Marin Rod & Gun Club Pier — 2014 Kids Fishing Derby

August 9, 2014 saw the 26th Annual “Kid’s Day on the Pier” at the Marin Rod & Gun Club in San Rafael, California. Co-sponsored this year by UPSAC (United Pier and Shore Anglers of California) and the IGFA (International Game Fish Association), an enthusiastic group of 70 youngsters, and a crowd of over 200 people, saw good weather and a variety of fish.

Standing — Derby Co-Chair Gary Colmere

Registration —  Todd Meyer and Carrie

In the front, UPSAC’s Robert Gardner and Hans Jones

Loaner rods and reels were available as well as free bait and assistance when needed. Combined with the fishing was a free hot dog lunch and every participant received a rod and reel from the club. Fish that were caught included leopard sharks, bat rays, jacksmelt, and a rubberlip seaperch.

The Fish and Wildlife Department was well represented by Mary Patyten who passed out the department’s “Fishing Passport” booklets

The pier was full with people

This young lady caught a nice-sized jacksmelt

A leopard shark

Measuring the leopard shark

Following the fishing was a wonderful hot dog lunch provided by the Marin Rod & Gun Club. Immediately after the lunch was the raffle where EVER youngster received a rod and reel.

The final event was the announcement of the age group winners, Each individual age group winner received 1st Place trophies for their catch, a beautiful IGFA certificate, and a copy of Pier Fishing in California by Ken Jones.

Dr. John Evans and UPSAC President Ken Jones tabulating the results

2014 Derby Chairmen Roy “Sarge” Jackson presented the awards

Age group winners: 6-year old and under: Ryan Etter; 7-year old: Sophia Bezakova; 8-year old: Justin Etter; 9-year old: Marcello Diazza; 10-year old: Andrew Etter; 11-year old: Jesse Morgan; 12-year old: Aidan Sugrve; 13-year-old: Dylan Hatch; 14-year-old: Keith Deemer; 15-year old: Zack Osborne.

In addition, there were two special awards: Largest fish: Jake Barnes (27 ½-inch leopard shark). Most fish caught: Andrew Etter.

9-Year-Old Winner Marcello Diazza

Representing the Marin Rod and Gun Club: Chairmen — Roy “Sarge” Jackson; Co-Chairs — Gary Colmere and Tony Evans; Senior Advisor — Joe Morrison; Cooking — Donny Boslar; MC — Dr. John Evans; Photography — Jerry McEowen; Registration — Todd Meyer and Carrie. An estimated 20 other members carried out a variety of jobs.

Dr. John Evans

Representing UPSAC: President — Ken Jones, Vice-President — Robert Gardner, Board Member — Hans Jones. Representing the Pier Fishing in California website was member Alex Poon.

Representing the California Department of Fish and Wildlife was Mary Peyton who manned a booth and signed up kids for the California Fishing Passport Program.

UPSAC’s Hans Jones and Mary Patyten from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife

A huge thank you everyone from the Marin Gun and Rod Club and the various other organizations and volunteers who helped put on this great annual event.

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