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January 26, 2013


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5th Annual Diamond Classic in 2011
Catch & Release Sturgeon Derby

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The BIG winner for the 5th Annual Diamond Classic Derby was Mike Walker (aka Commander McBragg to his fellow anglers), who caught and released a 60" Sturgeon (fishing on the Lucky Dorsett) to win the 1st place prize of $3,027.50. In addition, he was the proud recipient of a beautiful first place trophy created by Sean Treacy of Custom Cut Critters.  2011 entrants into the

Click photo to enlarge! Mike Walker - Winner  

Derby totaled 346 anglers (@25.00) which brought the total prize money for seven places to $8,650.00, 100% of which was paid to the 7 winning anglers.  A total of 28 legal-sized (and two oversized) Sturgeon  were caught and released which earned the anglers a ticket in the drawing for the prize money.

  Click photo to enlarge! Mike Walker - Winner
Click photo to enlarge! John Hise - Winner of Kid's Division   In addition to the adult anglers, there were 56 kids who fished for free in the Kid's Division, 12 of the kids won prizes, and the top prize in the Kid's Division was a custom Rod from Ventura Rod & Lure Co and Avet reel went to John Hise (age 13).  All other kids each received a goody bag, so they were all winners.   Click photo to enlarge! John Hise - Winner of Kid's Division

5th Annual Diamond Classic
Catch & Release Sturgeon Derby
Saturday, January 29, 2011

Entry fee is $25.  100% of the entry fees are paid in cash prizes (1st placeClick photo to enlarge! through 7th place).   Additional prizes awarded at the Pre-Derby Seminar (see details below) and at Weigh-In are courtesy of our sponsors. 

All entries/registrations must be submitted in person and paid in cash at one of the two official locations: Martinez Bait & Tackle (Deadline is 4:00 pm January 28, 2011) and at Castro Valley Sportsmen Center (Deadline is 5:00 pm January 26, 2011). 

Special Kids Division - Free Entry!
Featuring Special Kids Division (under 16)

The goal of the Kids Division is to teach children that fishing can be funClick photo to enlarge! and that it is also fun and good to release fish. Kids registration is FREE and all they have to do to be entered into the Kids Division drawing is to catch and release any fish (any species, any size). We will draw names from a hat full of all the kidsí names that released a fish for the prizes.

With the help from our sponsors and supporters there will be enough prizes so that every kid goes home with something!  We do our best to make sure that the kids have a great time and learn something about our fishery.

Fishing License & Sturgeon Report Card
Important Message for All Anglers, Big and Small....

You MUST get your Fishing License and Sturgeon Report Card BEFORE Derby Day!  The Bait Shops will have hundreds of people in line to buy bait.  They will NOT be able to provide Fishing Licenses or Sturgeon Cards on Derby Day. 

If you will have children (under 16) fishing with you, they MUST HAVE a Sturgeon Report Card even though they do NOT need a Fishing License.  You need to get them a Sturgeon Report Card BEFORE Derby Day.   

Do NOT expect to get a Fishing License or Sturgeon Report Card at any of the bait shops on Derby Day! 

Pre-Derby Seminar
For First 300 Entries Only!  Register Early to Attend.....

Friday, January 28, 2011 - 6:00 - 9:00 pm   Due to overwhelming demand, the Pre-Derby Seminar will be limited to the first 300 entrants.  Only registered adults and kids fishing in the Derby can attend, and the location can only accommodate 300 people.  The top 7 Sturgeon Pro's will lead a panel revealing their secrets to finding and landing Sturgeon, including Q&A from the audience.  The evening will include lots of great raffle prizes and beverages (for sale).  536 Main Street (next to La Tapatia Restaurant) in Martinez, CA.


Enjoy the following videos of the Pre-Derby Seminar for the 2008 2nd Annual Derby.  The videos include a presentation from Marty Gringas of DFG on best practices for releasing Sturgeon.


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