25th Fishing Derby ready to cast off

REPUBLIC — The 25th Anniversary Fishing Derby in Republic is ready to cast off on the Michigamme River this weekend.

Prizes will be given for a lot of the biggest fish, with a top prize of twenty five hundred dollars for the best walleye. One unique feature of this fishing derby is that it’s perfect for anyone of any skill level interested in fishing.

“They can stop by our booth, we have different products we can show them and little tricks and tips we can show them on how to catch some fish,” said Owner of Fat Guppy Fishing Corey Martell, “there’s going to be a lot of fishermen from all levels and I think they’ll pick up a lot of things from those guys.”

All of the folks involved encourage those who attend to bring their families along for the fun.

“The most fun I have here, is watching kids fish,” added Martell, “I get to rig up some plastic baits for them or I get to show them how to tie a hook or whatever the case is to give them a little tip. The kids over on the dock over here came up and I hooked up a couple of baits for them and it’s fun watching them fish.”

The fishing goes from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Camping, live music, parades, and fireworks will compliment the derby throughout the weekend as well.

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Caleb Scanlon
Caleb M. Scanlon is a reporter for ABC 10 / CW 5 and joined the news team in 2015. He grew up in Negaunee, where he attended Negaunee High School. Caleb completed his Bachelor's degree in Media Production and New Technologies from Northern Michigan University with a minor in Communication Studies. Caleb interned with ABC 10 / CW 5 in the fall of 2014. During his free time, Caleb enjoys spending time with his wife Samantha, his kids Fred and Lucy, and his cats Scotty, Remus, and Fitzgerald. Caleb plays a multitude of musical instruments and performs in a band called Concord Through Keys. When there isn't snow on the ground, Caleb can often be found at Al-Quaal playing disc golf.