A perfect storm of a full moon and an almanac prediction led to what Likely Fishing Derby organizer Marie Hampton said was an incredible weekend.
“It was awesome,” Hampton said. “Better than expected, better than most years and I think it might have actually been the best year.”
One-hundred-thirty-five adults and 40 youth entered their respective divisions looking to bag the heftiest lake trout.
And taking home the top cash prize was a father and son duo, James Laundry and Thomas Laundry, with their catches.
James won $1,000 for his 11 pound, three ounce lake trout, while his son, Thomas, caught a nine pound, six ounce fish for a $100 prize.
Second place in the adult division went to Ed Kautz (10 pounds, five ounces), third was won by Christina Ross (eight pounds, 13 ounces), fourth went to William MacBurney (eight pounds, 10 ounces and fifth was claimed by Bill MacBurney (eight pounds, eight ounces.)
Second place in the youth category was won by Hamish Tough with his eight pound, three ounce trout.
Hampton said all extra proceeds from the derby went to the Likely School Parent Advisory Council.
“Thanks to everyone for co-operating and all of the voulunteers,” Hampton said. “I had about six people helping me out who were great.”
She added the installation of a brand new dock at Cedar Point Park was a welcome addition to the derby.