Tuesday, February 14, 2017

2017 Tom Noonan Cup Togue Derby

                                                        Written by Andres Vargas
                                                         Edited by Jakob Saucier

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 Image of a local contestant holding a Togue, a species of freshwater Lake Trout that occupies North America.  http://www.icefishingderby.com/sebago-derby/

        The 2017 Tom Noonan Cup Togue Derby, also known as the Sebago Lake Derby, is an annual ice fishing derby held by the Sebago Lake Rotary Club. Originally held as a fish management project, the fishing derby has grown into a popular winter event for the community. It fundraises a wide variety of programs in the community, such as Camp Sunshine, DARE, Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Maine Children’s Cancer Program, and more. Camp Sunshine is a program that gives children with a life threatening illnesses a place to enjoy themselves and have fun, as well as support them and provide medical care. DARE is a program that works to educate the youth of America to live without violence, substance abuse, and other harmful behaviors. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is a government organization that regulates activities concerning the natural habitat and wildlife of Maine. The Maine Children’s Cancer Program is a medical organization that works to provide safe medical care and support to children afflicted with cancer and blood disorders.
        The Sebago Lake Derby also helps boost the local economy, as it brings tourists to Maine. The derby is sponsored by Kittery Trading Post, Cabela’s Outfitters, Panther Run Marina, Windham Indoor Shooting Range & Store, Windham Weaponry, Mechanic’s Savings Bank, Modern Woodmen, Norway Savings Bank, Windham Marketplace, and State Farm. The derby has a lot of prizes that can be won from catching the largest of four fish species, Pike, Perch, Togue, and Pickerel. The first place prize for the largest of each species of fish is $500, second place for each species of fish is $200, and third place is $100. The winners of these prizes will be ranked first by weight. If there is a tie, then the winner will be determined by longest fish, then earliest time weighed.
        These types of prizes are awarded in Kittery Trading Post Gift Cards. Anyone who participates in the Ice Fishing Derby will be entered to win a 2017 Polaris Sportsman 450 ATV, provided by Team Woody’s Performance Center. Those who register early, before February 8th, will be entered in an early registration drawing, and get the chance to win one of ten $50 Cabela’s Gift Cards. If you catch a Togue that beats the state record of 31 pounds and eight ounces, you will receive a $100,000 reward.

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             Image of 2017 Polaris Sportsman 450 ATV provided by Team Woody’s Performance Center.                                         http://www.icefishingderby.com/derby-prizes/derby-prize-pool/

        The Derby will be held on Saturday and Sunday, February 25th and 26th, at Sebago Lake. The limit of fish you can enter per day is six fish of the same species. This allows for one angler to enter 24 fish per day, as there are four kinds of fish being accepted. Thus, you can enter 48 fish to the derby in total, since the derby is going on for two days. To enter your fish, you must present it to the weigh station. The weigh station is open from 7 AM to 5 PM. When presented, the fish must be free of any snow, ice, hooks, tackle, and bait, so as to get an accurate measurement of the weight of the fish. All weighed fish will be marked, so as to prevent a duplicate submission, thus the angler must notify weighing staff if they have any intentions of mounting their caught fish. The entry fee to the derby is $25 dollars for one person, and $35 for a family of two adults and up to four children. The awards ceremony will be held at 999 Roosevelt Trail in Windham, 6 PM on February 26th, in the Windham Indoor Shooting Range. All State of Maine Ice Fishing Regulations Apply. To view these regulations, please visit www.eregulations.com/maine/fishing/ .

         Last year’s first place winners were: Savannah Marlowe, from East Baldwin, Maine, won $500 from winning the Togue competition, Jonathan Koperniak, from Falmouth, Maine, won $500 from winning the Pike Competition, Kathy Elliott, from South Thomas, Maine, won $500 from winning the Perch competition, and Wayne York, from Windsor, Maine, won $500 from winning the Pickerel competition. The winner of last year’s ATV raffle was Andres Pires of Falmouth, Maine, and he won a 2016 Polaris Sportsman ATV.

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                                    Image of Andrew Pires and his 2016 Polaris Sportsman ATV

Works Cited
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"2017 Tom Noonan Cup Togue Derby." Sebago Derby | Maine's Sebago Lake & Cumberland County Ice Fishing Derby. Web. 29 Jan. 2017.


1 comment:

  1. Very well written on a subject I did not know much about.