Big Crazy Cat Derby 2013

(l-r) Ricky and his dad Rick Sharpe from Dunnville took home the top prize for the heaviest fish caught at the first annual Big Crazy Cat Derby on Sunday, April 7 in Dunnville.  Sachem photo by Darren Blaylock
(l-r) Ricky and his dad Rick Sharpe from Dunnville took home the top prize for the heaviest fish caught at the first annual Big Crazy Cat Derby on Sunday, April 7 in Dunnville. Sachem photo by Darren Blaylock

.. Despite the intense wind on Sunday, April 7, fishing enthusiasts anchored their boats in hope of landing the biggest fish of the day.

The event was hosted by Steve Hardcastle of Fishmaster’s Bait and Tackle at 776 Main Street East in Dunnville in support of the first annual Big Crazy Cat Derby.

The event began with a ‘shotgun start’ at 7 a.m. and lasted until 2 p.m., when the weigh in began.

“I planned it about a month ago on my website and got 41…boats out of 50 [who signed up],” said Hardcastle.

The $125 entry fee was divided back amongst the winners.

“With the [entries], there was a $5,000 payout [divided amongst the winners],” explained Hardcastle.

Most fishermen were from out of town, including Cambridge, Toronto and Brampton.

Others who qualified as the best anglers who brought in the heaviest fish included Ryan Edenborough at 31.48 pounds, Ben Ebeling at 52.48 pounds and Steve Piggott at 54.8 pounds.

The grand winner of $2,050 for the heaviest fish went to Rick Sharpe from Dunnville at a staggering 59.22 pounds.

The sunny weather brought lots of smiles, laughter and the occasional boat that became disoriented and one that briefly got away from anchorage from the battling wind that day.

No fish were harmed- or eaten- that day.

This story courtesy of the The Sachem, by Darren Blaylock


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