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December 06, 2016
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How many, how big?

This all leads me to competitive fishing and whether a fishing contest is the type of thing either a fisher or an angler would want to engage in. Generally I would shun any type of competitive fishing, recognizing that many of us are always in competition either with ourselves or our fishing partner, even if nothing is ever said about it. But I can and do support the Zane Grey Fishing Derby, which runs through July 6, and you can Google it on many sites for the particulars. The objectives, which are to foster awareness of Catch and Release, promote youth fishing, help celebrate “Pike 200” and the Zane Grey Festival, are in fact worthwhile. All you have to do is pick up an official ruler at your local sports shop and photograph your brown, rainbow, or brook trout, or small mouth bass, placed on the “official ruler,” and email it to pikemuse@ptd.net along with the name of the angler, age (if in youth division), and certify that the entered fish was caught in Zane Grey waters and was promptly released unharmed to the water. Dead fish are not eligible.

The goals of the derby are worthy, and I encourage readers to snap a picture of their catch on the official ruler and email it to pikemuse@ptd.net. There is no entry fee. Even if your entry is not a “hawg,” every entry (you may enter multiple photos) makes you eligible for the grand prize. The grand prize will be drawn at random from all the entries submitted and is an amazing Old Towne Canoe, complete with paddles and lifejackets generously donated by Johnson Outdoors Watercraft.

Good luck in the contest, take a kid fishing, catch a splendid fish or even a “hawg,” and if you are lucky enough to win the canoe, please be sure to wear the lifejacket.

E-mail me at andyboyar@gmail.com for comments and upcoming events.