CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The boys peered over the stone wall to the Conococheague Creek below, where they swore they saw "the big one."
That "big one," if they had caught it, would have meant $1,600 for the boys in the ninth annual Chambersburg Noontime Lions Club Trout Derby over the weekend.
Twelve fish between 22 1/2 inches and 25 1/2 inches were dumped into the creek in preparation for the event, Committee Chairman John Nogle said. Of those 12 fish, the biggest one that had been caught earned Chris Theimer of Chambersburg the payout, he said.
The smallest fish, caught by Ted Nesbella, who lives near Johnstown, Pa., paid $2,000, Nogle said.
About 200 area businesses sponsored fish, totaling $29,000 in prizes available for the record-setting 1,200 participants that headed to a 5-mile stretch of creek this weekend, Nogle said.