Many fish bit and lots were caught during the 25th annual Bullhead Derby, the largest catch-and-release event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, last Saturday at Nautical Days in Comox.
No bullhead was bigger than the 19.5-centimetre whopper hauled up by Bryan Robbins, who earned the Bill Ross Memorial Trophy.
First-place trophies went to: Austin Morrison (50-cm tom cod), Kyle McLeod (32.5-cm greenling), Michaela Turnowski (28.5-cm rockfish), Ashton Lively (18-cm flatfish), Elijah Court (23.5-cm perch) and Dominique Dawson (25.5-cm oddest catch).
Second-place medals were taken by Callum Peterson (18-cm bullhead), Ty Morrison (32-cm tom cod), Marissa Greenwood (32.5-cm greenling), Shane Lapp (23-cm rockfish), Michael Jones (16-cm flatfish), Liam Court (22-cm perch) and Kaylee Procter (23-cm oddest catch).
Third-place medals went to: Aiden Robbins (17.5-cm bullhead), Cole Phillips (31-cm tom cod), Kiawni Voak (17-cm greenling), Laura Hermans (17.5-cm rockfish), Abigail Gibeault (15.5-cm flatfish), Peter Hyde (11.5-cm perch) and Caleb Webb (231-cm oddest catch).
The event was sponsored by First Insurance, the Comox Valley Record, Canadian Tire, Gone Fishin', Comox Harbour Authority, Fisheries and Oceans, Dairy Queen and Wendy's.