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Waynesboro man hooks biggest fish in Trout Derby

Proceeds from event benefit Chambersburg Noontime Lions Club's vision initiatives and other local charitable causes

May 06, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Ed Vaughn of Falling Waters, W.Va., fishes Sunday in the Chambersburg (Pa.) Noontime Lions Club Trout Derby.
By Jennifer Fitch, Staff Writer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. —
The 15th annual Chambersburg Noontime Lions Club Trout Derby hooked fishermen from as far away as South Carolina, Virginia and New Jersey, but it was a Franklin County, Pa., man who took biggest fish honors.

Kenneth Wink of Waynesboro, Pa., caught a trout weighing 2 pounds, 9 ounces at almost 19 inches long. That netted him $1,100.

Proceeds from the two-day trout derby, which drew 1,100 anglers, benefit Chambersburg Noontime Lions Club’s vision initiatives and other local charitable causes.

“It’s good for the community,” said Dan Warner of Mercersburg, Pa.

Warner won a fishing rod in a raffle during the trout derby, which featured a trip, an iPad 2, a kayak and televisions as other prizes. Cash prizes ranged from $25 to $2,000, with Carlisle, Pa., area resident Mike Bishop claiming the $2,000 fish.

“I didn’t catch anything today, but I had fun,” Warner said Sunday.

Others were in a similar situation.

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“I found a dime. That was my consolation prize,” said Dave Williamson of Marion, Pa.

Williamson is a masonry teacher at Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School. He asked students if they would like to join him at the derby, and 18-year-old senior Dustin Kope took him up on the offer.

“It was fun,” Kope said.

Typically, about 55 percent of the stocked trout are caught, event Chairman Todd Shearer said. That percentage seemed to be higher this year, he said.

“It seems like a lot of the money fish are going out,” he said.

“There are other fishing derbies in town, but this is the only one that covers the whole stream,” said Jim Whitelock, a volunteer from the Lions Club.

Fellow Lions Club member Mike Plum has helped the organization stock six miles of Conococheague Creek for about eight years. He said the 2,000 fish are contained in five-gallon buckets before being dispersed evenly along the route Friday evening.

Hagerstown resident Lesley Gourley said she thinks it is a good idea to fish the area before the derby to get familiar with the conditions.

“We fished a lot, but we didn’t catch anything,” she said. “It was frustrating.”

Despite the poor luck, Gourley said she enjoyed her first trout derby in Chambersburg.

“It’s fun,” she said. “They are really nice people.”

On Sunday afternoon, volunteers from VisionQuest and Letterkenny Army Depot cleaned up the stream banks along the derby route. Their work was in partnership with the United Way of Franklin County.

“We have 21 people broken down in six areas,” Master Sgt. Joseph Schall said of the Letterkenny crews.

The Chambersburg Area Senior High School boys basketball team also volunteered over the weekend, Shearer said.

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