Friday, April 16, 2010

More than 1,000 attend fishing derby

COMMERCE CITY – More than 1,000 kids, parents and fishermen of all ages and sizes were ‘lured’ to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge this weekend for the third annual Fishing Frenzy, a free kids fishing derby.

“This is the biggest and best event yet,” said Collin Cody, recreation coordinator for Commerce City and one of the event’s organizers. “Everyone had a great time, and they’re already talking about next year’s event.”

More than 300 kids participated in two derbies the morning of April 10. Prizes were awarded in each derby for biggest catch, smallest catch and the most caught. For biggest catch, winners are Andy Bradfield and Preston Cordova; for smallest catch, Esmeralda Ibarra and Julianna Rodriguez; for most fish caught, Sara Hunt and Leroy Duran.

Along with the contests, participants visited craft stations to color t-shirts, paint wooden fish and more. Expert fishermen were also on hand to teach kids how to tie knots, cast a line and identify different fish.

Photographer Everett Cook snapped pictures of contestants and their families throughout the morning. They can be seen and downloaded free from the Commerce City Parks and Recreation Web site,; click on “Parks and Recreation,” then “Documents” and look for “Fishing Frenzy Fishing Derby.”

Fishing Frenzy is sponsored by Commerce City , the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Bass Pro Shops, Take Me Fishing and the Reunion Metro District.

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