2014 SU ICE DERBY & CLASS “A” CASH RAFFLE
Another great tournament is in the books. Although we’ve been plagued with record setting cold temperatures this winter, seems like forever. Mother Nature cooperated and blessed us with a beautiful Saturday morning derby sending temperatures into the mid 20’s. It was on this day, February 1st that Salmon Unlimited held its annual ice fishing derby at Reef Point Marina. This year’s derby was by far our most successful to date. Excellent ice conditions, great water clarity, the additional Northern Pike category and the expanded derby raffle pool which included two Jiffy Ice Augers and a Modine Gas Heater were just a few of the contributing factors to this year’s success.
This year we registered a record setting 292 contestants. Fishing was pretty steady throughout the day with only a couple periods where we found ourselves wondering when the next fish would be weighted in. A total of 50 fish were registered in this year’s derby. Anglers shared many stories of catch and release saying their fish just wasn’t big enough to make the board. The majority of fish caught were Browns with only two Rainbows and five Pike registered. At 9:45 am Josh Lenda registered the biggest Brown weighing in at 11.04 lbs which was also the biggest fish of the derby. At 9:12 am Ray Anderson weighed in the biggest Rainbow of the derby at 7.43 lbs. And the biggest Northern Pike was caught by Jeff Hack at 7:53 am weighing in at 8.13 lbs.
Prizes were paid to fifth place in both the Brown and Rainbow Trout divisions and paid to third place in the Northern Pike division. Because there was only two rainbows caught this year. This meant the remaining three places would be raffled off as prizes in the Derby Entry Ticket Raffle. Also new this year was a $500 prize for the biggest fish caught on an Automatic Fisherman, see standings below:
BROWN TROUT: RAINBOW TROUT:
1st Josh Lenda 11.04 lbs $595 1st Ray Anderson 7.43 lbs $595
2nd Jeff Deavers 10.34 lbs $500 2nd Ray Anderson 2.28 lbs $500
3rd Peter Odders 9.10 lbs $425
4th Brian Kortendick 8.40 lbs $360 AUTOMATIC FISHERMAM:
5th Raymond Kinsley 8.39 lbs $295 Winner - Josh Lenda 11.04 lbs $500
1st Jeff Hack 8.13 lbs and 30.5” $150
2nd Stuart Fritz 7.05 lbs and 32” $100
3rd Brett Hansen 5.67 lbs and 27” $50
Two Pro-4 3HP 10” Jiffy Ice Drill and a Modine Gas Heater were raffled off in our Derby Entry Ticket Raffle. This year’s lucky winners of the Jiffy drills went to Garan Bagley and Tom Ackerman. The lucky winner of the Modine Heater was Jesse Wade. Salmon Unlimited would like to congratulate all the winners who placed in this year’s derby and to all those who were fortunate to win one of our many great prizes in the raffle.