Left to right: Michael Cristodoulou

Left to right: Michael Cristodoulou

Nundal, Mackereth Jr. big winners of derby

Gorgeous weather greeted 134 participants at the 17th Annual Acklands Grainger Fishing Derby over the weekend.

Gorgeous weather greeted 134 participants at the 17th Annual Acklands Grainger Fishing Derby over the weekend.

The two-day event, kicked off by an open house with beef on a bun saw Phil Nundal catch the biggest halibut, weighing in at 60 pounds.

Doug Mackereth Jr. reeled in the largest salmon, tipping the scales at 40 pounds.

“Beautiful weekend,” said Acklands Grainger branch manager and derby organizer Jason Sande.

“The waves were calm and everyone had a good time. It was a good turnout.”

Ticket sales collected $4,000, with another $1,000 in raffle sales being collected, with proceeds going toward the Prince Rupert Wildlife Shelter and a food donation going to the Salvation Army on Sunday night.

A $1,000 corporate donation from Walter Abrasives led the generous business spirit of the weekend, with prizes donated from all over the community for the weekend’s winners.

Chris Avila won the final draw for the large toolbox set.

Sande thanked the community for coming, J & E Tackle and Trayling’s Tackle Shop for selling tickets as well as Westview Childcare Centre for providing catering.

Sunday’s derby concluded with a banquet at the Fisherman’s Hall and 100 people came out to dine.