OWENSVILLE – Not quite a sweep, but the Simpson family took two of the top three spots in the annual Matt Maupin Memorial Fishing Derby For Kids.
The Clermont County Park District hosted the Derby May 11 at Pattison Park in partnership with the East Fork Bass Anglers. About 60 children participated in the free event.
In the 7-and-under age group, Christian Simpson had the most weight with 12.99 pounds on four fish. Isaac Simpson had the largest fish at 5.35 pounds and Bryce Turner landed the smallest at .2 pounds.
For ages 8 to 10, Avery Simpson hooked six fish for a combined 17.74 pounds. Jonah Fox had the big fish at 5.26 pounds and Nora Smith pulled in the smallest at .14 pounds.
Brianna Stone led the 12 to 15 age group with four fish totaling 10.09 pounds. Alex Richey had the biggest fish at 5.39 pounds and Dakota Henry took the smallest at .14 pounds.
Nolan Rogers won the casting contest for ages 12 to 15, while Caroline Smith and Hannah Scareberry tied for first in the 11-and-under age group.
The Derby honors the memory of Matt Maupin, who was killed in military action in Iraq. The Glen Este High School graduate was an avid fisherman.
In addition to prizes for each of the categories, kids received goody bags and a grilled hot dog lunch during the derby.
“We enjoy this event every year,” said Mark D. Motz, Park District community relations manager. “The partnership with the Bass Anglers helps promote fishing – an activity one can enjoy for a lifetime – with youngsters, which in turn gets them outdoors and active.
“It’s nice to see kids putting their lines in the water with their siblings, parents and grandparents. Our parks are a place where families can come to make memories and we’re glad to be part of the fabric of our community.”
Mark D. Motz is the Community Relations Manager for the Clermont County Park District. A native Cincinnatian, he has worked for more than 25 years as an award-winning journalist and public relations professional. Away from work, he enjoys photography, theater and spending time with his nine godchildren.