Lots of fish caught — and that’s no bull

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.

JORDAN MACKIE of Gone Fishin' presents the Bill Ross Memorial Trophy to Bryan Robbins.

JORDAN MACKIE of Gone Fishin' presents the Bill Ross Memorial Trophy to Bryan Robbins.

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.