By David Rogers. April 5, 2014. BLOWING ROCK, NC — A chill wind early in the morning kept many families at home on Saturday, but by the time things had warmed up in the afternoon, they came out in droves to participate in the 35th Annual Blowing Rock Trout Derby.
Derby chair Kim Rogers of Jenkins Realtors — whose father, Elmer Jenkins was one of the original organizers of the event — told Blowing Rock News late Saturday afternoon that well over 100 anglers participated this year. “We had over 100 register fish,” she explained, “but there were a lot more back there fishing in Broyhill Lake who apparently didn’t catch anything to register.”
Rogers reported to Blowing Rock News that the biggest fish caught this year was about 19 and a half inches, well below the record catch a few years ago of 28 inches. She noted that the prize money for the 2014 event was the same total amount, but the allocation was modestly different. “We increased the number of tagged fish in the lake and modestly reduced the prizes for the biggest fish.”
A co-principal of Jenkins Realtors with her sister, Pam Vines, Rogers attributed the increase in participation this year to a special invitation to students at Hardin Park School to enter the Trout Derby Art Contest. “I understand that the Hardin Park teachers told their students of the expected great weather and encouraged them and their families to get outdoors and participate in the Trout Derby fun. We saw a lot of our veteran fishermen out there helping the novices, teaching them the basics of fishing. It was a lot of great family fun, with a lot of camaraderie among the participants.”