Fishing Derby 2022 reels in some big ones

June 2, 2022

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The Simon Family JCC’s Annual Catch and Release Fishing Derby at Lake Sandler took place Sunday, May 22.

The Annual Fishing Derby is the only day of the year that Lake Sandler is open to the public for fishing—and word is out that it’s a great place to “reel ‘em in.” Families, kids, teens, and adults all came out to cast, catch, and release all sizes of fish.

A number of prizes were awarded, including fishing gear, gift certificates, camping equipment, and more.

“I participated in the event not only because fishing is relaxing for me, but as a representative of Tidewater Jewish Foundation to help young anglers,” says Craig Bailey, TJF’s controller. “I showed one child how to properly tie a fish hook to the line with the uni-knot style. I also brought out several different fishing rods for everyone to see a variety of fishing equipment anglers can use.”

Managed by the JCC’s Fitness, Aquatics, and Recreation Department, Tom Edwards weighed each caught fish.

The winners were:

Age nine and under: brothers Zackary and Luke Kingsland tied for biggest fish at 1 pound, 14 ounces.

Age 10–55: Andrew Hucke had the biggest catch of the day at 3 pounds, 7 ounces.

Age 55+: Erin Edwards lead the day with a 1 pound, 6 ounce catch.

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