Pictured: Kenneth Walters of Inyokern caught the biggest fish./
Float tubes, fly fishing rod, spinning rods, bait, and a whole host of other fishing goodies were awarded to derby winners. Ken Walters of Inyokern won the 1st Place Adult Largest Fish prize with a 4.42 ounce trout. The 1st Place Junior Largest Fish prize went to 15-year-old Bobby Beed of Ridgecrest as did the $800 Blind Bogey prize. He came with a much larger group of youth brought to the fishing derby by the non-profit organization TeachingKidsToFish.org based in Ridgecrest. Their motto: “Helping to keep kids off the streets by giving them the opportunity to learn how to fish and respect our environment.” Beed’s all in with that and might well have begun thinking about a future as a professional competition fisherman if his luck holds up as it did on this day!
The columnist Doug Larson once wrote, “If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.” For the families and fishermen at Diaz Lake, it was obvious that they were very well aware of the important things in life…and they had their fishing poles to prove it.