There were 66 registered participants in the Derby including five kids and several women. Participants paid an entrance fee of $10.00. The CT State Prison Employee’s Union that sponsors the event is a non profit organization. The Union itself purchases and donates the prizes. Any proceeds goes towards helping Union Members in crisis.
Prizes are awarded in two categories: Child and Adult. The prizes are quite nice and today’s selection included ice augers, sleds, poles, and tip-ups. There were prizes for 1st 2nd and 3rd in the children’s category and the adult category awarded prizes for about a dozen fish.
Natalie Dix (the only woman with a prize winning catch) went home with a nice manual ice auger. Clearly she is going to continue ice fishing!
The Union Derby ran until 3pm. Needless to say, Mike Olbrich’s Northern Pike was impossible to beat and stayed in the number one slot all day and won the derby.
Joe Vecchitto, Vice President of the CT State Prison Employee’s Union recorded the length and weight of each fish, (you win, by the way, on weight.) Joe also maintained the white board showing the top catches of the day. Joe told me after the Derby that the event brings members together; it is a fun day, and they especially try to make it fun for the kids.
With the Derby officially ended, Carl Badeau, Union Derby President, announced all of the winners calling each winner up to make their prize selection.
- Mike Olbrich, 23.13lb 43¾ inch Northern Pike.
- Scott Cable, 4lb 18 inch Large Mouth Bass.
- Scott Cowles, 3.5lb 22 inch Pickerel.
- Trey Kneeskern, 2.3lb 20¾ inch Pickerel.
- Mike Gotta, 1.9lb 18 inch Pickerel,
(Mike won the Derby last year).
- Jack Apointe, 1.9lb 17½ inch Pickerel.
January 22, 2011, Dana Manning