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Anglers reel in boats, motors and prizes in Kiwanis Fishing Derby weekend

Stephane Gravelle, from Amherstview, holding his 11.59 lb walleye accompanied by Jamie Contois. The second place winner was weighed in at Picton Harbour. Photos courtesy Sheila and Wayne Vansoelen

A big catch holding top spot in the Kiwanis Walleye World Fishing Derby for most of the weekend was knocked out by an even bigger fish weighed in on the final day.

Doug Davis reeled in a 16.95 pike winning the senior pike prize of a boat, motor and trailer valued at $9,000, narrowly outweighing Wayne Misselbrook’s 16.84 pound catch. Misselbrook won a three day say at Merland Park in Picton, valued a $1,500.

Mark Fiume won the senior walleye category with a 13.49 pound catch earning the derby’s top prize of boat, motor and trailer valued at $16,000. Second spot went to Stephane Gravelle, winning a five-night stay at Merland Park, valued at $2,500 for his 11.59 catch weighed in at Picton Harbour.

Ethan Caley with his prize-winning fish

The County’s Ethan Caley won the junior pike category weighing in a 10-pounder. He’s back on track as he just missed winning his fourth straight derby last year. Aiden Semark won the junior walleye group with a 7.58 pound catch. They both won a kayak, paddle and life jacket.

Cody Weekes caught a $1,000 tagged fish. This year, the top four fish weighed every 2.5 hours also earned prizes.

More than 3,500 anglers registered to fish at this year’s 39h annual derby and did so under mostly clear skies. The Kiwanis derby is a massive fundraising effort by the Trenton Kiwanis Club, and assisted by the Picton Kiwanis, to help raise money for community projects, most specifically for youth.

Ethan Caley with his prize – a Pelican kayak, that he has been wanting for a year

Kevin Arthur from Oshawa with his 7.67 lb pike.

Mike Belcastro from Pickering with his 7.65 lb pike.

Nathan Dimichele a Junior with his 4.62 pike.

Rob Lafferty of Carrying Place holding his 10.33 lb walleye.

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