Hooked On Camp 2016 full of fun, sun

Camp celebrations kicked off a little early this year as 18 anglers rolled into YMCA Camp Harrison on Thursday, Sept. 29, for the Hooked On Camp Fishing Derby. The annual fundraiser at Lake Broyhill generated approximately $20,000 for the Camp Blue Skies Foundation, and anglers reeled in close to 200 fish.

This was the first year our fishing derby occurred before the start of Camp Blue Skies-North Carolina, Oct. 1-5.

Jon Beall, longtime Camp Blue Skies volunteer.

Jon Beall, longtime Camp Blue Skies volunteer.

Most derby participants arrived Thursday evening and enjoyed a hearty dinner followed by fellowship. Over breakfast Friday, Sept. 30, Derby Captain and Camp Blue Skies volunteer extraordinaire Gene Vaughan went over guidelines and safety practices.

It was a glorious day for fishing and celebration of Camp Blue Skies!

Among the winners of the competition (watch the video to see the fish):

  • The Biggest Largemouth Bass: Keith Wall, Mannington – 2 lbs., 5 oz.
  • The Biggest Bluegill: Jim Adkins – 1 lb., 1 oz.
  • The Most Fish Caught: JD Donelson and Jim Adkins – 37 bass
  • Smallest Fish Caught: JD Donelson – 1 oz.

We are grateful to the following who made the 2016 Hooked On Camp Fishing Derby such a success!

DERBY SPONSORS
Barringer Construction
Garmon & Company
HarkerDoerre, LLC
JD Donelson
John and Coletta Lenhart
Mannington / Bonitz
Poly-Tech Industrial, Inc.
REDLINE Design Group
Southeastern Architectural Systems
Warco Construction

IN-KIND DONORS
Adam Fishman
Great Outdoor Provision Co.
Mac’s Speed Shop
YMCA Camp Harrison

GUIDES
Kim Baker
Tom Hucks
Kevin Ingle
Todd Low
Todd Lynn
John Morse
Wayne Spencer
James Summers
Mark Vaughan

Save the Date! The 2017 Hooked On Camp Fishing Derby returns Sept. 28-29 to Lake Broyhill at YMCA Camp Harrison.