Shine up your lures and tie your best fishing knots – it’s time to get out there and catch a monster coho!
This fun family event features thousands of dollars in cash and prizes, food trucks, games and live music provided by Brent Hanna.
“We’re really excited about this years event,” said Kitimat Chamber executive director, Laurel D’Andrea. “Last year we had over 600 adults and 200 kids enter the derby, and we’re expecting to have even more this year.”
Grand Prizes include:
- Largest Coho – $1750
- Hidden Weight, ocean – $500
- Hidden Weight, river – $500
- Men’s Largest Coho – $250 + rod And reel
- Women’s Largest Coho – $250 + rod And reel
- Junior’s Largest Coho – $250 + rod And reel
- Finley Prize (youngest girl) – $100
Entrants also have a chance at 75 other random prizes with ticket purchase – you don’t have to catch a fish to win a prize. (Participants must be present to win a master prize).
“We are fortunate to have such a great community that donates all the prizes,” D’Andrea said. “This year, the Ledcor Group jumped on board as an event sponsor so we will have $3,500 in cash prizes to give away.”
There will also be copies of the Off the Hook cookbook available for sale (with a few free copies for lucky winners), featuring over 30 local seafood recipes, and produced by Pyramid Office Supplies in conjunction with the Kitimat Chamber.
Tickets are $20 (adult 16+) or $10 (youth 15 and under) and can be purchased at Bradley’s Bait And Tackle, Kitimat Chamber of Commerce, MK Bay Marina and Ron’s Mobile Fishing Tackle Van And Bait Shop.
Weigh-ins take place at the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce And Visitor Centre on Saturday, Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., as well as at the MK Bay Marina on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The main event will be held on Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre, and prizes will be drawn outside the centre at 7 p.m.
“The derby is open to anyone who likes to put a line in the water,” D’Andrea says. “We hope to see you there!”