July 9, 2006
One of the winners of Saturday’s Taylor Fishing Derby at Heritage Park is a seasoned veteran – even at age 12. The other champion was fishing in only his second tournament – and he didn’t catch a single fish in the first one.
Jennifer Drum of Taylor was the winner of the Senior Division for ages 9 to 12. She has had so much success that she may soon appear on the television show “Michigan Outdoors.” Seriously. Drum caught 3.9 pounds worth of fish from Coan Lake at the park in the tournament sponsored by the Rotary Club of Taylor for the 18th straight year. The event is part of the family-oriented Meijer Taylor Summer Festival.
Right behind Drum in second place was Deanthony Decker, whose fish totaled 3.8 pounds. It was Drum’s second trophy in Taylor. She has won the Allen Park Fishing Derby three times, also at Heritage Park. And two weeks ago, she reeled in 30 fish in during a Metro West Steelheaders event in Lake Erie.
Yet, it was Kyle Yeary who stole the show in this year’s Taylor derby. The 7-year-old Southgate boy snagged the event’s biggest fish – a 4.8-pound albino carp – and then caught a 2.8-pound carp to run away with the title in the Junior Division for anglers ages 5 to 8. It was only the second fishing tournament for Yeary, who fishes regularly. Last year, he didn’t catch any fish at Heritage Park. The runner-up was Brendon White, whose fish weighed a total of 3.6 pounds.
Sharon Vespremi of the city of Taylor Department of Golf, Parks and Recreation thanked parents for introducing their children to the sport of fishing. She also thanked Elmer DePlanche, a former Taylor resident who travels to the city annually from Lake Placid, Florida, to serve as weigh master, and the Rotary Club for its support of family activities. Rotary President Jan Szabla thanked new Rotarian Chris Coffman, the general manager of the Taylor Wal-mart, for donating snacks, beverages, decorations and prizes.