Fishing derby winners catch fish and prizes
Kenzi Snell, 8, reels in a fish while her dad, Jerry, watches during the 2012 Cherokee National Holiday Fishing Derby in Tahlequah, Okla. JAMI CUSTER/CHEROKEE PHEONIX
Cherokee Nation citizen Trisda Teehee, 6, holds a catfish that weighed nearly 2 pounds and won at the 2012 Cherokee National Holiday Fishing Derby in Tahlequah, Okla. JAMI CUSTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Six-year-old Bodark Jackson from Broken Arrow, Okla., casts his line during the 2012 Cherokee National Holiday Fishing Derby in Tahlequah while his brother Spruce, 8, fishes to his right. JAMI CUSTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Tela Dry, 4, watches as Floyd Bark takes a fish off her line during the 2012 Cherokee National Holiday Fishing Derby in Tahlequah, Okla. JAMI CUSTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
Vinita, Okla., residents Jarryn Rattlinggourd, 5, and his brother Jarrik, 6, fish at the 2012 Cherokee National Holiday Fishing Derby in Tahlequah. JAMI CUSTER/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Of all the events offered at this year’s Cherokee National Holiday, the fishing derby is a favorite among children.
Fishing Derby Coordinator Valerie Diffee said the event tries to encourage outdoor activity among children by hosting two age groups, 4-8 and 9-13.
“It’s just kind of an event for the kids to get out and get away from the TV, video games and computers and actually do something,” Diffee said. “This is a great event for the kids. It’s early enough that it’s not too hot for them and they have a great time.”
Each child had the opportunity to catch several types of fish, including catfish, crappie and bass, during the event and volunteers helped by weighing catches as they where reeled in by the young contestants.
Throughout the event, door prizes were given in drawings to participating children along with prizes in three categories, including “most fish caught” and “biggest fish.”
“We have the smallest, the biggest and the most fish caught in both age brackets and throughout the two hours that they fish we call out door prizes,” Diffee said. “And it’s fun for them. They get tents, sleeping bags and they get fishing poles.”
Cherokee Nation citizen Trisda Teehee, 6, who attends Dahlonegah School in Adair County, was among the many kids catching fish. She caught the biggest fish in her age category, a catfish weight 1.85 pounds.
“It was fun reeling it in and it was heavy,” she said. “(I won) a fishing pole, sleeping bag and $30.”
Teehee said she took her family out for tacos with her winnings after the derby.
“I was just excited to catch that big fish,” she said.
CN citizen Grayci Spradlin, 5, who attends Peggs School in Cherokee County, caught the most fish in her category, catching nine fish.
“I caught a bunch and won a fishing pole and sleeping bag and money,” Spradlin said. “I am going to save my money for a doll for my friend Ally cause her birthday is coming up.”
Although the event’s participant numbers were lower compared to 2011, there were still more than 240 kids who tested their fishing skills.
Most fish: Grayci Spradlin,
Biggest fish: Trisda Teehee,
Smallest fish: Valerie Ray,Ages 9-13:
Most fish: Caleb Luejthe,
Biggest fish: Augustino Perez,
Smallest fish: Ashlynn Barnoski
ᏓᎵᏆ, ᎣᎦᎵᎰᎹ. – ᏂᎦᏓ ᎯᎠ ᏚᏂᏍᎩᎸ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏧᎾᏛᏗ ᏚᏙᏢᏒ ᎯᎠ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ᎬᎾᏕᎾ ᎤᎾᏕᏘᏱᏍᎬ, ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎠᎾᏑᎲᏍᎬ ᎠᎾᏑᏱᏍᎬ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ.
ᎠᎾᏑᎲᏍᎦ ᏗᎫᎪᏔᏂᏙ ᎯᎠ Valerie Diffee ᎠᏗᏍᎬ ᎯᎠ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᎠᎾᏁᎶᏗᏍᎪ ᏧᏂᏂᎳᏕᏗ ᏙᏯ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎬᏩᎾᏛᏗ ᎢᏧᎾᏕᏘᏴᏓ, ᏅᎩ ᏧᏁᎳ ᎢᏍᏔ ᎠᎴ ᏐᏁᎳ ᎠᎴᏂᏍᎦ ᏦᎦᏚ ᎢᏧᎾᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎢᏍᏔ.
“ᎯᎢᎾ ᎢᏳᏍᏓ ᎢᎬᏩᎾᏛᏗ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎾᎿ ᏙᏯ ᎬᏩᏁᏓᏍᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎤᎾᏓᏅᏍᏗ ᎠᏓᏴᎵᏛᏍᎦ ᏚᎾᎦᏙᏍᏛ, ᎠᎴ ᏓᎾᏁᎶᏗᏍᎬ ᏃᎴ ᎠᏍᏆᏂᎪᏗᏍᎩ ᎠᎦᏙᎥᎯᏍᏗ ᏧᏩᏌ ᏓᎾᏁᎶᏗᏍᎪ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Diffee. “ᎯᎠ ᎢᎦ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᏳᎾᏛᏗ. ᏐᏁᎴᏗᏢ ᎨᏐ Ꮟ ᏄᏗᏞᎬᎾᏊ ᎠᎴ ᎣᏍᏓ ᎤᏂᏰᎸᏐᎢ.”
ᏌᏊᎭ ᎨᏒ ᎠᏲᏟ ᎤᎾᏜᏅᏓᏕᎲ ᏧᏂᏂᏴᏗ ᎠᏣᏗ ᎢᎸᏍᎩ ᏳᎾᏓᎴᎢ, ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ ᏧᎾᎵᏍᏓᎾᎵ, crappie ᎠᎴ ᎤᏂᏃᎩ, ᎯᎠ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᎠᎴ ᎠᎾᎵᏍᏕᎵᏍᎩ ᏓᏂᏂᏱᏍᎬ ᏧᎾᏛᏗ ᏧᎾᏍᏗ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎠᎾᏑᎲᏍᎬᎢ.
ᎯᎠ ᎠᎾᏑᎲᏍᎬ ᎠᎾᏓᎪᎾᏗᏍᎬ, ᏍᏚᏗ ᏱᏩᏴᏟ ᏓᏂᎴᏍᎪ ᎪᏪᎵ ᎤᎾᏖᎳᏗᏍᏙᏗ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎠᎾᏑᎲᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏌᏍᏙ ᏦᎢ ᏄᏙᏢᏒ, ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗ “ᏭᎪᏛ ᎠᏣᏗ ᏧᏂᏴᏓ” ᎠᎴ ᏭᏔᏅᎢ.”
“ᎯᎢᎾ ᏭᏍᏗᎬ, ᏭᏔᏅ ᎠᎴ ᏭᎪᏛ ᎠᏣᏗ ᏧᏂᏴᏓ ᎾᎿ ᎢᏧᎳ ᎢᏧᎾᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏚᎾᏓᏡᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏔᎵ ᏳᏟᎶᏓ ᎠᎾᏑᎲᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏂᏙᏥᏪᏍᎪ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏓᏒᏅ ᎾᎿ ᎦᎶᎯᏍᏗ ᎾᎥ ᏧᏂᎴᏓ ᎪᏪᎵ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Diffee. “ᎠᎴ ᎢᎦ ᎤᏬᎸᏗ ᎨᏐᎢ. ᎠᎹᏳᎶᏗ ᎠᏁᏙᎲ ᏧᏂᏦᎸᏙᏗ , ᏧᎾᏤᏍᏛᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏧᎾᏑᏙᏗ ᎠᎾᏓᏒᎲᏍᎪᎢ.”
ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ Trisda Teehee, ᏑᏓᎵ ᏳᏕᏘᏴᏓ, ᏓᏕᎶᏆᏍᎪ ᏓᎳᎾᎩ ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᎾᎿ Adair ᏍᎦᏚᎩ, ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎠᏲᏟ ᎠᏑᏃᎲᏍᎬᎢ. ᎾᏍᎩ ᏭᏔᏅ ᎠᏣᏗ ᎤᏂᏴᎲ ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᎨᎳ ᎢᏧᎾᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎤᎾᏓᏡᎬᎢ, ᏧᎵᏍᏓᎾᎵ 1.85 ᏳᏓᎨᏓ.
“ᎤᏬᏢᏗ ᎨᏒ ᏥᎾᏌᏁᏍᎬ ᎠᎴ ᎦᎨᏓ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ. “(ᎦᏓᏒᎾ) ᏑᏗ, ᎠᏆᏤᏍᏛᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏦᏍᎪ ᎠᏕᎸ.”
Teehee ᎤᏛᏅᏂᎦᏓ ᏏᏓᏁᎸ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᏓᏴᏁ ᏔᎪᎢ ᏚᏂᎨ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏧᏓᏒᏅ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏚᏔᏁ.
“ᎣᏍᏓ ᎠᏆᏓᏅᏛ ᏥᏂᏴᎲ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎢᎩᏓ ᎠᏣᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
ᏣᎳᎩ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎨᎳ Grayci Sprsdlin, ᎯᏍᎩ ᏳᏕᏘᏴᏓ, ᎾᏍᎩ Peggs ᏧᎾᏕᎶᏆᏍᏗ ᏓᏕᎶᏆᏍᎪ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎡᏫᎩ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ, ᎾᏍᎩᎾ ᏭᎪᏛ ᎠᏣᏗ ᏚᏂᏴᎮ ᎾᎿ ᎢᏧᎾᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᎤᎾᏓᏡ ᎨᎸᎢ, ᏐᏁᎳ ᎠᏣᏗ ᏚᏂᏴᎲᎢ.
“ᎤᏂᎪᏓ ᏕᏥᏂᏴᎲ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏆᏓᏒᏅ ᎠᏑᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏤᏍᏛᏙᏗ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏕᎳ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬ Spradlin. “ᏙᏓᎦᎵᏏᏅᏔᎾ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎠᏁᎶᏗ ᎠᎩᏕᎯᏍᏙᏗ ᎣᎩᎾᎵ Ally ᏓᏳᏕᏘᏴᎯ.”
ᏙᎯᏳᏃ ᎯᎠ ᎾᎾᏛᏁᎲ ᎠᏂᎦᏲᏟᎨ ᎨᏒ ᎾᏃ ᏔᎵ ᏯᎦᏴᎵ ᏌᏚ ᏧᏕᏘᏴᏌᏗᏒ, ᎠᏎᏃ ᏔᎵᏧᏈ ᏅᎩᏍᎪ ᏗᏂᏲᏟ ᎤᏂᎷᏨ ᎤᎾᏑᏅᎢ.