More than 550 anglers and onlookers attended the eighth annual Fishing Frenzy, a free kids fishing derby Saturday, April 11, at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.
Nearly 230 children ages 3-15 competed in two fishing derbies. Junior angler Joshua Haman won the first derby and reeled in the biggest catch with a 20-inch largemouth bass, beating last year’s big fish record of 18 inches. Jahaira Bueno won the second derby with a 16.5-inch largemouth bass. The prizes for smallest fish caught went to Leslie Rosas and Leilanie Ortega, both with an 8-inch largemouth bass, while Ashlyn Sanders and Abigal Meurer tied for most fish caught. All winners received a fishing pole and tackle box donated by Bass Pro Shops.
Participants also had the chance to interact and learn skills from professional sportsmen. Professional staff members, Jim Cranmer and Sam Heckman, from the Bass Pro Shops Denver fishing team were on hand to help rig poles, tie hooks, and share insider fishing tips and secrets of the trade.