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Kiwanis Kids Fishing Derby set for Saturday

By Staff | Mar 28, 2019

The 31st annual Kiwanis Fishing Derby will take place this Saturday at the Cape Coral Yacht Club, providing youth with the opportunity to catch a fish, or two.

Pam Woodruff, who chairs the event with her husband Dave, said a gentleman named Wally Laumeyer held the Fishing Derby for 28 years. He started the derby after he saw a man out on the pier who always brought extra fishing poles, just in case there was a kid who wanted to go fishing.

“He came up with the idea to have the Fishing Derby,” Woodruff said.

This year’s Fishing Derby, which is free with no registration, will be held from 8:30 to 11 a.m. The derby is open for 5 to 15 year olds who are accompanied by an adult.

Woodruff said they have more than 250 poles to give away.

“They get a free rod and reel and bait,” she said.

Last year 100 fish were caught. Approximately 175 to 200 kids attended the event.

The fish are counted, as well as measured, as the kids catch them and at 11 a.m. trophies will be given out.

Woodruff said they have had a lot of businesses donate prizes for their door prizes. Some of the businesses include Sun Splash, Bowland, Tropical Breeze Fun Park, Mike Greenwell’s and Zoomers.

A raffle, $1 a ticket, will also be part of the derby for a half day of fishing with TideWalkerCharters.com.

The Fishing Derby is hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Cape Coral to get kids excited about fishing. She said the derby is perfect for children who have never gone fishing before.

The Cape Coral Yacht Club is located at 5819 Driftwood Pkwy.