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January 25, 2014


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8th Annual Diamond Classic in 2014
Catch & Release Sturgeon Derby

Saturday, January 25, 2014


Weather was absolutely gorgeous challenge this year, and adult entries totaled 350.  The Kid's Division saw a big increase in entries with a total of 131 entries (read about the Kid's Division below). Click here to view all 2014 Winners and click here to view all winners and stats  2007 - 2014.

The Pre-Derby seminar on Friday night was a huge success and the prizes (donated by our Sponsors) were the best ever. And on Derby Day, because the weather was so great and warm to boot, the water temp was up to 50˚ + compared to a chilly 47˚ last year. The result... the best catch ratio since the Derby started eight years ago!  There were 41 legal-sized Sturgeon caught (for 350 anglers) for a catch ratio of 11.71%.  In addition, there were 5 oversize fish caught and released. Perhaps more impressive, there were 95 calls dispatching weighmasters to measure fish!   

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With 350 entries at $25, this year's purse totaled $8.750.00, all of which went back to the winners (1st through 7th places). The 1st place winner was Paul Koval ("The Rev") of San Andreas (photo above), who caught  and released a 56" Sturgeon.  Paul took home a cool $3.062.50, and a first place laser-cut marble trophy created and donated by Captain Sean Treacy of SF Bay Sportfishing. Sean made trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for Adults and a 1st place for the Kid's Division.

The 2nd place winner was Mike Rael of Vacaville (photo below), whose prize totaled $2,187.50.  3rd Place went to Lyle McDonald of Cameron Park (photo below) who took home $1,750.00.  Both Mike and Lyle also received trophies as well. The last four places each took home $437.50:  Jerry  Brannon of Livermore (4th); Darren Nichols of Vacaville (5th); Hugh Marchand of Stockton (6th); and Jerry Borehers of Vacaville (7th).  Photos courtesy of Scott Strain (www.rodmob.com)

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                  Contra Costa Times Derby Article > Read Derby Article

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We had a great group of kids again this year from ages 3 to 15, the biggest yet . There were 81 kids fishing on boats and 50 kids fishing in our Pier Program!  All 131 kids were entered (for free) in the Derby, up from 101 last year, a 30% increase!  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 top prize drawing.  Many of the kids actually caught Sturgeon, and three caught oversized Sturgeon! 

This was the second year for the "Pier Fishing" program for the Kid's Division. We had 50 kids fishing from Martinez Pier this year (compared to 8 kids last year). The Derby supplied tackle and instruction and assistance for all the kids!!!  For kids who couldn't otherwise fish in the Derby, two of the Captains donated their boats to take kids (and their parents) out to fish for FREE:  Captain Steve Talmadge (Flash Fishing) and Captain Don Franklin (Soleman Sportfishing).

The awards for kids started with a drawing.  Each kid who caught and released a fish (any size/species) received a ticket for the drawing.  15 names were drawn and each of these kids received a top prize (which included custom fishing rods, accurate reels, and rod/reel combos. All 131 kids took home a special "WINNER Kid's Division" Derby Tshirt donated by Coastside Fishing Club as well as some goody bags, . 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. Photo below with 14 of the 15 top courtesy of Scott Strain (www.rodmob.com). Not pictured in the group photo below was 4th place winner, Kayle "Peanut" Balke who was late to the awards as their boat had to be towed to Pittsburg. Her individual photo is below.  Click photos to enlarge!

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1st place winner in the Kid's Division this year was Nadia Shah (age 8).  Nadia not only took home a custom fishing rod worth $600, but also a 1st place trophy. 2nd place went to Lucas Pelluso (age 6). 3rd place went to Jackson Benson (age 8). 4th place went to Kaylie (Peanut) Balke (age 10).  5th place went to Lelanny Ramirez (age 9). 6th place went to Vinny Dealba (age 10). 7th place went to Amanda Standricht (age 10).  8th place went to Fariah Shah (age 8).  9th place went to Chase Buller (age 7). 10 place went to Caden Vo (age 9).  11th place went to Justin Waldrop (age 12).  12th place went to Marian Shah (age 8).  13th place wen to Alaina Jipary (age 8).  14th place went to Mason Beghtel (age 4).  15th place went to Jasmine Kutsar (age 7).   Photos by Lynda Abbott.  Click photos to enlarge!

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Following the drawing of tickets, Captain Steve Talmadge called up all the kids .  All of these kids received a prize and special Derby shirt. Thanks to the generosity of our many sponsors, supplemented by raffle ticket proceeds, every kid went home with a prize and a Derby Shirt!  Truly a special event, sure to become a lasting memory for all concerned. 


Derby Article & Photos from robmob's blog >

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                  Contra Costa Times Derby Article > Read Derby Article

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