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Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2019 9:00 am | Updated: 10:08 am, Mon Jun 3, 2019.

“Fantastic” was the word Brian Hall used to describe the 29th Annual Fishing Derby sponsored by the Arrowhead Lake Association (ALA) on May 25.

At the ALA Board of Directors meeting later the same day, Director Hall, chair of the Fishing Committee, was exuberant when he described the success of the morning event. He noted that the competition included a lot of kids, “and a lot of lightning trout were caught. We are very privileged to have them, as only a few lakes are stocked with them.”

Wayne Austin, general manager of ALA, excitedly announced that 130 contestants participated in the Fishing Derby. “That’s a record number of people,” Austin noted, adding that the committee and Sharon Pittman, administrative assistant, were very well organized.

Several organizers said they got up between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. in order to prepare everything at the Marina before the teams checked in at 5:30 a.m. Those who pre-registered received a commemorative hat and a Goody Bag with snacks and fishing supplies. Pre-registration also provided something extra to look forward to: a delicious barbecue lunch catered by the UCLA Conference Center’s Chef Brian Good.

Fishing began at 6 a.m. Trout catches could be weighed in between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Bass were weighed in at 11:30 a.m. Several teams met their quota of five trout and were satisfied enough with the sizes to warrant bringing them in for weighing before the clock ran out.

Some contestants brought their trout home for cleaning and cooking. Others donated their catch to Wildhaven Ranch in Cedar Glen. Diane Dragotto Williams, executive director, said Wildhaven is grateful to ALA for the 60 pounds of trout that Dratini, the bald eagle from Sitka, Alaska, will enjoy over the next three months.

To the extent possible, all bass were returned to the water alive and in good condition.

Winners were determined by the heaviest stringer of five fish for both trout and bass categories. Trophies were awarded for first, second and third place in each category (trout, bass and youth), plus a trophy for the biggest fish caught by an adult and by a child. All of the children received participation medals.

The single largest trout weighed at the event belonged to Luke Habitz.

"My eight-year-old old son, Luke Habitz, and I entered the fishing derby over the weekend," said Luke's father, Kevin. "This was the first time for both of us. Luke ended up winning first place for the youth biggest trout at 6.53LB.... his trout was not only the biggest in the youth category but even beat the adult category. My son is still beaming from ear to ear for his accomplishment."

TROUT

First - Team Waldo: Valio Marconi and Jim Unfried

Second - Team Sahara: Yosh Okada

Third - Team Morehart: Michael Morehart and Brian Trott

BASS

First - Team Kleine: Marty Kleine and John Canepa

Second Team Stiver: Brian Stiver and Mike Jones

Third - Team Beavers: Christopher and Brittany Bowman

YOUTH

First - Team Hall: Patton and Brian Hall

Second - Team Alfano: Jack Fluhmann

Third - Team Hopper: Ella Grace and Chad Hopper

BIGGEST FISH

Adult - Team Sahara, 4.86 pound trout

Youth - Team Habitz: Kevin and Luke Habitz, 6.53 pound trout

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