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More than 400 enjoy Kids Fishing Derby

Jul 15, 2016 by Chris Wood, Ph.D.


Joshan Bigham was this year’s winner of the biggest catch of the day during the Kids Fishing Derby.

Thanks to the generosity of local sponsors, more than 400 children and adults enjoyed the 11th annual MWA Kids Fishing Derby this summer at the Authority’s drinking water reservoir — Javors Lucas Lake. This free competition for the biggest catch of the day attracted 178 young anglers from ages 3 to 16, vying for top prizes in four age group categories.

Joshan Bigham was this year’s winner of the biggest catch of the day with a 6.59-pound catfish.

Winners in the age 3 to 5 category included Bella Visage in first place, Wyatt Baker in second, and Presley Pritchett in third.

In the age 6 to 9 category, Nick Visage finished in first place, followed by Dashawn Zeigler in second, and Karis Collins in third.

Mallory Harrison won the age 10 to 13 age group category, follow by Niah Bigham in second, and Antwun Zeigler in third.

Finally, in the age 14 to 16 category, Darrell Clements won first place, followed by Matthew Walker in second, and Koreah Hill in third.

Sponsors of the 2016 MWA Kids Fishing Derby, who contributed $3,600 for gifts and prizes, included premier sponsor Georgia Power, as well as MR Systems, Inc., Capital City Bank, Hays Services, LLC, Calgon Carbon Corporation, Pyles Plumbing & Utility, GEC, and Water Treatment & Controls Company.

Additional contributors, who donated gifts or services totaling more than $2,300, included: JWA Public Communications, Caterpillar Equipment/IMPS, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Neptune, Mayer Electric, Chick-fil-A, Consolidated Pipe Company, Caterpillar Equipment Company, Publix, ADS, Safety Products, IMPS, Pepsi Cola, Coca Cola, Macon Supply, and Mid Georgia Fluid Systems.

MWA employees and retirees also volunteered their time to staff the event, which is an award-winning public education initiative, as judged by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP). The Fishing Derby, along with Ocmulgee Alive!, is intended to inform citizens of the importance of water quality and protection of natural resources, especially Javors Lucas Lake, which is one of the two primary water supplies – along with the Ocmulgee River – for the utility’s drinking water production.

The MWA Kids Fishing Derby is held on one of the few days during the year that the Georgia Department of Natural Resources allows fishing on Georgia water, including Javors Lucas Lake, without a permit. The state agency does so to promote the sport of fishing among Georgia residents.

Media contact:
Chris Wood, Ph.D.
770-757-1681 (phone) (email)

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