and first place was claimed by Daniella Marshall.
In the 10-14 age group; third place was awarded to Laurie Buehler of Brookings, second place went to Darren Bright of Gold Beach and first place was claimed by Kaidan Murry of Brookings.
Winners received an array of prizes including fishing rods, passes to the Curry County Fair, swimming pool passes, movie theater tickets and other assorted items.
The event was supported in part by Curry County businesses including Bi-Mart, CA Theaters, DOA fishing lures, Pautzke Bait company, Corner Drug, Dairy Queen, Fred Meyer, West Coast Game Park, Jerry’s Rogue Jets, Langlois Market, Redwood Theater, Ray’s Food Place, Rogue Outdoor Store and Ocean World.
Colleen Combs also supported the event by donating, in memory of her husband Gary, four, 2012 Gary Combs Memorial Fishing rods for the first-place winners.