Fishing Derby 19 nets wet, but happy winners

| June 15, 2016

Five-year-old Ayden Rosales (center) won the boys' division with his 3.5 pound catfish. He is joined in celebration by his father, young family members and Fort Wayne Community Fishing Club President Willie Jordan. [PHOTO: Denise Jordan]

Five-year-old Ayden Rosales (center) won the boys’ division with his 3.5 pound catfish. He is joined in celebration by his father, young family members and Fort Wayne Community Fishing Club President Willie Jordan. [PHOTO: Denise Jordan]

Diamonique Pettway, 15, won the girls' division with a 13.5 pound carp. [PHOTO: Denise Jordan]

Diamonique Pettway, 15, won the girls’ division with a 13.5 pound carp. [PHOTO: Denise Jordan]

By Denise M. Jordan

Special to Frost Illustrated

The Fort Wayne Community Fishing Club’s Derby 19 was wrapped up amid shouts of joy and a deluge of rain.  The winners were wet but happy.  While 15-year-old Diamonique Pettway caught a 13.5 pound carp early in the day taking first prize for biggest fish caught by a girl, five-year-old Ayden Rosales caught his prize winning cat fish with less than an hour to go before final weigh in.

Wet and bedraggled, Rosales walked away from his pole to huddle under the tent when someone spotted his pole sliding into the water.  His dad took off running and grabbed the pole just before it was pulled in.  Family, friends, and bystanders whooped, hollered, and clapped when the 5.5 pound catfish was landed and weighed and Ayden Rosales took first prize for boys.  The 12-year-old Demarion Pettway came in second with a 3.1 pound catfish, and Jalan Lee Davis, 11, took third place with a three-pound catfish.   Nine year-old Niale Pettway took the second place prize for girls with a 2.5 pound catfish, behind Diamonique Pettway’s 13.5 pound carp.

More than 300 children, senior citizens, and adults participated in Derby 19 which was held at the Ivan Lebamoff Reservoir Park from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday, June 4.  This annual event is hosted by the Fort Wayne Community Fishing Club.

When asked why they do this, club president, Willie Jordan said, “We want to bring the community together through the sport of fishing.  The derby is a great to do that.”

First place winners were awarded bicycles.  Second and third place winners won a rod and reel combination.

For more information about Derby 19 or to make donations to the organization, please contact Willie Jordan, club president, or Tony Truelove, club treasurer, at (260) 456-1616.

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