Kids Fishing Derby Ideas
Posted April 13 2009 - 10:46 AM
We hold the derby for about 30 kids (+/-) at a local park pond that is full of sunnies and holds a few LMB, crappie and catfish. In the past we have had awards for the most fish, the biggest individual fish and the smallest fish. It's usually an hour fishing followed by burgers/dogs and awards.
We have tried scoring a couple different ways. We have used the honors system where each kid filled out a note card with what he caught and how big it was. That sorta worked, but not so well.
Last year was probably the best to date....we had 6 derby officials who carried a ruler and a pen. Each kid got a note card, and when he caught a fish the nearest official would come over, measure it, and make a notation on the scout's card. It worked okay, but there was a lot of crazy running around.
Anybody have any ideas on how I can make this event better???
Posted April 13 2009 - 01:09 PM
Maybe have a raffle/giveaway something... Could be anything from a few lures, to a rod/reel combo.
Maybe have species categories? Like biggest LMB, biggest crappie, and biggest catfish?
Hope I helped,
Posted April 13 2009 - 01:50 PM
Posted April 13 2009 - 03:41 PM
Originally Posted by JerryC
see if there is a local bait shop that can host the event and maybe give some stuff away..
To expand on that a little bit they could setup a small table with a few basic lures/worms/shiners and some rod/reel combos. They would be getting business and publicity.
Posted April 14 2009 - 12:38 AM
1) Get local tackle shops to donate tackle. If you talk to a few you should do well. They often donate things you would use for prizes like small tackle boxes, lures and a few of the cheaper combo sets. Try for bait as well.
2) Give every kid a bucket. This is a must. Home Depot will often donate the use of clean, empty 5 gal. buckets. If you give every kid a bucket they can keep caught fish alive until an official can come over and score it. Fish are released once scored. The benefits to the fish are obvious and itâ€™s much easer on the guys that volunteer to officiate as these things most often turn into a sunfish blitz. Home Depot will most likely want the buckets back in good, clean condition.
3) Prizes by age group are important. Biggest fish and most fish for each age group you have. Itâ€™s ok to combine ages to minimize the number of groups. Biggest fish is usually reserved for anything other then a sunny. Sunnies are not weighed or measured only counted for most fish category.
4) Each official gets a section. He has a clip board with different color sheets of paper with all the kids names on them. A different color sheet for each age group. Kid gets a sunny, it counts as one fish. Kid gets a bass, note the weigh and or length.
Posted April 14 2009 - 03:14 PM
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Posted February 10 2013 - 07:29 AM
I'm running a trout fishing derby at my Rod & Gun club in April and also have similar questions. We had 80 kids last year and used s manual process for registration and determining winners in each catagorey for trophies. If anyone has suggestions how to automate this process please let me know.
Posted February 12 2013 - 05:05 PM