Pohler is grand champion at PAL fishing derby


Winners from the PAL’s (Police Athletic League) fishing derby on Oct. 21. Photo provided.

The Police Athletic League held its fishing derby on Oct. 21, with 65 participants competing in five different age groups.

The champion was determined by who caught the largest fish of the day.

Six-year-old Avery Pohler was crowned grand champion, catching a 4-inch largemouth bass.

She was awarded a $50 gift card, donated by Target, and was the leader with 39 inches total.

Other winners and their age categories were:

• Heyden Beard, 5 and 6 year-olds, 8.5-inch blue- gill.

• Kane Holley, 7 and 8 year-olds, 9-inch bluegill.

• Trey Rice, 9 and 10 year-olds, 8.75-inch blue- gill.

• Martin Harold, 11 and 12 year-olds, 8.5-inch bluegill.

• Jacob Olinger, 13-17 year-olds, 9-inch largemouth bass.

A total of 56 inches was caught during the one-hour time limit.

In addition to the derby, there were games and entertainment from Ba Lue the clown as well as prize drawings.

Winners were Isaiah Cripe, a new bicycle, and Paul Adams, 50 bluegill fillets, donated by Dan Bickel.

Proceeds from the raffle helped to offset expenses and prizes.

Bud's Fish'n Hole provided the bait for all the participants and area businesses sponsored prizes.

Complete caption:
Winners from the PAL's (Police Athletic League) fishing derby on Oct. 21 were (front row from left) Hayden Beard, Kane Holley and Grand Champion Avery Pohler, (second row from left) Jacob Olinger, Martin Harold and Trey Rice and (back row from left) event organizers Dan Bickel and Shane Jonas.