Anglers got rained on but the fish obliged

(L-r) Paul Dykstra and his son Kylar hold up the good looking trout they caught on Sunday, June 19, during the annual North Thompson Fish and Game Club’s Father’s Day Fishing Derby. Paul Dykstra won the Largest Fish with his 4.96 lb. rainbow, while son Kylar came in a close second with his 4.07 lb. rainbow. (Kathy Campbell photo)(L-r) Paul Dykstra and his son Kylar hold up the good looking trout they caught on Sunday, June 19, during the annual North Thompson Fish and Game Club’s Father’s Day Fishing Derby. Paul Dykstra won the Largest Fish with his 4.96 lb. rainbow, while son Kylar came in a close second with his 4.07 lb. rainbow. (Kathy Campbell photo)
A very proud six-year-old Cameron Murphy shows off the 1.74 lb. rainbow trout he caught during the NTFGCS Father’s Day Fishing Derby held June 19. (Kathy Campbell photo)A very proud six-year-old Cameron Murphy shows off the 1.74 lb. rainbow trout he caught during the NTFGCS Father’s Day Fishing Derby held June 19. (Kathy Campbell photo)
Doug Hetu (center) along with Dino and Johnathan Baggio, brought in some nice fish for weighing at the Barriere Bandshell in Fadear Park during the NTFGCS Annual Father’s Day Fishing Derby held June 19. Hetu won the overall fish weight caught, and Dino Baggio won the hidden weight prize. (Kathy Campbell photo)Doug Hetu (center) along with Dino and Johnathan Baggio, brought in some nice fish for weighing at the Barriere Bandshell in Fadear Park during the NTFGCS Annual Father’s Day Fishing Derby held June 19. Hetu won the overall fish weight caught, and Dino Baggio won the hidden weight prize. (Kathy Campbell photo)
North Thompson Fish and Game Club Society representatives, Kathy Campbell and Ben Thiesen at the Barriere Bandshell announcing the winners of the Annual Father’s Day Fishing Derby on Sunday, June 19. (Jill Hayward photo)North Thompson Fish and Game Club Society representatives, Kathy Campbell and Ben Thiesen at the Barriere Bandshell announcing the winners of the Annual Father’s Day Fishing Derby on Sunday, June 19. (Jill Hayward photo)
Annual Father’s Day Fishing Derby organizers and anglers are shown taking cover under a number of canopies due to “one more rain storm” while winners were announced and prizes presented on June 19 at the Barriere Bandshell in Fadear Park. (Jill Hayward photo)Annual Father’s Day Fishing Derby organizers and anglers are shown taking cover under a number of canopies due to “one more rain storm” while winners were announced and prizes presented on June 19 at the Barriere Bandshell in Fadear Park. (Jill Hayward photo)
Glenn Reid was one of the anglers who brought in a nice fish for weighing at the Barriere Bandshell in Fadear Park during the NTFGCS Annual Father’s Day Fishing Derby held June 19. (Kathy Campbell photo)Glenn Reid was one of the anglers who brought in a nice fish for weighing at the Barriere Bandshell in Fadear Park during the NTFGCS Annual Father’s Day Fishing Derby held June 19. (Kathy Campbell photo)

The 13th Annual Father’s Day Fishing Derby hosted by the North Thompson Fish and Game Club Society was held in honour of two of their fallen members, Mel Schmidt and Rob Strachan who both passed in 2021.

Kathy Campbell, Ben Theisen, and Bryan Smith were onsite at the Barriere Bandshell in Fadera Park to weigh the fish, serve up hot dogs and refreshments, and keep everyone dry under the canopies as intermittent rain storms rolled back and forth across the valley.

The Hidden Weight was 3.2 lbs, with the winner being Dino Baggio taking home the grand prize of a propane fire pit thanks to his 3.46 lb. rainbow.

The Largest Fish was 4.96 lb. rainbow brought in by Paul Dykstra, with son Kykar Dykstra coming a close second to that with a 4.07 lb. rainbow.

The Overall Fish Weight Caught went to Doug Hetu.

Honorable Mention was given to six-year-old Cameron Murphy for his 1.74 lb. rainbow.

“Everyone got a wee bit wet while fishing but all did a fantastic job,” said organizer Kathy Campbell at the end of the award presentations, “All participants experienced at least one rain downpour, but all came in smiling. We had 25 pounds of delicious rainbow trout come in today – can’t wait for next year!”

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