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January 28, 2012


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6th Annual Diamond Classic in 2012
Catch & Release Sturgeon Derby

Saturday, January 28, 2012


Weather Saturday couldn't have been better!  No fog, and only a slight breeze of wind. 

This year's Derby was bigger than ever, growing to a total of 411 adult entries, up from 346 in 2011.  Also increased was the number of legal-sized Sturgeon caught which totaled 42, compared to 28 last year.  There were also three oversized Sturgeon caught and released.  Best of all, the purse (total of all entry money) grew to $10,276.00 this year, all of which went back to the winners (1st through 7th places).

The BIG winner for the 6th Annual Diamond Classic Derby was Shawn St Germain of Martinez (photo on right), with a 1st place prize of $3,596.00. In addition, he was the proud recipient of a beautiful first place trophy created by Captain Sean Treacy of SF Bay Sportfishing & Custom Cut Critters.

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The 2nd place winner was Captain Chris Kane of Outcast Sportfishing of Martinez (photo below), whose prize totaled $2,569.00.  3rd Place went to Victor Grajeda of Vallejo (photo below) who took home $2,055.00.  Both Chris and Victor received trophies as well. The last four places each took home $514.00:  Darren Anderson of Fairfield (4th); Captain Jason Russey of Longfin Sportfishing (5th); Mike Christie of Auburn (6th); and Dave McKinnon of Vacaville (7th)  Click photos to enlarge!

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We had a great group of kids again this year from ages 3 to 15. A total of 76 kids were entered (for free) in the Derby, up from 57 last year.  In order to win a prize, all kids had to do was catch a fish, any species, any size!  Their catch earned them a ticket for the prize drawing. 

This year a special prize was added to the Kid's Division (separate award from the drawing) for kids who caught and released a legal-sized Sturgeon.  To the surprise of many, three kids were able to catch & release a legal sized Sturgeon!  The three kids (in photo from left to right) were: Tanner Austin, age 15 (58" Sturgeon); Corina Medinas, age 15 (52" Sturgeon); and Brooke Sutton ,age 11 (56" Sturgeon).  They each received a certificate for a custom rod (they will help design) from Vic's Custom Rods of Martinez.

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Next came the much anticipated drawing for winners in the Kid's Division. It was Tanner Austin's lucky day for sure!  He not only got the special award above, but won 1st Place in the Drawing for which he received a custom rod and reel worth over $1,000.  2nd Place winner was Alec La Pierre (age 15) who received a custom rod and reel; 3rd Place winner was Hannah Resentes (age 11) who also won a custom rod; 4th Place went to Fariah Shah who received a custom rod.

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Thanks to the generosity of our many sponsors, supplemented by raffle ticket proceeds, the drawing of tickets continued until each and every kid won a prize!  Many rod rod and reel combos, some won tackle boxes, and every child went home with a tshirt from Coastside Fishing Club. The anticipation on their faces as they awaited the call of their number was priceless, as was the pride and admiration on the faces of parents.  Truly a special event, sure to become a lasting memory for all concerned.  Click photos to enlarge!

6th Annual Diamond Classic
Catch & Release Sturgeon Derby
Saturday, January 28, 2012

Entry fee is $25.  100% of the entry fees are paid in cash prizes (1st place 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 27, 2012) and at Castro Valley Sportsmen Center (Deadline is 5:00 pm January 25, 2012). 

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 fun 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.

Pre-Derby Seminar (free) & La Tapatia Buffet ($12)
For First 300 Entries Only!  Register Early to Attend.....

Friday, January 27, 2012 - 6:00 - 9:00 pm   Due to overwhelming demand, the Pre-Derby Seminar will be limited to the first 300 entrants.  The first 300 to enter will receive a ticket for entry to the Seminar.  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 La Tapatia will host a buffet as well as beverages (for sale) 536 Main Street (next to La Tapatia Restaurant) in Martinez, CA. Click below to view the 2011 Seminar Panel discussion.

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! 


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