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Are You Ready for the City's Annual Fishing Frenzy?

The 2013 Huck Finn Fishing Derby and Campout will be held during the first weekend of April.

Get your fishing poles and bait ready because the annual Sierra Madre fishing frenzy is just around the corner!

The annual Huck Finn Fishing Derby and Campout will be held from Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7. The weekend-long event, which will take place at the Sierra Madre Settling Ponds next to Dapper Field and behind the Public Works Yard, is sponsored by the City of Sierra Madre Community Services Department, Sierra Madre Civic Club and the Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club.

Here are the details you need to know about this fun-filled family weekend:

Campout (Friday, April 5)
Participants must sign up in advance for campsites which are available on a first come, first serve basis. Campingregistration is available starting Monday, February 25 through Friday, March 29 and must be done at the Community Service office located at 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. The cost is $55 per campsite which includes derby contest for four kidsand family fishing on Saturday.

Fishing Derby (Saturday, April 6)
Youths ages 3-15 years are encouraged to participate in the Fishing Derby which is held from 7 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 6. Participation in the derby is $10 per youth and registration will be accepted the morning of the eventonly. Participants will pay at the entrance located next to Dapper Field in Sierra Vista Park. All skill levels are welcome and experienced Fishing Guides will be on hand to assist all participants. The Kiwanis Club will provide food available for purchase.

Family Fishing (Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7)
Family Fishing is open to all ages and will be held Saturday from 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is $20 for a family of four.

For more information on this year's event, contact the Community Services office at (626) 355-5278.

kitinhills February 23, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Isn't it about time we taught our children to respect ALL wildlife! Dragging some poor creature out of its environment impaled on a hook seems rather barbaric. I am familiar with the argument that fish don't feel pain but that has been disproved by science.Fishing to eat as a necessity is one thing, but for sport/pleasure! Time to ban sport fishing.
D Shelley February 25, 2013 at 03:49 PM
kittinhills, I understand where you are coming from. As a little girl growing up in a family where the men fished, I used to wince whenever I saw a struggling fish and, although I enjoyed eating fish, I would freak if a trout was served with it's head still on. Still, most children have never spent the night outdoors, many have no idea where their food comes from (fish farmed in overcrowded tanks pumped full of chemicals), and spending one weekend outside with others of their community (including involved adults) is not a bad thing. BTW, I am not sure if you know this, but these fish are not exactly in their natural environment before they are caught - they are trucked in and dumped just as many of the popular fishing lakes in the high Sierras are "stocked". I do hope that the folks catching these fish are instructed in how to properly clean and cook them so these children learn to respect the fact that the food on their plate (or fast food wrapper) comes from an animal's life being taken away.
Tom Devereaux February 26, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Kitinhills makes some good points. D SHelley, if the Fish are caught to be eaten that's one thing, especially if the children are taught to immediately put the Fish (while gasping and struggling for air- i.e. suffering before dying) out of their misery in a humane fashion. Perhaps causing the death of another creature will turn kids OFF to Fishing and ON to having compassion towards all living things. (As a child I remember Grunion hunting at the beach, and later in life felt sad that so many of the Fish, trying to lay their eggs, were in a vulnerable situation that we took advantage of; gathering them up for a meal.) However, if this Derby is 'catch and release' situation, in which case it is fishing for the sport of it, than this is causing unnecessary pain to the Fish, and sends the wrong message to kids. I am not trying to be a spoilsport with one of Sierra Madre's annual events for kids, nor am I a raving PETA activist....I just think we can find something better to entertain and teach our kids about nature with instead of harming wildlife: mammal, fish or fowl! As an alternative: why not a camp out at Eaton Canyon...learn about the Hawks, Owls, Deer, and other creatures that live in our Foothills?
kitinhills February 27, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Thanks for your thoughts, folk. The fact that these fish are trucked in makes the situation even worse. I gather that they are not fed before hand so that they are hungry and thus easy to catch. I am all for the overnight camp-out as that would be fun, but let's leave it at that. if you are going to skewer something let it be a s'more. I like Tom's idea of the Eaton Canyon nature watch - now that is teaching our kids something special. Can't see the Huck Finn event changing it's format in my lifetime but it does make me sad each year. And, yes, I am a vegetarian - no meat, no FISH! I do, however, plead guilty to murdering carrots as I pull them out of the ground! My body is designed to eat, alas, so I go with the least painful option.

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