Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Blue Knuckle Derby participants reel in the three big winners for 2016

The 2017 Blue Knuckle Derby had relatively bright skies and only occasional bouts with the elements as North Coast fishermen took to the water Tuesday for the annual Prince Rupert tradition.

Sponsored by the Prince Rupert Lions Club, the 24th Annual Marc (Dez) Desautels Memorial Derby once again sent many enthusiastic participants to the water and delivered three winners for 2016.

The winners of the 24th Annual Marc (Dezi) Desautels Memorial
Blue Knuckle Derby for 2016

(Mike Pottle, Henry Clifton and Chris Ekeli -- photo from Lions Club Facebook page)

First Prize $1,200 -- Mike Pottle ---  15.544 lbs.
Second Prize $800 -- Henry Clifton --- 15.44 lbs. 
Third Prize $500 -- Chris Ekeli --- 14.866 lbs

Winner of the Trip for Two anywhere that Central Mountain Air flies was Val Whiley

A look at the prizes and sponsors of the event can be found here.

The size or weight of the prize winning fish caught during the course of the day have yet to be released, when that information is updated we'll provide the details above.

The Blue Knuckle Derby once again benefited from support from the community with a number of sponsors participating in the Lions Club event, with three putting up the prize money for Tuesday's wrap up ceremony.

The Derby also received some valuable assistance from the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 64 in Prince Rupert. With members of the local group out on the water through the day, ready to lend assistance if trouble had popped up.

Among the good work in the community that the Blue Knuckle Derby supports is the Lions Club Bursary program for Graduating students at Charles Hays Secondary School. The Lions provided a reminder this week, celebrating the five successful Bursary recipients for this year.

You can find more items of interest about the work of the Lions Club in the Prince Rupert region from their Facebook page here.

More background on community events on the North Coast can be found on our archive page.

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