The third annual Gord Roberts Blue Knuckle Derby was a go again this year, thanks to the quick thinking and acting of local organizers who were able to get an alternate launching site ready to accommodate the 124 participants.
The boats were able to come in and drop fishers and fish off at the weigh station down at the marina, and the first day was the only day of weigh ins. After Mike Smith weighed in his 16.5-pound dolly, the competition was pretty much done and he took top prize of $1,200. Charlie Wild’s 13-pound dolly took second for $700 and Ernie Marven walked away with $500 for a 10.5-pound trout.
The fun was on the Saturday night when 23 North played to a packed and happy crowd at the Nakusp Legion. Door prizes were plentiful, and a Trevor Linden jersey was auctioned off for $725 to a proud Tammy Hascarl. The money from the jersey will become a bursary that will be given to a student. Exactly what the student will have to do to qualify for it is unknown, but there were some hilarious suggestions at the final weigh in, the best of which came from Tracey Roberts.
It was a great event, all around, and it’ll be coming back next year.