Monday, December 28, 2020

Full Day of Fishing delivers success for Blue Knuckle Derby organizers and participants

The Weigh in station for the 2020 Blue Knuckle Derby was set up at
the Canadian Fish Plant on George Hills Way, offering the best option for 
social distancing for this years COVID year derby.

With COVID protocols in place, Prince Rupert's Blue Knuckle fishing fleet headed out to the coastal waters of the North Coast on Sunday, marking another successful day for the event which dates back to 1992.

When the participants in the 2020 event made their way back to Rushbrook Floats,  the three top prizes were awarded to:

Bill Kristmanson, who reeled in a 15.83 pound winner to claim the $1,200 first place finish prize from Harbour Machining.

Mike Pearson claimed second place, with this 15.34 pound catch, earning him $800 from Lighten Up Electric

Nick Roemer brought in the third place contribution, weighing 14, 51 pounds gaining him $500 from the Prince Rupert Port Authority

The $1000 Cash Door Prize was won by Paulette Desauels, donated by Dr. Noderer.

Lions Club members were contacting the sussidiary prize winners on Sunday. For those who have not picked up their prizes, you can drop into the Moose Hall today from 10 AM to 1 PM.

The usual celebration of the end of the annual derby had to shift to an online version for 2020, and you can share in the success of the participants and the Lions Club from the video below:

As it has in many years past, the safety of the participants was watched over by Prince Rupert Station  64 of the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue who were on patrol for the full period of the event.

The full accounting of how much money was raised by the Derby has yet to be provided by the Prince Rupert Lions Club.

Find out more about the Blue Knuckle Derby and the work of the Lions Club from there Facebook page here.

More notes related to community events in Prince Rupert can be reviewed here.

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