Fishing Derby Brings Back Memories, Makes New Ones For Dad, Daughters

Editor’s note: The following was photographed, written and submitted by Grant Wooldridge.

By Grant Wooldridge

Look out, April Vokey! My two young gun girls are starting strong in the local trout circuit!

KIRSTEN AND AVEY WOOLDRIDGE SHOW OFF THE RAINBOW TROUT THEY CAUGHT AT ANGLE LAKE, NEAR SEATAC AIRPORT SOUTH OF SEATTLE. (GRANT WOOLDRIDGE)

Pictured are my first- and third-born daughters, Avey and Kirsten. Avey is the oldest at 6 years old, and Kirsten is three. They won 1st and 2nd place for girls under 8 years old at the annual Angle Lake Shore Club fishing derby last weekend!

DAD GRANT WOOLDRIDGE SMILES WHILE HOLDING HIS DAUGHTERS’ CATCH, GOOD ENOUGH TO TAKE FIRST AND SECOND IN THE UNDER-EIGHT AGE GROUP. (GRANT WOOLDRIDGE)

We woke up before dawn on Sunday, April 30. I fried up some eggs and cooked up some hot cereal for the kids. I had been building this up for a few weeks and the girls were excited. It had been over 30 years since I had fished this local fishing derby as a kid and now the excitement was renewed with little ones of my own.

The goal was to make fishing fun so that I had some fishing pals for the future. I figured it wasn’t raining, so we were off to a good start anyway.

We set off trolling our way to the sign-up dock with a simple split shot, swivel, leader and red Wedding Ring set-up.  We had a few rigs tied up with a Ford Fender flasher as well. We used cut nightcrawlers, a little PowerBait and some pink maggots that Avey picked out.

AVEY REELS ONE IN AS HER DAD KEEPS AN EYE ON THE FISH. (GRANT WOOLDRIDGE)

This actually brought us great results as the day went on.  As luck (read that as skill) would have it, we had two trout in the box by the time we made it over to the sign-up location.

When we arrived, a bonfire, hot cocoa and doughnuts were waiting for us! This certainly magnified what was already a quality father-and-daughter(s) experience.

But even with the fun, festivities and chocolate stinkin’ doughnuts, my little fish-magnet girls were anxious to get back on the water for more stocker trout action!

WITH HER GRANDFATHER GLEN WOOLDRIDGE ON THE NET, AVEY SUCCESSFULLY BRINGS ANOTHER RAINBOW TO HAND. (GRANT WOOLDRIDGE)

They proceeded to boat seven more fish in short order! The girls were having a blast!! Before we reached the halfway point of the morning, Avey and Kirsten were already making plans with pops to fish in the derby again next year.

GRANDPA AND GRANDDAUGHTER GLOW WITH THE REWARD FOR GOOD TEAMWORK. (GRANT WOOLDRIDGE)

Once back at the derby location, we measured our catch and were entered into the catch record for the day. Sure enough, we went home with prizes of hula-hoops, jump ropes and beach toys.

What a great day on the water, fishing out of the very awesome but a tad overkill Wooldridge 21’ XP.

GRANT HAS SURELY HOOKED SOME YOUNG FISHERGIRLS ON ANGLING AFTER A SUCCESSFUL TRIP OUT ON ANGLE LAKE THAT NOT ONLY YIELDED A GREAT CATCH, BUT PRIZES TOO FOR KIRSTEN AND AVEY. (GRANT WOOLDRIDGE)

Editor’s note: Grant is the vice president of our longtime backpage advertisers, Wooldridge Boats.

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