43 of 100 tagged fish caught in Cancer Derby at park
Event usually raises about $750 for American Cancer Society
It was an exciting Sunday morning for the 43 lucky anglers who caught tagged fish over Saturday and Sunday, as more than $1,000 in prizes were handed out as part of the annual Cancer Derby at Roaring River State Park.
David Waugh, concessionaire at the park, said this is about the 14th year for the event, and the Derby typically raises north of $750.
“It started at Bennett Spring and when I came here, I brought it with me,” Waugh said. “We have always tried to help out the American Cancer Society, and I found out a long time ago that anglers are usually very concerned with people and causes and understand what we are trying to accomplish.”
Small tags were attached to the dorsal fins of 100 trout last week, with 75 released Friday night after the horn, and another 25 released after Saturday’s horn for anglers to catch Sunday up until the prize drawing at 11 a.m. Those who wished to participate were asked to make a donation when purchasing their trout tag, and the tag was marked to show the angler donated.
“Some people caught multiple,” Waugh said. “I think this is the biggest year we’ve had in recent memory for catches. Last year, we had 35, and two years ago, we only had one caught, so all the people who came to watch the drawing got to enter.”
Waugh said more than $1,000 in prizes was awarded, including things like top-end fly rods, wind chimes, stuffed animals, pillows, reels and more.
All proceeds from the event were donated to the American Cancer Society.