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Fishing Derby Redux: Right Winners and More Photos

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Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2019 9:00 am

In the newspaper business, we are always pressed for time and short on space. Some of the most important photos from the May 25 Fishing Derby didn’t get into the May 30 issue of the Mountain News. (But two of my errors did get into the paper; go figure!)

Consider, for example, that 8-year-old Luke Habitz won First Place for the Biggest Trout in the youth category. At 6.53 pounds, the trout was only 0.01 pound less than the biggest fish in the adult category, a bass caught by Brian Stiver and Mike Jones, which weighed in at 6.54 pounds.

Somehow, that seems like comparing apples and oranges.

On a trout vs. trout basis, Luke’s fish was bigger than the largest trout caught by an adult, Yoshio Okada’s 4.86-pounder. Way to go, Luke! According to his dad, Kevin Habitz, Luke is “still beaming from ear to ear of his accomplishment.”

The Habitz family has had a house on the mountain for more than 20 years, and Kevin and his wife purchased their own vacation home up here just three years ago. This probably means that Luke and Kevin will be contenders at the ALA Fishing Derby for many years to come.

Sorry, Jack Fluhmann; I couldn’t find you in the crowd to get a photo of you for your Second Place win in the youth category. That was an impressive 13.61 pounds! Congratulations.

My favorite photo (among the picture I took) is the adorable one of Ella Grace Hopper and her father, Chad Hopper. Team Hopper took third place in the youth category with a total weight of 12.82 pounds. I’ll bet the fish were practically hopping into the boat just to get a better look at that gorgeous pink shirt and pink hair bow. Adorable!

As of my deadline on May 29, a confirmed list of winners did not hit my desk. The paper came out on May 30, and the list arrived May 31. With nine hits and only two errors (yes, I’m mixing metaphors here) the correct list appears below.

As a reminder, 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.


First - Team Waldo: Valio Marconi and Jim Unfried

Second - Team Sahara: Yosh Okada

Third - Team Castillo: Leo and Stephanie Castillo


First - Team Kleine: Marty Kleine and John Canepa

Second Team Stiver: Brian Stiver and Mike Jones

Third - Team Beavers: Christopher and Brittany Bowman


First - Team Hall: Patton and Brian Hall

Second - Team Alfano: Jack Fluhmann

Third - Team Hopper: Ella Grace and Chad Hopper


Adult - Team Stiver: Brian Stiver and Mike Jones, 6.54 pound bass

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

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