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Neri Gonzalez persists with his casting. “I haven’t caught anything yet,” said the 10-year-old fisherman during the Father’s Day Fishing Derby at Lake Davis on June 16. The boat ramps reopen today on Lake Davis. File photo by Mari Erin Roth

Derby benefits firefighters

Lake Davis and J. & J. Grizzly Store provided the backdrop for the annual Father’s Day Weekend Fishing Derby on June 16. The event is held each year to raise funds in support of the Eastern Plumas Rural Fire Protection District Volunteer Fire Department.

Conditions for the derby varied considerably from the beginning, around 7 a.m., until very late in the afternoon for the weigh-in around 6 p.m. The sky was clear and the sun was warm along the banks of Lake Davis and a few fish took the bait and swallowed the hook. Fishermen taking to the water experienced increased winds as noon neared, but many persisted to fish from their boats.

Firefighters were on hand to light a controlled burn in the barbeque and fire up burgers and hot dogs for the crowd.

“It was a great event; everybody had a good time,” said J & J Grizzly Store co-owner Jeanne Graham. “We’ll do it again on Father’s Day weekend next year.”

Seventy-two folks entered in support of the volunteer firefighters and fished in the 2018 derby.

Derby top weights

Adult fishing

Bruce Frazier 6 lbs. 14.3 oz

Ron Vanassen 6 lbs. 12.8 oz

Peter Hallrud 5 lbs. 14.5 oz

Junior fishing

Caiden McKinney 3 lbs. 10.2 oz

Ryu Crank 1lb. 7 oz

Dad and Me partners

Chris & Colin Jacobs 2 lbs. 12.8 oz

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