Several avid young anglers ventured out into freezing cold conditions on Saturday February 26 to compete for the honor of catching the biggest fish at Murphy’s annual Rainbow Trout Roundup.
“Despite the cold weather, we had a great turnout and a fun fishing tournament that everyone enjoyed,” said Town of Murphy Special Events Coordinator Kayla McFarland.
In the 0-6 category, for shortest fish, Zoey Cisnero took first place at 6 1/2 inches and Olivia Thomas took second place with a seven-inch fish.
Blake Miller took first place for the longest fish with a catch of 13 inches and Morgan Dayton took second place with a fish measuring 9 ¾ inches.
Kiet, (last name not available), received first place in the heaviest ropes category weighing one pound and 13 ounces and Mustafa Celik’s fish received second place, weighing one pound 10 ounces.
In the 7-11 age group, Kayla Le received the shortest first place with a 6 1/8 inch catch and Madeline Zabojaik received the second shortest place with a 7 1/8 inch fish.
For the longest period, Lydia Wong received first place with an 11 ¾ inch fish and Cattleya Zapata received second place with her slightly shorter 11 ½ inch catch.
For the heaviest stringer, Nikolai, (last name not available), received first place weighing one pound 10 ounces and Asim Cetinkaya received second place with a string weight of one pound eight ounces.
In the 12-17 category, Apler Goksen was awarded the shortest fish at 7 3/8 inches and Darren, (last name not available), was awarded second place shortest fish, also at 7 3 /8 inches.
Bianca Pesina received first place for her 13 ½ inch grip and Meliha Celik received second place for her 11 ¾ inch grip.
Heip and Efe, (last name not available), received first place heaviest stringer and second heaviest stringer for their catches weighing one pound 15 ounces and one pound 12 ounces respectively.