BULLHEAD CITY — The 2019 Bullhead City striper derby action continues today. The tournament officially started at 8 a.m. Saturday and last call for weigh-ins is at 3 p.m. today.
An awards ceremony is set to follow from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and is open to the public.
Anglers still can enter the tournament until the 3 p.m deadline. Entry fee is $25 per angler for adults in the largest striper category, and includes an event T-shirt, a food ticket for Steins BBQ and five raffle tickets. There is an additional optional $10 buy-in for heaviest stringer and blind bogey.
You can register for the derby at the marina.
“We started doing tournaments roughly in about 2010,” said Rusty Braun, proprietor of Riviera Marina, and partner with Bullhead City for the striper derby. “They were a little slow starting out. We continued building them, and this one seems to be one of the better ones.”
At around 11 a.m. on Saturday, there were 65 entries, 10 of which were children. Braun expected that total to grow over the two days of fishing.
Anglers were spread along the Colorado River from Davis Dam to the Interstate 40 bridge.
Micheal Mazon and Marco Castaneda, from Kingman, started their derby at the pier in Rotary Park.
“We do a lot of local fishing especially at Katherine’s Landing,” Castaneda said. “During the winter we catch a lot of stripers, and that’s mostly what we go for. So, we thought striper derby, might as well join.”
They have a combined experience of eight years fishing the area, so confidence was high.
For the early morning/afternoon hours they planned on using swim baits before switching to anchovies later in the evening. The duo planned on staying out all night.
They each were entered in the heaviest striper and the heaviest stringer of five total fish categories.
Adults taking part in the largest striper category will be competing for a grand prize of $500. Second place will receive $200, and third will earn $100.
Heaviest stringer and blind bogey offer $100 for first place in each category. The blind bogey is who has the closest fish weighing at the house’s chosen amount.
“We encourage people to come on down and just enjoy the camaraderie of the anglers,” Braun said. “Some of these anglers are just top and enjoy sharing and getting the youth involved.”
The community is invited to come down to Rusty’s Riviera Marina and join the fun. There will be live music, food, and they can participate in the raffle featuring prizes donated by local businesses.