September 30, 2014

Fourth annual Sucker Derby being held April 2

By James Kuch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com
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OMER — The fourth annual Sucker Derby is coming to Omer April 2.

Derby President Larry Daly said that the weigh-in will take place from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Arenac County Road Commission parking lot.

Fishing opens at midnight Friday, April 1.

“Fishing will be open from Steves Road in Omer, south,” Daly said.

Those looking to participate in the derby and be eligible for prizes can pick up a $3 Sucker Derby Button at Greg’s Party Store in Omer, or the Omer City Hall.

Daly said that everyone who picks up a pin can weigh a fish and be eligible for prizes.

“We will have prizes available in the weigh-in tent,” he said. “If your pin number come up, you’re a winner.”

Daly said that more than 100 area businesses have donated to the derby.

“We have been fortunate to have such a good response,” he said.

A 51-year veteran of sucker fishing, Daly said he hopes that families and their children come out to the derby.

“It’s a nice day,” he said. “I think it’s great to expose children to sucker fishing. It’s something fun for them to do.”

Daly said that a number of fishing poles are available as prizes for children who participate in the Sucker Derby.

“So many kids today sit inside and play computer games,” he said. “It’s good to get them outside doing activities.”

Daly said the Sucker Derby has changed its format over the past few years, and has geared its focus toward young people.

“We did not have enough adult entries in the past for a tournament,” he said. “Now we are focused on the children.”

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