S.F. JACL Holds Youth Fishing Derby

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The derby winners, Miya Suzuki, Max Chan and Tyler Kahn, with their prizes — brand new fishing rods. (Photo by Hiroshi Shimizu)

EL SOBRANTE — This year’s Youth Fishing Derby sponsored by the San Francisco Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, held June 11, featured a variety of fish caught besides rainbow trout, including bass and carp.

The San Pablo Dam Reservoir was filled to the brim, with many of the “old fishing holes” inaccessible and fishing spots rather limited. However, prize fish were caught, including a 2-pound, 3-ounce trout caught by Max Chan, who took first place. Max also caught a 1-pound, 7-ounce trout.

Second place went to Tyler Kahn with his 1-pound, 11-ounce silver carp. Tyler also caught a 15-ounce bass. Miya Suzuki was third with her 15-ounce bass.

As with previous derbies, there were plenty of hot dogs and hamburgers for everyone as well as delicious potluck dishes brought by the volunteers and parents.

Special thanks to the many San Francisco Nisei Fishing Club members who made the event possible, providing rods and reels for use by the youngsters, who did not have any equipment, and sharing their expertise with the young anglers and their parents on baiting hooks, casting, and other valuable tips for fresh-water fishing.

The annual raffle to raise funds for the event offered generous prizes that were donated for the Youth Fishing Derby, including four-club level tickets plus a parking pass for a Giants game from Tom Hoshiyama Jr., won by Al Matsuki.

Second prize was two passes for salt-water fishing on the Outer Limits, donated by Jim Robertson and won by Shuang Shuang Wu.

Third prize was a pair of club-level tickets for a Giants game donated by John Hayashi and won by James “Mo” Noda.

A one-hour massage with tip included was donated by Jill Yano and won by Yosh Nakashima.

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