HOFNOD derby a success

A small-but-hearty group of youngsters pulled 123 fish from Abbott's Pond June 5 as part of the Hooked on Fishing, Not On Drugs fishing derby.


June 11, 2021 - 1:13 PM

Posing for a photo are the winners of the Iola Police Department-sponsored Hooked On Fishing, Not On Drugs derby in Iola June 5. Courtesy photo

Forty area youngsters flocked to Abbott’s Pond in Iola June 5 for the Iola Police Department’s annual Hooked On Fishing, Not On Drugs campaign.

They were kept busy, landing a combined 123 fish on the day.

Kashy McVey landed the largest, at 5.16 pounds, while Kailyn Rodriguez caught the most, 10, weighing a combined 5.69 pounds. Evan LaCrone pulled in the smallest, weighing a scant .04 pounds.

In all, the participants pulled in 107.86 pounds worth of fish.

Winning the individual divisions:

Ages 2-8

1. Jayson Cuppy, 5 fish, weighing 3.95 pounds

2. Eryiona Firerson, 6 fish, 3.6 pounds

3. Hayes Chester, 1 fish, 3.34 pounds

Ages 9-12

1. Corbin Bowers, 3 fish, 11.63 pounds

2. Bently Hammond, 6 fish, 11.41 pounds

3. Lenden McVey, 3 fish, 6.78 pounds

Ages 13-17

1. Jayden Luke, 1 fish, 1.67 pounds