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Sneaky Petit Pete still swims in the grottos of Lake Petit

Nobody landed the big guy, but great fishing for all

BY: Alice Eachus

Wowser! Petit Pete must be the size of a whale by now! That elusive trout has escaped capture for seven years, probably spending his time hanging around the fish food station getting bigger and bigger and bigger. But one of these days, a kid dropping at line at Big Canoe’s annual Hook a Kid on Fishing Tournament will snag that dude and the battle to land the crafty critter will be one for the record books.

Years ago, it was decided if Petit Pete wasn’t caught, all kids entered into the fishing competition would have their name dropped into a bait bucket with a lucky winner drawn to be awarded a glorious prize. Not only would that winner take home a Kindle Fire, but their name would be inscribed on a plaque which hangs proudly in the Big Canoe Marina Shack.

This year the proud winner of the “I Didn’t Catch Petit Pete, But Tried” Award was Rhett Kulbok. Good try, fisherkid!

Robert Turbe won the First Fish Caught Award and Madison King claimed a double whammy – Largest Fish Caught (1 pound, 8 ounces) and Most Fish Caught with four fish weighing a total of 3 pounds, 11 ounces. Every kid angler who caught a fish was awarded a shiny medal. Congrats to our winners and all participants!

After a couple hours fishing, 71 kids and their keepers were treated to a lunch of hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, and cookies by Blossman Gas & Propane. Other sponsors of this fun event were Squeaky Clean, Scott Parish Plumbing, Trout Unlimited, Big Canoe Volunteer Fire Department, Smoke Signals, and the Big Canoe POA.

Games were hosted on the playfield, including a clever “Catch a Fish in the Potty” game sponsored by Scott Parish and his plumbing crew. Eric Lindblom and Grant Grimes, volunteer firefighters, taught kids about fire safety as they pulsed water on a “burning house.” A raffle with prizes plenty netted big bucks for future events.

Hey, watch out Petit Pete, we’re coming for you next year!

Hook photo Michele Parish

Photo: Michele Parish

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