The Exchange Club of Richmond Hill recognized the winners of this year's 17th Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby on Wednesday, July 11. The derby was held on Saturday, June 9 at the Richmond Hill Fish Hatchery, with the assistance of the local Georgia DNR staff. Organizers said the derby was a big success, with over 260 children registered to fish, and an equal number of parents and grandparents attending with the kids. Door prizes were provided by the Exchange Club and by the DNR.
The derby was split into two age categories, 6-and-under and 7-12. Awards were presented to kids in each age group for "largest single fish", and "Most total weight." Trophies were also presented for "First Fish Caught." The winner in each age group in the "Most Total Weight" received a trophy and a $50 US Savings Bond. The winners in the "Largest Single Fish" category won a trophy. For the 17th consecutive year, the savings bonds were provided by Bryan Bank and Trust, and the Exchange Club would like to thank Bryan Bank for their continued support. The club also wishes to thank the Department of Natural Resources for the use of their wonderful facilities, and the help of their great staff.
Following are the winners in the various categories:
Ages 6-and-under: Konnor Jung, 6, won a plaque and $50 savings bond for most total weight for his catches totaling 4.71 pounds. Jung also won a plaque for catching the largest single fish, which weighed 1.54 pounds. Ages Seven to Twelve:
Ages 7-12: Keirstan Cobb, 8, won a plaque and $50 savings bond for the most total weight with 9.88 pounds; Bobby Jowers, 11, was awarded a plaque for the largest fish after reeling in a fish weighing 2.01 pounds.
There was a tie in the First Fish Caught category: both Zachary Miller, 11, and Ke'Shawn Wright, 9, earned plaques.