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Chamber fishing derby draws large crowd

The Bonne Terre Chamber of Commerce Annual Fishing Derby saw 106 kids Saturday morning equipped with their fishing poles and tackle boxes.

Bonne Terre Chamber of Commerce President Amy Keller said it was an exciting spectacular day and they gave two trophies away.

“We gave one for the biggest catch and one for the most caught,” said Keller. “Zoey Caruthers was the one who caught the most and she caught nine fish. The biggest catch was a 21-inch long bass by 6-year-old Jackson Morris.”

Keller said she has never seen such a great group of kids like this before. She added they had such a great time.

“The looks on these kids’ faces were just unbelievable, as far as giving the prizes away,” said Keller. “It was fun for all of us because they definitely appreciated the prizes and loved the bikes and scooters. Just pretty much everything we gave them, they were just ecstatic over it.”

Keller said the only thing they are probably going to different next year will be to give away trophies for each age group, instead of the two overall trophies.

“We will do it for each age group and give away a total of six trophies,” said Keller. “Something else we are going to do different next year, because we just walked around and measured the fish, each child is going to get a whistle, I think Pharmax Pharmacy said they will do that next year.”

Keller said each kid will get a whistle and when they have a catch they will blow the whistle and they will know the kids are ready to have their fish measured.

“These are the main two things we noticed we needed to do differently next year,” said Keller. “I think the main thing too, is there were a lot of things going on Saturday, I mean lots of things, whether it was baseball, golf tournaments, or anything else. I think we had a tremendous turnout with everything else going on in the community and the weather was just spectacular.”

Keller said they has someone there selling live bait for the first time and it went really well. She added he sold 10-12 containers of worms, he was a little late and he could have probably sold more, but it’s something they will do next year.

“North County Project Graduation was there selling donuts, coffee and hot chocolate,” said Keller. “Unfortunately the electric wasn’t working up there and we couldn’t get the electric to run off of the pole and we even call the city to have them come look at it. So they ended up selling almost all of their donuts, but they didn’t get to sell their coffee and hot chocolate.”

Keller stressed next year they are going to make sure they check that prior, because there was something wrong with the electric up there. Other than that it all went well.

Blue skies and warm temperatures bring out fishermen of all ages and levels of experience out to the Bonne Terre Chamber of Commerce's Annual Fishing Derby at Lakeview Park. Among the many participating in the event were, from left, Dalton Martin, 11, his father, Brandon Martin, and friend Aaron Barnhardt, 8.

Blue skies and warm temperatures bring out fishermen of all ages and levels of experience out to the Bonne Terre Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Fishing Derby at Lakeview Park. Among the many participating in the event were, from left, Dalton Martin, 11, his father, Brandon Martin, and friend Aaron Barnhardt, 8.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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