West Kauai Lions host fishing derby

  • Daniel Nagata / Contributed photo

    West Kauai Lion Charlie Ortiz, chair of the West Kauai Lions third annual Youth Fishing Derby, anchors the display signage in back of the field of age group participants Saturday on the banks of the Hanapepe River near the old bridge.

HANAPEPE — Tajayah Smith had the biggest fish and Kristy Kato snared the most fish Saturday when the West Kauai Lions Club hosted its third annual Youth Fishing Derby on the banks of the Hanapepe River.

“Lion Charlie Ortiz chaired this event which was extremely successful,” said Eric Nordmeier. “The weather was perfect, and there were many families who turned out.”

Kaytilyn Apilado and Shai-lein Acosta finished as the first and second place award winners in the Over 13 age group, earning a share of the prizes that included reel-and-pole sets, tackle boxes and drinking jugs.

Brennan Kato and sirrah Apilado were the top two prize winners in the 11-13 age group, and Leila Apilado topped the 8-10 age group. Anthony Udarbe and Kalae Sahut ended in a tie for second place in the class with third place honors going to Aleiya Acosta Batis.

Tehya Marie Catbagan topped the Under 8 class followed by Carmela Udarbe and Rizalden Angala.

“Mahalo to all the families who came out to spend time together on this outing,” Nordmeier said.

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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