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By Daniel E. Beckham
Nearly 3,000 children and adults gathered for the Annual Cerritos Kids Fishing Derby at Cerritos Regional Park on Saturday, June 7, 2014. The annual event was sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, along with the City of Cerritos, the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Cerritos Rod and Gun Club.
The event began at 7:00am with a free pancake breakfast, followed by the fishing derby at 8:00am – 11:00am. Children had the opportunity to participate in free fishing and angler safety lessons. Each child also received a free t-shirt and were eligible to compete for prizes in other categories.
California Department of Parks and Recreation stocked the lake with 5000 pounds of Catfish.
Volunteers from the Cerritos Senior Center showed up at 6:30am and members of the Rod and Gun Club showed up at 5:00am. Free breakfast was served and cooked by the Cerritos Rod and Gun Club. Free t-shirts for the event were given to participants and ran out by 8:15am
The largest fish caught was an 8lb Carp by 7 year old, Jayden Sahussanun.
First place for age group 4-6 was Joseph Banos, 4 years old from Alhambra at 4lb 3oz; Second Place was Anisa Sos, 5 years old from Santa Ana at 3lb 15oz; Third place was Katherine Low, 5 years old from Cerritos at 3lb 11oz.
First place for age group 7-9 was Ethan Ibarra, 7 years old from Lakewood at 4lb 10oz.; Second place was Zachary Baloloy, 9 years old from Cerritos at 3lb 14oz.; Third Place was Amalachi Mobley, 7 years old from Bellflower at 3lb 11oz.
First place for age group 10-12 was Geoffrey Morris, 11 years old from Bellflower at 3lb 13oz.; Second place was Tahiya Nashik, 10 years old from Hawaiian Gardens at 3lb 11oz.; Third place was Leeanna Galvan, 12 years old from Alhambra at 3lb oz.
First place for age group 13-15 was Phoebe Lao, 13 years old from Cerritos at 4lb 7oz.; Second Place was Marcus Lowe, 13 years old from Lancaster at 4lb 3oz.; Third Place was Yasmeen Sos, 13 years old from Tustin at 3lb 14oz.
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