The City of Oakley and Hook, Line & Sinker have teamed up to host the 9th Annual Kids Fishing Derby this Saturday. This “catch and release” event is a way for youths in East County to learn about fishing and the outdoors.
According to Gene Bucholtz, owner of Hook, Line & Sinker, he started the event because a teen said there was nothing to do in Oakley. The teen suggested a fishing derby on a on the Oakley/Antioch Pier and the tradition continues.
“It was started to get kids interested in fishing and get them interested in the outdoor world,” said Bucholtz. “We even have grandmas who bring their grand kids out to learn how to fish.”
Bucholtz explained that during their first year, they had 28-kids. Then it turned into 75-80 the next year. Each year after, there have been around 200 kids since.
“It’s something where we have volunteers from the California Striped Bass Association and help from the new Delta Teens Club (bass fishing for teens). After the derby is over, we have hot dogs for everyone and I give a presentation on what is hot in the bass fishing world,” stated Bucholtz.
To learn more about the event, please click on the flyer.
You can learn more about Hook, Line & Sinker by visiting their website. You can also visit the shop at: 3100 Main Street, #260 Oakley, CA 9456
Delta Teen Team
The Delta Teen Team, or DTT, is a non-profit fishing club for people 11 to 18 years of age. The DTT provides an opportunity for any teen to fish for a multitude of fish, and make new friends in the process. The club is open to any teen from the area surrounding Antioch, Brentwood, and Oakley.