Fishing derby for kids 14 and younger

By LaVendrick Smith | Aug 15, 2012
Courtesy of: Robert Cannon Kids prepare for a morning of fishing at last year’s Fishing Derby at the Lighthouse Festival. Children can fish in this year’s Fishing Derby on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Kids, here’s your chance to reel in a big one.

The Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club is hosting its annual youth fishing competition on Saturday, Sept. 8, as part of the 47th annual Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival.

Kids ages 14 and under are invited to come to the fishing docks near Ivar’s Mukilteo Landing at 8 a.m. for two hours of fishing fun – and to compete to see who can reel in the biggest fish or other sea creature. Ivar’s is at 710 Front St. in Mukilteo.

The event is free. No registration is necessary. Kids need only show up with a fishing pole.

“They just come down with their pole, put their line in the water, and start fishing at 8 o’clock,” coordinator Chuck Davis said.

Davis, director of the Mukilteo Boys and Girls Club, has coordinated the Fishing Derby for 30 years. He said there aren’t many of kids fishing derbies out there.

“The kids that like to fish like to come to the Fishing Derby,” he said.

The competition is divided into age divisions – 5 and under, 6-8, 9-10, and 11-14. The biggest catch wins.

All kids fishing in the derby will receive a prize. First and second place winners get first pick.

Prizes are provided by Mukilteo Lodge Sports Grille, and include items such as fishing poles and tackle boxes. Fishers may keep what they catch or throw them back.

Davis said he’s seen kids catch many types of animals, including flounder, crab and salmon. The most memorable catch – he once saw a kid reel in a 14-inch starfish.

He said he always enjoys seeing what the kids in the Fishing Derby reel in.

“Just watching their faces, and their smiles and their anticipation,” Davis said. “It’s about the age groups that do it.

“When they bring up something, even if it’s 2 or 3 inches long, we measure it.”

Robert Cannon, athletic and program director at the boys and girls club, is helping Davis coordinate the Fishing Derby for the second time. Last year, his kids fished in the event.

“It was a lot of fun,” Cannon said. “I got to see the smiles on their faces when they caught something out of the water, and it was great.”

Cannon said he expects the event to grow in popularity this year. He said his kids will be there again, bright and early, with fishing pole in hand.

“It’s definitely something I want my own children to be a part of, because it’s just such a fun time for everybody.”

LaVendrick Smith is an intern for the Mukilteo Beacon.

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