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No big-fish tales at this year's derby

May 03, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- At times Sunday it was difficult to tell who was wetter -- the fish or the fishermen.

Steady rain drummed on the check-in tent at the Chambersburg Noontime Lions Club's 12th annual Trout Derby. Soaked and sometimes shivering participants stepped inside periodically to see whether anyone had caught "the big one" or, really, any of the top 18 largest trout that promised cash payouts.

The big fish board remained blank of names, a rare occurrence according to some of the two-day event's organizers. They randomly pulled three names for the top prizes.

Registrants had an opportunity to win a Mercury Mariner from Forrester Lincoln-Mercury. No one's driver license number perfectly matched the magic number, but one person won a $300 consolation prize, raffles chairman John Nogle said.


More than 1,300 people registered for the weekend, and Nogle said the Lions expected to bring in the highest profits on record. The Lions had a $26,200 anticipated budget that would divide profits between vision exams and eyeglasses, international and state projects, scholarships, community organizations, and more.

Valerie Good received $500 for her Relay for Life team participating in the Greencastle, Pa., event on May 15 and 16.

"I think the reason this derby is so successful ... is it's a family event. You can bring your kids down here and teach them about fishing," Nogle said.

Curven Walker Jr. loves to fish, especially when he's camping. He participated in the Trout Derby for the first time in 2008 with his cousin, Larry Walker, and they returned this year.

Curven caught four trout on Saturday and one on Sunday, but none had tags. However, he did win a cooler and chair in the raffle.

The Lions released 2,000 trout in five miles of the Conococheague Creek between the Scotland, Pa., ballfields and the T.K. & Nellie Nitterhouse Soccer Complex in Chambersburg. Recreational vehicles served as temporary housing for some of the out-of-state participants who came from as far as New York and California.

Sam Malone and Wade Barr, both of Shippensburg, have participated in the Trout Derby for five years. They didn't get any tagged fish this year.

"You can win money, we like fish and it supports the community," said Malone, who said his one complaint, though, is the litter left behind by some of the anglers.

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