2009 Bass DerbyUpdated Friday February 3, 2012 by Stanley Park.
The photo shows Yuri Collesso with the 20 3/8" smallmouth that earned him the $2,000 first place prize in this year's derby.
A family fishing event hosted by the Optimist Club of Stanley Park.
On July 4th and 5th, the Optimist Club of StanleyPark (Kitchener) hosted its 23rd annual Grand River Bass Derby. This live-release event, the largest in Ontario, is organized as a family affair to increase awareness of local fishing opportunities and resources. The only fish that may be entered in this derby are smallmouth bass caught in the Grand River. All fish entries are measured, weighed and returned to the Grand River at various times throughout the derby.
This year there were over 700 registered participants including 108 in the Youth and 63 in the Junior categories – up from previous years. The winning fish was caught by Yuri Collesso and measured 20 3/8” in length earning him a $2,000 cash prize. The biggest fish in the Youth category (ages 9 – 15) was 18 ½” and was caught by Ethan Kreller.
2009 DERBY WINNERS
|2009 YOUTH CATEGORY|
|1st Yuri Collesso 20 3/8“||1st Ethan Kreller 18 1/2"|
|2nd Peter Frim 19 3/8"||2nd Dylan Lapointe 18 5/16"|
|3rd Marlow Bonas 19 3/16"||3rd Alex Murrin 18 1/4"|
|4th Steve Morris 19 1/8"||4th Sam Kreze 18"|
|5th Tony LeBlanc 19 1/32"||5th Davis Fleischer 17 7/8"|
In addition to the prizes and awards for the biggest fish, there were numerous door prizes (over 200 of them for the adults) and all kids got a prize with trophies going to the 4 & 5 year olds.
Click on a photo in the slideshow to enlarge it and go to a photo album of the 2009 Derby. (Adobe Flash Player is required to view the slideshow)