Keys Kids Catch’em Up At The 25th Annual Derby

112 Keys Kids participated in the 25th Annual Keys Kids Fishing Derby on September 25th hosted by the Lorelei.  Junior anglers paid no fee to participate.  They fished in one of three different divisions, Offshore, Shoreline or Backcountry and awards were given for three different age groups in each of these divisions. Ditty bags packed full of fishing goodies from many local businesses and other donors, including a fishing rod for each angler from Fish Florida, were handed out to all kids who fished.  Lines were in at 9AM and the weigh scales closed at 1PM.

Nine year old Brandon Greenwood would take home top honors with a 10.3 pound Black Grouper.  Brandon took home a fishing rod from Tackle Center of Islamorada, a framed print, a tournament trophy, award certificate, tackle box, as well as other prizes and a story to tell for years to come.
Elida Brack only three years old, won Most Outstanding Catch with two Snook releases one 27.5 inches long. Elida and all the other winning anglers were awarded fishing rods from Tackle Center of Islamorada, Pasta Prints, tournament trophies, award certificates and lots of other goodies.

Over half of the anglers registered for the shoreline division, most fishing from the docks at the Lorelei, the home of the derby.   Weighmaster Hudson Wampler weighed a .9 Muharra for two year old Bella Bastron winning the 0-4 age division.  Second place was Riley Carver age 4 with a .8 pound Snapper followed by Triton Zinkand age 3 with a .6 pound Grunt. The fish were all released immediately after being weighed in.  The largest fish caught from shore was a 1.0 pound Snapper released by 9 year old R.J. Michelini.  Angler Lukas Oakley age 6 weighed in and released a .9 pound snapper to win his division.

The backcountry division’s largest fish would be weighed in by Anthony Vargas who is 9 years old.  The Jack Crevalle weighed in at 2.4 pounds. Sadie Stanczyk weighed in a 2.2 pound Jack to take top honors in the 0-4 age group and Ryan O’Neill age 5 won his division with a 1.8 pound Snapper.

Offshore angler Kamelia Hendrix who is four years old won her division with a 4.9 pound Bonita.  Jennimgs Early age 5 won the 5-7 age division with a 9.5 pound Kingfish.  Bentlee Mulden age 9 landed a 3.9 pound Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) to win her division.  A full list of awards can be found on Facebook – Keys Kids Fishing Derby.

“Tournament founder Kathy Lewis was with us in spirit,” stated tournament director Dianne Harbaugh, “I miss her tremendously.  The Keys Kids Derby’s main purpose is to educate young anglers about fishing. We have everything available here at the Lorelei for kids that would normally not have a chance to go fishing.  This includes fishing rods for each angler from Fish Florida, who funds their efforts thru the sale of Fish Florida sailfish license plates. This is the best day of the year, just watching these kids have fun catching and releasing fish.  There are so many kids that get to catch their first fish! Without the help from the Islamorada Fishing and Conservation Trust, the Islamorada Charter Boat Association, Alina Davis and other local supporters we could not have made this such a great event.”

A huge thank you goes to the Lorelei for chumming the waters with chum supplied by Tackle Center of Islamorada.  Tackle Center also supplied all the bait for our junior anglers. Sportsman’s Adventures donated all the ditty bags, Pasta Pantaleo backed, bagged and supplied prints for all the winners. MJ Hudson took all the wonderful pictures.  Island Arms was on site to talk with kids and teach gun safety.  A casting contest was held on the beach where anglers won a multitude of prizes.  Lorelei was amazing donating juice and donuts in the morning.  They also supplied hot dog and soda later in the day handed out by the Veath family.  A special thank-you goes out to the local captains who came by to help the kids and all the volunteers helped bait hooks, keep score, check in anglers, hand out awards and make the day go perfectly!  We would like to thank all those who helped to make this event the success it was.  We can’t wait until the last Sunday of September next year!

Overall Grand Champion
Brandon Greenwood  age 9 with a 10.3 pound Black Grouper!

Outstanding Catch
Elida Brack  age 3  2 Snook released 27.5” and 16” plus Jacks

Backcountry Division             Age                     Fish- weight pounds
            0-4 Age Division
1st Place         Sadie Stanczyk          4                      2.2 pound Jack
2nd Place        Rhett Raskob            3                       1.3 pound Snapper
3rd Place        Beau Evans                1                       1.0 pound Snapper
            5-7 Age Division
1st Place         Ryan O’Neill              5                        1.8 pound Snapper
2nd Place        Reid Raskob             5                         1.6 pound Snapper
3rd Place       Makenzie Mullis        6                        1.0 pound Snapper
            8-11 Age Division
1st Place         Anthony Vargas       9                          2.4 pound Jack
2nd Place        Caylin Gwilliam      11                         1.1 pound Snapper
3rd Place        Lyla Rohr                  10                         .9  pound Snapper

Shoreline Division

         0-4 Age Division
1st Place         Bella Bastron           2                         .9 pound Muharram
2nd Place        Riley Carver             4                         .8 pound Snapper
3rd Place        Triton Zinkand         3                         .6  pound Grunt
            5-7 Age Division
1st Place         Lukas Oakley           6                         .9 pound Snapper
2nd Place        Ryan Doorly             5                         .8 pound Snapper on time
3rd Place        Zyla Zinkand             5                         .8 pound Snapper on time
            8-10 Age Division
1st Place         R.J. Michelini            9                         1.0 pound Snapper
2nd Place        Layton Lange          10                         .9 pound Snapper
3rd Place        Kirsten Doorly          10                         .7 pound Grunt

Offshore Division
         0-4 Age Division
1st Place         Kamelia Hendrix       4                         4.9  pound Bonita
2nd Place        Rider Early                 3                        3.6 pound Mackeral
3rd Place        Olivia Owens              3                         2.2 pound Yellowtail
            5-7 Age Division
1st Place         Jennimgs Early         5                         9.5 pound Kingfish
2nd Place        Evelina Hendrix         6                       9.0 pound Bonita
             8-10 Age Division
1st Place         Bentlee Mulden        9                           3.9 pound Dolphin
2nd Place        Anderson Irvin          9                         .9 pound Yellowtail

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