Fishing for philanthropy: Charity derby to support Tahoe City Boy Scouts
Special to the Sun
TAHOE CITY ” Just after dawn touched the crisp, blue waters of Lake Tahoe, Rick Remondini felt the tug of a prize-winning Mackinaw. Anchored a mile off shore from Tahoe City, Remondini steadily reeled in the grand prize for the annual Jake’s on the Lake Charity Fishing Derby last year.
Remondini, a Kings Beach resident, says he caught a stroke of luck that Spring morning. The 10-pound Mackinaw earned him his third $1,000 cash prize in a row. In the two years prior, Remondini hooked the grand prize with fatter Mackinaws weighing in at more than 19 pounds.
“(Mackinaws) stay down really deep,” Remondini said about catching one of his 19-pound fish. “It was really heavy and it fought pretty good.”
Hopeful fishermen will once again launch their vessels into the lake for the 16th Annual Jake’s Charity Fishing Derby on May 31. Young and old participants alike will compete for the largest Mackinaw, German brown and rainbow trout.
Whether luck will remain on Remondini’s fishing line or pass to another remains to be seen.
“Everybody is having a good time and finally getting out to kick the summer off,” Remondini said. “(The derby) is such a great local event.”
Mackinaw, also called lake trout, are most commonly found in deeper waters and are known to grow much larger than other freshwater fish ” making Mackinaw the most competitive fish in the derby.
“It’s the most predominant fish that we have in our lake,” said Mike Kise, a manager at Jake’s on the Lake who has helped organize the derby since its inception. “(The Mackinaw) grows a little bit larger and faster than the other fish do. It seems to be a little more impressive when someone sees an 18- to 19-pound Mackinaw.”
Fishing will begin on Lake Tahoe exactly one hour before dawn, and all qualified fish must be weighed by high noon at Jake’s. The fisherman with the largest Mackinaw will take home a $1,000 prize. The biggest German brown will earn $500 and the heaviest rainbow $250.
The event has raised more than $50,000 for local scholarships. This year all proceeds will benefit the Tahoe City Boy Scout troop No. 266.
“It’s going to be exciting because (the derby) is changing charities,” Kise said. “I’m hoping the Boy Scouts will get behind the Fishing Derby. Because it’s fun to have father-daughter, father-son relationships when you’re out there fishing.”
Once all the fish are weighed, Jake’s will host an awards ceremony and brunch for all participants. A raffle featuring many local prizes will also be held. Participants may register at Jake’s or Pete ‘n Peters bar in Tahoe City by 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 30. The $50 entry donation will include a Derby T-shirt, raffle entry and Jake’s Buffet Brunch.
“It’s always a fun time,” Kise said. “We always have great (raffle) prizes. The community really supports the Fishing Derby.”
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