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Bullhead Derby reels them in

Tyler Ting standing along with his prize winning, 12-inch bullhead fish.  - Amanda Oye
Tyler Ting standing along with his prize winning, 12-inch bullhead fish.
— image credit: Amanda Oye

Buckets full of slippery, slimy, squirmy fish were caught, measured and released at the 25th annual Bullhead Derby, hosted by the Richmond Golden Rods and Reels Society at Garry Point Park last Sunday.

“We look forward to it every year,” said John Wells, president of the Richmond Golden Rods and Reels Society.

The event, which was presented by the Steveston Salmon Festival, was open to kids aged 12 and under and seniors 65 and older.

There were close to 100 participants who had two hours to try and catch the biggest bullhead fish they could find.

All of the fish, regardless of species, were measured once they were caught and then released back into the river.

The event is a fun way to introduce kids to fishing as a recreational activity.

“The earlier they start the better,” Wells said.

Trophies were given to the kids who caught the three longest bullheads, which were 13.5, 12 and 10.5 inches long.

There were also a number of rods, reels and other fishing gear that were given away in a random draw and as prizes for things including the smallest bullhead, the longest non-bullhead and the youngest fisher.

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