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UT Ducks Unlimited 1st Annual Flaming Gorge Fishing Derby - A Success!

(Manila, UT) – This past June 23rd & 24th many volunteers and anglers participated in the Utah State Ducks Unlimited 1st Annual Flaming Gorge Fishing Derby.

June 27, 2012 - PRLog -- (Manila, UT) – This past June 23rd & 24th many volunteers and anglers participated in the Utah State Ducks Unlimited 1st Annual Flaming Gorge Fishing Derby.  More than 70 teams of 4 anglers participated in this two day event and enjoyed beautiful weather and a wrap up luncheon held at The Hub.  The event focused on family, fun, Utah outdoors and a Ducks Unlimited membership drive.  

Cash prizes were handed out to first, second and third place in the following divisions:

Lake Trout (a minimum length of 36”)
1st Place $1000 – Jackie Hill
2nd Place $500 – Tom Stewart
3rd Place $250 – Mike Musselman

Kokanee Salmon (18” or longer)
1st Place $1000 – Darren Schroeder
2nd Place $500 – Dave Lahage
3rd Place $250 – Jack Blackham

Rainbow Trout (18” or longer)
1st Place $1000 – Jennie Lahage
2nd Place $500 – Kyle Gutierrez
3rd Place $250 – Rocky Rochford

Small Mouth Bass
1st Place $1000 – Rocky Rochford
2nd Place $500 – Karen O 'Neill  
3rd Place $250 – Tory Thomas

The event organizer, Marty Price, was extremely pleased with the turn out and donations from the sponsors. “I felt over all that the derby was a major success. We made mistakes, and that is expected for our first year and we will learn from it.   Next year we will be ready for a bigger & better derby.”

Marty also heard from organizers of other fishing events.  “The people from the Villa derby committee pulled me aside and said it was a class act derby. They were very impressed with our committee and prizes.”  

Other comments from the derby included:

"I fish in tournaments all year and all over the place, you guys did awesome! Can't wait for next year!" – Mike, Ogden, UT

"Looking forward to next year, we will have more boats in the tournament!" – “Dirty Hookers” Team

"Let's fire up this grizzly bear!" – Kyle J. Green when getting his grill (nicknamed “Grillzilla”) going to BBQ 300 hamburgers and brats!

Ducks Unlimited is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, DU is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, with special events, projects and promotions across the continent. Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org/utah .

Utah State Ducks Unlimited consists of 16 chapters throughout the state, to join DU or volunteer for a chapter please contact Joe Trujillo (itsijoe@aol.com) at 435-830-2417.

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