Kid-Pro derby a rousing success; Strom, Costas win trophy

Erica Strom, who teamed up with Cos and Cory Costa, took top honours Sunday in the fourth-annual Kid-Pro tournament held in conjunction with the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship.
They had a total weight of 13.14 pounds–.76 pounds more than runner-up Riley Kellar, who was fishing with Dave Lindsay and Colin Gluting.
Tyler Yatchuk, paired up with Bill Godin and Karl Howells, was third with an 11.57-pound total weight.
Andrew VanHeyst, fishing with Dave Garber (9.84), and Randy Mutchmor, with Mike Gerstner and Tom Pearson, rounded out the top five teams (with 9.84 and 9.81 pounds respectively).
Danny Gavel, who fished with Ray and Anne Watson, won the “hidden weight” prize with a 5.37-pound total–just 0.02 less than the selected number.
Thirty-nine budding anglers got a taste of big derby fishing by being paired up with FFCBC competitors for the six-hour tourney, with the limit being three bass.
“There was lots of fish,” said Strom, 13. “The first fish I caught was early in the morning and then the last fish we caught was the same size.”
A variety of prizes, including rods and reels, fishing tackle, and a canvas bag, were given out to all who competed.
“Everyone had a wonderful day. They got to fish with a professional and all had a great time,” noted FFCBC chair Rebecca Webb.
The children, aged 10-14, also were given a complimentary T-shirt and tackle box, and took part in a seminar July 10 on the basics of fishing and safety led by organizers Rick Socholotuk and Bill Morgenstern.
The anglers involved seemed to have had an equally good time.
“We ended up fishing northerns,” said 2000 FFCBC co-champion Clint Barton about how he and Travis Hahkala spent some of the afternoon. “I could tell he’s been around a boat.
“He’s a great kid and I hoped he learned a little bit today.”
“I think he was looking more forward to the ride on the big bass boat,” veteran angler and former FFCBC champ Gary Lake said of his outing with Lucas Arden.
“It was his first time on one and he was having a good time with that,” he added.