September 21, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 222

Derby yields good catches, despite bad weather weather

BLACK RIVER HARBOR — Fishermen braved stormy seas in the annual Black River Harbor Labor Day weekend fishing tournament that was cut short because of bad weather.

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CREW MEMBERS of Budda Johnson’s Cacchen display their catch at the Black River Harbor Labor Day Fishing Derby. From left are Steve Smith, Kevin Kivi, Russell Sipponen, Sulo Romo and Don Kivi.

Black River Harbor Boating Club president Jerry Gerbig said 29 boats competed, the same number as in 2012, with seven boats fishing in the Powderpuff division.

“The weather was not the best, but the tournament was still a success,” Gerbig said.

“We thank all of the businesses who donated to our tournament. It would not continue to be a success without all our dedicated community members, boating club members, sponsors, volunteers and participating fishermen,” said Stacy Maki, secretary of the boating club.

Winners included:

Lake trout: 1. Charlie Maslanka, Starkissed; 2. Jerry Synkelma, Synker; 3. Jim Johnson, Jolly Roger.

Salmon: 1. Dave Aspinwall, Chum Bucket; 2. Cody Mukavitz, Dis-L-Do; 3. Donnie Maki, Tuna Can II.

Rainbow-brown: 1. Bud Johnson, Cacchen; 2. Dan Aili, Sunshine; 3. Lee Miskovich, Booya.

Powderpuff: 1. Mark Maccani, Glacier Girl; 2. Jim Johnson, Jolly Roger; 3. Jim Ansami, Snake Pit.

Fish of day: Friday, Glacier Girl; Saturday, Starkissed; Sunday, Jolly Roger; Monday, rain-out.

The Starkissed crew caught the biggest fish of the derby.

Raffle winners included:

—Andy McRae, rifle.

—Willy Gray, $300.

—Paul Wolfe, $200.

—Jim Pertile, $100.

—Scott Clark, muzzleloader.