South Nation, Raisin rivers prove good fishing during Finch Fire Department kids’ derby

Ashton Nugent, 13, of Berwick, holds a 4.7-lb pike that he caught during the Finch Fire Department's fifth annual kids' fishing derby. The whopper was caught in the South Nation River. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

FINCH — Sixty competing children hauled in a combined approximate 100 lbs of fish to the Finch Fire Department on a sunny last Saturday of May — including the biggest catch of the day, a 4.7-lb pike reeled in from the South Nation River by 13-year-old Ashton Nugent of Berwick.

Payton Baker brought in the second-largest fish, another pike just one tenth of a pound off Nugent’s mark.

The department’s fifth annual kids’ fishing derby saw pike, pickerel, mudpout, walleye, suckers and perch dutifully weighed in that morning. Organizers said the participants fished the South Nation, Raisin and St. Lawrence rivers.

The participants enjoyed a hotdog barbecue and benefited from a range of prizes donated by local businesses. Among the prize donors were fishing lure manufacturers Len Thompson and Lunkerhunt.

Camden Leroux, 3½, enjoys tossing the weighed-in fish into a temporary trough at the event, at the start of this clip.

Below,  a gallery of photos from the event, including the leaderboard detailing the overall winners.


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The organizers of Art on the Waterfront sincerely thank our supporters and sponsors for the success of this year’s event.

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